Maven Musing: Moving Slow

I know things have been extremely quiet around here lately. And for that, I am sorry. But during that silence, I have been doing some serious soul work that has made my perspective come into a sharp focus.
I’ve been moving much more slowly the last few weeks than I had realized. I don’t think it was a conscious choice, my body and spirit simply took the reins.

I had a shocking past life awakening in the midst of the eclipse and it triggered a bright, sudden awareness of my behavior. A deep rooted pain and fear that I have carried with me for as long as I can remember with no seeming reason.
I often operate from a space of frenzy and fear. Everything felt important and if I could not do it, I was failing. In all my soul work, I still have yet to overcome this deeply rooted issue. It’s exhausting and frustrating to see myself take a step forward and be drug two steps back.
I have spoken of the importance for solitude, silence, and slowing down before. But here I was revving up and running myself down.
Until one morning, I found myself laying in bed near tears thinking about having to get up. I had nothing else to give anyone, not even myself.  I felt a shift in me that something, anything, had to change. I felt as though I was drowning.
Where most everyone else seemed to be experiencing a wild upheaval of their external lives, all of my chaos remained internal. It was unseen, and therefore, I felt I could not explain it.  Without the physical evidence, it is always difficult to get others to believe your struggle.
So I’ve been hiding from everyone, whether they may have been aware of it or not. I demanded emotional space. I cleared away physical space in my home that I felt suffocated by.
It started a new trend where I left myself say no. I had a sudden recognition that I’m not racing anyone. Things will happen as I enact them. I do wield power and must control what I can and let the rest fall away.
But it has taken active work to do so. My passivity is what leads me into over commitment. I knew if I did not make myself nearly painfully present some days, I would slip back.
I’ve been practicing, and that resulted in holding you at arms length. I was not ready to share or push things along.  My own fears muddled things and I no longer feel called to do things just for the sake of saying I “did something”.
So I thank you for sticking around and checking in.  My Hermit days have brought me much clarity.
All my love,
Kat
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Tarot Forecast – Aug 20-26, 2018

I have been channeling the Hermit quite a lot this summer. These eclipses have triggered so much within me that I haven’t really known up from down. More on that later 😉
But even with all of that, I have been working on things. Have you ever experienced a sudden and bright moment of clarity that almost seems to give you tunnel vision? I have been having those moments left and right it seems.
This week’s tarot reading resonated with me so hard this week in reference to those moments.
I even felt called to make a little change in our deck finally! A wonderful friend gifted me quite a few of his decks in the past few weeks. The traditional Rider-Waite has been gently calling my name since that time, but today I swore it yelled at me. A small push to my senses and I was upstairs pulling it from my altar.
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1. What energy do we need to channel this week?

Reversed Three of Wands
A bright, shining note that our struggles should be coming to the end. Expansion, Enterprise, and Preparation all driven by foresight. Everything is progressing as it should due to your careful planning.

2. What do we need to watch out for?

Queen of Cups
The Queen is ruled by her heart rather than her head. With everything we are working towards, we must not lose sight of rational thought. As we move closer to the full moon, our emotional state is much higher. Our receptivity and intuition grows and with that, we become more responsive to the needs of those around us. We must remain actively aware of our boundaries. In order to remain focused on our creative pursuits, we must choose who and what receives our attention.

3. How can we overcome challenges?

Reversed Eight of Pentacles
Our attention to detail can begin to get in the way. We lose sight of the forest through the trees. This meticulous attention can stall your energy out and cause you to focus on making it “perfect” – which nothing will ever be. Take a step back and remember to keep at least one eye on your larger picture.

SSBC (super secret bottom card)

Five of Cups
The gentleman in the card is entirely focused on the split cups before him that he ignores what he has remaining. While our past can be painful, we must be in this present moment. Allow yourself to forgive and use your past as a learning tool. Hindsight is clearer than foresight. We cannot lose sight of the lessons we have learned to get us to this space. This also brings me to think of the concept of “half full or half empty”. Where do you consider your cup? Does that impact how you view your past and future? How does that impact how you act on opportunities?
Stay strong, positive, and self confident this week, mavens! Allow your past to inform your present, but do not let it steer for you. You can and will overcome. Dream big, be bold, act!

