I remember that I used to always buy a bouquet of flowers appropriate to the season for each sabbat. It sat on my altar during the day, and then would sit in my living room until they faded. Now, I still try and make one or two special foods for the occasion, but if I were being very honest with myself, I haven't made the effort since Samhain. (and even then...it wasn't much)
I want to be excited again. I want to actively engage with the divine and enrich my daily life with a little more magic. I had considered, at the beginning of the year, making a New Year's Resolution to do all the 'stuff' for the entire year, but I know better than to make a spur of the moment vow. They tend to be made with the best of intentions and disappear as quickly as they were made. No... I needed accountability and a realistic goal.
Enter Velma Nightshade. Velma has become a very good friend of mine over the past year, and when she heard about my desire, she made a pact with me. If I 'Do the Stuff' for the next 6 months, she, in turn, would begin exercising 3 times a week. (Her idea, not mine.) So...this is my Do the Stuff challenge:
- I will perform ritual for every Full and Dark Moon.
- I will perform ritual for every Sabbat for the next 6 months.
- I will overall celebrate each Sabbat with a special meal and by decorating my house in at least some small way.
I am hoping you'll join me. Take this next 6 months to get reacquainted with the religious, spiritual aspects of paganism if you - like me - have gotten a bit lazy about doing the stuff. I would go further and hope that this renewal of practice will filter into my daily life, but that is - perhaps - where my level of realism will interject.
So, here we go. My second challenge for the year. My Real Food Challenge is going quite well. I've lost weight. I feel better. And, by now, my kitchen is stocked with healthy, whole foods. Let's hope this Do the Stuff challenge is just as successful, feeding not just the body but the mind and soul. Won't you take this 'Do the Stuff' challenge with me?
Love and Lyte,