Part of my commitment to myself in 2012 is "going back to basics." I heard several bloggers and podcasters this year (in the Pagan community) talk about "doing the stuff." Their goal for 2011 was to observe the wheel of the year, the esbats & sabbats and to commit to truly connecting to their practice. Well, I've been doing the stuff!
This month marks the completion (when I get my homework handed in) of my second year of study with The Temple of Witchcraft. I've truly enjoyed the experience, and the in-depth look into my own personal practice, my beliefs and my magick. But I'm exhausted! Esbats, sabbats, planetary associations and hours, potion and incense crafting, spells, rituals, solitary vs coven work, and on and on... It has been endlessly fascinating and a wonderful experience and I highly recommend Christopher Penczak's "Temple" series of books and the courses if you are so inclined.
For me, I'll be taking 2012 off from active study and re-connecting with the basics. I've already had a head start, meeting with a small group every two weeks, and discussing beginner topics and basic energy work. A few of us are going to a basic meditation class (middle Eastern style) and I plan to take some time to practice the Tarot more in-depth and continue to work on my herbal studies. I'm hardly resting, but choosing to be drawn in deeper to those things that form the foundation of my beliefs.
As a treat to encourage your own exploration of the basics, I'm offering a "Back to Basics" giveaway, which includes a wonderful book on basic energy work by Maya Om:
And the classic beginner's Tarot deck, the Rider-Waite Tarot.
I'll draw for this set in one week, on Friday, December 23rd! Good luck!