I read a lot of blogs on a variety of topics: witchy stuff [technical term], Tarot, embroidery and quilting, and library stuff [another technical term]. I get most of them aggregated and read them in digest form, delivered to me first thing in the morning. It’s my morning newspaper. That is the reason I read Deborah Blake’s Saturday post on Sunday morning.
I slept late yesterday, and since the time moved forward into daylight savings time, it was well past mid-morning when I had my tea and morning “paper.” Bleary and lazy, I read Deborah’s post on Springing forward, called “Spring Forward: Time for a Change.” In her post, Deb wisely claims the time change as a time for magic, to spring forward into a new habit and a new routine. It’s like the “boing” of the spring pushes her to be more magical, wise, and witchy. What a good idea, I thought, a sort of refreshing mini-new-time-resolution.
Especially since I’m not fond of the whole spring forward thing. I miss the hour we lose. Although on balance, we are gaining daylight and our sunlit days become longer and more hopeful. You might ask, what is so Pagan about time change? It’s like many constructed holidays and changes in our environment, even though it isn’t spiritual per se, it has an impact on our lives. In the fullness of our lives, everything is magical and everything is full of possibility. Daylight Savings Time, unless you live in parts of Indiana, is part of the rhythm of our lives and our Universe. Why not, as Deb says, tap into that energy.
Usually I feel like the energy is out of control as time propels me into spring and summer. It’s an exciting idea to harness the power of the spring and move with the energy. I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes [once a dork, always a dork] from Richard III by Shakespeare, “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer….” Why not spring into glory! Snap!
So what will I spring into? Something I’m excited about. My doctor recommended and I followed up on signing up for a year-long program of diabetes prevention. I long to prevent diabetes in my life and I think I can do this program but I also have a history of failure in terms of this kind of change. Now I’m going to spring myself from the shackles of failure. It’s time to spring into this. As I will it, so shall it be!
YES! GO GAIL!! I can’t wait to read about your progress. Deb is awesome, isn’t she?
Yes! GO GAIL!! I can’t wait to read about your progress! Deb is awesome, isn’t she?
Aw 🙂 I inspired Gail and Kallan thinks I’m awesome. You guys made my day!
I like to call myself “the Everyday Witch” (as opposed, for instance, to Ellen Dugan, the Garden Witch”) because part of my philosophy for magical living is that it is important to integrate my spiritual beliefs into my day-to-day life. This was just one more opportunity to do so. Sometimes I have to stand on my head (metaphorically speaking) to get a different look at things, and find a new way to make them useful. I’m glad you found the idea useful too! In this case, I was trying to find a way to hit a “reboot” button on habits I was trying to change, and this day seemed like a good time to do so.