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Your mental health comes before school baby, always. If its midnight, and you have an exam the next day but your hands have been shaking for the past hour and a half and you’re not so sure you want to be alive anymore, pull out that carton of Ben and Jerry’s and afterwards, go the fuck to bed. So what if you get a 68% on the exam the next day? You took care of yourself and at the end of the day that will always come before a high test score. To hell with anyone who tells you differently.
Abbie Nielsen, Dear Future Daughter (via octobermoe)

Had the funeral service for my Aunt yesterday.  I wish I had counted how many times the pastor had said “God” or “Christ” or “Lord and Savior”.  My pentacle felt very open and out of place and I felt very small and insecure.  I whispered for Cernunnos to help me through it, and I saw a spirit I believe, a boy around 10 or 12, appear before me and held my hand through it all.  I had to step out into fresh air almost immediately afterwards, the pressure inside the funeral home was incredibly stifling for me.

But!  I didn’t hide my pentacle in the slightest.  I am a proud Pagan and I’m glad I didn’t second guess myself into not wearing it.

Lia’s Centering Incantation

I usually already have a “safe space” set up all the time around my altar, as it is in my attic and no one goes up there for anything, but when it feels weak or I am getting ready to do some serious spellwork/ritual, I’ll remake it.  This is how I proceed:

I use:

  • A candle
  • Incense
  • Bowl of water
  • Bowl of soil

Light incense and waft it around yourself before placing it in a holder.

Let this smoke flow

Through me and over me,

Cleansing my thoughts and words

Giving them a gentle strength

To make a difference.

Light the candle.  Pass your hand over it and take in it’s warmth.

Let this flame pass

Through me and over me,

Fueling my passion and desire

Giving me the courage

To accomplish what lies before me.

Run your fingers through the soil.

Let this earth pass

Through me and over me,

Granting me strength and stability

Giving me a solid foundation

On which to reach my potential.

Run your fingers through the water (other option would be to drink it).

Let this water pass

Through me and over me,

Cleansing my body and soul

Giving me the grace and flexibility

to flow through this life with ease.

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