While many practitioners (including myself) celebrated the Pagan ‘Thanksgiving’ during Mabon earlier in the year, conventional Turkey Day for many has yet to arrive. A time for giving thanks for who and what we all have in our lives, it can also present itself in other detrimental ways. Think toxic relatives or forced participation in festivities – even when it goes against your beliefs.
And let us not get started on the horrific history this holiday is rooted in.
I was thinking about past events where I was in attendance among family members and others who were not well-mannered in the slightest. Snide comments, inappropriate questions, and touchy conversation subjects were all on the table alongside the traditional fare. But as I advanced in my craft, I grew more confident and in turn a lot more bold when it came to protecting myself. And with the fast approaching holiday looming over many heads, I’m here to share three ways to add magick to Thanksgiving that will hopefully make it bearable.
- GROUNDING OIL
Grounding is an essential tool for surviving not only for big events, but everyday life as well. Being physically present in our bodies and in the moment is an important facet of our mental health. And when our defenses are down, the last thing we need is confrontation.
Being ungrounded can present physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Some symptoms mimic panic attacks with sweaty palms, shaky hands, shallow breathing, feeling like the room is closing in on you, etc. It can also manifest in feeling lightheaded or unable to find your words when asked inappropriate questions. No fun to say the least.
In response to these issues I suffered from, I started making my own Grounding Oil. Using herbs that encourages protection, peace, and the creation of boundaries, I found myself feeling more confident in these situations.
GROUNDING OIL RECIPE
1/8 Cup Grapeseed Oil
4 drops Rosemary
3 drops Lavender
1 drop Mugwort
1 drop Sage
Visualization while blending the oils is tremendously important. Picture what you wish this Grounding Oil will do for you in those unomfortable situations. Inhale the aroma and feel within you that your creation is your magick.
Always be sure to label your concotion with what it is and when you made it. Store oils in dark glass bottles. This keeps light from infiltrating the oils and denaturing them.
To Use: Before the event, anoint yourself at pressure points while visualizing how you wish things to go.
- WORRY STONES
The beauty of worry stones – besides being physically beautiful – is that they utilize acupressure, an act that stimulates multiple nerve endings. Pressure points connect with the meridians in our bodies which in turn triggers certain facets of the brain. These facets release endorphins which relieve stress, tension and anxiety.
I have a favorite worry stone. It’s made from peach moonstone and it has comforted me in countless situations. Besides being portable, it is easily hidden from any prying, nosy eyes. It’s easy to keep it in a pocket and inconspicuously rub it. I’ve found that when a person without any social couth corners me, rubbing my worry stone transfers my anxious energy directly into it.
I double down on the stress relief by adding a few drops of my Grounding Oil on top of my worry stone.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS RESEARCH YOUR STONE AND MAKE SURE IT CAN TAKE OIL AND WON’T BE DESTROYED
- SIGILS, SIGILS, SIGILS
If you’re not familiar with sigils, I highly suggest you research and educate yourself on the subject. I’ve written about them previously in this post ‘Sigil Magick: Expectation vs Reality’:
“Simply put, a sigil is a symbol. This magickal symbol represents the intent of the practitioner. It is charged with energy through various methods and then aids in materializing said intention.”Printable Witchcraft, ‘Sigil Magick: Expectation vs Reality
Concentrated magick at its finest, sigils can be applied in so many different kinds of ways. A very common practice is to apply sigil magick to food prep. Marking sigils into a pie crust before baking or adding one by drawing the symbol in the air with your finger over a casserole and filling it with your intent are a couple of examples. These methods are especially appropriate for the holiday with food at the center of it.
You may want to volunteer to make an sigil-filled appetizer and make sure everyone at Thanksgiving eats some of it. That way you’re not waiting for the main course or dessert before the guests chomp into your magick.
Using your magick to turn difficult encounters into better ones can make things run smoothly for everyone involved. These techniques are relatively easy, but always make sure to do your own research. Bright Blessings and have a Happy Thanksgiving to all who observe it!