Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Witchy Beauty Ritual


The other day someone asked me if I have a witchy beauty regime or ritual, and I do, so I thought I’d share.

Each night I cleanse my face with these crocheted face pads. They were made for me by a friend and they’re brilliant because you just throw them in the washing machine; they’re so much better for the environment than cotton pads.

When I get up to my room I sit on the edge of my bed and brush my hair with this beautiful comb my husband gave me. This is quite a feat in the winter because with thick stone walls and no heating it’s fricking cold!! But as I am combing I visualise any negativities from the day being removed, any negative thoughts or energies being sent from others being removed, and I keep going until I am happy.

Once I am done I apply R&B Hair Moisturiser by Lush, which I visualise as a protective barrier (I have blessed it), which smells amazing! I am now ready to get into bed, snuggle up with my husband, and dream sweet dreams.

Do you have a daily or nightly ritual?

Sunday, 29 March 2020

The House Witch - Arin Murphy-Hiscock


I’m currently reading The House Witch. Like many Cancerians, my home is super sacred to me, so exploring the energies of hearth and home is an important part of my magical practice. Hearthcraft is a spiritual path rooted in the belief that the home is not only a sanctuary, but also a place of power.

I love this book because it is such a simple and beautiful read, and provides the reader with lots of ideas on how to embrace the power of the kitchen and home and translating th
at into effective magic. There are recipes, and spells and rituals, and lots of helpful information.

As with all books I tend to dip in and out, and this book is perfect for that. I haven’t read it all, but what I have read I’ve really enjoyed. What are you reading at the moment?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Fire


WEEK 4 #witchwithme – FIRE

A glance back to 2010. Fire Spinning has always been more than a hobby. Getting set up and preparing to perform and connect with so powerful an element is ritualistic in nature.

The experience is primal and visceral - when you add background drumming it quickly becomes a spiritual moment, and I’ve learned over the years how to use the energy of this fire-dancing trance work for spell casting and manifestation. On the rare occasion I pick up the poi
, and the leather straps loop over my fingers, I am immediately back in that focused, inward, magical mindset.

Fire is symbolic of rejuvenation and transformation, and in that moment where the fire and I are dancing as one, I am transformed.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Candles for Covid


As the sun goes down, I’m joining the folks over at @witch.with.me on Instagram, and have lit a candle for my fellow humans. We’re creating a wave of light to show our neighbours they are not alone.

With the flicker of every flame, our communal ray of hope will burn bright and strong for our brothers and sisters in our communities, and around the world.

The message is we are with you, and we love you.

May we light the way forward.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Ostara Ritual


WEEK 3 #witchwithme – OSTARA

A blessed Ostara everyone! Spring is here, we’re moving towards longer days, the world is waking up, and hopefully your creativity, intuition, and inspiration, are, too! Just as we are ready to celebrate the arrival of Spring, with its cheery daffodils, lambs, and crocuses; we take this time to celebrate the divine also.

Ostara Ritual

The purple candle represents the divine in our lives. You don’t need to believe in a particular deity; it can represent anything you consider divine - including the divine being that is you.
Perform this ritual outside, early in the morning if you can. It is now time to wake up and reconnect with the energies of the Sun and the Earth, and observe the energetic shift as we move through the wheel.


If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so.
Light the purple candle.
Steady yourself, breathe the fresh air, observe and acknowledge what is happening around you.


Spring is here, a time for cheer!
We move on swiftly through the year.
The divine makes its presence known,
I observe the changes I am shown.
Flowers, lambs, the growing season,
More intuition, thought, and reason.
Connect again with Mother Earth,
Observe her blossom, and give birth.
Absorb the energy, and the light,
A longer day, a shorter night.
I give thanks for all you give to me;
The Divine, I cherish thee.


Take a moment to meditate on the flame. Think about all that you are grateful for. Think about the divine, and how you fit into this concept. When the time is right end the ritual.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Earth is Wounded



The Earth is wounded... we‘ve been hurting her for so long now. She is crying out, attempting to heal. Storms, floods, fires, viruses. We have been given so many warnings to change our ways.

We are now being asked to unplug and reboot for our own healing. We are being forced to simplify our lives, to disconnect from the way things are, to get out into nature, to spend time hunkered down in our homes, with those closest to us.

Despite the worry and the fear, the loss and the 
heart ache, there will be blessings to be found, too. Kindness and co-operation, a smile between strangers... We will find new ways to entertain ourselves, to sustain ourselves - a new ability to find beauty in the small things. Joy in reading, writing, drawing, cooking. Moving to music, fresh air, birdsong - all will be appreciated with fresh new eyes.

I think we’re on the cusp of something huge - more love, more compassion, more cooperation, more appreciation, more joy. A brave new world.

