Being Authentically Me

3/18/2021 Note: Part of this isn’t true anymore. I enjoy creating printable pages with information and spells. This post is in the archive because, once again, things have changed and I’m trying to figure out where my trueness lies.

I’ve been mulling something over in my brain for the last few days and I decided it was finally time to write about it. I feel like I am lacking authenticity here and in my practice. I feel like a complete imposter, even though I know that’s not true. Something’s got to give, so I’m making some changes here.

No more grimoire pages

This is something that’s really been bothering me. I offer free printables that I make of either sabbats, celebrations, and spells. I will be removing this and not making any more from here on out. Some printables will stay because they require you to put in your own work. In the world we live in today, there is a need for instant gratification that I don’t want to contribute to. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it, and it’s something we need to avoid. Witchcraft and paganism demand that you put in the work on your own. I don’t want to become a person or website that is known solely for cute printable pages that require little to no work on the other person’s end. So the printables of sabbats are going away. The printables of the spells are going away – I don’t know if I’ll be sharing any more in-depth spells. Instead, I want to focus on how you can write your own and put in your own work.

Honestly, this has been giving me a bit of anxiety lately. I’ve struggled with wanting to give the people want they want instead of actually giving the people what they need. You don’t need to be spoon-fed the information. You don’t need to have it all handed to you on a silver platter. You don’t need to meet the “aesthetic” of witchcraft. That’s not what this is about. Witchcraft demands your work. It demands your time, your energy, and your practice. Taking information from one person without doing the work for yourself leads to larger issues in the witchcraft community – and I don’t want to be a part of that problem.

A focus on real-life

I intended to use my website and blog to document the reality of witchcraft. No, I won’t show you my spells, my current altar, or any workings that I’ve got going on. That’s just a generally bad idea. What I will talk about is the little things – building relationships with Deity, small acts of magick to keep connected regularly, and larger issues that need to be discussed. This will also involve me going back to basics because of the disconnect I’ve felt with my own practice – witchcraft and pagan alike – and I will bring you with me for that. My podcast and videos aren’t going to change because those are community-led. My blog, on the other hand, will become more personal and more real.

Another focus of real-life includes the practice of making things – crafting for either offerings, in service, or just because. It also includes living a more eco-conscious lifestyle for the Land, for the Gods, and for yourself. These are all things that are important to me, and these are all things that you will see on my site from here on out.

A focus on Irish paganism

I started Round the Cauldron with a focus on Wicca, but my practice led me in another direction. I’m trying to juggle too many plates at this point and will no longer be writing about Wicca or other pagan practices. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of websites, books, and sources that you can find for those subjects. I will be focusing on my own pagan and witchcraft practice. Over the next week or so, my website will be undergoing some major formatting and content changes. Anything that does not align with what I’m currently practicing will not be deleted, it will just be archived. That history is a part of who I am as a practicing pagan and witch, and I can’t discount the role that has played in my spiritual development. However, it will no longer have front-page attention in my own space. I can acknowledge it and learn from it, but it is time to let it go.

I hope you decide that your time here is still worth it. If not, I can understand if we need to part ways. Just know that instant gratification, while nice in the moment, never gets anyone very far in the long run.

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