Good morning, lovelies! Airlie here. I woke up this morning wanting to offer some thoughts on ritual. Goddess knows we could all use solid, earthy things to keep us grounded in these challenging times.
Rituals anchor us. I’m willing to bet you have daily rituals–important ones. I’m also willing to bet you’re thrown off kilter when those daily rituals are interrupted or can’t be performed in the same way because we’re traveling or a kid is projectile vomiting or <insert disruptor here>.
If we’re already in the habit of mundane rituals, how do we expand our daily comforts into rituals with more meaning and depth? How do we make a ritual ‘magical’?
I add dirt. Or a tree. Step outside–something you can do whether you live in rural areas or a city–and make a connection. Listen for a bird’s call. Bask in the glow of the sun or the moon. Let precipitation settle on your skin.
Inside my house, I can finish my morning tea or coffee in ten minutes. When I take that same mug outside, my morning sipping and reflecting can last an hour. Grounding slows me down. Grounding invites me to enjoy. Grounding allows me time to consider the day ahead. I’ve even been known to leave my mug on a rock because I had to greet the sea.
Airlie Redflesh is a Water Witch, based in and around the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. She enjoys all bodies of water, from rivers to lakes to the ocean. Along with her significant other, River Otterman (Druid and Spelunker), she is active in environmental groups dedicated to maintaining the health of the world’s waterways.
Belle de Boskoop is a Plant Witch. She has called Salt Spring Island home her entire life. As a practicing Herbalist, she works with clients in person and online, creating personalized healthcare and beauty products, as well as designing urban and suburban healing gardens.
Busy B. Heive has always had a thing for bees and is the only self-appointed Bee Witch in Canada. She calls the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island home and sees to the health and well-being of hundreds of hives throughout British Columbia.
The three of us—Airlie, Belle and Busy—enjoyed getting to know each other so much during the creation of MAGIC REMEMBERED that we decided to keep the show going. You’ll see us here weekly opining on any number of topics, from Urban Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal Romance books, to herbs and wands and other witchy things.