A Wiccan Journey: Harmonizing with Nature

bracletteSome of you may know that I am a Pagan. More precisely, a solitary Wiccan. It’s a spiritual belief that I’ve followed for almost fifteen years. I’m not a spell casting Wiccan; instead I strive to find my place – a balance in my life with nature, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t cast the odd spell every now and then.

The key word for me is balance. When there’s balance there’s harmony. It can be a daunting task and I do some strange things to make sure things are flowing smoothly. Everyone has a dark side whether they want to believe it or not, and I feel strongly that unless we explore that side of our personality, give it some attention, it will fester like a boil until it ruptures and inflicts toxins into our soul. Enough toxins and those dark thoughts or ideas begin to manifest on the outside in our attitudes and the way we treat other living things.

I believe that balance comes from understanding both sides; the dark and the light. If you’ve read any of my books you may have noticed they tend to be a little on the dark side. I explore this side through my writing. Allowing my creativity to delve into worlds and ideas as a way of understanding those deep dark places of my soul.

I counter that with learning about crystals and other metaphysical beliefs. Chakra balancing, meditation, and keeping an open mind when it comes to new ideas help me to understand the light side of my personality. I carry three crystals with me to work every day; turquoise, mahogany obsidian and golden calcite. They help me to communicate, strengthen my confidence and keep me grounded. Using my creativity for this is all about colour. Different shades of reds, blues, greens and everything in between come together in my fascination with beauty and makeup. My interest in nail art isn’t new. I’ve always been drawn to it, but it’s only been recently that I found a way to incorporate it into my life and this is why I’m learning about nail art and other aesthetic applications. For me, it feeds my confidence and learning and creating with these pallets utilizes my creative side.

There is one drawback to balancing my energies; I notice more frequently when nature is more turbulent. It manifests itself as headaches, anxiety, or that feeling of just being ‘off’. Storms are the worst, especially in the summer. Suddenly finding myself wide awake in the middle of the night with no reason (until I hear the distant sound of thunder) is exasperating, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay for finding inner peace and my place within nature.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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