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:
🌿 Gardening and cleaning equipment; a water bottle spray, gentle soap, and a cloth
🌸 Flowers/floral tributes
🕯 Candle
🍪 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.

🎃 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. 🎃 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! 🎃 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! 🎃 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...”

💧 Bletonomancy - method of divination using water current.
💧 Ceromancy - method of divination by dropping wax into water.
💧 Cyclicomancy - method of divination by swirling water in a cup.
💧 Hydromancy - method of divination using pebbles dropped into a pool.
💧 Lecanomacy - method of divination using a bowl and usually water.
💧 Pegomancy - method of divination using fountains.
💧 Phyllorhodomancy - method of divination using roses and usually water.
💧 Plumbomancy - method of divination observing molten lead poured into water.
💧 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. 🕉

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 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

It’s time to say ‘yes’ to everything and anything; don’t let anything hold you back or get in your way. Move forwards with courage and determination; and meet the palpable excitement that’s in the air with unbridled joy and enthusiasm, for it’s time for new ventures and new beginnings. What are you waiting for!?

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Deck: Druid Craft Tarot  

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

The Goddess Temple, Glastonbury

Here is this year’s Mabon altar at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple.

The Glastonbury Goddess Temple is a community organisation dedicated to worship of the indigenous British Goddess in all Her forms. It is believed to be the first formally recognised public indigenous British Goddess Temple in Europe for 1500 years (or more).

The Temple was originally pop-up in structure, but has been permanently housed in the High Street since Imbolc 2002, formally being recognised as a place of worship the following year.

As you can see it has been decorated in beautiful Mabon colours. It was the first time in all the years I’ve been visiting that it was empty, so Mr Cemetery and I had a beautiful and private moment of reflection, introspection, and contemplation together.

I always find the run up to Samhain a very deep and thoughtful time; my thoughts always stray to those who have passed over.

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Monday, 5 October 2020

Samhain thoughts - Types of Ancestor

As we head into the darker half of the year and the veil between world of Matter and world of Spirit thins, I am being drawn to spend time thinking about, communicating with, and honouring my ancestors.

This is a time where I feel them more strongly; there is a very clear pull from them, and to them. Veneration of one’s ancestors is an ancient practice that is found in cultures all over Earth. By remembering and honouring our ancestors we not only keep their memories and stories alive, but we reestablish the connection of who we are to our own selves.

We often think of ancestors as being those we are related to by birth, but there are several types of ancestor.

Familial Ancestors
These are the ancestors we are related to, share DNA with, or are members of our family due to marriage or choice. They may be recent relatives or individuals from generations back. They may be step family or adoptive family.

Spiritual Ancestors
These are the witches, shamans, and magicians that walked before us. They are past members of our covens, they are gurus, or teachers. They have spiritual significance to your path or tradition in some way. As a Reiki Practitioner I include Mikao Usui, a man who taught Reiki to over 2000 people, as one of my Spiritual Ancestors.

Land-based Ancestors
These are the people who lived in our houses, villages, towns, cities and even countries. The energy of their beliefs, festivals, habits, deeds, trials, and tribulations are imprinted on the land forever.

Animal Ancestors
I’m including animal spirits in my list because we should not forget the animals that walk upon the earth beside us, be them indigenous animals, pets or familiars.

Who do you count amongst your Ancestors?

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Gather the Witches - Online Samhain Event

Samhain is not cancelled! Join me and a host of other witchy presenters at this fabulous online event curated and hosted by Witch With Me -

I shall be inviting you into my cemetery home and cooking up a Samhain storm! Join me at Gather the Witches to find out more!

The price of the ticket not only gives you access to all the presentations during the event and forever afterwards, but you’ll also have access to live Q&A sessions with the presenters throughout the weekend, plus access to a live tarot parlour.

This event is being held in support of The Temple of Witchcraft (@temple_of_witchcraft), so by joining us for a weekend of Samhain celebrations you’ll not only be having a great time, but you’ll also be doing your bit for the witchcraft community.

Go to the Witch With Me website for tickets.

See you at Samhain, Witches!

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

Have the courage to step beyond your thoughts and dreams and manifest them into reality. Instead of wishing and hoping, and seeing your creativity as mere images on an imaginary horizon, start cultivating. Start by making a plan. Write down all the things you need to do to to reach a particular goal and then do them. As you tick each thing off you will get closer to your goal and gain momentum. And soon, pretty soon, you will be exactly where you dreamed of being.

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Deck: The Sacred Circle Tarot 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Daily Card Reading

Is it time to schedule in some self-care? Or even take a step back altogether? Do you need to make changes? Or is your current position sustainable? When this card shows up it’s usually an indication that you’re extremely busy; juggling lots of balls at the same time. Whilst you are managing this with impressive precision, it won’t take much to drop one of those balls - so it’s time to reassess.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith Tarot 

Thursday, 1 October 2020

The Chalice Well, Glastonbury

The Chalice Well (also known as the Red Spring) is situated at the bottom of Glastonbury Tor.

It is said to have been in use for the last 2000 years, and as a result it is one of the most ancient, revered, and well-known holy wells in Britain.

It is fed by a deep aquifer in the lower levels of the Pennard Sands, and even during a drought it issues at least 25,000 gallons of water a day!

The waters that flow from the Red Spring are said to have healing properties, and so many people come here to bathe or to drink the sacred waters. It is said that faeries from under the Tor spend time in the Well, giving the waters their magical powers.

The waters leave a red iron deposit, meaning many myths and legends have been attributed to this special place. Some say that this spring emerged from the spot where the chalice (Holy Grail) that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper was placed; and some people believe that the Holy Grail is actually buried here.

For others the water is representative of the very essence of life, and see the Well as a symbol of femininity. Consequently, it has become a destination for those paying homage to feminine deities.

Whatever one’s beliefs, it is a very important place to spiritual people of many paths from all over the world, and well worth a visit.

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