Challenge Entry 1 - Magick of Sound
I’m getting there… yesterday was just a lot & I’m kind of glad that it’s over I decided to work backward on the list of challenges that I have missed, mainly because the Magick of Sound kind of jumped out at me
I use sound, in many different ways after I thought about it. I have SEVERAL playlists on Spotify that each have their kind of use for me. (some of the names are little off, my kids actually helped me with a couple… & one is definitely so they knew not to play it… well 2 of my kids anyway )
I have 1 playlist with close to 50 hours of songs that was actually started when my 24 year old was still in high school. He added the first 2 songs & then it was kind of a catch all. Between my 3 kids, their friends, myself, my husband, & at least a couple of our friends over that time… instead of just playing the song, they added it to the playlist called… Ma… so it’s literally a conglomerate of songs. There are some on there that come on & I just go… What in the frankincense is this?!?! & have to skip it. The only issue really is that 1. I have to try to remember the song to remove it 2. when I go to do that… honestly like finding a needle in a haystack. (I tend to put the playlist on random & continuous play) When I’m feeling alright, normally this is fine… 1 or 2 skips & I’m onto a song I can listen to. It’s entertaining to me to have a Vibe switch with no transition from one to the other when I’m driving around
I have another playlist called Only Ma… This is music that honestly, only my oldest & I listen to at all. I have shared it with a few people & they can add to it too. One of my friends will add to it or he will add to the Ma playlist then I go add it to this one. It’s actually music that makes me happy but I have had people ask me, how is that possible because they listen to it & don’t understand how I don’t get angry… but also kind of my happy playlist (Honestly, the Ma playlist is getting a bit out of hand but it does have A LOT of songs from all over the place & genres & is more than bipolar, maybe unhinged… I’ve actually started using the Liked Songs feature with maybe 30 - 40 songs… & just switching up the songs there from the Ma playlist… because honestly between both of my sons, family members, son’s girlfriends & friends, football players, lacrosse players, baseball players, sailors, my daughter & her friends, my husband & either his or my friends… it’s… craziness & back to the needle in a haystack when trying to remove 1 song that I’m like… UH NO!)
We have a fire pit & I have an entire playlist named… Fire so that is one that when we are out in the back we will listen to that playlist & everyone, at least here enjoys what’s on it. My son, daughter, & husband will add songs to it, but its purpose is solely for when we are at the fire pit. As a bonus my husband recently revamped the fire pit so it’s larger. The stones on the top kind of make a… shelf Then across the top are… grates… so we can use it for cooking & then when we are done we have metal plates that once it’s really just coals & about out those go on top of the grates & then nothing else can fall, blow, be put into the pit unless you take those plates off the top.
There is the playlist named Good Moods which is exactly as the name states, for when I feel like… I need something to uplift my mood at least a little bit I can’t say that it always works, but for the most part, it does its job & I wind up feeling pretty good after listening to it for a while.
These next … each of them kind of have a dual purpose. I can’t wait to get back to some sense of a normal routine again. It’s been so long since I’ve felt like I have that at all. So the first one is Celtic Relaxation Music: Beautiful Melodies, Instrumental, Meditation…, I also have Meditation, & Celtic Calm… the 3rd is or at this point was… a daily playlist that I would play while I am home doing my thing… It’s all mostly Irish Celtic music (there are some variations on the Celtic) But, they are songs whether with words or instrumental. They keep me kind of balanced throughout the day while doing “the things.” It’s also very… calming for me The other 2 are the same for me, I just don’t listen to them as often for “daily things” but more… Meditation reasons.
I had come to a point in January 2023 where I not only absolutely LOVE my guided meditations. I have a few specific ones that I will listen to saved on YouTube (a few by the lovely @SilverBear & the Eclectic Green Witchery), & I have another list on Insight Timer (a couple by the also very lovely @MeganB). Then I have a few others from the Irish Pagan School, The Morrigan Intensive, Biddy Tarot, Love & Light School of Crystals, & of course Spells8 (something about the woman’s voice & the content of the meditations)… but I also had started being able to listen to instrumental music & have very rewarding results meditating. It’s how I managed to create my own Inner Temples ! (I never would have thought to try this if it wasn’t for a part in one of my guided meditations that there is no talking… & I would go to a different place during that time… & when the person came back… I was on my way back to the original spot then ending the meditation. I decided to see what would happen if I just listened to instrumental music) So now I have 1 place where I meet with the Morrigan & 1 for Brighid
I knew that I needed better sleep & at some point, it was recommended that I use Soundscapes. There are a few that I absolutely could & have listened to all night long… Rain , Thunderstorms , Water, Beach , Forest , Mountain … However, my favorite is Water… so I have an entire playlist for it, which I actually think is just a playlist that I happened to find on Spotify named Calm Water Sounds. When my anxiety, panic, overwhelm, &/or overstimulation is in higher than high gear… I lay down to do my breathing with this playlist on or sometimes it’s been a rough day for me… I put in my headphones & fall asleep to this playlist.
I tend to use the Celtic playlists during rituals or spellwork too. They just somehow make it feel… just wonderful.
For as long as I can remember I have always listened to songs but also the lyrics. But more than just knowing the lyrics, what the song is actually saying. In a past challenge, I had mentioned that because of that… I sort of attach songs to certain people or even memories. However, it dawned on me… fairly recently that at the same time… I have always been a person who listens to the lyrics & understands them & what the song is about… I use music as an outlet for myself & emotions. Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely have songs that yes I enjoy them & listen to the lyrics that really have nothing to do with that & are purely for entertainment, satirical reasons, amusement, etc. However, because I do listen to the song, lyrics, & what it’s about… music has been an outlet for me for many years. One of the things I do now, especially since Spotify & making up playlists (& thankfully figuring out the Liked Songs feature) is I will use it for self-care, meditation, expressing what is going on when I can’t find the words, calming down, uplifting, setting the tone of being able to move through my day, rituals, spells, or so I can get through the next moments or parts of my day. I pop in my headphones & do my thing… whether I’m in a store, going somewhere, around the house or in a new place or a place that I know is going to induce anxiety. (The introvert is strong for me )
Okay, super long! If you made it through… Thank You for that & tolerating my rambles & word salads