How a Wiccan Enjoys Nature – In and Out of the City

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“Do you really have to take a week away now? You know I can’t get the time away from work,” Paul said to his beloved girlfriend, Rachel.

“I know. But I’ve had this time at Yosemite booked for months now. And you know that nature is where I connect with the Gods.”

Do you have a family member or a close friend who doesn’t understand that you need to be out in nature to feel whole?

Many people don’t understand that we Wiccans go out into the natural world where it is easier for us to connect to Deity. Granted, you can connect anywhere but nature inspires us. As Wiccans we crave it; no, we need it.

Feeling our feet on the bare earth gives us an unencumbered connection to the Gods. The asphalt of city streets is just another barrier.

In the city, you get all your minerals in one breath.

Nature is kinder to our breathing—especially to those of us with asthma. (Can I get a Blessed Be?!)

With extended practice, Wiccans can connect to nature even if standing on asphalt. But we find standing on the bare earth more satisfying than on the concrete jungle most of us live in. It’s true that many urban Wiccans find it hard to make time for excursions out into natural settings. Obstacles can include work, commitments to family and friends and simply lacking energy.

Still, communing in nature is important to Wiccans like the next breath to an asthmatic having an attack.

What Wiccans Do In Nature

  • Walk and talk to the trees
  • Meditate in a field of wildflowers
  • Star gaze
  • Talk to the Goddess when the moon rises
  • Collect herbs (if it is legal where one is walking)
  • Talk to the animals
  • Ask the Gods to reveal signs to help one improve one’s life
  • Just breathe
  • Commune with the God and Goddess through meditation or observing signs.

If you can’t make it to the woods, you can visit a park. You can still commune with the local flora and fauna. Most parks have trees and maybe a few squirrels.

Consider adding a bird feeder if you have a backyard. Plant flowers that attract birds and butterflies. Dedicate the corners of your garden to the four elements. Depending on the size of your backyard, you might set up a gazebo with meditation pillows and a small stone altar.

If you don’t have a garden, you can set up a windowsill planter box. Growing herbs and working the soil of your tiny garden still helps you connect with nature. And you can use the herbs in your Craft work.

Do you have other ideas? Something you have found that worked for you? Please share them in the comments section below.

Blessed Be,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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How You Can Overcome Untruths Against Wicca

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Nora struggles to leave a message on Susan’s voice mail system. Feeling hurt, Nora realizes that she’s left eight messages with no replies from her friend.

Susan has dropped Nora, and it’s probably because Susan freaked out when she heard that Nora is a Wiccan.

We Wiccans have to endure a certain form of loss because of our spiritual path.

I, too, have lost friends when they found out I was Wiccan. A couple of people even stood up and moved away when they saw the pentacle I wear. Others merely stare.

Misguided people buy into the lies that popular TV shows and films paint against Wiccans.

We Wiccans know that we have nothing to do with an evil figure that Christians believe in.

Many people simply do not understand how Wicca is life-affirming and loving.

How to Deal with Negative Energy Thrown You Way

  • Take a deep breath and realize that some people have been misled. It’s not completely their fault. Some elder/authority figure (including certain priests) press untruths upon their flock. See if you can hold some compassion for the misled.
  • Have further compassion that many people are barely holding things together with job losses and financial difficulties—and all of the regular calamities of modern life. Because these people are running on a deficit of energy, they just don’t feel they can seek out a Wiccan and ask to hear the truth. (Worse yet, they think they already know “the truth.”)
  • If someone says some misguided statement to you, hold your calm. Take a deep breath and reply: “I’m not sure where you heard that. That has nothing to do with me and what I do. And I know many Wiccans who have nothing to do with that. Our spiritual path is life-affirming and loving.”

Only talk in positives and never put down the other person’s faith.

As we strive for better treatment, we stay true to being kind, compassionate and respectful. Let our exemplary behavior prove the good path of Wicca.


Announcement – Meet Moonwater at Feb. PantheaCon 2015!

It’s that time of year again! PantheaCon!

Come meet me in person at PantheaCon this year at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, California, February 2015. I will be there with my books and giving out ribbons. It’s likely that I will be in and out the COG-New Wiccan Church (NWC) Suite throughout PantheaCon. I’ll have my three books, and I will be also signing books. I’ll have some handcrafted jewelry, too.

I hope to meet you in-person.

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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How a Wiccan Gets Free of Regret

Regret Chant

I toss and turn in the bed. The same thoughts, the same regrets run again in my mind.

Why did I do that?! How stupid!

Do regrets keep you awake and haunt your day-time thoughts?

Sometimes, I get stuck with thoughts of regret and pain.

How can you release these painful thoughts?

