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  Awareness, it’s a word that’s tossed around a lot these days. Usually it’s used in conjunction with the latest popular cause, but what does it mean to us as Pagans? Well, I kinda think it’s a HUGE chunk of what we’re all about.

As we go along our respective Paths, we must become “Aware” of a great many things. We must become aware of Our Surroundings, Ourselves, Universal Energies, and the Cycles of Nature.

So what does it mean exactly…to become aware? It is taking the things you know (or think you know) to a whole new level of understanding. All of those Oprah “Aha Moments”, those would be moments of gaining awareness with a nice catch phrase. 😉

Now here’s where I ramble a bit (I know how y’all love it when the Pixie rambles, lol). Let’s break down those few broader categories I mentioned previously.

Awareness of Our Surroundings:

This goes way beyond “I’m standing on the corner of 31st & Elm ST and it’s raining.” Being aware of your surroundings includes the moods and behaviors of those you come into contact with, as well as an understanding of how your words and/or actions may effect them. It is being able to sense the overall “mood” in a room, or even an area outdoors. It also goes to practical things, like knowing which way you’re headed by being able to use the path of the sun. Paying attention to, and understanding the moods of pets and wildlife. In other words “being in tune” with the people and nature that are all around us. If you are plugged into your surroundings, things tend to go more smoothly and things are less hectic…at least in my experience. If I am feeling out of touch, well, then I truly feel lost…I become discombobulated (<= love that word!) and things just become chaotic. Once I take a moment to ground and center myself once again…things become much clearer and I am a happy Pixie once more.

Awareness of Self:

This is perhaps the most difficult for many. It involves delving into One’s history and exploring even the nasty bits, learning from every incident. Understanding why we did what we did, and hopefully to know we have grown since then. It is to be mindful of our thoughts, and our words, as well as our body language. It is knowing that every thought, word, or action we think, say, or do will send ripples through the Universe….creating some kind of change. Whether these changes are for good or ill, depends largely on the intent of the original action. Being self aware means accepting responsibility for the changes we help to create.

Awareness of Universal Energies:

As Pagans/Witches, we know that all things are connected. True awareness of this connection is where the Magick happens! Knowing which phase of the moon will give your spell the most mojo is powerful! I personally believe that you can work any magick at anytime, it’s all in the wording….you just have to be able to mold your words and intent to fit the energies of the moment. Ya just gotta tune in. 😉

Awareness of the Cycles of Nature:

Birth, Death, Rebirth…The Wheel of The Year, these are things that we  have a fairly simple time understanding on an academic level. Being aware of them, however, comes from the core of our being and is an ever evolving process (much like self awareness).

OK, so I’ve gone on and on, and have probably told you things you already knew…but who knows, maybe you (or I) simply needed to be reminded to be mindful. If that’s the case, then this was a useful post after all.

6 Responses to Awareness

  • Kourtney says:

    What a great post! I know I struggle with more than just one of these… maybe more than two even… Ok… all of them! But just like you said, its the reminders to continue to work on the awareness of all these angles that we sometimes need more than anything. So thank you for that!

    Kourtney Leaf
    http://paganpagesbloghop.blogspot.com/

    • Isleen says:

      Thanks Kourtney! I’ve been in a bit of a haze due to a cold, and I wasn’t quite sure I was making sense, lol. I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

      ~Isleen

  • Excellent post Isleen. I’ll sometimes refer to awareness as mindfulness, and it’s one of the qualities I try hard to cultivate in my life.

    I love the way you break down awareness into different potential categories.

    Looking forward to reading more of your PBP offerings – blessings

    TANJA (Starfire)

  • Paula says:

    Thank you for this article. It was a joy to read.

  • Elayne says:

    What a great article! One of the first lessons from my grandma was to open my awarness to my surounding. Learing how to do this has helped through out my life.

  • Kelly says:

    What a great post! I’m glad you talked about self awareness and gave a clear explanation, especially since it’s something so many people lack. BB<3

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