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Summer Solstice and the Mother

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Those who have been following my blog may already be aware when I ‘relaunched’ this blog back in October last year I also started a brand new women’s circle, and through my circle, and my social media channels I started working with the wheel of the year. We started working through a cycle of the elements with each season- we did fire at Samhain, and then worked with different elements as each season came. Then on the last season- Beltane – as we had finished with the elements we started a new cycle within the cycle- we started working with Goddess Archetypes and we started with the Maiden.

Today is the Summer Solstice- and our circle gathered online to honour the sun but also to start our season in the mother archetype. It feels like the perfect season to work with the Mother energy- the Summer Solstice represents a time when the Goddess is pregnant and is about giving and service to the Earth. It’s the longest day in the year and the first day of summer. In the female cycle, when we ovulate that is considered our ‘Mother’ archetype week and in this week we feel at our brightest just like the sun on this day.

At Beltane we set our goal intentions, today we checked in on those and discussed how we could keep on working to reach them, and then also set an extra goal more oriented towards relationships in any forms.

Happy Summer Solstice to you and wishing you a bountiful season, May the Mother bless you with her nurturing presence!

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In Memory of George Floyd

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so today I am feeling tired. I am feeling exhausted with the world. After weeks feeling fairly optimistic and upbeat, I feel like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer. All the emotions (more so from other people) that have been around me the last few months have caught up with me. But this is nothing, nothing, compared to how Black and People of Colour must feel, and this I know (but don’t claim to totally understand as I am aware very much that I am a privileged white straight female) is more than just about the horrifying murder of George Floyd. It’s about centuries of oppression that in a lot of ways are still playing out in today’s societies. It’s come to a head and it really is time we change our ways. I’ve been doing a lot of reading of social media accounts- specifically those of black and people of colour to try to understand, to try and learn, to try and get an insight in how I can possibly help.

I saw as many friends and social media influencers yesterday posted the Black Out Tuesday Black square as an image or changed their profile photos. I debated whether to do it as well but I got lost wondering whether it was helpful especially when I saw differing opinions and I just got overwhelmed. The day passed and I didn’t do it. I totally supported the idea, and it was a good idea to raise awareness (as long as you were aware not to use the Black Lives Matter hashtag as it was hiding important information from those who needed it) but I did feel it needed to be more. Some of the posts I saw did include links and useful information so I did spend time reading those.

I am very aware that although I claim to be not racist, that is not enough and I pledge to do my best to change this. I’ve made a donation this morning to the George Floyd Memorial fund and I am planning to go to the protest in London on Saturday (taking safety measures seriously because of the virus- social distancing, face mask etc) I wanted to share here some links I have found that you might find useful too:

George Floyd Memorial Fund

List of places you can donate to put together by Reclaim the Block

Reclaim the Block

A Guide to White Privilege

please comment with any useful links and articles to petitions, fundraisers and Anti Racism information you have found.

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Faery Oracle Course

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My second brand new course I am starting up this coming Sunday 31st May. This course will also take place bi weekly (so will be on the Sundays that the Goddess course is not on for those taking part in that)
This online workshop is based on The Faery Oracle card deck by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth. You don’t need the deck to take part but it would enhance and help your experience.
Each lesson will go deep into each card of the deck. You don’t need to do the whole course- you can dip in and out if you choose.
Each lesson focuses on a specific card/faery energy in the deck, we will discuss how the card makes us feel, journey to the different faeries on the card and look at the intended meaning of the card. We will work with faery energy to guide us, so I will encourage and help you to create your own relationship with the fairies through homework and guidance. You can have no knowledge of the cards or be very familiar, as you will be able to learn, feel your own meanings as well as exploring the intended meaning.
Each lesson is £5 that can be paid by Paypal address mysticus.22@gmail.com or bank details available on request. If you wish to buy multiple lessons in advance, discounts are available, contact me for details. On your Paypal payment please put in the note it’s for the Faery Oracle Course and what email address you will want to use- the video call is done using Microsoft Teams. Teams can be used on the Web or you can download the app to your computer or
phone (although does work better on a computer). Once payment is recieved I will send you an invitation to join the Faery Oracle Team, and you just sign up through the link sent to your email, then log in on Sunday to join the group call.

