Spirituality, Tattoos, and Phases

I’ve never really talked about my spiritual beliefs on my blog, but there is a first time for everything, yeah?

I am a solitary Eclectic Wiccan.

“Maddie, what the hell does that even mean??”

Oi, chill. I’m getting there.

So, an Eclectic Wiccan is someone who practices a newer form of Wicca that has developed from a combination of several types of traditions to form a new tradition.  A solitary practitioner is a person who prefers to practice the craft alone rather than with a group.

“Madds, that’s dope and all, but why is this suddenly necessary for us to know?”

I’m getting there! You know I love a good lead up to a story. Besides, I gave it away with the picture.

So, the reason I have decided that my universe-guided spirituality was worth telling you about is because I wanted to talk about my new tattoo!

I have been planning on getting this tattoo for awhile, but I always like to wait to get inked until the meaning of the tattoo really “hits home.”

I got the phases of the moon, good ‘ol Luna, tattooed on my ribcage this past week. As a Wiccan, the moon is an integral part of my life. The phase of the moon suggests what sort of opportunities, or lack there of, lie ahead.

New Moon: New beginnings, fresh starts, optimism

Waxing Moon: Building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, growth, learning

Full Moon: Abundance, wish-fulfillment, manifesting desires, sexuality, protection

Waning Moon: Letting go, cleansing, releasing, undoing bindings, making space

Dark Moon: Rest, Peace, deep wisdom, getting in touch with the self

So, I got this tattoo to remind me of one of the very philosophies that govern my life; but, there is another reason.

Thanks to my Wiccan background, I have come to respect the idea that life mimics nature. Along that line of thought, I believe that life happens in phases just like the moon.

Now, I don’t mean phases in the “it’s not a phase mom” way. Nah, I mean phases as in steps in one’s journey or development as an individual. In my current phase of life, I really needed a reminder that life is a state of constant growth. Where I am now, the things I’m dealing with mentally/emotionally… well, it’s all temporary. The bad stuff cannot last forever. But, on the flip side of that coin, neither can the wonderful.

So, I got this tattoo to remind myself that life is a series of temporary phases that each serve a purpose. I do not want to live life by trembling in the corner of my brain, fearing the things that are coming or mourning the things that have passed. Nah, I want to take in everything and truly live every moment. I want to feel each day to my core and truly experience every part of my life.

It sounds like a bunch of hippie mumbo-jumbo, but by now did you really expect anything different?

Look, if you get anything out of reading this article, I hope it’s this:

Stop living like you’re going to be stuck in the same place forever. Everything is temporary. It’s a sad thought I guess, but ya know, it’s real. Nothing lasts forever, good or bad. So ya know, just experience everything fully. Every emotion, every twist and turn. Experience and live through each phase. They are all a part of your journey.

xxxx

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