Thursday, 25 February 2021

Do I Have To Wear Black? Book Review

Do I Have To Wear Black? Rituals, Customs & Funerary Etiquette for MODERN PAGANS by Mortellus

I had the joy, the absolute honour, of reading and reviewing this amazing and touching book by @acrowandthedead for @witch.with.books (available now @llewellynbooks) - it was a journey that moved me to tears on more than one occasion.

This book explores the subject of death; and our customs, rituals and etiquette surrounding it. There is a wealth of helpful information, both spiritual and practical, on death, dying, and forward funeral planning. The author writes with authority as a Pagan and a mortician, and shares her personal experiences and beliefs throughout.

Amongst many other insightful and helpful topics, this book includes:

๐Ÿ’€ Views on the Afterlife 
๐Ÿ’€ Customs and Funerary Rites for many Pagan paths 
๐Ÿ’€ Restorative Arts & Crafts 
๐Ÿ’€ Companion Animals
๐Ÿ’€ Loss of a Child 
๐Ÿ’€ Pagan Mourning

This book is a must have for any Pagan bookshelf, and I know it’s only February, but I feel extremely confident in saying that if there is only one book you should read this year, this is it.

Find out more about this fabulous book by reading the review over on the Witch With Me Blog. Get there via the links on @witch.with.books and

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Today’s Tarot Reading

After the chaos of The Tower, this card is like a huge sigh of relief. You have come through a particularly difficult time, and now it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Not only you have been stripped of limiting beliefs holding you back, but in their place the realisation that absolutely everything and anything is possible has settled upon you. You have a new appreciation of who you are, and what you’re about, and this energy will propel you forwards towards good things. You realise you now have a fresh slate to work with, and an opportunity to work your magic. You are truly blessed by the universe. Celebrate!

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Deck: Forest of Enchantment Tarot

Witches I Love

(From the 20th February) 

Today’s prompt over on Instagram is “Witches Who Inspire Me”, and this is a really tough one, because I can honestly say, hand-on-heart, that every single Witch on here is inspiring in some way.

I’ve picked four amazing witches you should check out (sorry for nicking your pictures guys! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) 

Daniel @theanimist_ for his beautiful and insightful page and posts

Gabi @wiccawolfie for her friendship, kindness and her gorgeous Scandinavian page

Aunt Carla @marielizzeau for her wonderful magick and positivity

Inbaal @inbaalpsychic for her amazing tarot reading and beautiful smile

There are simply too many to mention ~ sorry if I’ve missed you out ๐Ÿ˜ญ - but other accounts you should definitely check out are:


I’d also like to give a nod to my lovely husband who lurks on Instagram and who has a magick all of his own ๐Ÿ’™

If you’re not following these guys go check them out! 

A Blessed Imbolc

(From Imbolc) 

A blessed Imbolc everyone! And to those in the Southern Hemisphere a blessed Lughnasadh.

Imbolc is about half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and this fire festival celebrates the very first stirrings of Spring. This period of growth, gestation, and birth makes it a time of new beginnings, and for me personally it often feels like the beginning of the year, trumping Samhain (the Witches New Year) and January 1st.

When I think of Imbolc I think of the blue skies and sunshine that are now (occasionally!) making an appearance, as opposed to grey skies. We have brighter days with a noticeable change in light quality, and with that comes a change of attitude.

It is a time of magic and transformation; and of hope: the return of the light we celebrated at the Winter Solstice is now confirmed. The Sun is returning!

๐Ÿ•ฏ Imbolc Correspondences ๐Ÿ•ฏ

Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, ruby, turquoise

Angelica, basil, bay, celandine, crocus, heather, iris, snowdrop

Brown, light green, orange, pink, red, white, yellow

Cheese, cream, garlic, honey, milk, sunflower seeds, poppyseed cakes, pumpkin seeds, wine

Brigid’s cross, corn dollies, dish of snow, flowers, ploughs, snowdrops, sun wheels

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To Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent...

The best thing about Instagram is the opportunity to learn, share, educate and inspire. The subject of photographing spells and whether it is a good idea or not often comes up in discussion. After all, two key elements of magick are mystery, and letting the energy that has been psychically raised go; off into the universe to do its thing.

A key element of Instagram is sharing pictures. So how do we get around this?

There are lots of ideas you can use if you really want to share that spell you just did:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Take photos ahead of time, before the spell has been done 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take a photo of a mock up spell 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Share photos long after the spell has been carried out and the aim achieved 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Omit items from the picture
๐Ÿ”ฎ Omit spell information from the post
๐Ÿ”ฎ Use a completely unrelated spell picture. Some might deem this inauthentic, but your magick is your own to protect in whichever way you see fit.

Another common subject of discussion is altars. Seen by many as a private place where one communes privately with their gods and ancestors, how does one share, inspire and educate about magick without crossing a magickal line?

A good idea is to have a separate altar just for Instagram.

It is personal choice whether someone shares their spells or altars, and if someone has specifically stated that they’ve left out some information on a post on purpose, it’s polite not to ask.

I’m the personal choice camp.