We will be starting with the card ‘Unity’

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Goddess Introduction Course Online

Starting from this coming Sunday.(24th May)

Goddess Introduction course online! Every other week we will be learning about a Goddess starting with Kali. Investment £5 per lesson. There will be 35 lessons in total with discounts available for purchasing either the whole course or multiple lessons.
You do not need to attend all the lessons, you can attend as many or as little as you like.
When payment received you will be sent the link to join the video call. You can pay using paypal mysticus.22@gmail.com and put a note to say it’s for the Goddess Course. Bank details are available on request. If you wish to purchase multiple lessons please message for details on prices.
What to expect: Learn about a different Goddess each lesson- learning the stories behind who they are, their symbols and significance, and also look at how each one influences our own lives. We will do guided journeys to each Goddess, receiving her guidance. There will be complementary exercises and homework given to help you connect introduce her energy into your daily life.
I look forward to guiding you on your Journey to the Goddess!

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Full Moon in Scorpio

Tonight in the UK we have the final supermoon (where the moon is closer to the earth so looks bigger) of 2020 and it is the sexy, mysterious sign of Scorpio.

The energies of this full moon are intense as frustration mounts as people are getting tired of being indoors, or real fears about money and how people are going to cope long term come to the surface.

However the card I picked from the Faery Oracle is Geeeooo the Slow.

Geeooo is encouraging us to slow down and have patience.

He reminds us good things come to those who wait, and this full moon is a real test of that theory.

Blessings

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The Power in Our Blood

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Wash Your Aura! (Spiritual Hygiene)

So we know the world is rather surreal at the moment with pretty much everyone in lockdown. I am sure the vast majority of us are doing our best to maintain the advice given of washing our hands regularly, and taking sensible precautions, social distancing etc. Hygiene is more important now than ever. The fact that we’re being asked continually to wash our hands is interesting in a spiritual sense in itself. Why? Because we are bringing a lot of focus to the element of water (which I wrote a bit about in a recent post). The element of cleansing, purification. It seems to be many the world is in a process of a major cleansing. You just have to see the photos of clearer rivers and wild animals appearing in urban settings, to see the Earth is beginning to cleanse itself. I know myself and many others believe there may be a bigger cleanse to come, just knowing what that might look like is not clear yet. But it feels like once this has passed there will be a new beginning, and things won’t be the same again. That this is the storm, and once the storm has passed the skies will feel fresh and clear.

Anyway, what has come up strongly for me in this time, is that we not only need to be maintaining our physical hygiene, but our spiritual hygiene. There is a lot of emotions flying around right now- fear, anxiety, uncertainty and beyond.  Tensions are running high as we all adjust to a new way of living. Especially if you are an empathic healer like myself, then you will be picking up on those emotions, and it can be harder now to detect what emotions are yours, and what are someone else’s. And the emotions are amplified! We need to protect ourselves and take measures to help us to stay in our centres. Yes, we will get knocked down now and again, but the more we practice our spiritual hygiene, the easier it will be to come back to our centre. We can build ourselves up like the phoenix, so that we may rise with every fall, building strength each time.

So many of you may already have ways you use to help you maintain your centre- you don’t need to be a healer to practice spiritual hygiene. Here are my suggestions that may help bring you protection and cleanse yourself – mind and spirit. For all-not just healers! Have a look for ideas, maybe you can think of others, hopefully some will resonate for you if you’re not sure where to start.