All my love,

Kat

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Tarot Forecast – Aug 6 – 12

Hello loves! I swear that other posts from us are coming soon. This summer has just been rough. We have all retreated and been spending more and more time on our own. These eclipses have triggered some deep inner work that, with the demands on the day to day, has just taken all of our emotional energy out of us. Soon though! And if you have any special requests, always feel free to reach out.
This week’s reading had an incredibly clear message: “Trust and move towards your intentions”

1. What energy do we need to channel this week? Reversed Hermit
Listen to your inner voice. There are two messages that come with the hermit – either we need to make that time one of deep spiritual work and listening to Self or we may be spending too much time in this space.
Take a moment to reflect where you are falling on this spectrum. Time on my own has put a lot of things in perspective for me. I have been much more intentional about who gets my time outside of work and home. I have large projects I am working on and it takes all of my inner strength to not allow my anxiety and impostor syndrome issues to derail me.
2. What do we need to look out for? Reversed Priest [Heirophant]
As we walk our path we must maintain and openness and understanding to others practices. We have all encountered those that cannot open their hearts to understand others. Reflect on your own words and guidance – do not impose your own practices or beliefs on others that do not expressly ask for it. Also, set boundaries for those that attempt to impose their path on you.
3. How can we overcome challenges? The Chariot
You control your path. Clarify your intentions, make a plan, gather resources and go. Take your time as a hermit to get clarity on what it is you want and need and how to accomplish it. Do not allow the perspectives of others to shake you from your path.
SSBC * Reversed King of Cups
Do not let your inclination towards reconciliation compromise your values
Take greater control and responsibility for your current emotional state. Who is being toxic in your life? Where and who do you need boundaries with? Is your behavior the issue at hand?
Is there anything in particular that comes to mind with this reading?  I know this message rang loud and clear for me on what I need to focus on.  My energy has been feeling motivated, but scattered.
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Tarot Forecast – 07.09-07.14.2018

Hello my loves! I feel like all I post these days are tarot forecasts… I swear I am working on other content and getting myself reorganized. I am also working on getting some other contributors on here to showcase a wider range of practice and perspective!
But, that takes time and effort and to be honest, June was not kind to me. I feel like I am still recovering and my 9-5 is sucking the life out of me, haha.
I will survive! Just another week or two and things will get back to normal and I can feel more on top of my passions and actually commit more energy to them.
Which! If you have been following any astrology readings for the week (Jess from BehatiLife is always my favorite), this week is full of awesome transits. I didn’t even have a chance to watch some of these astroforecasts until this afternoon and it was so affirming to the energy I pulled from the cards and how I was feeling today.
So, what the heck is going on.

1. What energy do we need to channel this week? The Priest
We must renew our dedication and committment to practice. The time and attention we place in our sacred space and practice allows us to remain grounded. These habits will sustain us through moments in which we may question ourselves and our path.
2. What must we look out for this week? Reversed High Priestess
We will likely come across something this week that causes us to question our inner voice. We will be experiencing a huge expansion of things as Jupiter goes direct, so as everything rushes to us, we may be worried about pursing the “right” thing. I know I have already faced new options and opportunities this week and they caused me a slight twinge of imbalance. Refocusing on my practice, my values, and what I want my life too look like gives me the assistance I need to select the “proper” path.
3. How can we overcome challenges? The Ace of Cups
Maintaining an outlook of positivity and possibility will help you move through these weaker moments. You may feel overwhelmed by everything coming at you. But because we are focusing on intentional, meaningful practice, we can trust that our soul purpose will present itself.
SuperSecretBottomCard Reversed six of cups
While we all need more fun in our life, too much can cause us too lose focus on our higher goals. It is easy to get swept up in the moment and opportunity without looking at how this impacts our overall goals. Our responsibilities still need to be addressed, so working on finding the balance that works for you should go hand in hand with developing your practice.
Are you feeling like any new doors have opened for you this week? Are you excited about them or are you finding yourself off center and overwhelmed?
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Tarot Forecast – 07.02 – 07.08-2018

