Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year 2021

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to 2020. Aside from the main issue that has hung over us, affecting all our lives in a myriad of ways, this was a great period of self-development and transformation for me. I achieved a lot this year.

Last night I took some time out to celebrate, and to offer my gratitude and thanks. I’m grateful for getting through this year unscathed, and for the many blessings and people in my life. My coven sisters, my husband, my friends, my family, and my Facebook and Instagram families.

Thank you all for being here. Thank you for every interaction, each comment of support, each like, each share, each follow. Thank you for all your inspiring posts and teachings. Thank you for being there for each other, and supporting one another. Love and kindness is the only way.

I’m wishing you all a very happy, healthy and abundant 2021.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

This is a great card for the end of the year. Look back at all you have experienced and endured, and take a moment to think about everything you have achieved - I bet there’s a lot to be proud of? Celebrate those victories, no matter how small, and shout them from the rooftops if need be. It’s ok to celebrate achievements, it’s ok to be proud of the things you’ve done well. So give yourself a pat on the back, and get those party balloons and streamers out.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith Tarot 

Monday, 28 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes life has a habit of wearing us down, beating us into submission. We feel battered and bruised, and feel like giving up. We have days where quite honestly all seems lost. If you’re feeling this way my message to you this morning is to keep going. You have tons of fight left in you, and you are getting closer to where you want to be. The things you want to achieve are within sight. Don’t give up now. You haven’t come this far just to come this far.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith Tarot 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Yule Evergreens

Yule evergreens decoratively hung over a doorway at Christmas in Stamford, Lincolnshire

Bringing evergreens into the home at Midwinter goes back to a time when people were more connected to the cycles of nature, way before the arrival of Christmas. Evergreens represented everlasting life in the darkest part of the year, and therefore brought the hope of returning light. Each European country, and each British county, had their own specific customs related to evergreens, but many involved hanging them around windows and over doorways.

Holly was hung over entrances to peoples’ homes, and was used to make wreaths. It brought good luck and protection, and was still beautiful in the middle of winter, giving the poor a means of decorating their homes at a time of celebration. The Druids revered holly and believed its evergreen nature was sacred; it kept the earth beautiful at a time when other trees shed their leaves.

Evergreen conifers (pine, fir, cedar, juniper, or spruce) became the Yule Tree, which evolved into the Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree custom flourished in Germany and over time it spread to other European regions, eventually reaching North America. Traditionally the brightly colored decorations and lights symbolised stellar objects, spirits, religious figures, and religious events.

The ancient Greeks, Druids, Celts, and Norse revered mistletoe as sacred, and it was used for protection, blessing, and medicine. The 23rd December is known as The Nameless Day, and is represented by Mistletoe. This day falls outside the lunar calendar and represents the unshaped potential of all things. This is the extra day in a “year and a day” represented by so many folk tales.

This gorgeous display of evergreens is over a doorway in nearby Stamford, Lincolnshire.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Robin Redbreast

A close up picture of a robin on the floor with his chest all puffed out

There are many animals associated with this time of year, but most notably the Robin, who is often pictured perched upon a Yule Log.

Whilst many see the Robin as a symbol of good luck, fortune, and abundance, there is some dark folklore surrounding them, and they are closely associated with death.

Many believe a visit from a Robin is actually a visit from a relative in spirit. They’re seen as messengers for the spirit world, and there are many stories about their comforting presence following the death of a loved one. After my Grandmother died a Robin appeared every time my Mum entered her house. Some say that if a Robin pecks the windows or enters a house it signifies the coming death of a loved one. It is no surprise, then, that it is seen as bad luck to kill or injure one.

The old English ballad “Babes in the Wood” tells of the Wren and the Robin working together to cover the unburied bodies of two children who were abandoned and died:

And when they were dead 
The robins so red
     Brought strawberry leaves
And over them spread;
And all the day long,
The green branches among,
     They'd prettily whistle
And this was their song-

“Poor babes in the wood!
Sweet babes in the wood!
     Oh the sad fate of 
The babes in the wood!”

Christian stories suggest that the Robin was originally brown, his chest stained red by the blood of Jesus who was dying on the cross.

The Victorians were a fan of these little birds, and they would appear on Christmas cards, delivering letters like tiny postmen. The Royal Mail’s colour is red as it is linked to royalty, and thus the Victorians nicknamed their posties “Robins”.

We met this little chap last week who is fed by hand, so very friendly.

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Friday, 18 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

Exchange, trade, cooperate. Perhaps you want to expand on your creativity, or find a new business partner. The trick is to find someone who resonates with you energetically; a meeting of minds. Someone who is the yin to your yang, someone who will benefit from this connection as much as you will. They are out there, so if this is something you are currently seeking, keep looking.

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Deck: The Wild Unknown Tarot 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

The Return of the Sun

A classic British Telephone Box with tomato plants growing inside next to a brick wall

Earlier on in the week @autumncroneapothecary and I were talking about most witches having a strong relationship with the Moon (as it should be), but us feeling much closer to the Sun and solar energy.

As a Cancer ๐Ÿฆ€ I put this down to being born in the summer, I just feel so connected to it. There’s also no avoiding the fact that with several conditions related to my muscles and joints I’m relieved when the days get longer and warmer and my bones don’t hurt and click quite so much! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

As we approach the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, I have been thinking about all the good things that happened in the warmer half of this year, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come. A particular highlight this year was driving through a quirky little village near us and spotting this telephone box with tomatoes planted inside.

