Each small ritual is part of a bigger picture, a cumulative relationship with ourselves and with our spirit and our environment.
For today’s new moon we revisit mourning: with some thought, poem, and ritual.
People retreat to ‘get away from it all’ and I think it is worth magnifying this ‘it’ – what exactly is being escaped?
Are you romanticizing the not-home? What stops you from retreating at-home, or at least in your city or neighbourhood? What might it mean to retreat in daily life?
Death shows us what happens when you come out the other side – pain, hope, transformation.
Sometimes what we need to mourn – really truly – is not an ancestor who is deceased, not a fleshy body made bone, but a version or vision of ourselves, a fantasy we held about ourselves or our future.
Have you made an altar to honour your brilliance and your love for yourself? If not, why?
I fear that I would be physically unsafe were I to press charges. So what do I do? Where do I turn? Witchcraft.