  1. Daily Smudging- you can use sage, frankincense, copal, ethically sourced palo santo, even an incense stick if that’s all you have/can get. Use the smoke to cleanse yourself from negative energies. You could also use Sweetgrass to bring in positive energy afterwards.
  2. if you have Aqua de Florida- use this regularly to cleanse your auric field, bonus- it contains a high percentage of alcohol so will also help to kill germs!
  3. have a hot bath- for protection you can add bath salts (or even regular salt)! or essential oils with protective properties like clove, cedarwood and black pepper. (just a few drops so not too overpowering)
  4.  every morning use your imagination to imagine putting on a cloak of protection, or you can envision yourself in a protective bubble, or a mirror deflecting the bad energy off
  5. chants- you could make one of your own or you can find many protection ones online. I particularly like this one from the Isis Oracle Deck:  Pillar of light burning bright, earth star below, soul star above, burn away all that is not light, transform all into unconditional love, star of Isis descend, your blessing and peace without end, grace me now with peace and protection, completely embraced by divine perfection
  6. crystals! Carrying them with you or wearing them as necklaces etc- particularly good protective stones include- black tourmaline, obsidian, and I am also finding Carnelian and Amber really helpful too
  7. staying connected even when apart- take part in online circles, zoom chats, community online events. This will help you feel centered, knowing you can still enjoy communication with others, and sometimes learn new things, or meet new friends, who might not even be in the same part of the world as you.
  8. meditation- there are many forms of meditation- you don’t have to be able to empty your mind! You can even just focus on your breath for 5 minutes.
  9.  Prayer- to whoever/whatever you believe in
  10. going into nature- we’re able to do this still, which I am very grateful for! Just being with the new flowers, and the blossoming trees makes me feel better very quickly
  11. resting- rest when you need to, slow down, we’re always going fast fast fast, make time for yourself to rest
  12. light a candle and watch the flame dance, you can add more to this if you want, saying a prayer, some of the other suggestions also could be done the same time
  13. taking essences such as Bach Rescue Remedy if you are able to get- for calming
  14. Herbal teas- Camomile tea, rose tea, valerian for help sleeping
  15. spend time with pets
  16. shake it off!! Have a good shake and imagine everything falling off you
  17.  Connect with oracle cards- Messages from the Sacred Rebels Deck has been particularly helpful for me.
  18. Scream. cry, make space for yourself to release emotions you’re feeling. Let them out and let them go
  19. Smile, laugh, sing, dance- then do something you enjoy- watch a funny film, listen to your favourite music, anything that lifts you
  20. Be gentle on yourself. You don’t have to start a new project or learn something new TODAY. Follow your own personal rhythms.

 

Please comment any other suggestions you have!

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Drum Birthing

Recently after a few years of saying it was something I wanted, and that I wouldn’t anyway because I am a vegan…I made a drum. I had always thought I would get an artificial drum and not make it myself if I ever really wanted a drum, but then I changed my mind. I met the wonderful Melonie when we both did our Level 1 Moon Mother Training together back in 2016…soon after that I attended another one of her personal workshops which was a weekend of sharing with women, with another woman who has become a good friend of mine- Maia. Anyway. From there on I have been following Melonie’s work for some time. She does a lot of amazing things- workshops for women, educating younger people about puberty and menstruation, womb massage, drum circles and making drums….check her drum making stuff out here.

From following her social media channels I could see Melonie is a really good soul, and puts a lot of thought into what she does. I read about how she really cares about where the materials for her drums come from, so she gets the animal skins as ethically as possible. Currently she gets them from culling programs, from animals who would have been burnt. Whilst I don’t agree with culling in itself, it does feel more honouring for the animal for the skins to be used this way, and the difference between this for me and wearing fur, is during the session we truly did honour every part that we used. I don’t expect other vegans to agree with me (I expect a lot probably will not) but this was how I felt, and that’s why I thought I would write about my experience with Melonie (I’ve not made drums with anyone else ever so maybe not all work in this way) to give the full picture of what it felt like a vegan to do this.

We were originally supposed to do the drum birthing day at a friends house, but then my friend had to self isolate, and it looked like it wasn’t going to go ahead. Then one of the other ladies who was attending, told a friend of hers, and that friend then offered her space, so all was on again, and this was literally the day before.

It took me a while to get there (hour and half) and then in our small group I only knew Melonie (there was supposed to be 3 people there I actually do know) so my discomfort was rising. Already I knew I was going to be out of my comfort zone but this was even more so.

Tea was made, altar set, table set up, then Melonie opened the circle for the day with a beautiful heart opening/ connection meditation and a quick share about each of us and our intents.

We then could choose our hoop. She had brought several and encouraged ourselves to pick up each one and really feel into which was the one for our drum. As it turned out each of us picked a different size and each one was really significant for each person. Mine is willow wood, which is the wood of my favourite tree! Then Melonie got us to ask the hoop how it could be honoured, and she had kindly brought lots of items (smudging bits, glastonbury water etc) we could use. Mine wanted fire, so I used the candle we had on the altar and I also drew moon mother symbols onto it with my fingers to imbue it with the energies of radiance, love, hope and peace.

Then it was time to see the animal hides, the bit I was dreading. As it were, all of us were a little nervous, one of the other ladies was also a vegan, and the other just hadn’t thought about the fact she would be working with animal hide! Mel very gently got ourselves to touch it, and get in touch with the energy of it. The first we looked at was a stag hide. I could feel the sadness rippling off it, and tears were coming to a few of us. Then Mel told us to ask the hide how it would like to be honoured. This hide wanted love, and we gave love by singing a song to it (I wasn’t familiar with the song so I can’t remember what song it was) I think there was something else we did too but I can’t remember what that was now). I really noticed the change of energy after we sang, as it now felt much more peaceful. then we moved onto the reindeer skin (the one I chose to work with). This one needed to be shaken (like when you ‘shake it off’ if you like)! then needed smoke, and I wanted to use the rose petals so we used a rose as a smudging tool.