Hello hello loves! This week is an interesting one. I woke up on Monday physically exhausted, but I could feel a shift deep inside had occurred. It’s difficult to describe but the best I can say is it felt like my spirit had finally grown weary of my current life choices. I have written about acting from a place of fear and working to overcome it and I still struggle greatly with taking my own advice.
But this morning felt different… as if my spirit and physical self had finally seen eye to eye on enough being enough. Things have to change if my magick is going to be as powerful as I know it can be.
This week’s astrology and tarot reading confirmed that. I absolutely love when I confirm the energy I feel I’m receiving.
Also, the cards I drew this week are almost a direct mirror to the cards drawn last week. Which made myself and my live stream guests very surprised.
1. What energy do we need to channel? Reversed Five of Sea [five of cups]
Release the past and fear that is holding you back. These fears have a deep hold on us that distract us from feeling capable of truly grasping the opportunities presented to us. I 20180702_205218200916757336969041.jpgknow that my own fears often hold me back and cause me to question my abilities constantly. This is a strong message to me to question why I hold onto those fears as my safety net.
In addition to an understanding of how our past drives us, there must also be a an acceptance of this past. There are lessons to be learned from it. We must move from a space of letting it define us, and into one in which we let it inform us. There is wisdom deep inside us, Intuition will bring that to the surface if we get quiet, listen, and trust.
Also, as we let this inner knowing flow forth, we must get clear on our true values and needs. What is it that makes us happiest? Where do we feel most at peace?
 
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2. What do we need to keep an eye out for? Reversed Earth Queen [Queen of Pentacles]
Last week, we needed to channel our love and care for others and invite them into our space. Our spirit will feel at ease if take pride in our home and family. This week, we need to take a time out. There is the potential for imbalance in either focusing too closely on our home and loved ones too the point of smothering, or swinging the opposite way and practically disregarding their needs in favor of our own. This is your warning to get some clarity and find your sweet spot.
 
3. How can we overcome challenges? Reversed Nine of Fire [five of wands]
Be mindful of your decisions and judgement this week. I’ll
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touch on some astrological influences this week that will likely be fueling this. Again, do now allow yourself to dwell and fester on the past and its influence on you. Find a positive space to channel your energy and focus your mind on that which sets you at east. Find your passion and your community that will support you through any struggles you may be feeling.
 
SSBC Seven of Fire [seven of wands]
Claim your power. You are in a space to make great change in your life as long as you make choices that are based on pure intentions. This is your moment to channel and
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persevere. Be prepared for a challenge to your authority or position – there is a reason you have made it to where you are. There can be no compromise in owning who you are.
The transits this week that will likely influence our energy this week:
July 5th: Mercury in Leo opposition too Mars in Aquarius
Frustration and resentment that you have managed to keep at bay may find its way to the surface. Remember to stay calm and choose your words carefully. Choose your battles carefully this day, as everyone may feel on edge and it may be unwise to poke the bear.
July 8th: Sun in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces
A heightened sense of empathy and intuition this day. Give those around you your sympathy and understanding. Continue that trend of choosing your battles carefully and focus on making peace, not war.
I hope this reading gives you some peace and clarity about any feelings you may have been having.  I can feel myself hearing Intuition very clearly the last few days and it has been such relief to feel that guidance.
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Tarot Forecast: 06.25-07.01.2018

Hello loves! Last week got away from me, so I’m back this week with a vengeance.
But, before that, how was your weekend!? My husband and I got to head off to Buena Vista for a long weekend and beautiful wedding. I am truly surprised at how many moments I felt pure peace and happiness. We had a small room right on the Arkansas river and just listening to it in pure silence put my spirit at ease. Do you have any favorite places that always seem to calm your soul?
But now that we’re back to our 9-5s, its time to actually prepare for the week. Sometimes, I really feel like I should do these on a Sunday, but something about facing the chaos of Monday and actually seeing where the week may be heading brings my readings so much more insight into what I’ll be dealing with.

