Before I journeyed, I prayed about what's been troubling me, to help center me and guide my journey. In essence, I have been floundering in my practice for the last couple of years. Now that I am engaged and building a home and a life with my sweetheart, I feel like it's time to get back on the (magickal) horse. I've been going to shamanic journey classes led by a good friend of mine, and while that's a good start it's not enough.
When I was in a coven, I practiced regularly, but mostly only with the group. And unfortunately, I gave so much that the group - unwittingly, I'm sure - sucked me dry and left me unable to practice much at home.
Now that I'm solitary again, I have much more energy for journeying, magick, etc. Except that without that structure of regular coven rituals and meetings and such, I find myself getting lax about practicing.
So I asked Gwynn for guidance. He told me that my home, my every day life needs to be more magickal - basically I need that everyday foundation to get me into the right head space for regular practice. For starters, he reminded me that I need stronger, more stable wards. Then he showed me the cover of a book I've had for years but never read - The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington.
So I guess I have some reading to do! And some magicking to do around our home, too. ("Magicking" is a word, right? Well if it's not, I'm making it a word right now.)
As I write this, I'm also reminded that for a while there, I was saying a daily prayer of gratitude. I should really get back to doing that, starting right now:
Thank you for my existence.
Thank you for what health I retain.
Thank you for clarity of mind.
Thank you for my love.