Pagan Perspective is still on their holidays break (or at least I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on there), so there’s no new question to work with again this week. So this week, I again decided to snag a question from one of the pagan/witchy type groups I’m a member of on Discord and use that instead.
Topic for the Week of 12/30: About what in your practice do you tend to doubt yourself? What form does this doubt take, and how do you respond to it?
Even though I have an education in botany, and I am very versed in how to handle and work with plants and the like that can be dangerous and/or poisonous…. there is still doubt in myself in this area. I do use ingredients from such organisms in my spells and castings, sometimes pretty regularly, and there is an inherent danger in this not just from the potential of the obvious physical contact, but the releasing of spores, trichomes (these are the hairs on certain plants), or saps among other things.
Because of this self-doubt, I am extremely careful in my handling of any and all parts of such plants and organisms. I take extra time and extra care, as well as extra precautions and safe-guards to make sure I don’t accidentally end up hurting myself or anyone in my home during or after this part of my spellwork.
How this self doubt manifests is a good thing, and I hope that I never lose the self doubt involved in this practice, as it ensures that everyone I care about is safe. I can only hope that anyone else out there incorporating these dangerous and poisonous ingredients in their spell craft is just as careful.