Our beautiful daughter is studying for her GCSEs at the moment and her main subject is art so she has an easel, a drawing board, paints, brushes, canvas, sketch pads...and all manner of other bits and bobs to work with on her projects and exams which was all stuffed in her bedroom and which she would bring down each day to work at on the dining room table.
It dawned on me yesterday that it would make far more sense and a lot less stress for her if the art supplies were stored in the dining room by the table that she works on...the solution was for me to pack away all my witchy goodies into boxes to store in the conservatory freeing up the dresser for art supplies.
It didn't take long with all of us pitching in before the dresser became an art cupboard and two big cardboard boxes of witchiness stood in the conservatory...I felt a little tinge of sadness but surprisingly only a teeny one before I came to a realisation.
Don't worry I am not abandoning my pathway! Far from it actually. But what has happened over the years is that my pathway twists and turns and I follow on wherever it takes me. The light bulb moment I had was that actually I hadn't opened that cupboard in weeks, probably months.
My pathway is that of a kitchen/hedge witch (if you want to give it a label) and as such over the years I have used less and less tools to the point where I can't actually remember the last time I used a wand, an athame or a chalice. I don't necessarily follow the sabbats any more either (my W&P blog post here explains) so my main altar is fairly simple and I don't use a lot of 'whistles and bells' on it, preferring to put fresh flowers or herbs from the garden and any natural items I find on it instead.
I am currently writing Witchcraft...into the wilds which is actually all about working without tools of any kind and tapping into the energy around us so it made perfect sense to pack all the paraphernalia away...because I don't use it! This is a huge prompt for me to work with what nature has provided, I don't need to sit at an altar indoors every day (although I do still have a small altar on my desk and one in the conservatory...a girl can't have too many altars) what I have already been doing is stepping outside into the garden every morning to 'test the air' and see what the energy is that day whilst connecting with the divine.
So not only do we have an art storage solution but also a push for me to move forward into the next phase of my Craft...even though I have been doing it already for some considerable time!
I love it when the universe kicks my butt into gear...