Hard times befall everyone from time to time. They definitely aren’t exclusive to Pagans, but I think that those of us who are walking this path can take in stride. In today’s post, I want to speak to you about how to overcome your personal troubles and allow them to take you to the next level in your life. When trouble comes your way, you have two choices….you can take things in stride and allow them to help you grow. Or you can let a bad situation ruin your life as you obsess over what happened to you in the past. The choice is yours.
I think one of the main reasons that Pagans have an easier time accepting difficult times is because we see life as cyclical instead of linear. The wheel of life turns and just as there are good times in life, we also experience the bad. Nature operates just like this. A bountiful fall turns to a cold winter. A beautiful blooming spring turns to a scorching hot summer. Nothing stops this turning of the wheel of life.
As a Pagan, I know that this wheel of life is internalized as well. Just as I know that this year’s Beltane celebration will be repeated next spring, I know that no matter whatever troubles I am having right now, I will experience happiness again. It is inevitable.
Of course, this doesn’t cure the problem I’m experiencing at the time, but it does give me strength to hold on to my sanity while I’m going through a tough time. I look for opportunities to learn from my difficult experiences. I ask myself “How can I prevent myself from experiencing this again in the future? What can I do now to make it more tolerable?” The answers to these questions help me grow as a person.
You should approach hard times in your life with the same type of perspective. Anger, resentment and bitterness create nothing but more of the same. You have a choice with how you approach the world. The experiences you have do not mean that the Gods or against you or that you are somehow cursed. They happen to everyone. The only difference is that different people approach their circumstances differently.
I’m not implying that you should revel in your misery or enjoy it in any way. Tough times are tough, but your approach to them can make a difference. Spending all your time wallowing in misery is no way to live. Approaching your troubles with peace and patience is the best way to get through hard times in your life.
So today’s spell is all about developing peace in your life so that you can grasp onto the “good” parts of your troubles. For this spell, you’ll need a white candle, four pink candles and a piece of paper. Ground and center yourself and cast your circle as you normally would. You can add a special touch to this spell by burning some peaceful incense like chamomile, rose or vetivert.
Start your ritual out by calling the four corners, as well as the God and Goddess. Before their presence, work on releasing all of your feelings about your difficult time. Write down everything that is troubling you on the piece of paper before you. Let it all out and put your emotion into your writing. Not only are you writing words on a page, but you are imbuing that page with all of your negative emotions, your fears and your worries. Let them go as you are writing them on the page.
Once you’re done writing, fold up your piece of paper and place it underneath your white candle. Place the four pink candles in the four corners around the white candle. Light the white candle first and repeat the following words:
I release my worries, and accept peace from the God and Goddess.
Light the pink candle to the North and say:
I send peace to the North.
Light the pink candle to the West and say:
I send happiness to the West.
Light the pink candle to the South and say:
I send calmness to the South
Light the pink candle to the East and say:
I send love and light to the East.
Focus your attention on the center candle and say:
And I feel all these things coming back to me.
Take a few deep breaths and experience the peaceful, calming feelings flowing back to you from all four corners. As you breathe in each breath, know that your worries have been released and are no longer yours to carry.
Hopefully this ritual will have you feeling peaceful the next time you feel overwhelmed. Life has it’s ups and downs, but with the right attitude and a little bit of magick, you don’t need to worry about your downs.
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”