Heather Carter on YouTube put together a series of prompts titled #31DaysofWitchcraft that she’s been working her way through since the beginning of May. I really like this idea, but I can’t handle the responsibility of any more daily posts, so I thought that for the next few weeks, I would do one (or a few at a time) for the end of week “My Pagan Perspective” posts and work through them a bit at a time.
20. What do you do when you are in a witchy funk?
“Witchy Funk”. That is such a weird term to me when I read it and I’m not sure why. Maybe it is because my spirituality and my witchcraft are so wrapped up into one?
The thing is, witchcraft is an act. It is an activity. You do not have to be Wiccan or Pagan to practice it. There are Christian witches, Hindu witches, Atheist witches… there’s all kinds. It is not a spirituality, it is an act… a tool.
Paganism, is not an activity. It is a faith. A religion. A spiritual path. It is a path of belief. How someone walks this path may vary from person to person. Some Wiccans, for example, do not practice witchcraft. Some Pagans don’t either. And others do.
For me, these two things were interlaced and so very woven together that they grew together like gemeis, two trees that grow together into one. The inosculation in this natural phenomenon between trees is a good comparison how witchcraft and my spiritual path have grown together over time until there is no clear separation between them any longer.
So when I see the words “witchy funk” it feels strange. How does one have a “funk” from their belief? From their faith? From how they believe the world works and how we interact with it? I’m… not sure that’s possible. I mean, maybe during major depressive episodes and I essentially retreat from every little single thing in the world? But I definitely wouldn’t call that a “funk”.
Are there times when I am more active and engaged than others? Absolutely, but we can say that about anything in life, can’t we? Everyone goes through phases and cycles. Sometimes our attention gets drawn away to this or that, and then we slip back to center again when the newness wears off or we accomplish what we’d been distracted by. I also don’t consider these a “funk”, but more of a natural cycle of interest and curiosity balancing out with just how much time there is in each day.
So I’m left wondering… do I even have witchy funks? What exactly -is- a witchy funk anyway? I’m not sure.