This week, is going to be an interesting one. There is a full moon on Wednesday, so some of us may be feeling entirely exhausted and others will be feeling inspired and ready to take on the world. I always love how we all wax&wane with her in different ways.
1. What energy do we need to channel this week?
Five of Sea [five of cups]:: we will be facing some disappointments this week. Things do not always go our way no matter how hard we try to manifest them in our favor. Face each moment with the knowledge that while your pride may be hurt, it shall only last a moment. You can begin again the next day.
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for?
Reversed Seven of Fire [seven of wands]:: due to disappointments, we may be feeling particularly defensive or we may come across other’s that feel defensive. Choose your fights carefully this week. Are you coming from a place where you know you are completely in the right? Is there anywhere you can compromise?
3. How can we overcome challenges?
Reversed Sky Tom [knight of swords]:: our hearts may be feeling more open to compassion towards those in our past. Particularly those that may have been on the receiving end of our emotional detachment or fight response. Accepting that those moments are in our past and working to move forward more positively is a sign of growth. We have all done and said things we may not be proud of, but we are capable of change and growth.
SSBC *our clarity card ::
Earth Queen [queen of pentacles]:: care for yourself and others in these moments of disappointment and failure. Being devoted to spiritual practice means facing all of who we were and are. But that does not mean that we are undeserving of love and care. Hold space for those that need it, and find those that will hold space for you when you do not feel your strongest this week.
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Tarot Forecast – 06.11-06.18.2018

This week has been full of shifts, awakenings, and affirmations from the universe for me. Sometimes, you need to hear your own advice repeated back to you in order for you to register that you aren’t actually following your own advice. I both love and hate those moments. But, those moments are where we step outside ourselves and open up to new perspectives. I can expand on that later though if you’re interested.
It’s time for our weekly tarot forecast. I hope you’ve been enjoying these as much as I have. I love having it in my bullet journal each week. It helps keep me grounded and prepared for whats to come.
As always:
1. What energy do we need to channel
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for?
3. How can we overcome challenges?
SSBC *clarity card
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1. Channel – the Queen of Pentacles
Caring for others and Self – maintain a mindset of prosperity and security. Stay compassionate, practical, and down to earth. Get grounded and take stock of your resources and how they can best serve you.
2. Look out for – Reversed Queen of Wands

  • If indicating a person – someone is being narrow minded, petty and controlling
  • Internally – could indicate a loss of passion. Your spark may feel a little diminished, your passions aren’t giving you that boost that they usually do.

3. Overcome Challenges – Seven of Pentacles
Patience and acceptance. Invest your time and energy into that which will give you the long-term benefit. Don’t waste time on frivolous people, tasks, spur of the moment/no pay off type of things. Be intentional with where you put your time and energy. And if you HAVE been doing this and have begun to feel frustrated, hold tight. It will happen, just trust that it will come to you.
SSBC Reversed King of Cups
Take control and responsibility for your emotional state. Where are your emotions controlling you? Where do you find yourself flip-flopping around. OR Is there someone in your life pulling you along due to their own emotional instability? Who is truly being the toxic one? What do you need to address and rid yourself of in order to move forward?
I hope that gives you some clarity this week! I’ve been receiving this message loud and clear for the last 3 days and for it to pop up again in a general reading means that the universe is literally banging on my spiritual door.
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May 2018 Full Moon in Sagittarius

