Embracing your inner witch as the path to staying grounded during quarantine may sound a little more than off the wall. Maybe you don’t even recognize your inner witch. If you don’t know her, she’s the part of you who is most comfortable with all things Nature offers. She is happy to connect with Mother Earth, and loves her feet bare on the earth. She loves the scents, colors, tastes, sounds, and textures of all things natural. A generation ago, this green witch would have lived away from the tribe, and would receive visitors when they sought her wisdom. Her surroundings would be an expansive garden of healing herbs, and her shelves would be lined with essential oil potions and lotions and plant based remedies. She would have handmade candles, dozens of journals filled with handwritten notes about everything learned from her experiences, and her home would be scented with aroma of delicious meals prepared without preservatives. She would be revered as a healer of mind, body, and spirit matters. There was a time, when she would have been burned at the stake for her wisdom.
These days, the green witch lives pretty much anywhere, and may have only a small hydroponic herb garden or windowsill herb garden in her kitchen. But you can bet she has a knowledge of therapeutic properties of essential oils, plants, and herbs, and is happy to share her gifts when asked. She may sell essential oils, may use natural beauty and household products, and might even have a favorite oil blend that she wears as her signature. She could work anywhere, or nowhere, but we recognize her connection with nature if we take the time to really see her beneath the public persona.
For those of us living under quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the absence of rigidly structured time has provided fertile ground for re-uniting with our subjective inner witch. Maybe you’ve started a garden because it’s safer than going to the produce aisles, or because those grocery shelves are often bare. Maybe you’ve always grown a garden, and the extra time has allowed you to learn more about the healing properties of plants. Maybe, like me, you’ve invested time in expanding your hobbies, or convening more with nature, or with increased periods of meditation, reflection, and connecting with source energy as a means for retaining some sense of order, or as a pathway to keeping your sanity under these constantly changing conditions that leave us feeling out of control. Make no mistake about it: We are each on shaky ground when it comes to “control” of a pandemic.
My own Covid journey has me learning more about essential oils and aromatherapy, specifically as those plant oils support respiratory health. Since Covid-19 is a respiratory disease, it makes sense to do all we can to keep ourselves as healthy as possible. And frankly, I’ve never been one to turn to pharmaceuticals for my wellness. I’ll take a natural remedy over a synthetic drug created to fatten the wallets of big pharma any day. But that’s me. And so I find myself mixing and diffusing oils, and carefully clipping herbs, if for nothing more than alchemy of greens into tasty salad dressing.
My inner witch musings may be nothing more than a reminder that even the darkest times have periods of light. With more meditation, more journaling, more reflection, more studies of subjects that quench my cravings to know more, more exploration of tastes, scents, and aromas, and certainly more time to do what I enjoy doing, I feel that I am given a gift. I am embracing that Inner Witch as the path to staying grounded during quarantine. And she’s not only keeping me sane, she’s expanding my skill-set in multiple areas, and enhancing my life as I try on these new skills, hobbies, and interests. These pandemic past times were not something I had anticipated becoming such permanent threads of my life. But as I look at the past few months with (pardon the pun) 2020 hindsight, I recognize that I am unwilling to give up the richness of my life that could only have come from finding ways of transmuting the stress and uncertainty brought by this pandemic. There is an enormous gift here. And I am grateful.
Stay safe and well, mind-body-spirit whole gestalt you.