I’m looking forward to picnics and our annual Beltane celebration, time in the park with the kids, dinner in my parents’ garden, foraging, spending some time near water (typical Cancerian!) and warmth on my face.

What about you? What Sun sign are you? Does it relate to whether you prefer summer or winter? Do you think 2021 is going to be a good year for you?  What are you looking forward to most in 2021?

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Monday, 14 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

It’s time to take your ideas and plans and start to manifest them into reality. You have all the necessary skills and resources to make this happen, and you are becoming aware of the opportunities becoming available to you. It is necessary to grab these opportunities with both hands; they will help broaden your horizons, allowing you to adapt and evolve, ready to progress to the next level. You have the ability to see beyond that which is immediately in front of you; allowing you to see the challenges that lay head. With this foresight and these skills and opportunities you can move mountains. Honestly, it’s time to think BIG.

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Deck: The Sacred Circle Tarot 

Sunday, 13 December 2020

The Holly & Oak King Battle

Variegated holly leaves and red berries

The rebirth of the Sun is such a huge cause for celebration that many witches mark the occasion by bringing the outside in; to signify the solar turning of the tides, and the return and commencement of the growing season. This is usually in the form of evergreens; plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year. Bay, holly, ivy, mistletoe, photinia, and cedar are all examples of evergreens, and many of them are symbolic in some way.

The holly is one such symbolic plant.

Stemming from Celtic mythology, but common in many folklore traditions, the Oak King and the Holly King - personifications of the winter and summer - are two brothers that rule over the land, sharing their rule. They are, in effect, two parts of the same thing; the waxing and waning of the yearly cycle of Earth.

The Holly King reigns from midsummer to midwinter - a waning period of increasing darkness - and represents darkness, destruction, and decay.

At Yule, the Oak King, Lord of the Summer, representing expansion, light, and growth, is reborn, ready to take the throne for the period of increasing light.

At the solstices the brothers collide; light and dark battling to decide who will win the Crown of the Year, and reign over the coming months.

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Sun Biscuits for Yule

Sun themed biscuits made by The Cemetery Witch displayed with orange slices holly and clove studded oranges

✨✨ Witchology Magazine - New Issue! ✨✨

Perfect for a little bit of Solstice Magick, find the recipe for my warming Sun Biscuits in the latest issue of Witchology Magazine, print copies now available.

The “Transformation” edition, celebrating new beginnings, is packed full of spells, interviews, rituals, recipes and other festive ramblings for the period Yule to Imbolc.

Digital copies coming soon!

Head over to @witchologymag on Instagram to stay up to date with all the latest news and updates, and go to to order your copy.

Friday, 11 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes, and usually when you’re least expecting it, someone’s words or actions can pierce you, like a dagger to the heart. The lesson here is not getting angry and lashing out, but taking a step back, and considering why they have acted the way they have. What is it they’re holding to make them behave this way? What burdens of the heart do they carry? Whilst our own hurt is undeniable, sometimes it’s best to do nothing. The clouds will clear and sunny skies will shine again. Compassion is everything.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020


Wheel of the Year ornament showing a glowing red candle and variegated holly leaves

Yule comes from the Norwegian word Jul, meaning “wheel”, and our ancestors believed that this mystic wheel actually stopped turning briefly at this point. Indeed, from the point of the Winter Solstice there is a moment of standstill for a few days before the days start to increase in length and light again. The Christian Church adopted this time to celebrate the birth of the Son (Sun) of God, but this time has always been celebrated by ancient people, long before the Christian story.

The solstice occurs twice a year, when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun, and as such, the Winter Solstice heralds the shortest day, and the longest night. As the solstice is an astronomical event, the date changes from year to year, although many pagans and witches celebrate on the 21st December regardless. In many temperate regions of the world, the Winter Solstice is seen as the middle of winter, but today, many see it as the start. In Meteorology, winter is seen as starting about three weeks before the solstice.

Energetically speaking, the balance of power has been tipped at the solstice, and we emerge from the darkness; the days getting longer, brighter, and warmer. This is a huge moment of celebration for many pagans and witches, and many choose to mark the rebirth of the Sun by observing the Winter Solstice sunrise. Whilst it is usually very cold, it is much easier to catch the sunrise at Winter Solstice than at Summer Solstice, because the Sun rises relatively late. For many people, pagan or otherwise, it is a relief to know that the dark days and depths of winter are behind them, and that lighter days will follow. Light and dark are not euphemisms for good and bad here; but there is no doubt that the returning light brings increased energy, and renewed feelings of joy and hope.

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Monday, 7 December 2020

The Yule Tree

A traditionally decorated Christmas tree in shades of red and green stood by a stone wall and wooden door

The festivities have started on the Cemetery; the Spirit of Yuletide has been invited into our space. The tree is up!

Evergreen plants and trees have always had a special meaning for people in winter; they represent eternal life. Ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows, and many folk believed they would also keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

Gradually, sacred tree imagery was absorbed by the Christian church, and Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition that we know now; in the 16th century devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.

