Litha Crew Post from March 21, 2023

This lesson, is all about what I’ve learned about myself when I become overwhelmed.  I mean, seriously…  I got so overwhelmed that I’m writing up the Lesson From Litha Newsletter 6 months late.  It’s freaking March, and I have a lot of catching up to do.  Luckily, I do somewhat write these up in my journal each month, so it just requires a lot of digging and thought-forming for me.  Here we go…

Well, apologies…  To you all, but mostly to myself.  I’ve been writing up a monthly newsletter for 3 years and, yes, sometimes I wrote them a couple weeks late, but SIX MONTHS LATE?  Yikes.  Let me explain…

For one thing, October came early in Salem last year.  We had record-breaking crowds and it was super stressful.  When October hit, I just didn’t have time to write up a September lesson.  (But to be honest, I was stressed and overwhelmed starting weeks before October ever began.)

In October 2021, I experienced major burn-out.  So much so that I was dreading the next October all year long.  Really, as soon as October was finished, I hated looking at the calendar because I was dreading October coming closer and closer again with each passing month.  

This was how I spent each day in Oct 2021- Get up at 6am to get ready and take my kids to school.  Then I’d see clients in my office until it was time to pick them up at 2:30.  Then I’d drop them off at home and head out to give walking tours.  I’d give a 3:30, 5:00, 6:00. 7:00, and 8:30 tour.  And then I’d host my ghost hunt at Gallows Hill Theatre starting at 10:00pm.  I’d get home past midnight and do it all again the next day.

So, after that craziness, I told my friend that I wasn’t going to give walking tours for her company for October 2022.  And I scheduled my ghost hunt for 9pm instead of 10pm.  So I knew that going into the season would be much, much less stressful.  My own clients, and then a ghost hunt every night.  I could handle that.  (I also ended up helping in the Schooner Fame ticket booth when their crew got covid, but, again, I could handle that.)

Anyway, as September (and the last bit of my freedom) slowly faded day by day, and the dread set in, I was invited to a friend’s house for a witchy celebratory meal for Mabon (The photo I’ve attached here was her table decorated beautifully.)  I needed that evening so, so much.  

It was the pause and balance of the Autumn Equinox, a breath before October began.  How incredibly interesting and synchronistic that yesterday was the Spring Equinox as I’m writing this.  That’s so significant.  So meant to be that I begin catching up with these again.  It’s the time of year that is our next chance to pause as the scales tip seasons again.

So, that’s my lesson.  Take a breath.  Pause.  Meditate. Have a meal with some witchy friends to remind you that we’re all connected and there for each other when we’re feeling overwhelmed. 

There were so many other stressful things that began to happen in my life during this time.  Someday maybe I’ll write about them.