Thursday's Child: The Benefits of Introspection

For those of you who haven't followed me through the many iterations of my blog, I'm bringing back "Thursday's Child." This is a series in which I muse on a wild range of subjects. 

For reference:

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Being born on a Thor's Day, I am that child. Because it is associated with both overcoming obstacles, as well as being successful, I like it for a title. Today, I want to speak to how we can deepen our practice.

For those of us who are Witch, we connect and move with the seasons of the earth. After the last harvest (Samhain), we begin to move from the outward growing and harvest seasons to the time of rest before planting. This is why I don't call Samhain, "The Witches' New Year."  Yule is the beginning of the year for me. This is "The Time Between the Times," where I can rest, plan, prepare, and foster creativity.

The dark is where creation takes place. This is our "womb time." People tend to spend a lot of time caught up in wasted energy activities, such as "Christmas, Chanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, Yule, Winter Solstice, or any of the other 25+ holidays at this time of year" shopping and holiday decorating, etc.   Don't get me wrong. I'm not Scrooging on your party. I'm simply stating a fact. Most people are exhausted by the end of the winter holiday season, that they need a 'vacation from the vacation.'

By taking time to rest, be introspective, define what you want, make a plan to get there,  and connect with the season, you'll find yourself able to decorate for your solstice celebration without breaking the bank or your energy reserves. You can do less with less. You don't have to get all caught up in arguments over "The reason for the season." 

You don't have to spend all of your money on trinkets that most folks won't remember you gave them a year from now. You can simplify and relax and contemplate- which is what Winter (Celtic- which includes autumn) is for. When you begin planting seeds on Brighid's day (Feb 2), you'll feel much better prepared to harvest when the Summer (Celtic- which includes spring) arrives.

Those of us who took the Mercury Retrograde time as a time for inner work, may have learned painful lessons, but they were lessons learned, nonetheless. We're able to hone in on what we truly want, will tolerate, will spend energy toward, etc. now. We may just need the remainder of the winter to recover!

Regardless, take those times as they come, Witch. This is what you were made for, this is part of who you are. It's your birthright. Claim it! Turn inward, and enjoy the dark season. If you're looking for tips on how, just ask!



PS. The name of the beautiful art piece is "Dream a little dream" by Yaoyao Ma Van As. Her work is delightful.

PPS. I know you want to find out which day of the week you were born on, so click HERE


  1. Monday's child a child I never understood why the new year started in the middle of winter when everything was cold and dead. Why not at the beginning of spring, when everything was starting to wake up and starting fresh and new?
    This article resounded in me, as I took this retrograde as a time of introspection. Who hurt me, who did I hurt, what did I learn, how can I heal. How can I help others. A way of finding one's fairness and inner beauty 💜

    1. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! <3


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