In Britain, the tradition of decorating churches and homes with evergreens at Christmas was long established, but the custom of decorating an entire small tree was unknown until roughly two centuries ago. Queen Victoria had been familiar with the Christmas tree tradition as a child; and after her marriage to her German cousin Prince Albert, the custom became even more widespread. In 1846 they were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Being very popular royals what was done at court immediately became fashionable; and wealthy British middle-class families immediately followed suit, with this fashion spreading overseas to the United States.

Personally, for me, the tree is not only a reminder of the season and the fact that the Sun will soon return at the Solstice; but it is a symbol of unity - many different belief systems hold a festival of light at this time of year.

Do you have a Yule or Christmas tree? What colour are your decorations? Are your decorations up yet? Do you have any special family traditions?

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The Spells Bible

I’ve been sorting through some books this week and stumbled across this book from many moons ago. I always feel like books are old friends so it’s lovely to be reacquainted with this one!

It’s jam-packed full of information and unusual spells, and the opening chapters on spell work and working with magick are fabulous.

I especially like the Garland Spell to Keep Love Evergreen, which creates an anniversary gift for a couple who have been together for some time, and uses the ancient meanings and magickal associations of ivy, yew, and holly - perfect for this time of year.

This is such a lovely book that I highly recommend, even if it’s just for inspiration for creating your own spells.

Witch With Books Yule Tag Challenge: Grimoires & Spellbooks

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Friday, 4 December 2020

Mince Pie Folklore

Mince pies on a wooden board with a red candle and orange slices displayed in a bowl

A favourite food of Father Christmas, mince pies are a sweet pie of English origin.

First served in the Middle Ages, and appearing in English cookbooks A Forme of Cury (1390) and The English Huswife (1615), mince pies were bigger, oblong shaped, and the “mincemeat” was actually meat; mutton, pork, beef, rabbit or game.

Having been around for so many years, the humble mince pie has gone by many different names; Christmas pyes, crib cakes, mutton pies, wayfarer’s pies, and shrid pies.

English tradition states that when making mice pies the mincemeat should always be stirred clockwise for fear of provoking 12 months’ bad luck, and every member of the family should stir, making a wish.

The first mince pie of the season should also be wished upon, and mince pies should always be eaten in silence; the taster risks heaping several curses upon himself if he doesn’t comply.

It is said that a mince pie should be eaten every day for the Twelve Days of Christmas; from Christmas Eve until the 5th January for good health and happiness. Anyone who refuses one of their twelve pies will suffer a year of misfortune.

Do you like mince pies? Do you have them in your country? Do you follow the 12 pie rule?

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Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes conflict can be constructive. Think about debate - you get to hear several different viewpoints at once, and your own ideas can be tested and challenged by others. Use a situation like this to your advantage; set up a working group, committee, or brain storming session with others to help you think outside the box, and move those plans forward.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith 

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

Trust your instincts. Got a feeling that something isn’t right? Then it probably isn’t. Getting bad vibes from someone you just met? Pay attention to that. Listen to your inner voice, and that feeling in your body - these instincts are there to protect you and keep you safe. Listen to your inner knowing, it’s there to guide you.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle 

Today’s Tarot Reading

Trust your instincts. Got a feeling that something isn’t right? Then it probably isn’t. Getting bad vibes from someone you just met? Pay attention to that. Listen to your inner voice, and that feeling in your body - these instincts are there to protect you and keep you safe. Listen to your inner knowing, it’s there to guide you.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle 

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Witch Hacks & Tips

My tips for a new witch would be:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Follow your intuition.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Remember that your path is your own. No matter how learned or experienced someone might be they can’t possibly know what’s best for you.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Read everything and anything you can get your hands on. Second hand bookshops are your friend! 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take notes. Keep a Grimoire and/or Book of Shadows.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Remember there is no right or wrong way.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be patient and persevere.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Know that you won’t have all the answers straight a away; the joy is discovering them.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Do the practical work - the only way to truly learn.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Follow the subjects that interest you; your path will unfold.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Know that you don’t have to know everything from the top of your head, you may be like me and have memory/cognition issues and that’s ok - this is what a Grimoire/Book of Shadows is for!
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be humble.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Honing your Intuition

My intuition never lets me down, and has kept me safe over the years. I believe that we all have intuition. Here are my tips for honing it.

Be Open
The first step to honing your intuition is making the intention that you are going to use it.

Pay Attention
Once you are open to the idea of listening to your intuition, it’s time to pay attention to it. Listen to your body, and notice any “strange” feelings that you experience with people or situations. Intuition is like muscle; the more you pay attention to it, the stronger and more toned it becomes.

Be Aware
I watch the world around me, and I often notice patterns in people’s behaviour. I pay attention to my environment. This is all information for the brain, and I believe that subconsciously we often picking up on tiny clues as a result of these observations. Pay attention to your world, it makes all the difference.

Do your Shadow Work
By accepting and loving ourselves we are able to use our energy and minds for other tasks, and consequently we are much more susceptible to receiving higher messages.

Take up Divination 
Learn a divination method, such as tarot. It helps trigger the intuitive part of your brain. When you are using divination listen to the thoughts and feelings coming into your head. Are any of them urgent in nature? What does it feel like if you ignore them? What does it feel like if you pay attention?

Connect with your Higher Self via Meditation 
Meditation is a great tool for tapping in to your inner voice, it calms the brain, allowing it to function better.

Pay Attention to your Dreams
They give us clues on how we are thinking and feeling, and sometimes they carry messages and warnings. Pay attention to them.