I won’t lie. I was a little worried about the emotional rollercoaster this full moon was going to have me riding this week. But, after looking into the moon and all the work I did on the new moon. I’m hoping this moon will be kind to you as well!
This full moon in Sagittarius calls us to look at our life from a 10’000 foot view. If you read my tarot forecast for the week, you would know that our Super Secret Bottom Card for this week was the Hermit.
Getting clarity on our personal values, principles, morals and overall lifestyle (as it is presently and how we want it to look) is key this week.
After the questions I posed in our new moon ritual, I feel like we have kind of already done most of that work! Now, it our chance to pause and recognize what we have fully committed to, what is feasible in our lives at the moment, and what is just not currently possible to integrate into our lives.
This full moon ritual is going to be pretty relaxed. While Sagittarius wants to try all of the things and be adventurous – this evening can be a moment of rest. You can do and try all you want in the morning.
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What you’ll need:
One white candle
Your journal/grimoire/BOS
Yep. you read that. Just one white candle and whatever it is you do your work in. Rituals can be incredibly simple and still pack a punch.
Get into your sacred space. Get comfortable and take the time to do a grounding meditation or your preferred practice.
Light the white candle and focus on the things listed above:
What have you fully committed to bringing into your life this cycle?
Has it been working? Why or why not?
If why not, is it something that you just cannot feasibly commit to right now?
Remember – you don’t need to do all of the things all at the same time. Maybe there are changes you want to bring into your life that require a little more preparation, other foundational habits, or just more of you to focus on it.
Once you get a clear idea of what is and isn’t working for you – focus on releasing yourself of any inner obligation or expectation to remain held to what is not working.
Push all of that energy and emotional tie into the candle. Let yourself fill with warmth from head to foot as you release it. When you feel ready, fully release it into the universe by blowing out the candle.
Gently close your space however you see fit.
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I hope that by releasing the habits and things that just are not working you find yourself opened to fully committing to what is working for you! Perhaps this will give you some more time and energy to expand and try something new.
As always, I love hearing from you! Especially when using these workings – I’d love to know if they work for you!
All my love!
Full Moon Ritual - May 2018
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Tarot Forecast – 05.28 – 06.03.2018

Happy Memorial Day, witches!
We were lucky to have the day off this week to enjoy the long weekend. After some adventuring out in Estes Park on Saturday, the husband and I spent almost all of Sunday relaxing and staying cozy indoors.
My dear friend Frankie, from Articulate Witch, spent most of today with me being productive. I finally got the chance to introduce her to one of my favorite podcasts, King Falls AM, and I am so hoping she loves it as much as I do. You should really check it out on Spotify. They just went on their first hiatus in three years, so now is the time to catch up!
Let me know how your weekend was! Did you go on any adventures?
Now let’s get into preparing for the coming week.
1. What energy do we need to channel?
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for?
3. How can we overcome challenges?
* SSBC – Super Secret Bottom Card; our clarity message
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1. What energy do we need to channel? The Priestess
The Priestess trusts in her own power. Surrounded by amethyst in her cave, she looks within for guidance. She is a reminder that we must trust our own intuition and knowledge.
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for? Reversed The World
Reversed, the World card reminds us that all things come to their end, naturally or otherwise. What are we holding onto that has come to its end? What are we forcing to carry on due to sentimentality or fear?
3. How can we overcome challenges this week? Reversed Ace of Sky (Swords)
There is a lack of clarity surrounding us and our plans this week. Things we have been working towards have been halted or are close to falling into chaos. What is your end goal? What is the purpose?
SSBC The Hermit
The Hermit is one of introspection and solitude. Removed from the rest of the world, our thoughts are allowed to ride up above our everyday must dos and distractions and actually evaluate our personal values and principles.
This week’s astrology is interesting as well. WIth the full moon peaking tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, there is a lot of energy surrounding it. The moon will be in Sagittarius and will be bringing in an air of ACTION. Sagittarius is a wanderer and the type to try and do and create as opportunity arises. My full moon ritual tied to the prior New Moon work will be up tomorrow as well.
Things tend to sit in that space until Friday when Mercury trines Mars and Venus trines Jupiter. Our concentration will be at a high and we will likely feel more optimistic, creative and relaxed. Friday will be a good time to take all of the plans we’ve been sorting out all week and put them into real action.
On Saturday, Venus will trine Jupiter early in the morning, so all day we’ll feel their impact. Embrace the moment and allow yourself to channel romance, relaxation, and creativity. Today is the day to flow and enjoy yourself as you see fit.
So overall, the beginning part of this week should be spent in reflection and solitude. Get really clear on your WHY and how you can best achieve those goals. Make a plan and don’t get pulled along by your chaotic thoughts or situations. The end of the week is when we will be able to channel that plan into real work and results.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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Being a Witch – Anxiety & Manifestation

