If you’ve been a practitioner for any length of time you’ve come to realize that everything has its cycles. The seasons come and go, the tides ebb and flow, and our lives have their ups and downs. Even our practice as Witches and magicians waxes and wanes with our mundane lives. But every once in a while we seem to get out of sync, slow down, and our magickal practice stops, well, being magickal. We cease doing spells. Our rituals fade into memory, and a quick “hello” to the moon is as good as it gets. We know we need to do something to kick us back on the path. This is when our work gets hard as we try breaking a magickal dry spell.
Don’t deny it, we’ve all been there, including me. There have been weeks, months even, that my practice has faded into the distance. The first time this happened I really beat myself up over it. My self-talk included a lot of “You must be a terrible witch because you forgot (enter Sabbat here)” or “Oh my Goddess, you slept through the Full Moon. What kind of witch are you?”
Then there was a time when I just didn’t feel the call, felt less magickal and more, well, exhausted and magically burnt out. I had no desire to continue doing what I’d been doing for years. Each gesture, every word of every spell felt flat and lifeless. I felt like a complete witchy failure.
Identifying Our Dry Spell
Then I learned I was not alone, that all magickal practitioners go through this stage. I talked to friends, other practitioners on line and chatted up whomever I could. Hearing them share their stories, share their ups and downs, really helped. And while it made me feel better, I still couldn’t figure out how to get back into the groove. How was I going to go about breaking a magickal dry spell?
The analytical side of this Virgo witch decided it was time to play. I started researching this phenomena in earnest. First I started with the “whys”. Why did this happen? What was the impetus that gave us our dry spell? I wrote down the responses I received from my chats and compiled them into a list (Don’t you just love lists, or is it just me?). Below are several of the possible causes for dry spells.
- Mundane overtaking Magickal: A personal crisis or major change caused the practitioner to neglect their magick for a time.
- Apathy: Over time our practices become so “meh” and boring that we become apathetic and just don’t really care.
- You’ve lost that loving feeling: Your practice just doesn’t feel right or fit anymore so you abandon it without learning why.
- Loss of faith in what we do: Our magick seems to have stopped working so why bother?
- Not a clue: Our practice just stopped. We don’t know the exact reason why, it just did.
Having identified the “whys” we must then find our way to break the dry spell. Seems simple, right? Yes and no.
Breaking the Magickal Dry Spell
I have found, as with all challenges in life, that we must first change our mindset before we can change our current conditions. We have to want our magick, our practice, back. Repeat this aloud with me (yes, really), “My practice is important to me. My Magick is important to me. I will always make time for what is important to me.”
How did that make you feel? Did it resonate with you? Now say it 9 times. Everyday. For 9 days. Yep. That’s what it took for me to get my mind back in the game and on track. We all seem to make room for the time killers. You know, the video games, television, movies, and all those things that take up our time but don’t really have tremendous value. If you can do those things which are not vital, you can make time for what is. Your magick, your practice, your Gods and your path are vital. Other than your family, there is nothing more important.
If your magick has stopped working chances are it’s because you actually fall into one of the other “whys”. You’ll need to ask yourself some hard questions and take some time to examine your last working. Was it fun? Did it excite you? Were you rushed because of mundane issues? Was your mind there are on other problems? Do you still believe in yourself and your abilities? If not- why? Once you pinpoint why it happened then you can move forward in finding a solution.
But what if your practice is boring, blah and lackluster, or you are just not feeling it anymore? I wrote about this in my blog “I like my Witchcraft Shaken not Stirred” . Sometimes you need to try something new, shake things up, in order to get the fun, the feeling, the magick, back into your practice. Look into new paths. Try skipping to create your circle or blow bubbles to raise energy. Play again and watch how your magick blossoms within.
Watering the Dry Spell
Now that you’ve identified and then broken your dry spell you need to water it to make it blossom. How? By doing. Each and every day. I believe it was Christopher Penczak (if I’m incorrect I apologize) that said you should do something magickal for at least 15 minutes each day. It’s something I do myself and I ask it of my students as well. Fifteen minutes makes a huge difference in how you feel about yourself, your path and your abilities. Heck, think of all the time you’ve wasted in line getting coffee or donuts and you’ll realize 15 minutes is not only doable, it’s easy to accomplish. Even better, that 15 minutes often stretches into 20, then 30 and before you know it the magick is infusing your life one again.
If you are going through a magickal dry spell, know you are not alone. With a little contemplation, insight, and work you can wash that dry spell away and welcome the Craft back into your heart and your life.