Getting the Best of Us

Getting the Best of Us

Photo Amy Blackthorn. Deck: Pythia Botanical Oracle

What has been getting the best of my thoughts and actions lately?

I was trained in a traditional coven from the time I was eighteen.  Though I left the group after a personal tragedy, I still remain friends with most of those people, twenty years later.  The litany was always, “Who does it serve?” We were encouraged from the time we were dedicated, through the priesthood to examine our thoughts, our believes, to challenge our egos, our beliefs and our coven hierarchy to examine why we do the things that we do.  We were challenged to make sure that our actions were in the best interest of as many people as possible.  In service to the Gods.

I’m often asked why I write on certain topics, why I create the art that I do, and how I got to where I am today.  The long and short of it are, that I want to help people.  Whether it is a goal of writing a book, starting a coven, or growing as a person, as well as a Witch, I want to help people grow.  Facing the things that we fear allows us to dig deep and examine both why we feel the way we do, and how we respond to those fears, the impact that our actions have on others.

“Shadow work” is a term that has been on the public mind since March 2020, when pandemic shutdowns had the populace at large struggling to cope with their inner demons in the face of isolation. Facing the things that harm us, both in the physical and emotional well-being is the name of the game.  We fight so hard to not have to look at ourselves that we invent new problems. Facing my fears is just as difficult for me, as it is the next person.

Adding the next layer of seeking to pay service to the gods, can make the struggle even more poignant.  Now we are no longer simply looking in the mirror, we are looking for the gods in that same mirror.  I’m an author, and a public figure, yes, but I’m also doing the best I can to make the world a better place, every single day.  Whether it is a small gesture, or a large one, and I feel like we can all do something small, each and every day, even from within the confines of lockdown, to make someone’s load a little lighter.  Not for ourselves, but for everyone else.

In Her Service,

Amy Blackthorn