I have to admit that for a long time I was either one side or the other. After a ritual or working I would either be totally wiped out – or I would just be bouncing off the walls. I’m sure I’m not the only soul on this planet who has had this experience. This blog post will give you my end of things and how I have dealt with this issue.
It took a long time – but I realized that the reason I would be fatigued after a ritual or working because I simply made it all about me. I put too much ‘me’ into it instead of relying on the assistance I called on. Like most witches I do call the elements to protect my circle. Instead of putting my trust in the energies of the elements – I took it upon myself to do it all. Although I invite divine female and male to join and enhance my circle – still – it was all just me.
Was that wrong? Well maybe not. Who am I to say it is wrong? I will say that it just didn’t work for me – and if you’re reading this and have experienced this then you’re probably feeling it is wrong for you too.
Most times (especially as a new practitioner) it is really hard to disconnect yourself – especially after planning rituals and putting so much energy into it – but you have to release it. When you don’t – this is when you may find you have way too much energy after a ritual or working. You have to release it!
I will wholeheartedly agree that most of the time it can feel really anti climatic when you’ve taken the time to raise that energy then just let it go – but it really has to be done. There will always be some residual energy – but inside your circle (or wherever it is that you do your rituals or workings) but when you notice it why not just offer it? Offer it to the universe. Offer it to whoever may need it. Each time you make that offering – the next time you do ritual and maybe you feel totally worn out – a portion of that energy will be there for you. Cakes and ale (or eating and drinking something in a ritual setting) why not push some of that excess energy into those items – so when you leave your libation you are making an offering of that extra energies.
Grounding, of course, is another alternative. For some folks (myself being one of them) this can be difficult to master. Why do I have a hard time? Well – I have obviously spent a lot of time raising the energy for a certain purpose and just to ‘throw it away’ just seems wasteful to me. Again – I have a huge issue with making things about ‘me’ and I shouldn’t – but I am being totally honest here.
An alternative is to store that excess energy into a vessel of some sort. A crystal, a jar with a lid – whatever you want. I have a couple crystals that I use as a storage unit. This means that when I am not feeling on the same vibration frequency as my circle – I will leech from one of those crystals until the energies of myself and the energies of my circle are even. Again – it is all still under my control and ‘me me me’ – but this is something I have to work on and have been working on. On that same vein of thought – I own my circle. The circle I cast is mine. Everything that happens is because I manifested it or made it happen.
Those excess energies, or lack of energies – are because of you. You have to deal with those energies to keep your physical self and your energy or spiritual self are balanced.
Here are some suggestions to equalize energies before you ‘pick up’ your circle:
Write (something short like: headache, tired etc) – deal with those before you leave.
dump energies into a vessel (breathe into a bottle and seal it, hold a crystal, charge items)
cakes and ale (the act of eating and drinking can bring you back into the reality of the physical and out of the spiritual)
wipe your hands, feet, shoulders and ‘flick’ the energies into the air
Take a moment to really release it – or ask for a little something!
Eating something is very much part of my practice. Maybe I just haven’t mastered harnessing the universal powers yet – but after serious spell work or even a ritual I am wiped. I’m exhausted! Eating something has always been part of my magickal practice.
Lack of eating (fasting) has also been part of my practice. Let me tell you – as a fat girl – it is NOT easy to fast.
When to Feast:
As a yummy ‘thank you’ to your guides
When to Fast:
Asking the universe for a favor (gotta give something to get something)
Asking for anything that would be considered ‘above and beyond’
I eat something every day in my little sacred space. I offer the first bit of food to my Goddess, Hecate. When she has her offering and her candle is lit – then I eat.
Maybe this sounds crazy – but sometimes I even talk to her. Sometimes I talk out loud as if she were physically with me. There are times I communicate with her psychically. I would say most of my communication with her is ‘silent’. I anoint her feet with oil only used for her. I change her stones around (she has different stones at her feet at different times). I sprinkle some Hecate Water (rain water that has been charged under a dark moon) on her head.
I feast to say ‘thanks’ and I fast to say ‘please’.
All workings leave me tired. Many friends have told me that I should be tapping into the universe to channel my energy – but that doesn’t make sense to me. The energy of the universe is not my energy. I should use my energy and my intent in my workings to give it power. That’s my philosophy anyway.
Food as part of a ritual is really quite central to my practice. I always offer food to guests, too. I like to think that the positive energy of food radiates. If you eat something good or you eat something which replenishes you – then you will feel more positive and energized. I love to have a big glass of ice water and a big glass of ice cold wine during and after all my workings and rituals along with a fruit of some kind.