Welcome to Witchcraft Wednesday, witches and friends! I know, it’s been a while. I feel terrible, but also I don’t so, you know, weigh that up.
Anyway, today I want to address something that a few people in my IRL world have asked me about witchery:
“OBW, how do you maintain being a witch and working a normal job?”
Jokes, they don’t call me OBW, but anyway.
How can one work a “normal” (read: non-magickal) job and also be a practising witch? How can we meld together the beautiful and different facets of our lives to create a fondue of career, witchcraft and balance? Well, if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know that it’s not always easy. We get tired, and we get worn down, and sometimes, our witchcraft practice gets left behind.
So today, I bring to you:
Ten Ways to Witch Under the Radar
10 / BYO Crystals
CRYSTALS EVERYWHERE! Gather your most favourite crystals from home and migrate them into your work life. They may be a conversation starter, but nobody’s actually going to go, “WITCH!” unless they also read this article and you both showed up with an armful of citrine and rose quartz on Thursday morning.
09 / Herbalism
You all know (unless you’re new, welcome) that I love me some herbalism, and herbalism, or, rather, herbal remedies, were my comfy space when it came to leaning into more public witchcraft. I’m not talking about poultices and “take this by the light of the full moon wearing nothing but what the Goddess gave you”; I’m talking… “Oh, your stomach is hurting? Here, have a peppermint/ginger tea.” Or, “have you ever tried using vetiver in your bath along with lavender to help you sleep?”
These little dabbles can be a great way to exercise and stretch your witch muscles at work when you’re feeling rusty.
08 / Daily Card Pull
This one is not so much for at work, but, before you set off in the morning (or before you start your first Zoom meeting), consider pulling a card for yourself to set the tone for your day. You can just pull at random, or you can ask questions, such as:
“What can I work on today to improve my working relationships?”
“How can I foster a sense of community in my workplace?”
“What can I do to control my rage when I run into Wallace in the kitchen today?”, for example. I don’t know, that one’s up to you, witchy pals. I don’t know anyone called Wallace, that’s why I’ve used that name.
07 / Lunchtime Meditation Sesh
I love this one. If you get a lunch break, or even if you don’t, take five minutes out of your day to recentre yourself and ground. You can do this by standing outside in the sunshine with your eyes closed; or you could just stick your airpods in at your desk and listen to a quick guided meditation. Either way – on most days, but especially high-pressure days, I find that five minutes of meditation can help me reset and get back to business.
06 / Practise Kindness
Okay, this is kind of a human thing as well as a witch thing, but it’s important. As witches, we understand the balance of energy that keeps the world turning, so if someone is being an *rsehole, maybe they’re having a super bad day. Maybe instead of being like, “STOP STEALING MY STAPLER, WALLACE!” you could try asking Wallace if he’s alright, or if he needs help finding his own lost stapler. So on and so forth.
05 / Kitchen Witchery
This is a trick I love, although ‘trick’ makes it sound bad. I love to bring in a little something for co-workers, maybe like muffins, or flowers, or whatever, but infuse a whole lot of loving witchcraft into them. Productivity Pastries! Confidence Cannoli! Stability Sandwiches. You get the picture. Bring something nice, and woo-woo your woo into them. You know? Spread that witchy gift, friends.
04 / Sigils & Signatures
I like to think of my signature as a sigil of sorts – a representation of myself that I add to the work that I do. Once or twice a week I might get a massive pile of signing to do, and that can seem super f*cking tedious, right? So try this: each time you initial a timesheet, you are blessing the money that goes to a colleague. Every contract you sign is a manifestation of the success that you and others have worked so hard for. Make sure you love your signature – it should be a part of you. Then sign with a flourish. Quill optional.
03 / Feel the Vibes
You know some days you walk into the office and you’re like, WHOA THERE, NELLY. The energy is R-O-U-G-H and it hits you like a big, cement wall. So use those powers of witchery to put a crack in that sh*tty old wall, and encourage some tendrils of happiness to spring through. Do an unexpected tea round (British witches will understand that this may, in fact, cause disruption, use this magick with caution). Make an effort to cheer people up – just use your own, calm boss witch demeanour to bring some relief to the room. If all else fails, I highly recommend Champagne Thursday as a quick remedy for office blues.
02 / Listen & Learn
If you, like me, can kind of get away with listening to things while you work, I heartily recommend spending some time (when you’re not on the clock) making a list of witchy podcasts and audiobooks that you’d like to listen to but rarely have the time for. Then, when you’re whacking your personal sigil on all of those timesheets, pop on an episode and listen to some other badass boss witches talking about all the cool sh*t they know and do! Here are some to get you started:
01 / Incantation
I use this one a lot, actually. Kind of like affirmations, or mantras – speaking things into existence. Par example, say it’s Monday and I am really bummed out about it, but I don’t want to be bummed out about it, because I am so grateful to have a job etc. On the drive to work, I take the time to focus my energy on what I want to accomplish that day. Sometimes, that’s just, “get the f*ck through this day”. Sometimes it’s like, “I will finish the cost report” or “I am going to smash this exec meeting today”. You get the picture? It’s like doing tiny, mini magical spells, all while enjoying your morning commute and listening to podcasts and preparing to be nice to people as you feed them homemade muffins and lead an impromptu meditation session.
How do you integrate witchery into your everyday life?