A witchy self-care routine is, by my personal definition, a routine that includes elements of magick: divination, energy work, moon watching, spiritual connection and healing.
In this blog post I’m going to share my own personal witchy self-care routine and some ideas about what you can add to yours.
Creating a witchy self-care routine
For me, adding magickal elements to my self-care routine brought deeper healing, closer connection, and a better understanding of myself.
Magick is a term I first heard of about two years ago, although it’s definition is something I’d been familiar with for years.
Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity to will…the science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions. It is the art of applying that understanding in action. Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley used this spelling of magick to differentiate between stage magic, where bunnies are pulled out of hats and such, as well as to define anything that moves a person closer to fulfilling their true will.
Magick to me is another term that describes the law of attraction. It’s working with energy in order to manifest a beautiful life.
It’s not gimmicky, evil, privilege to only certain people, or something that requires certain religious beliefs or affiliations.
Magick is simply you, being intentional about your life and working with all of the beautiful energies around you.
My favorite witchy self-care elements
There are numerous ways to add witchy elements into your self-care routine. I’m going to be sharing my favorite ways since I’m most familiar with those.
I always recommend to explore what you feel drawn to and discard the rest. That’s what I do. Some things I’m just not interested in!
Customize your self-care routine to fit YOU. Below I’m sharing witchy elements to self-care and at the end, I’ll share a summarized example of my witchy self-care routine.
Working with the moon
Probably the most transformational witchy element of my self-care routine is following the energy of the moon every month.
This means I usually have four self-care rituals each month, and every morning I fill out a morning worksheet that’s tailored to the current energy of the moon.
I have found working with the moon’s energy to be so powerful and healing because the moon is a reminder to touch on all aspects of self-care and manifestation.
Most people get stuck in the masculine “action” phase of life because that’s what our society gives value to. We’re highly esteemed if we hustle, push, and work hard.
But logic and common sense also tells us that isn’t sustainable. Nor does it give much in the way of truly connecting with yourself and releasing what needs to be healed.
The moon has four main phases: reflecting and setting intentions, taking inspired action, celebrating and giving gratitude, and releasing and going within.
By following the moon every month, you’re touching on all aspects of self-care and manifestation.
The moon worksheet bundle has been very transformational in my life, so I’d highly recommend it if you’re wanting to begin implementing moon magic into your self-care routine.
Divination is the practice of receiving guidance from whatever higher source you believe in–your subconcious, your higher self, spirit guides, angels, god or goddess, etc.
My favorite form of divination has been oracle cards.
I really cannot count the number of times I have been left with tears streaming down my face because the cards I pulled were so insanely accurate.
Using oracle cards to connect with something higher than myself to receive guidance has absolutely brought deep healing to me, along with reassurance, inspiration, and courage.
I have never used tarot cards because I just haven’t been drawn to them, but they are pretty much like oracle cards. I prefer oracle cards because they’re more open to interpretation.
Usually every morning when I’m filling out my morning worksheet, there’s a section on it to record a daily card pull (from the moon worksheet bundle). My favorite deck for a daily card pull is the Daily Guidance from Your Angels Deck.
I like to do full spreads during one of my four monthly moon rituals, which consists of pulling five cards. These spreads are very healing and illuminating.
I have lots of decks but these three are my go-to’s. And if I’m really wanting to get more specific guidance, I use the last deck I mentioned, the Wisdom of the Oracle deck.
I wrote a post you can check out here if you want to learn more about working with oracle cards.
Other common forms of divination that you could look into are pendulums (I love these as well), reading tea leaves, scrying, automatic writing, numerology, astrology, palmistry, dowsing, and runecasting (amongst many more).
Crystals are all the rage right now. I’m finding them on every shelf in main supermarkets, mainly with the intent of decor.
But crystals are actually powerful tools for healing and grounding, which is especially helpful for those of us with anxiety and highly sensitive nervous systems.
I have mainly used crystals to ground myself, open chakras, and for healing my womb energy.
You can check out my post here for a full explanation on crystals, how they work and how I use them.
I have mostly grown my crystal collection through witchy subscription boxes.
Here is a small list of my top favorite crystals to work with:
- Black tourmaline: this stone is my favorite for grounding.
- Hematite: this is another favorite stone for grounding. I have a hematite bracelet I like to wear that helps keep me feeling grounding when I’m in social situations.
- Amethyst: I absolutely love the energy of this crystal. I surround myself with amethyst when I pull oracle cards and I’ve found it helps so much with the clarity that comes though.
- Selenite: this is another crystal I love when I’m connecting with a higher source. It helps lift the energy and opens that pathway for higher communication.
- Lepidolite: this is a stone for change, so if you’re going through anything or making changes in your life, this is an amazing crystal to have on hand. It’s very comforting to me.
- Rose quartz: this stone just feels like love. I use it for helping me to grow in my love for self and for calming myself down.
Astrology has honestly blown my mind but also brought me to some very important realizations in the last year.
If you think of astrology as simply the sign you were born in, you haven’t even touched the tips of the iceberg!
For beginners, I would recommend downloading an app like TimePassages in order to find out all of your planet information, or simply go to a site like The Astro Codex (I highly recommend this site).
Your sun sign may be Capricorn, but in what house? The three main signs in your chart are your sun, moon and rising sign.
Once you find out your planets, Google each one. If your sun sign is Libra in the 4th house, google “Libra sun sign in the 4th house”. Begin exploring your chart!
Your jaw will probably drop. Finding out my Mars placement, for example, completely foretold my 20’s. I’m talking very specific experiences.
Here’s what I’ve come to learn though and this is so important. I believe our astrological chart is a guide and gives us major clues into who we are, our weaknesses, our strengths, and what our souls might’ve come here to experience.