Don’t Stress
I liken good intuition to being in a “flow state”. Don’t stress or try to force it, that will only hinder the process.

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Review: Of Blood & Bones by Kate Freuler

My Witch With Books review of Of Blood & Bones: Working with Shadow Magick and the Dark Moon is now up on the Witch With Me blog. 

This book by the wonderful Kate Freuler (@freuler_witch) explores shadow magick and the dark moon current. I thoroughly enjoyed this one as it filled so many gaps in my own personal knowledge and craft.

I have so much to say about this wonderful book! So go over to the blog to find out more!

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Commitment to learning within Witchcraft

One of the things I love most about Witchcraft is that it’s a path of personal development and self-discovery, and within that is a commitment to learning.

And it IS a commitment. I have been treading this path for 26 years and I am still learning new things every day. Which is an absolute joy. Some days I feel confident in what I do, other days I feel wary of posting because I’ll have a confidence attack, and feel that there are bigger and better voices equipped to discuss whatever topic it is I’m broaching, but I remind myself this is MY journey.

To those that are new to the craft and feel overwhelmed, you have been given a gift.

The gift is the joy of learning. The gift is something that’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. The gift is something that has endless topics to delve into and discover. The gift is finding out the answers, and about yourself, as you travel along. The gift is attaining experience that you can truly claim as your own. The gift is Witchcraft.

Things to remember on your Witchcraft journey:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t rush, you’ll get to where you want to be in the end. You won’t have a lot of the answers at the beginning, but you will find them as you go along.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t compare; comparison is the thief of all joy.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Connect with others in real life. There are plenty of moots and groups that meet up, you can find them through organisations like the Pagan Federation.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be committed. It’s the only way.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t be afraid to mistakes. It’s the only way to learn, so dive right in.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take a break if you’re getting tired or bored.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Ask for help. People won’t mind if you have tried looking for the answer first.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be prepared that your witchcraft journey will be different to others.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Enjoy the journey. It’s a long one. Thank goodness.

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Monday, 23 November 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes we have to strive boldly and confidently into the unknown. How many possibilities have been lost due to our fears and worries getting in the way? What potential is laying uncovered, ready for us to discover it, if we could only be brave? It’s time to take a leap into the unknown. “What if I fall?” you say. And I say: “but what if you fly?”

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Deck: The Cathar Tarot

Thursday, 19 November 2020

The Healing Power of Witchcraft by Meg Rosenbriar

I had the absolute pleasure and joy of reading and reviewing Meg Rosenbriar’s wonderful new book, The Healing Power of witchcraft: A New Witch’s Guide to Spells and Rituals to Renew Yourself and Your World.

This book is aimed at newer witches, but there are enough beautiful healing spells (100+) to appeal to everyone.

This is definitely a book I wish I’d had 26 years ago when I started out on this path, and I’m so proud of Meg for creating such a masterpiece whilst being super busy supporting other witches via Witch With Me.

To read the review the head over to the Witch With Me blog (

I highly recommend this one - a must have for any witchy bookshelf!

The Genius Loci

When we think of spirits what do we think of? The spirits of people, and perhaps animals, will most likely spring to mind, especially if you’re not a witch. But what about spirits of the land? The Genius Loci?

It was the Romans who brought the idea of genius loci into our minds and hearts, the idea that each place has a guardian spirit; an essence, almost tangible, that can be felt and understood.

Each home has a genius loci. I referred to ours earlier in my post about Copernicus, one of our House guardians, but of course each place has one, too.

The depth of the connection to the genius loci of the land I live upon came something as a surprise to me this summer. I have only been here two years this month and yet the land wights - the unique spirits that reside in each plant, rock, stone, tree, animal, crystal and mineral - spoke to me by imparting some herbal and local knowledge to me, which upon later research turned out to be true. I can only describe this experience as a sudden and intense “knowing”, like someone had whispered this information in my ear, or the resurrection of information that had somehow been buried deep within me, many years ago, waiting for the right key to unlock it. That day I had definitely immersed myself in the energy and essence of the land, I felt connected to it even before these magical moments.

You can work with genius loci, as it’s a guardian spirit, however you must come to know it first. That means exploring and forming a connection with your local area, be it local or urban. Creating an altar in dedication to the genius loci is a great way to honour it. You can call upon the genius loci in your magical workings, and you can call upon the energy and feeling that the genius loci of a place gives you if you are away from that place.

I am still exploring this subject and look forward to learning more. Do you work with genius loci?

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Genius Loci House Guardians

This is Copernicus. He is one of the six stone heads that are mounted on the exterior of our home, who I refer to as our House Guardians. (You can see the others on my “Welcome to our Cemetery Lodge - Part Two” Reel).

Copernicus is named after Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance-era mathematician, astronomer and Catholic clergyman, who formulated the idea that the Sun was at the centre of the universe, rather than Earth (a Greek astronomer had actually come up with the same idea some eighteen centuries earlier).

He has been here since the house was built in 1860, “outliving” any of the humans that have stayed here, looking down on us as we enter and depart the building.

I feel the House Guardians - but especially Copernicus, who resides at the back of the house - watch over our home and keep us safe. Whenever we leave the house I petition Copernicus to look after our home, and when we return I thank him. I believe he helps me connect with the genius loci of our home.

We always intended to name the other Guardians, but so far they haven’t come forward with names. Although I don’t feel spirit in those as strongly, they definitely work alongside Copernicus to help keep us safe.

