As I’ve been getting stronger, I’ve really tried to work on getting out more. There are still a lot of things I can’t do (long shopping trips, for one, or places with a lot of stairs), but my S.O. and I find activities we can share and try to make them as Jecca-accessible as possible.
Earlier this week, we went to see Rogue One (which was tons of fun, and hit all of the right nostalgia buttons). Since it was my turn to pick our next date, I said I wanted to go to the beach. Sure, it’s not beach weather, but it’s kind of a “thing” for me to want to visit the beach in winter — it’s cold, but it’s so empty and peaceful. So, go the beach we did.
We didn’t find a whole lot, but did manage to pick up a bunch of bits of shells with interesting colors and patterns (I’m planning to fill a little glass bottle with them). I had packed along a bag for any trash we encountered, but (surprisingly) the beach was very clean. Aside from the occasional bottle cap or bit of fiberglass washed over from the marina, there really wasn’t much to pick up. There was a little stream that cut off a bit of the beach from the rest of the sand, so I picked out a safe spot and set some of my rocks down to get clean in some of that nice, bright, running water energy.
I made my best find when we were on our way out, however…
Sweetgum balls! I really didn’t think I’d spot any this time of year, and I wasn’t expecting to meet any sweetgum trees where we were going. I hadn’t seen any near where we live, either — I’d actually been debating buying or trading for some of these from a witch in more favorable botanical circumstances.
Sweetgum balls, sometimes called witches’ balls, are an ingredient often used for protection and hex-breaking. Some people use them for prosperity magick, but I’ve never really tried them that way. Using sweetgum balls is often as easy as keeping some around in a jar, burying them, or incorporating them into a witch’s bottle. I like putting them in a bowl after dressing them with ingredients that promote whatever effect I’m looking for. With the way 2017 is already shaping up to be, we could probably use all of the protection we can get!
What did you do for New Year’s Eve?