If you missed my previous FAQ post, you can read all about my answers to basic (and common) skincare questions here. This post was first shared in March but will continue to be updated as my practices and views evolve.
I'm starting to write FAQ posts because my inboxes are overflowing with people asking for suggestions, answers to specific skincare/healing problems, and general curiousness about my practices. Earlier, I addressed my responses to skincare related things. Now I'm going to shift the attention to healing.
For those of you who don't know, I'm a witch. I always have been, always will be, but I only started referring to myself as such recently. I'm not religious, I don't follow a specific path, and much of what I've shared about my healing process before identifying as a witch is the same. I still use crystals, meditate, buy lots of essential oils, etc. I'm going to address some common questions below; this doesn't mean that my inbox is closed, but I am going to send people this link if I get the same questions over and over again.
Why is healing important to you?
I addressed this in detail in an earlier post, which you can read here, but I essentially think that as a queer Woman of Color in America, my identities in relation to the climate of our society will always put me at risk. In other words: I need healing because who I am is not accepted in our country. I am not broken, but America will always try to institute ways to break me and people like me.
With that being said, I hold immense privileges that my other community members do not. I'm not going to get specific, but I understand that I do still rest in a position of higher power that is not representative of the "norm." I want to use this platform to bring accessible, affordable, useful healing methods to marginalized people. I can't stand the white "free spirits" like Energy Muse or celebrities who strip holistic healing of its roots. Those roots lie in India, all across Africa, in the Asian and Black diasporas, indigenous communities globally, and Latin America. People of Color created healing, even before colonialism and institutionalized oppression, and to strip that magic of its roots would be the utmost form of disrespect. That's why I want to make information and healing tools accessible to people in communities who, while their ancestors practiced these forms of healing, do not know that magic is in their blood.
So, to condense this answer: healing is important to me because it's necessary, but not always accessible.
What kinds of objects to you use to heal?
Here are a few of my favorites from each category.
Crystals: calcite, citrine, moonstone, selenite, amethyst and quartz.
Essential oils: sage, lavender, lemon, and jasmine.
Candles: yellow, purple and blue ones. I'm also a fan of the small white tea lights.
In addition to these, I also use journals, palo santo, candles, tiger balm, face masks, pouches, and teas.
I firmly believe that healing can be done within and does not require physical objects. However, these have helped me immensely and I always want to recommend them to people.
How would you describe your practice?
Beginning holistic, meditation and magic centric, eclectic. It's tailored to my specific needs, but as an empath I'm able to adapt the practices to fit the needs of people who come to me.
What sorts of rituals do you participate in?
I host moon circles fairly regularly for Full and New Moons. I'll invite my friends over to share snacks, oils, crystals, stories and support. Sometimes we'll collectively set our intentions, but we usually just end up sharing personal stories with each other and healing through community. I also practice private rituals, where I'll adorn my altar with offerings for Bastet. I also meditate, do card readings for myself and others, and journal regularly.
What was that about the altar and the offering?
I realized my connection to the Egyptian goddess Bastet (sometimes spelled Bast or Baast) when I was researching various deities that represented the moon, femininity, and sexuality. In addition to the fact that I love cats, am most spiritually productive at night, and embrace my sexuality, Bastet just seems... kick-ass. In recent months, I've been trying to develop a relationship with her by making regular offerings to her. I put all my offerings in a small mason jar, which also doubles as my altar to her. I'll take the offerings, usually sweets or catnip, out after about a week.
I also have a clay dish with a tray for ancestral offerings, a clay sculpture that I made over the summer, a Venus of Willendorf soap from Oya, and a small candle. This is another altar that I frequently clean and rearrange.
Offerings are a simple way for me to maintain a relationship with the spirits (whether they're deities, ancestors, or another kind) around me. I don't necessarily formally pray to them, but I will talk to them and ask for guidance from time to time.
What do you keep in your notebooks?
I have whole sections dedicated to astrological information, which I find therapeutic to read about. I truly believe that the stars and planets have immense impacts on our character and unconsciousness, so learning about why I have certain tendencies or traits helps me feel like I'm in control because I know why. It gives me a sense of knowing and let's me put a name on something previously unnamed.
I also have spells, information about each chakra, quick overviews of all 12 zodiac signs, different correspondences, a beginning section about every single tarot card, and personal writings. It's a one-stop reference book... that's quickly filling up!
How can I learn more about everything you mentioned?
The Internet has been one of my biggest mentors. I google all my questions or browse the Tumblr tags. I look for recommended reading lists my healer bloggers. I ask them questions, if they're open to messaging people. You have to be proactive about your healing education, because you can't expect people to just hand you information. Ask for how you can learn more, don't ask other people "what should I know?"
That being said, some of my favorite websites are listed here:
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Ultimately, my background in healing stemmed from necessity and interest. I understand that spirituality isn't for everyone, but I urge all of you to question your beliefs. This doesn't mean "actively search for faults in your logic," but rather, ask what else is out there. Do you know the history of your beliefs? Are there any rituals or sacred objects in your faith that you didn't know about? Foster and nurture your curiosity by feeding it more knowledge.
That's all for today, loves! Thanks for checking in, and we'll talk soon.