Do you have an animist view? Does the spirit of something other than an animal or human keep you safe? If so what is it? And do you think that modern homes are less protected by spirits than older ones? I’d love to hear your views.

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Friday, 13 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

Being caught between two positions is not easy. It can literally suck the life out of you. Life is full of tough decisions and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to turn, which fork in the road to choose. Uniting your head and your heart is the only option. Once you do that things will become much clearer and easier.

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Deck: The Hide Tarot 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The Magical Correspondences of Mushrooms

Disclaimer: this article is about the SYMBOLIC nature of mushrooms in spells and rituals. You must never ingest (eat) mushrooms unless you are sure of the type. If you are unsure about collecting or picking mushrooms please enlist the help of an expert.

Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and as such some are conducive to magickal practice.


 ✨๐Ÿ„ Chanterelle ๐Ÿ„✨
Abundance, happiness, house warming, fertility, joy.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Death Cap ☠️๐Ÿšซ
According to folklore, a Death Cap picked under the New Moon has its roots in the Underworld. Associated with binding, curses, hexing, but also abundance and joy.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Fly Agaric ☠️๐Ÿšซ
Associated with astral travel, divination, forest matters, the Fae, hexes, protection, psychic ability.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Liberty Caps ☠️๐Ÿšซ
A magical amplifier, Liberty Caps are associated with creativity, and are metaphorical for the night, stars.

✨๐Ÿ„ Oyster Mushroom ๐Ÿ„✨
Aphrodisiac, emotional healing, forgiveness, lust and love.

✨๐Ÿ„ Saffron Milk Cap ๐Ÿ„✨
Change, cleansing, growth, healing, honesty, justice, strength.

✨๐Ÿ„ Shiitake Mushroom ๐Ÿ„✨
Earth, fertility, good health, grounding, healing, strength, virility, youthfulness.

✨๐Ÿ„ True Morels ๐Ÿ„✨
According to folklore the Fae and other elementals make homes in the Morel’s small holes. Used for breaking curses, Fey magick, glamour magick, necromancy, protection, and spirit work.

Do you use mushrooms in your Craft?

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Courage Spell

One of the easiest ways to work with the energies of the Earth is by using herbs. I love this spell from Lammas: Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason.


๐Ÿงก 6 inch square of orange cloth
๐Ÿงถ Red thread or ribbon
๐ŸŒฟ Dried thyme, basil, and a few black peppercorns
๐ŸŠ Sweet orange essential oil

Lay out the cloth, sprinkle the herbs on it and say;
“The strength of the bull, the daring of the boar,
Grant me courage, now and more,
Grant me bravery in my life each day,
To follow my path and have my say.”

Tie the sachet up, and keep it near you. Place beneath your pillow when you sleep.

Every full moon replace the herbs and oil. When the sachet has served its purpose untie the knot and dispose of responsibly.

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Sunday, 8 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

Deep inside you there is strength. There is determination, and courage, and willpower, even if you‘re not aware of it. Call upon these raw emotions and this animal power, and channel it into movement that will propel you forwards. You have what it takes to overcome any challenge that is put in front of you, at any given moment. You can climb any mountain.

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Deck: Steampunk Tarot

Friday, 6 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

Commitment - we make promises of commitment to others, but what about the commitment to yourself? Are you showing up for YOU? What intentions have you made for yourself that you will nurture into implementation and completion? Are you showing yourself the same dedication, devotion, and care you would show a partner?  Are you allowing yourself to be nurtured, loved, and cherished by your own actions? Love for others starts with love for the self.

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Deck: The Cathar Tarot 

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Daily Card Readings

You may have the urge to fix what is broken, but sometimes the best course of action is to simply walk away. No doubt you will have invested a great amount of time, love, energy, and enthusiasm into this situation or person, and it’s deeply hurtful and disappointing to have to call it a day, but the situation is no longer serving you, and quite simply, you deserve more. It may feel like there is a huge void, or a mountain to climb, but eight is a number associated with strength and with doing what’s best, so brush yourself down and know that you will prevail. Better times are coming.

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Deck: The Wild Unknown Tarot 

Liminal Spaces

This week’s prompt over on Instagram is “Working with the Cosmos”. Cosmos is originally a Greek word, meaning both "order" and "world”. The ancient Greeks thought that the world was perfectly harmonious and in impeccable order. This got me thinking, and I arrived at liminal spaces.

To be in a liminal space you have not yet left somewhere, and you have not yet arrived somewhere else. It’s a space between an ending and a beginning, a world between worlds, a transition between two phases.

Examples of liminal spaces are cemetery gates, cliff edges, stairwells, doorways, graveyards, crossroads, wells, valleys, abandoned buildings, by large bodies of water.

The veil is considered thin in these places; they’re a boundary between this world and the other world, and as such their energy can increase the power of spells and rituals. They are great places for spirit work, meditation, astral travel and divination.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

If you feel like life has been lacking something recently it may be time to commit to a spiritual practice. Creating small routines, rituals, and traditions will see you through the darkest days, and will bring structure, celebration, and reverence to your life. Developing and cultivating a deeper spiritual awareness will open up the world to you, to be seen with fresh new eyes.

