I thought this would be a good forum for this topic, so that people who are newer, and more "experienced" can read and share insight.
How has your path or practice changed over the years? Have there been any major shifts, and were they more gradual, or more immediate?
Perhaps your modalities, main practices, disciplines, or crafts have remained the same...or shifted? Do you consider yourself to be an evolved version of who you were years ago, or someone completely different? Are you solo but once were in a coven, or vice versa? Have you had any major shifts in ethics or morals?
Personally, for me, I have always been a solitary practitioner. Here and there I have attempted to work with others who were also metaphysically inclined in whatever way, whether intimate partners or acquaintances, but have found that it has never "taken." Of course, there is always a little bit of shared working here and there, as no-one lives totally in isolation, but, I'm remarkably solo, I've noticed, even though I have often wished that I wasn't, just so that I didn't feel so alone. But hey.
My core Craft interests have remained the same since I was a child: writing/storytelling, crystals, animals, and astrology and tarot (conflating them in this sentence even though they are quite distinct in my life and in general). I had a rock tumbler and a tiger eye as a kid, always had pets and wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was a girl (didn't work out that way exactly, but I have done work with animals in other ways), my only solo recognition in school was for winning a short story award, I got extremely into Sailor Moon as a tween (which taught me all of the planetary correspondences at a young age), and started protesting in middle school (by not dissecting, and by refusing to stand for the "pledge of allegiance to the flag," which I successfully continued until Graduation Day) Since then it's been very much the same, but in a more adult version.
I have gone through some "phases," though, that at the time I thought were going to be fundamental to My Career, but they ended up not really being it. Darkroom photography was one (starting in high school and then through college), and then toward the end of my Uni studies I began studying Fire Dance/"Flow Arts" (what a terribly indescript name, but it's the scene's choice of terminology), becoming quite adept (though not good enough to become honored in the field, sadly, though I was honored by being given the opportunity to immortalize that skill in a film credited to me) and it was a huge part of my life and identity for that time. But, really long story short, I fell out of it at almost exactly the 7-year mark. I still have a set of tools (a huge set of fire fans), that I purchased after that fallout, but I'm not sure why at this point, besides perhaps an unseen event in the future where I'll be called to perform. In fact, both of those interests, photography and firecraft, lasted about 7 years before fizzling out.
On the other side of the 7 year story, I made a very interesting discovery last night about my Tarot practice. I googled the date that I was booked for my first professional Tarot reading table, and that date corresponded with my first Saturn return, to the exact degree (he went Rx after that, so I had a few "exact" Saturn returns. Joy!). The 7 year span is a Saturn Square, and I am finding it pretty interesting that now almost 7 years later (6 years, to be exact, but still relevant) I am becoming much more invested in my Tarot studies than I was even when I was booked for that event.
My ethics and morals have remained pretty much the same, but I can think of one practical difference: I do have a long history with vegetarianism (that began at age 12), and have oscillated in that regard since then, but within the past few years have slowly, and quite painfully at times, come to "decide" on omnivorism, for the main reasons of more immediate nutrition, and allowing myself a better chance at survival by opening up the amount of things that I will allow myself to eat. After some experiences that I have had, and in seeing the plight of others who are in food deserts, I have become much more grateful for any food that is put on my plate, and taking care of my body has taken precedence over what used to be a very staunch moral stance.
Perhaps others' experiences will ring bells in my mind about other things I have overlooked so far.
Have you found that the major factors of your path have remained the same, or shifted?
Edited by phantasmagoria, 31 January 2020 - 06:20 AM.