Happy Thursday witches! I’ve finally sat down and worked through all my thoughts on this subject. If you follow Magickal Mavens on instagram, you may have seen my post about this Taurus New Moon helping me climb out of this dark cloud I’ve been under the last few months. While it’s likely I’ve just been dealing with some unexpected seasonal depression, it kicked my anxiety into high gear.
While I haven’t been diagnosed with any formal anxiety disorder, it’s something I’ve been dealing with since I was a pre-teen. I was always in a constant state of “what if”, preferring to lock myself away from people and read than interact with my peers. However anxious I was though, I always trusted my intuition about people and situations.
I will always remember the day I didn’t listen to her. Her voice whispered to me as I made plans. She caught herself in my mother’s voice as she asked me when I would be home. She raised the hair on the back of my neck and arms. She frantically dug a pit in my stomach so deep it felt as if it had no bottom. She begged and pleaded with me to run. And yet, I did not move. And in that split second of indecision, choosing to ignore her, she silenced her voice.
It has been a struggle ever since to convince her to speak louder than a soft whisper. I broke our bond and she could no longer trust herself to keep me safe if I was unwilling to heed her words.
This constant state of questioning myself and the intentions of those around me is exhausting. Some days are better than others, but up to the Taurus new moon, my anxiety has been at an all time high.
Walking this path requires us to embrace ourselves fully and to trust Her without question.
In order to truly manifest you must feel and trust what you want and need to deeply within your body that your energy is clearly channeled. There must be no doubt in your mind in what you want. Anxiety makes that feeling, a total bitch to get too. Intuition hides in Anxiety’s shadow, afraid to push her aside. Afraid to bring you back to that roaring fire inside you that always lit your path.
I have been slowly attempting to reconnect with Intuition. It is something I work on little by little every day. Relearning to trust myself and Her takes effort every day. It’s acknowledging the wavelength you find yourself on, encouraging and responding to those moments the moment they appear. It’s showing yourself grace and care on your bad days, and trusting that they will be over by morning.
I wanted to share with you a few of the things I have been implementing into my lifestyle that have helped me manage my anxiety and foster trust in myself. Learning to trust myself impacts every part of my life, and in particular my magick.
Being a Witch - Anxiety and Manifestation

1. Silence, Solitude & Space

2. Decisions Decisions Decisions

3. Prioritizing & Planning

4. Purging your internal dialogue

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Silence, Solitude, & Space –

This can be a difficult one, but for me it is usually the most important. It is imperative that for your own mental health and wellness that you find a few moments every day to care for yourself. How can you continue to care for those around you when you have literally nothing else to give? Caring for yourself is caring for your loved ones. You don’t do anyone any good by running yourself ragged.
Now, for those of you that are parents – I know this is practically an impossibility some days. So I challenge you to plan at least one day a MONTH to get some real peace and quiet. Trade off with your partner so that you can each have your moment to rest and reset. Your spirit will thank you.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

For me, this was largely about what do I waste energy worrying about each day. I’ve worked to pair down my closet, my skin care, my makeup routine, even meal prepping. Anything I can think of that I can work to have a solid foundation in. If I can do it half-asleep, or on auto pilot and I look put together and well fed, I am a fan of. The less time and energy I put into these things, the more I can put towards the things I am passionate about.

Prioritizing & Planning

Keeping a rough daily/weekly schedule has helped my anxiety so much. Now, this is largely a control thing but it has helped me ensure I meet all of my “musts” each week. Working out, meal planning, content for MM, everything important to me. Anything outside of those musts is required to fit around those, and if it doesn’t – I say no. My bullet journal is becoming my greatest asset.

Purging your internal dialogue

You must have a space to dump your thoughts, unfiltered and unashamed of them. It is something I am still working on, but it has helped me so much in relearning to trust my initial thoughts and feelings regarding something. Whether this be in therapy, a journal, whatever makes sense for you – be sure to do it. First thing in the morning with your coffee, just after the kids have gone to bed and all is quiet.
These are still a work in progress for me. I’m sure they will never be perfect as we all grow, but they are the few things I am committing myself too. I may let my emotions fuel my magick, but I won’t let them control me.
I hope you found these helpful. If you implement any of these into your life I would love to hear how.

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