Svefnthorn Sleep Charm by @thorsonnsworkshop

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@the_cemetery_witch Deck: The Hide Tarot @hide.tarot

Friday, 30 October 2020

Samhain Magickal Correspondences

Below is a list of Samhain correspondences for decorating your home and altar, celebration, and spellwork.

Orange, black, brown, gold, purple, silver, white.

Amber, jet, black tourmaline, black obsidian, bloodstone, carnelian, hematite, smoky quartz, onyx.

Acorns, apples, autumn leaves, pomegranates, autumn fruits, black candles, brooms/besoms, cauldrons, crow or raven feathers, photographs of loved ones, pumpkins, squashes, gourds, nuts, skulls.

Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Sweetgrass.

Apples, allspice, cypress, cosmos, deadly nightshade, fern, hazel, Heather, mandrake, marigold, mint, mugwort, pumpkin, rosemary, rowan, sage, wormwood.

Anubis, Hel, Osiris.

Demeter, Hekate, Morrigan.

Bats, cats, dogs, spiders.

Do you decorate your house for Samhain? What about the other 7 pagan festivals? Tell me about your holiday plans!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Black Annis

Time for a spooky story...

Within the local Dane Hills, known properly as the “dunes”, there used to be a cave, long since filled in, called Black Annis’ Bower, and it was believed to be inhabited by a savage, bedraggled, and scary woman, with great pointy teeth and long, sharp nails.

The Black Annis devoured those that got near, and when the local children went to play in the hills they were assured that if they weren’t careful, this creature - Black Anna - would snatch them.

She had dug the cave out herself with her long claws, and she crouched among the branches of an old pollard oak, which grew over the mouth of her cave. To be caught by Black Anna would mean being scratched to death, sucked dry of blood, and having your skin hung up to dry; later to be worn around the Black Annis’ waist.

“Tis said the soul of mortal man recoiled,
To view Black Annis' eye, so fierce and wild,
Vast talons, foul with human flesh, there grew,
In place of hands, and features livid blue,
Glared in her visage, whilst her obscene waist,
Warm skins of human victims close embraced.
Not without terror they the cave survey,
Where hung the monstrous trophies of her sway,
'Tis said that in the rock large rooms were found,
Scooped with her claws beneath the flinty ground.”

Whilst Prof. Ronald Hutton suggests that the Black Annis is based on a real person - Agnes Scott - could it be that ancient human activity has been merged into this scary story, and that the cannibalism of Black Anna should not be completely doubted? In the 1980s researchers exploring Cheddar Gorge in Somerset found something inside Gough’s Cave: irrefutable evidence of cannibalism in Ancient Britain. The remains of a three-year-old, two adolescents, and at least two adults that appear to have been eaten by humans some 15,000 years ago.

Anyway, a relic of these stories still remains in the minds of the people of Leicestershire and Rutland in the monstrous cat form of Cat Anna; a witch who lived in the cellars of Leicester Castle, who still runs from the castle to the Dane Hills along an underground passage to look for children to consume.

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Monday, 26 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

The wheel of Fortune. A reminder that what goes up must come down! Our fates and fortunes are forever changing, turning, evolving, and you must do the same to hang on on this rollercoaster ride. This card serves to remind us that if things have been tough, then better times are inching towards us; and if things have been good, then don’t be surprised if there’s a bump along the way. But whatever happens, keep a smile on your face, and joy in your heart, and all will be well.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith

Graveminding Ritual

A graveminding ritual is one that anyone can undertake, regardless of spirituality or religion. It is purely about connecting in with, and venerating, the dead, and holding space for them.

Graves are often left unattended and unvisited for long periods of time, so caught up are we in the busy hamster-wheel of life, so Samhain is the perfect time to carry out this special visit.

For this ceremony you will need:
๐ŸŒฟ Gardening and cleaning equipment; a water bottle spray, gentle soap, and a cloth
๐ŸŒธ Flowers/floral tributes
๐Ÿ•ฏ Candle
๐Ÿช Cakes, cookies, or biscuits

On your way to the cemetery bring your beloved dead in to your mind, and think about the time you shared together, or the role they played within your life. Recall memories you have of them, and picture them in your mind’s eye if at all possible.

When you arrive at the grave spend time cleaning it and clearing away any dead grass or foliage. When you are ready, leave your tributes, saying a few words if you wish. If there are others with you allow them to do the same.

Light the candle, and imagine that your connection with them is represented by the flickering flame. Appreciate that their memory will always burn in you.

Stay here for some time in quiet meditation and contemplation. Partake in food and drink and if there are others with you you may wish to share stories, poems, readings, or songs. Say these words:

As the veils of Samhain fall, 
Sense this light, hear my call,
Blessed dead in earthly tomb, 
Your memory in me abloom.

You may wish to spend the whole day undertaking this pilgrimage, and if the grave of your loved one is far away, or it takes a lot of cleaning and clearing up, then it is entirely possible it may do so.

Leave the candle burning if you can, if the cemetery authorities allow it.

๐ŸŽƒ Graveminding ritual taken from The Journey into Spirit by Kristoffer Hughes.

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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

As with all things in life, an initial idea or wish is not enough to make something happen. Before you start manifesting something you have to create a plan. If you have had a bright idea or spark of inspiration recently then here is your sign. It’s time to be confident that this idea is worth undertaking, and that you should proceed with enthusiasm. But there are no guarantees - as with all things, it is up to you to make it succeed, and turn it into something sustainable.

