I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a “grumpy witch”, but I think the questions are more about the things you either don’t like or don’t connect with, rather than really being grumpy. This tag first came to my attention in Heather Carter’s channel, and then I forgot about it a bit until the other day Yarrowen also did a response to it.
So here’s the questions and my answers to them…
1. Do you have a least favorite time of the year magically?
The second half of Summer. I’m just not a fan. It’s all about the heat, the lack of rain, the HEAT…. and, well, everything drying out and becoming crunchy.
2. Is there an herb that you don’t like working with or never seems to work in your practice?
No, although there are herbs and other plants that I avoid working with due to allergy issues. Some of these include, but are far from limited to, juniper, alder, tobacco, marigold, linden flower (and lemon tree in general), and hibiscus flowers. IF I work with these, I have to be extremely careful not to allow them to touch my skin or get near my face. A flu mask, long sleeves, and doubled up latex gloves are a must, and sometimes eye protection as well.
3. Is there a stone or crystal that you don’t like working with or never seems to add anything to your practice?
Ugh. I can’t work with nuummite. It’s energy is too “heavy” and just drags me down when I come in contact with it. That said? My sister uses nuummite as a paperweight (with intention spellcasting) on her stack of little paper thin girl pad things? WTF are they called? Liners? She uses them with those and swears by it.
Aside from that, I’ve learned a few lessons about where not to use certain stones because they are not suited to it (or I am not suited to their influence in that way of using them), but I it isn’t that I don’t like to work with them or don’t find them useful in other ways.
4. Is there anything that “bothers” you about your deity or your practice?
Um… well, honestly? The shit that bugs me is that I just don’t have enough time to commit to it as I’d like. That really doesn’t have anything to do with my practice though, and more to do with just being busy and overworked. I don’t work with specific deity, tho.
5. What do you do when a spell doesn’t work?
Review, reflect, revise, and try again. OR…. evaluate if it’s something I really want or need in the first place, as sometimes when shit doesn’t work, it’s telling you that whatever it is is just not meant to be.
6. Have you ever done a meditation or astral work that did nothing for you?
I don’t do astral work, but I do meditate regularly. And yes. There are times when I just cannot manage to settle and focus for my meditation. I wouldn’t say it does nothing for me, just that it doesn’t have the amount of a desired effect as I’d like.
7. Is there an element that just doesn’t work for you?
I don’t connect as strongly to fire or air as I do to earth and water. I don’t really consider any of them not working for me though.
8. How do you get out of a witchy rut?
Usually? I take a break and wait it out. If I’m not “feeling it” I don’t do it. I figure that it’s the universe’s way of telling me I need to take some time to let up and just relax for a bit.
9. How do you deal with life getting in the way of your practice?
The best I can? I mean everyone has responsibilities and obligations to deal with. Everyone has people that need our time and things that require looking after that have nothing to do with your practice. It’s a part of life. Like other parts of my life, I strive for balance. Sometimes I mange it… other times, not so much.
Some of the ways I strive for balance is by trying to carve out specific time for different things, setting up methods of accountability (like this blog for my daily draw and Saturday check ins), and pre-planning/pre-working some of the things needed to prep for upcoming busy times.
10. When you have all of these negative feelings about your practice, what do you do?
I think I pretty much answered this in the eighth question. I take a break and wait it out, or I may reach out to others for a different perspective to help me find balance a little faster if I think it will help.