|ghost resin, cherry, blonde amber, cinnamon, storax, copal, dragons blood|
I consider myself a Northwestern witch; the plants with whom I have my deepest spiritual connection are native to my home here, I was raised in the broader Coastal tribal community, the mystical perspectives I've learned and brought into my life is drawn from this land and the spirits here. Though I draw from my ancestors and the cultural faith in which I was raised as a Native American of mixed-raced decent, it is bonded to my religion-of-the-land, my devotion to this beautiful Emerald City. Having spent my life up here in the Pacific Northwest, I'd consider what I do to be intrinsically tied to this land specifically, to the Evergreen forests of Washington and the sapphire blue waters of the Puget Sound. I'm proud to have forged so many kinds of relationships with this land and her people and her inhabitants. It makes me feel like what I do is truly sacred- bridging my multicultural upbringing with my spiritual devotion to this land and all land.
On a personal note...
I've found myself preoccupied over the last few months with writing, with reinventing myself, with discovering how deep down my social anxiety goes. It's normal for introverts to crave their silence, it's entirely another thing to be so phobic of social interaction. While summer is a time for connections, for freedom and participation, hermits like me don't get out much. I spend most of my time alone in the wood with my sickle, or getting in to shape (I'm 50 lbs down, 15 to go until my goal weight!), or reading, writing and working out my issues. It's become harder to be around others- their emotional dependence becomes too much for me to handle, the need, the obligation, the forced conversations, the burden of carrying the misery of others... I've decided to seek therapy again, hopefully with a better doctor this time, someone who wont try to help me with pharmaceuticals they've been bribed to prescribe (like most doctors these days). Luckily where I live, there are options for herbal remedies that are not available to everyone else in the world or the country and with a little help from my friend, I get by.
End of summer blessings upon you all.