DecemberWitchery

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 6

Day 6 – Find Your Rhythm

As we find ourselves coursing through the days, there are some days that require a little extra motivation and spirited connection to self. Today is that day. Sometimes we forget that sound and certain vibrations are powerful, especially those of our own bodies in movement.

Spend some time searching your playlists or play the Find The Movement of Soul game to find a song that moves you to dance. Even slowly. The one that gives you tingles, gives you chills, or makes you want to sing along.

Find The Movement of Soul is to put on an unknown playlist or music station in the background and wait for the right one to come on. I have done this a lot and it always works. It may take an hour but then something plays that brings movement to my whole body!

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Examples that I have found using the game above (I don’t recommend for little ears on some of these):

  • Days to Come – Seven Lions Featuring Fiora
  • Awaken Me – Abbi Spinner McBride
  • Blood in the Cut – K Flay (not kid friendly)
  • Rún- Skald
  • A Little Wicked – Valerie Broussard
  • Mi Guapo – Bebe
  • Desire – Meg Myers (not kid safe, this is more a reclaiming of sexual energy)
  • Deep End – Ruelle
  • Horns – Bryce Fox
  • Angry Too – Lola Blanc (not kid safe)

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Could you tell a difference in the way you were able to connect to your body during the day?

Preparing for Day 7

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

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Day 7 – Self Care Deck

As a Witch, I love my tarot deck and my oracle deck. The way I love those decks is nothing compared to how much I love continuing to add to my own Self Care deck. I try to keep each item on a card to something that takes 5 minutes or less. However, there are also some wild cards in there where I can use them to go deeper like a cleansing bath or create a Rite of Joy for today. Utilize some construction paper, card stock, or 3×5 flash cards to create your very own deck!

Here are some ideas for your deck:

  • Glamour Magick
  • Somatic Experience
  • Self-Love
  • The Senses
  • Decoration

Building it Up

This is a free series from Dark Goddesses Collective and is a part of our December 2021 work. We believe that it is important to empower each other, this includes providing free information that provokes or encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition. Over the course of 12 days we will be building up a practice of selfcare that invites in the deeper knowledge of self and building up awareness of the importance of Full-hearted selfcare in our practices of magic.

We are building a network of Sovereigns too!

A candle & a key, With Darkest Gratitude,
Kaycee & Ivy

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Wassail as an offering to Berchta

It’s time to dive inward!

Since last month, I have known I wanted to honor our Dear Berchta with something that always warms me in the cold winter months, Wassail! If you haven’t had this wonderful hot beverage, read on, my recipe is at the end. Its warmth almost feels a rebirth as we step away from the old and into the new.

The coming days can be full of needless stress. Sitting down with a cup of Wassail and inviting Berchta in can be the calm in the raging storms outside. It is absolute FIRE for the soul.

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Witches, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can not do for everyone else and expect that you will suffer no consequences. There are ways of coping coming your way. In the meantime, sitting down with a cup of Wassail and a slice of your favorite pie can recharge and re-energize you. Even if only temporarily.

Steal that 5 minutes. I give you permission!

I decided that I would make this lovely beverage, invite our DGC Goddess of the Month, Berchta, to join me at the hearth fire and just listen. She seemed incredibly pleased with just being asked to partake and shared wisdom with me freely.

So let’s get to why you’re here, my Wassail recipe.

If you’re creating this as an offering for any Deity, it’s important that you set your intentions. Light your BSC for her, if you have some Holly, have it nearby (yet not TOO close), burn some cedar or evergreen of your choice. Really set the mood for the task at hand.

Ingredients

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8 C. Apple Cider (1/2 Gallon)
2 C. OJ
1/4 C. Lemon Juice
4 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Whole Cloves
1/4tsp-ish Nutmeg
1/4tsp-ish Ginger

I add a few thin slices of Orange to mine. You can also add Star Anise and/or Whole Cranberries

The first picture of the post, is what it looks like all together in the stockpot before the heat is turned on. Turn it up to Medium Low and wait until it starts steaming a bit. Turn it down and let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Stir it a few times during the process. But do so with your intentions in mind. This is an active potion and needs to be infused as such. I also do not use ANYTHING with Teflon. It is a forever chemical that has altered us in so many ways.

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Once it’s ready, it will look similar to this.

Berchta’s Offering

I decided that she deserved the very best serving container I could provide. Which was my Great Grandmother’s 22k Gold rimmed glasses. I took one of them and placed hot water in it so it wouldn’t break. Once the glass was heated up I ladled it in held it for a moment and then placed it at the setting I had laid out for her. Unfortunately, dealing with heat and camera phones can be tricky. So please forgive the lack of final photo. It ended up way blurrier than I realized!

Witches, please, over the coming days, take time to ground, center and just breathe deeply. We’re all going through the same stressors. We’ve got this!

With Darkest Gratitude, A candle & a key,
Ivy & Kaycee

Please be sure to check out the previous post on our Berchta Witchmás 2021 Candle

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The Berchta Witchmás 2021 Candle

Tis the season of diving inward, but it also is the season of long held traditions across the world. Dark Goddesses Collective is embracing and calling in Berchta (Perchta, Frau Holle, Hertha, Holde, she of many names).

The Black Sacred Candle

The main reason for the Black Sacred Candle in my practice is to ensure that when I light it, I have a space that is immediately sacred, cleansed, protected, and blessed. Performing on the spot magic is much easier and it is a part of my “work smarter, not harder” practicality.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

This month I wanted to create the Black Sacred Candle in layers that honors the main purpose, but also is a call to Berchta, as well as a blessing to a new tradition – Witchmás!

Base Layer

  • Personal Oil of choice
  • Mugwort
  • Sage
  • Myrrh

Secondary Layer

Berchta has many names and faces, with some rituals still taking place in regions near the Alps. She appears as either a veiled young woman with pearls woven into her hair or as a disfigured hag, with unruly hair and dirty clothing. As the young woman, she carries keys and mayflowers. As the old woman, she carries a distaff (for unspun wool). Her plant spirit allies are Holly and Mayflower. To call her in all her forms, I added Holly, pearl charms, and used a branch wrapped in cord.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

*Please remove branch and cord while burning and follow fire safety protocols*

Third Layer

The adding of the Holly berries is multipurpose. While Holly in all its forms is a nod to Berchta, it is also because they represent the fire element of the plant. When I am bringing something new into creation, such as the tradition of Witchmás, it too is the fire of creation. I added a few extra drops of my personal oil to the berries to really tie it together.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Are there any new traditions you are creating this year?

A candle & a key, With Darkest Gratitude,
Kaycee & Ivy

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Feature Image Credit: Kaycee Reeves