You could try to take a rational approach. Maybe saying to yourself, “Oh. It’s not so bad.”  However, many of us discover that merely ignoring such thoughts ultimately keeps them around!

Instead, I invite you to take a look. (You might need support. A trusted friend or even a counselor.)

You can resolve to really look at the regret. Feel some of the pain. And then resolve to start a process of letting go.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What did I learn from this past experience?
  • If I need to, can I make amends? If so, how?
  • If I can’t make amends for some reason, what is the next best thing I might do?

After you have answered these questions with a truthful heart, chant these words:

The Release the Regret Chant
Regret of mine, running though my mind.
This moment I leave the past behind
Now Leave my mind
No more to bind
I release you
I release me
By sky, stars, sun and moon
This regret leaves real soon
By candlelight, I now clear the space
The open spot Goddess fills with grace

Envision the regretful thought. Give it a color. Imagine the thought floating away, leaving you with space. Fill this space with the Gods’ light. Feel the peace now present.

If this process does not fully work for you the first time, stay with it.

Repeat the process.

And do not hesitate to ask the God and the Goddess for help.

They want you to be free and fully present in each new moment.

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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Some things to think about

What is a witch?

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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Have the Gods Smile on Your New Year’s Resolution

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“Okay, I told you what I’m working on for 2015,” I said. “What’s your plan?”

“Losing weight,” Sharon replied.

“Isn’t that what you said last year?” I asked.

“Yeah, but I am really going to do it this year,” she insisted.

Do you find yourself making some sort of New Year’s resolution? Or have you given up?

Consider making a spiritual resolution.

One example would be to dedicate yourself anew to the Gods (see my Simple Wiccan Dedication Ritual).

My own resolution is to meditate more often.

I’m concerned that many of us make resolutions that are too big. Instead, you can identify something small to do. For example, your plan could be: “I will have a piece of fruit instead of a muffin for breakfast each morning.”

The idea is for you to pick something manageable. Avoid some extreme diet.

Use the same pattern for a spiritual resolution.

Some people insist that they will start meditating an hour a day when they haven’t done meditation on any regular schedule.

Instead, pick a manageable goal like: “I’ll meditate for 5 minutes each morning.”

Make it easy to succeed. Start with a baby step. You can always increase the time you meditate once you’ve instilled the new, positive habit.

Less is more. Once you accomplish the daily 5-minute meditations, you experience good feelings of success! You can build on that.

Using the above baby-step approach you will be ahead of all those people who set extreme resolutions and fail.

Instead, you will succeed and improve your Wiccan practice step-by-step. The God and Goddess want you to succeed.

What well-considered New Year’s resolution will you make?

Blessings,

Moonwater

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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2015 Happy New Year

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You Can’t Know It Unless You Live It

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He had that look in his eyes. A dash of confusion and a pinch of cynicism. “Tell me. What is Wicca, really?” Andrew asked.

Because I knew Andrew had to leave for an appointment soon, I thought that I’d better boil this down to a few sentences.

Then I thought, What does Wicca really mean to me?

Is Wicca just about herbs, brews, crystals and poppets? Or is it something else? How can I sum Wicca up in just a few sentences, or even one sentence?

Could you do it?

Yes, Wicca involves herbs, brews, crystals and more. But that is not Wicca. Is it about the Gods, dancing and singing? It does have those, too. But what is Wicca at its core?

The clearest way I can explain Wicca is: It’s a practice. Wicca is something you do. Not something you have. You can have all the trimmings with the crystals, herbs, fancy robes and even a crystal ball. But that does not make you a Wiccan.

Wicca is something you practice everyday. Wicca is a part of you. It’s what you do not what you have.

Wicca is honoring the God and Goddess with each breath, and honoring the earth as you walk. It’s finding the peace within your mind and heart, and then sharing that with others.

To me that is what Wicca is. It is finding the light with the Gods’ guidance and reflecting this light for others to find their own way on the path.

I strive to do this everyday. Sometimes I’m right on the mark, doing and breathing Wicca. Sometimes, I’m off. Perhaps, I miss my daily meditation. This is why we look on Wicca as a practice. You continue to develop yourself throughout your life. Sure, at times, you may stumble. But Wicca is about taking each step forward.

You continue walking the Wicca path before you.

Sometimes it’s hard; sometimes it’s easy.

With the Gods’ guidance, it’s always true and fulfilling.

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:

Goddess Has Your Back

Goddess Has Your Back: How Wicca Can Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem and Make Your Life Magickal

 

 

 

And

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Book

 

The Hidden Children of the Goddess Embrace Wicca, Become Strong, Be at Peace with Yourself and the World Around You

 

 

 

 

And

Real Magick

Beyond the Law of Attraction to Real Magic: How You Can Remove Blocks to Prosperity, Happiness and Inner Peace

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