BUT…it is not written in stone.
It is simply a blueprint amongst many blueprints that are available to help guide us, but if there’s something you don’t like in your chart, you don’t have to live it.
You are the one with the power. It’s your beliefs, thoughts and intentions that create your reality.
So while I do recommend astrology in order to understand yourself better, I don’t believe that everything you find has to come to be if you don’t want it to.
Working with spirit guides or familiars
One thing that really entered my awareness when I got deeper into self-care and magick was that there are really no coincidences. There are signs everywhere.
I have never written about this before, but one day about a year ago when I was pulling oracle cards, I was sitting there just listening. I asked who was there…who was giving me this beautiful feedback, I asked.
I immediately received the name “Samuel”. All I know is that Sam feels like love and peace to me. Sam is a feeling. I consider Sam my main spirit guide.
Adding witchy elements into your self-care routine means opening yourself up to the unknown. It means trusting your instincts even if the message you received growing up was to do the opposite.
Sam was my unknown. Now he’s like an invisible friend who makes me look crazy, but I honestly don’t care what he really is. He feels good, healing comes when I connect with him, and that’s all that really matters.
Familiars are spirit guides in animal form. I know one of my cats is a familiar. I had visualized him for months before I moved to North Carolina and when I went to find a cat, he sat on my lap and stared into my eyes for the longest time.
He’s also a huge asshole and teaches me patience every day of my life. Probably the biggest lesson I need to learn!
I believe all animals have the capacity to be familiars. They all carry a very pure energy that helps us to reconnect with ourselves.
Begin to look around you and open yourself to the possibility that you aren’t alone. There are guides and messages all around you. Sometimes in the most unlikely of places, like behind the eyes of an animal or the numbers displayed on your clock the moment you look at it.
Energy work & spells
The biggest witchy element you could add to your self-care routine is working with energy.
This is something I never knew or understood before, but after I learned about the law of attraction I realized that this was the main driving force behind witchcraft.
Spells are simply intentions. If you don’t understand the law of attraction and manifestation, read this post. Intentions are the back bone of manifestation.
Working with energy is exactly like utilizing the law of attraction–you decide what you want in your life, visualize it, and feel it into existence.
It’s the power behind my moon manifesting worksheets. It’s the power behind spells.
Here is the short, no-frills process for how to cast a spell (or more commonly known as setting an intention in the non-witchy world):
- Get very clear on what you want to bring into your life. How you want to FEEL, what to you want to BE, what do you want to HAVE? (I have a worksheet for this in my law of attraction worksheet bundle.)
- Visualize what you want. See yourself there and most importantly, feel how it would feel.
- Most spellwork adds an element of ritual, such as working with the energy of a certain herb for example and doing something with it, such as burning it, burying it, or keeping it under your pillow.
I recommend Googling spells if that’s something that you feel called towards. The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells would also be a great resource to start with.
Hearth & kitchen magick
If I had to label what kind of witch I am, I would say I’m a hearth witch. Definitely solitary. The introverted, highly sensitive, empathic house witch. That’s me!
I love the idea of hearth and kitchen magick. It’s basically making your house a home and sanctuary by sprinkling love and magic throughout.
Some ways in which I do this are:
- Energetic clearing (using palo santo or sage to clear the energy throughout my home).
- Plant energy EVERYWHERE!
- Creating cozy spots throughout my home that invite me to connect with myself.
- Intentionally using herbs and love in my food preparation.
I love my home and I spent a great deal of time visualizing and feeling it into existence. You can read about how to manifest the perfect home for you in this post.
Now that I’m here, I’m slowing adding touches of love and soothing, magical energy throughout it. Hearth and kitchen magick in a nutshell is infusing love and intention into your home.
My witchy self-care routine
To put this all into perspective for you, here is a short description of my witchy self-care routine.
When I wake up, I grab a cub of coffee and go to my little spot in the living room (it’s winter right now so I’m sitting by the fireplace every morning…in the summer I’ll sit at my self-care space much more often).
In this space I’ll do my morning self-care, which includes my morning sheet from the moon worksheet bundle. I’ll pull a daily card to feel grounded and inspired before my day really begins.
During the day
Throughout my day, I usually don’t do anything significant besides attempting to stay present and clear. I definitely use my crystals during the day to stay grounded and curb feelings of anxiety if I have them. I simply hold or wear them.
While I clean I may listen to audio books or YouTube recordings that keep me feeling centered. I love listening to Abraham Hicks on YouTube.
I also try to get outside every day and just connect with nature and silence. Placing my hands on trees or in the earth truly sends the most comforting energy through my system.
When I get free moments during the day, I usually spend some time learning more about certain subjects I’m interested in. Lately it’s been astrology.
We’re always expanding and it’s good to just take small bites every day. Never feel like you need to know it all right this minute. Let it be a delicious crumb trail.
Every night, I have a certain wind-down routine. I turn on my string lights and take a shower where I visualize myself being energetically cleansed.
After my shower, I will usually sit at my self-care space and maybe light some palo santo or spritz myself with some witches smudge spray.
If it’s a special moon night (new, quarter or full) I will usually take time to connect with myself and do a moon ritual with my moon worksheets.
With the worksheets, I’ll journal to let go of my worries and thoughts, and just to get in touch with myself. I’ll either set an intention or check-in on my intention.
I always do a full card spread during these rituals, which honestly feels like a therapist visit.
So as you can see, witchy self-care elements are simply woven throughout my day in small but significant ways.
My life has felt so much more magical and meaningful since adding witchy elements to my self-care routine. As I said, I don’t really consider them witchy but just a deeper connection with myself and the spirit world. Which is my definition of witchy, to be honest.
I hope you enjoyed this post! It was a long one. I could just talk all day about this stuff!
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Lots of love,