Now here’s the part where I start to get a bit fuzzy as it was a few weeks back now, but it was an interesting day. For some reason I was surprised how much weaving was involved! At times I got frustrated and impatient, as it felt like the others were speeding along with ease but at some point I caught up and we were ready all together to each ‘cut the cord’ and birth our new babies.

Afterwards we made our beaters and did a journey to our drums to find the spirit of the drum. Mine was a rose. The same as we smudged the drum with.

The interesting thing was that Mel had said at the start that often the birthing process reflects our own birth or a birth of a child. My birth was long (8 hours) and I had to be pulled out with forceps. I got impatient with my drum as I thought I was taking too long and it felt awkward as I was tying it together knots kept appearing that refused to come out of the hole – like me having to be pulled out!

As someone who is not only vegan, but has always struggled with craft, this was an amazing experience. Mel holds it with such love and consideration for both the people attending and the materials (the animal and the tree) she allowed us each free rein to feel exactly what we wanted to create and help us to make that happen with patience and grace. I highly recommend her!

 

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Spring Equinox and Water

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I have been marking the wheel of the year through my circle and media channels since Samhain, and with each season we have worked with a different element. Samhain- Fire, Winter Solstice- Earth, Imbolc- Air and now Spring Equinox with water. After begin Air season we had many storms and now we are water, we are in a midst of a worldwide pandemic and being told to wash our hands at every opportunity.

Spring equinox is the balance between the dark and the light, and new beginnings as the flowers begin to bloom and new life is appearing. This also seems somewhat apt in the current climate to me, as it seems we are on literally seeing the divide between the dark and the light, not just outside ourselves but within. I have probably seen in myself every kind of emotion possible in the last few weeks- I have been angry, sad, depressed, confused, but also at times hopeful, positive, happy, determined. There are people stealing from food banks, and standing outside retail shops (including the one I work in) pretending to cough and laughing. On the other hand there is much kindness around, people setting up groups to help others, communities coming together online as they can’t do it in person. I am still very much jumping between every emotion on the spectrum, but I do also really believe that when this eventually finishes there will be a new beginning of some sort, I’m just not sure what.

We did the women’s circle online this week for the first time ever over skype. It actually worked really well. To honour the season we each made special flower water to send love to ourselves, others and the planet. We envisioned the bowls coming together with our indiviual blends and when I looked up the symbolic meanings of what we had all put in it seemed very apt for now.

Sending a lot of love to everyone right now, we’re in this together even if we’re apart.

 

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Imbolc and Air

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Since I have relaunched this blog, I/ my ‘brand’? have worked with the wheel of the year and the elements. So far we had Samhain, when we started working with the element of fire, and then from Winter Solstice we worked with Earth. The work has been through my social media channels, my women’s circle and also within my own life. For the fire season we had a fire ceremony in the women’s circle- and the fire was sparking within y own life, for Earth season we worked with flowers and I have to say the season since Winter Solstice has been very grounding for me- a lot of changes in my life like moving house and moving stores for my job. I also worked with the earth medicine Cacao.

Yesterday the wheel turned again, and we have now fallen into the Imbolc season. Imbolc is the Goddess Brigid’s day. Brigid is the Goddess of all creative endeavours and the keeper of the sacred flame. I have had some very powerful experiences with this Goddess, I experienced a vision of her rebirthing me on the top of the Tor in Glastonbury, and last year I went to several of her sacred sites in Ireland. So she is a special goddess for me.

Imbolc is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It’s a celebration of spring beginning and all the new life that is starting to emerge.

My chosen element for this season between now and the Spring Equinox is Air. I associate air with creativity, but there’s also something about this time of year that is refreshing, as we start to settle into the year, and the sun is starting to come out a bit more. Air brings clarity and clears our head!

We’re just choosing a date for the next circle at the moment in the next week or so, we are very likely to work with incenses, but I’m still thinking of ideas at the moment!

Thanks very much for the recent likes on my blog they’re all really appreciated! I’d love to read your thoughts on anything I post, so please leave comments and say hi!

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