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Deck: Celtic Tarot 

Horse Brasses

Horse brasses - correctly known as “pressed brass harness decorations” - became popular in the 1850s.

They are brass plaques used for identifying and decorating harness gear; especially for cart, parade, and Shire horses.

It is unknown if horse brasses had a deliberate magical intent originally, as no English tradition of metal charms on horses exists previously, however it is likely that horse brasses replaced charms of other materials, as horses were seen as particularly liable to the attention and effects of malign forces, and anything eye-catching and shiny can protect against witchcraft and the evil eye.

Many English brasses depict lucky and fortuitous symbols such as the sun, crescent moon, star, horseshoe, sun cross, and wheel; and dogs, lions, and serpents are common, too.

Horse brasses are commonly used as apotropaic charms to protect homes. Apotropaic charms offer a shield of protection whilst repelling negative energies, magic, and forces. Horse brasses have been found up Welsh chimneys, and were used to protect carts on the streets of early 20th century London. They have been used as protective pendants on necklaces, and as altar decorations.

This horse brass features the upside-down horseshoe, which is my county’s symbol, along with the acorn. It other English counties it is considered bad luck to be hung this way, but in Rutland it is very lucky, and is found on houses and above doorways. The people of Rutland believe that the Devil can’t make a home in the horseshoe this way up.

Do you use apotropaic charms? Do you have horse brasses in your home?

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Join me at Gather the Witches

The last time I introduced myself was back in March for’s “That Witch” week, so as there are lots of new followers (welcome!) I thought it was time I said hello.

I’m a holistic therapist, pagan model, writer, and fire spinner from the South of England, living on a cemetery. I’m a traditional witch, but I’m interested in all aspects of witchcraft. But forget labels, I’m really just Wren.

Next weekend I’ll be appearing at Gather the Witches, where we’ll be celebrating Samhain. ๐ŸŽƒ There’s free Main Stage entertainment, and an All Access Pass will give you further access to witchy performers and presenters. It’s going to be awesome and I’d love you to join us! ๐ŸŽƒ Go to for more information and tickets.

Now you know all about me, I’d love to know where you’re from, and a random fact about yourself! ๐ŸŽƒ Then go to the comments to find witchy friends around the world.

Daily Card Reading

We all have deep, inner fears. We also all have a deep inner strength and a determination that may be called upon when needed. You have the strength to overcome any obstacle or challenge that comes your way. You have the ability to roll with the punches, to steer your life forward in the direction that is meant. You can navigate your life and do it with calm, compassion, and courage. So take heart. You will manifest your destiny, for the highest good of all, so trust in you innate abilities.

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Deck: Celtic Tarot 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Review: The Magic of Marie Laveau

For some, their first introduction to Marie Laveau was via American Horror Story: Coven - her vamped-up character played by the wonderful Angela Bassett.

But there was a lot more to this incredible woman than her on-screen portrayal showed. She was extremely committed to the people of her community; she helped the sick and the poor, she visited people in prison, and she attended court cases to help others, amongst many other acts of charitable kindness.

The Magic of Marie Laveau: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans is an amazing book by Denise Alvarado, and only a few pages in I was ready to pack my bag for New Orleans, to go pay my respects to this amazing woman.

Head over to the Witch With Me Blog ( to read my @witch.with.books review of this brilliant book, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

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Friday, 16 October 2020

New Moon Bath Magic

The New Moon is associated with new beginnings, reflection, introspection, gaining clarity, and starting projects.

It’s a great opportunity to cleanse and ready yourself for these new opportunities, and for the next part of the lunar cycle.

Water and salt are both cleansing, and if you have a bath tub in your home then you have, in effect, got an extremely large cauldron(!), so bath magick is perfect for the New Moon.

Himalayan salt is perfect for bath rituals, but if you don’t have any, any bath salts will do. Aim for a 1% salt solution.

Prepare your bathroom, and whilst the bath is running think about the things you’d like to call into your life in the coming weeks and month. Write a list, then spend some time visualising them happening. Make the intention that before these things can happen any negativity or blocks must be washed away.

Get into the bath and make a mental note of how you feel. Feel the heat, the silkiness of the salt in the water against your skin, the flicker of candles, the aromas you may smell. When you are ready, imagine past traumas, bad habits, unhelpful or negative thought patterns, and any hurt you may have experienced which may be holding you back wishing off you, and disappearing down the plughole. When you do pull the plug, again, imagine those unhelpful things washing away, and leaving you ready to face the month ahead with a clear mind and enthusiasm.

Have a blessed New Moon everyone.

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Cate Loves Podcast - Witchcraft and Holistic Health

I‘m absolutely thrilled to appear on the Cate Loves Podcast, which is all about holistic health and lifestyle, and explores practical tips and ideas for you to try.

In the latest episode, Cate asks me about witchcraft and my holistic health practices.

Cate is a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, and zero waste educator who offers one-to-one holistic health sessions. She is also an excellent cook, and you can find many wonderful ideas for an attainable - and tasty! - healthy lifestyle over on her page.

Cate is a good friend of mine from back home, which is evident in us having a good old chinwag! If you have an interest in holistic health be sure to check out the Cate Loves Podcast, available from wherever you get your podcasts, and show Cate some love over on her page.

Thanks ever so much for featuring me Cate!

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Divination with Water

There are many types of water divination, and some have been around for hundreds of years.

