Monday, June 27, 2016

6 Months of Grief Project: Day 143

Widowed Witch

This is Day 143 of my #6MonthsOfGrief Project. To learn more about this practice, feel free to visit Day One, where I explain this project in more detail.

I've been thinking a lot about the connections between widows and witches. Both are often solitary and without men. Both stay up all night and have a deep understanding of the cycles of life and death. I am pulling back on the strings of my ancient ancestry. I am asking for help from all the widowed witches of the past.

The old myths and stories have always helped me. Someone who constantly inspires me to keep understanding the power of the story is Dr. Martin Shaw and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story. If you ever get a chance to see him speak or take a workshop with him, do it! He wrote a great piece this week on the vote on the referendum of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, but I think it's helpful on a deeper level of understanding why bad things happen in the world:
"...our life will never be ordinary, actually. Never. No matter how hard we try. You are going to be faced with furious giants waving cudgels, nights sobbing raw throated in a hollow tree, sea journeys over vikings waves, padding crisp tundra snow to steal one whisker from a Siberian tiger. You may experience much of this in a small hamlet in western Canada with an aging population, but it’ll come. It may be disguised as divorce, opportunity, illness, depression, solitude, but it’ll come." from to hell with ordinary by Dr. Martin Shaw

 I am living my own story. I am the widow that once was joyful and hopeful, but was thrust out into the dark woods. I trudge on alone. Sometimes a caravan of families pass me and give me wine and food. We share our stories over the fire and then we part ways and I am alone again. Where am I going? When will this journey end? I keep my heart and eye on the moon to guide me. I think about walking into the ocean and joining the turtles and sea lions. I want to let them devour me, and my leftover pieces become mere flotsam and jetsam, swirling into the depths. Until then, I trudge along, my trusty tuxedo kitties at my side.


I am very aware that this project can bring up a lot around yours or other's grief and loss, I will always follow every post with some online grief support resources that have helped me. Please feel free to let me know of online support that you have found healing in your grief, as well:

Living with Grief Resources:

And remember, I am sharing this project on a variety of platforms, including my InstagramTwitter, & Facebook feeds, as well as my Pinterest page on Grief. I use the hashtag #6MonthsOfGrief, so it can easily be found on any platform. Please share this project with anyone you think might need it.

Thank you, and see you tomorrow.

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