Monday, 16 March 2020


“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
~ Mary Oliver

Friday, 13 March 2020

Divination and the Clairsenses



WEEK 2 #witchwithme – DIVINATION

I regularly use the tarot and pendulum to ask specific questions, but my best divinatory tool is actually the connection I have to my ‘clairsenses’.

Claircognizance is the strongest clairsense I have, and it is a clear, deep knowing. It is an absolute certainty, I feel something as fact, before it has happened. You could describe it as a ‘gut feeling’ but it’s extremely strong. At least that is how it manifests in me.

I experience it in many ways. I know when someone is going to ‘phone me out of the blue, or if I am going to bump into someone (and sometimes I even know who). I have looked at a house and known it will be ours (despite it being impossible on paper), and two weeks ago I knew I was going to break down in my car. I know how certain people will behave before they do so, without previous suggestion.

My gift is backed up with clear visions (clairvoyance), and occasionally with sound, which can trigger visions and a sense of knowing.

The Clairsenses are:

Clairaudience - auditory guidance in the form of voices, sounds, or even music.

Claircognizance - a clear, deep, intuitive knowing.

Clairsentience - the ability to sense subtle energies that surround you in an environment and glean information from them.

Clairvoyance - sometimes called ‘second sight’; a way of divining information through visions, dreaming, or other visual perception. Your intuition speaking through your sense of ‘inner sight’.
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Thursday, 12 March 2020

March ramblings


I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but in the lead up to the Spring Equinox I usually find myself looking back over the past year, and getting quite philosophical about things. Today is that day!

Last year (March 8th) after an amazing wedding party in Finland, one I was happy to be well for, I (we) gave up alcohol. I wasn't a big drinker, but it had become a fairly regular thing, and so I decided to stop, to see what the impact on my health, general wellbeing, and creativity 
was. Without going into too much detail - because there's other stuff I want to ramble about - I can confirm it's been an entirely positive experience, and one that I'm going to continue for the foreseeable future. I know society has a tendency to view people as boring if they don't drink, but if anything, it has made me more interesting.

There have been a couple of situations that, for various reasons, have triggered some strong feelings of rejection in me, but that's ok. I know I'm not perfect. I know I can be quite blunt these days; unfortunately that's a side effect of struggling cognitively due to illness (I don't have the language or brain space to think things through properly, or be softer, or more articulate), but my intentions are always good, and I'm striving to be a better human every day, even if it doesn't always seem that way. 

My health is pretty shocking; I've got one last diagnostic test to complete the picture, however I have every intention of doing what I can this year to improve it. My main issue is ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I battle constantly with fatigue and have to spend my energy 'spoons' relatively wisely; which hugely limits my capacity to throw myself at life and the people I love - BUT - I will never let this get me down as I have done in the past. I am finding new strategies all the time and whilst I may never find a path back to being 100%, I am open to the idea that it is possible, and I am moving forwards believing I can.

I can't believe we have been in this glorious (cold!) house for a year and a half now. I have only spoken in detail with those closest to me, but we removed ourselves from a toxic situation that was literally killing my soul, and we are slowly unfurling our way back to laughter and life again. It took three years to get to a place of imbalance, and I have always said that it'll take three years (at least) to heal. Plus we've been through just about every event and milestone we could have in that time! I no longer give the situation my energy - I have grown to be standing in my personal power once more.

This morning I am so grateful for my life. I love and accept myself for who I am, and I am full of positivity for what lies ahead.

How is 2020 going for you so far?!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Divination


WEEK 2 #witchwithme - DIVINATION

“When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”

~ Robert R. McCammon


Monday, 2 March 2020

What my Craft means to me.



WEEK 2 #witchwithme - THAT WITCH
I was asked yesterday what my craft means to me. Quite simply, it is who I am, the way I live, and how I express myself. It is not lost on me how lucky I am to be living in a time where I can be myself.


The Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1597 saw 400 people on trial; about 200 were executed. There were to be more Scottish witch hunts during 1628-1631, 1649-1650, and 1661-1662.

Between 1644 and 1646 English ‘witch finder’ Matthew Hopkins was responsible for the execution of 300 alleged witches. The Salem Witch Trials (starting 1st March 1692) saw more than 200 men and women accused. Nineteen were hanged, one pressed to death, and at least four more died in the unbearable conditions of the jail, before being thrown into shallow graves.

I leave the names of the Salem Witch Trial victims here, and ask you to spare a thought for these poor people:

Bridget Bishop - Rebecca Nurse - Sarah Good - Susannah Martin - Elizabeth Howe - Sarah Wildes - George Burroughs - Martha Carrier - John Willard - George Jacobs Snr. - John Proctor - Martha Corey - Mary Eastey - Ann Pudeator - Alice Parker - Mary Parker - Wilmott Red - Margaret Scott - Samuel Wardwell - Giles Corey - Lydia Dustin - Ann Foster - Sarah Osborne - Roger Toothaker.