Lecanomancy is a form of divination using a dish, and usually involves water. Some practitioners add oil to the water and divine messages from the oily patterns and bubbles; others use the water ripples and movement to glean information. Another example of Lecanomancy is the indigenous people from the Catawba Indian Nation placing a bowl of water by a deceased person’s head. On the third day, the whereabouts of the deceased person would become apparent according to the ripples of water.

Hydromancy is a similar method of water divination to Lecanomancy whereby pebbles are dropped into a pool, and the resulting ripples, colour, ebb and flow, are read.

American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland describes the practice of Scyphomancy in his 1891 book Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling:

“ may be observed that gypsies in Eastern Europe, as in India, often tell fortunes or answer questions by taking a goblet or glass, tapping it, and pretending to hear a voice in the ring which speaks to them. This method of divination is one of the few which may have occurred sporadically, or independently in different places, as there is so much in a ringing, vibrating sound which resembles a voice. The custom is very ancient and almost universal...”

๐Ÿ’ง Bletonomancy - method of divination using water current.
๐Ÿ’ง Ceromancy - method of divination by dropping wax into water.
๐Ÿ’ง Cyclicomancy - method of divination by swirling water in a cup.
๐Ÿ’ง Hydromancy - method of divination using pebbles dropped into a pool.
๐Ÿ’ง Lecanomacy - method of divination using a bowl and usually water.
๐Ÿ’ง Pegomancy - method of divination using fountains.
๐Ÿ’ง Phyllorhodomancy - method of divination using roses and usually water.
๐Ÿ’ง Plumbomancy - method of divination observing molten lead poured into water.
๐Ÿ’ง Scyphomancy - method of divination using a cop or goblet and water.

Do you use water divination in your craft?

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The Om

Today I thought I’d talk about a symbol that is not witchy, but has always held deep meaning and significance to me.

The Om, or Aum. ๐Ÿ•‰

It is considered to be the first sound, and is a spiritual symbol in eastern religions and spirituality. The meaning and connotations of the Om vary within and across traditions; broadly speaking it is a syllable that is chanted within Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

It has been associated with concepts of "cosmic sound" or "affirmation to something divine".

Other descriptions include "the sacred sound, the Yes!, the Vedas, the Udgitha (song of the universe), the infinite, the all encompassing, the whole world, the truth, the ultimate reality, the finest essence, the cause of the Universe, the essence of life, the Brahman (reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge), the Atman (soul, self within), and the vehicle of deepest knowledge, and Self-knowledge".

In super basic terms, Om is all encompassing, the essence of ultimate reality, and unifies everything in the universe. It is imperishable, and that it is all states of time, past, present, future, as well as transcending time itself.

The Om sound is a short ‘seed' mantra, and is considered a tool for meditation, empowering one to know the divine within. The vibrations that Om creates are believed to energize the chakras, especially the third eye and crown chakras, which help us connect with our Divine selves.

The Om symbol represents the sound in a visual form.

Do you have a symbol, word, prayer, device, mantra, or some other vehicle for spirituality that is not connected to witchcraft, but still holds deep significance for you?

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Monday, 12 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

We rarely travel down paths that aren’t meant for us. If you feel like you’re sailing into unchartered territory, you’re finding yourself saying goodbye to something or someone due to a situation that’s been out of your hands, or people have made decisions that have affected you, don’t worry. Whilst it may feel painful now, or like you’re way out of your depth, there’s hope and light on the horizon. Hang in there.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith Tarot 

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Meet the Ancestors

I met my husband seven years ago today. As we head into the darker months I felt compelled to reach out to my ancestors...

Dorothy Kate
Beatrice Winifred
Ethel May
Clarence Alfred
Derek Lyle
Kenneth Stanley

...I asked for their love, support, and guidance, and to watch over and protect the union that is my marriage. You can see my hand-fasting cords in front of the picture of my maternal grandparents.

They feel very close to me right now. My thoughts this evening have strayed from them, to the fact that even though I have a wonderful family I always felt like the odd one out. It reminded me of a beautiful passage about ancestors by Bert Hellinger:

“The So-called ‘Black Sheep’ of the family are, in fact, seekers of liberation roads for the family tree. Those members of the tree who do not adapt to the rules or traditions of the family system, those who were constantly seeking to revolutionize beliefs, going in contrast to roads marked by family traditions, those criticized, tried and even rejected, those, by General, they are called to release the tree of repetitive stories that frustrate entire generations.
The ‘Black Sheep’, those who do not adapt, those who scream rebel, repair, detoxify and create a new and blooming branch… countless unfulfilled desires, unfulfilled dreams, frustrated talents of our ancestors manifest themselves in their rebellion looking to take place .
The family tree, by inertia, will want to continue to maintain the castrating and toxic course of its trunk, which makes its task difficult and conflicting… that no one makes you doubt, take care of your ‘rarity’ as the most precious flower of Your Tree.
You are the dream of all your ancestors”

Our ancestors are close, the veil is thinning. Rejoice.

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Daily Card Reading

This card has come up again, reiterating the message that it’s time to say ‘yes’ to every and any opportunity that comes your way. It’s time to throw caution to the wind; to grab life with both hands, and to shake the shit out of it! Don’t be anxious or worrisome - move forwards with courage, determination, and enthusiasm, as the opportunities landing on your path in front of you are meant for you.

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Deck: Celtic Tarot