So, building on my last post (like what you like, don’t like what you don’t like, fuck anyone is who shames you for any of it)… I saw a post today in a witch group, this person posted about how her allergies have been acting up since she started burning incense and candles all the time….
Sis. THEN STOP BURNING INCENSE AND CANDLES.
Your ancestors or godesses or spirits or enery or whatever you are working with will understand, I promise. No religious/spiritual practice should create a sense of obligation in you to continually do something that is causing physical ailments.
Not sure of the origin of the quote, but I’ve read that “tradition is just peer pressure from dead people” I’m not saying abandon them all. Some traditions are wonderful and amazing. And some we outgrow, for a plethora of reasons, allergies being one of them.
Let’s say you have a gluten intolerance. Let’s also say a family tradition of yours is a big ol pasta dinner every Sunday. Now, traditional pasta ain’t gonna work for you. So maybe you start researching amazing vegetable based dishes and you end up opening the worlds first 5 star vegetarian Italian restaurant, all because you were forced to break tradition.
For this lovely lady.. okay, fire ain’t your element. You are being urged to explore other options. Use tea leaves, use plants, use pendulums. For scent, use essential oils in a diffuser. Use supplies that are red and orange to represent the fire. You are being given such an great opportunity to be creative. Maybe she’ll explore and will go on to write a book about creating your own craft and the benefits of non traditional spirituality.
We’re so afraid of going off the well beaten path that we are potentially missing out on the most incredible scenery.
Get lost, be open, start your own traditions.