What do you think? How do you feel about Social Media and privacy in relation to magickal practice? Is having an Instagram altar a good idea, or a step too far? Have you any ideas on how to maintain privacy whilst sharing? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Having a Childlike Mindset During Spell Casting

There is a wonderful quote in this book ~ Spells and How They Work by Janet & Stewart Farrar ~ from Susa Morgan Black, where she stresses the importance of a childlike frame of mind during spell-working:

“In their minds, children can make anything happen; and sometimes, what the children play at, actually manifests itself in their life. This has happened to me many, many times... Little by little we are discouraged and belittled out of that state of mind, in order to Grow Up. I feel that magic is a return to that wondrous state that “anything can happen”, and that frame of mind is the one we seek to create magick. The closer we can come to that mindset, the more effective our rituals and spells become.”

I’m outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air this morning, whilst pondering this quote. What do you enjoy that is considered childlike? Do you remember to return to this frame of mind during spell-casting?

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Monday, 22 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Much like the Hermit, the Mirror Guardian appears when it’s time to take some time out from the world, and she asks you to look at your own spiritual strength and beauty. It is a time to reflect, to find the answers within.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle

Moonoloy Diary

As well as The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide, I also get the Moonology Diary by Yasmin Boland @moonologydotcom each year.

This brilliant book begins with astrology and the lunar overview for the year ahead, with a section that helps you understand the Lunar Cycle. There is an overview of the astrological houses, and a chapter on how to use the diary.

Each month starts off with a month to view, with the moon phases clearly marked out, and with dates and times. There is information on what to expect, how to make the most of each month, and what each lunation means to you. The diary then proceeds with Week-to-View pages, which I find especially helpful. There are spaces for New Moon wishes and intentions, and Full Moon forgiveness lists.

And can we take a moment to admire that beautiful cover? ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Since I started buying and using this diary I have learned so much, and it’s so useful for organising myself magickally. It comes highly recommended by me.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

My Plant Allies

The prompt for the 16th was “My Plant Allies”. ๐ŸŒฟ

One of my plant allies is Elderflower, which is a hugely magickal plant, and which I can’t wait to see flower again. I call her the “Plant of Preparation”. When I see those beautiful cream flowers at the start of the summer I am reminded that there are Midsummer celebrations to plan, and when I see the dark purple-black berries in the autumn I am reminded that winter is not too far away.

Elderflower features as card no.15 in the Herbs & Flowers Oracle Cards deck @herbsandflowersoraclecards by @taurus_tells who were kind enough to send me one of their beautiful decks (thank you ๐Ÿ’•).

Their beautiful little guidebook says of Elderflower:

“There is a longing to be released from restrictive patterns, people and groups. Showing a new side to the world could confuse a lot of people, but as long as it feels right, it really does not matter what they think. There is no holding back under this vibration, so no fear as boundaries are pushed with a new start and life is lived in the way and style chosen.”

Wise words indeed.

I can’t wait to get to know my herbs and flowers better using this charming deck. It has information and folklore for each plant, as well as a divinatory message and astrological associations. Flick through to the next picture to get a better look. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

DAY 10 - #100daysofwitchcraft

Know Thy World Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 16th: My Plant Allies

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The Land I Live On

I’m a “Raddleman” which means I’m an inhabitant of the smallest county in England - Rutland - which is nestled between Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We measure 18 miles from north to south, and 17 miles from east to west.

We are a beautiful county, steeped in history, folklore and tradition. Much of our county is taken up by Rutland Water, a huge reservoir, which is an important nature reserve serving as an overwintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys.

Along with two towns we boast a handful of beautiful hamlets, a flag featuring an upside-down horseshoe and 13 acorns, and our Latin motto: Multum in Parvo which means “much in little”.

Our agricultural landscape boasts hills and valleys, sacred wells, a labyrinth, yew topiary, a Sheela na gig, a castle, a viaduct, a windmill, a Bede house, and lots of churches. Our older cottages are built from local ironstone and many have roofs of Collyweston stone slate, or thatch. We have lots of old inns and public houses.

We have loads of legends, most of them in the form of ghost stories and there are some corkers! From the spectral lady who walks through Braunston holding a candle in front of her, to the haunted HMP Ashwell which now stands empty and hosts ghost hunting evenings, to the magic hedge that would bow down whenever someone walked past it.

This is such a magical little place, and in every sense Rutland lives up to its motto.

Know Thy World Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 15th: The Land I Live On

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My Witchy Path

“My Witchy Path” was the prompt for the 13th, and so I spent some time thinking what this looks like. If I had to choose the witchy “box” that looks and feels most comfortable for my witchy practice it would be Traditional Witchcraft, however there is no escaping that with taking (and leaving!) what I like, “Eclectic Witch” fits the bill, too.

Learning about the customs, celebrations, superstitions and lives of the people who walked this land previously is really important to me, as is veneration of these land-based ancestors, and those of my family. Learning about plants and herbs, but especially those within my local landscape is really important; as is learning to cook seasonally, for nutrition and celebration.

I have floated between group and solitary practice over the years; through necessity and by choice. Currently I am enjoying working alone and learning more about myself.

I’m a very practical (and perfectionist!) witch, so my Grimoire is a large ring binder that I have added to, and subtracted from, over the last 20 years. I have enjoyed updating and modernising it recently.

My practice is flexible and ever-evolving. I adore the support, joy and appreciation it gives me in my everyday life. This practice is mine to cultivate, love and enjoy.

If you feel so inclined, tell me what you love about your craft.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021


For those that haven’t followed me for long, I’m called The Cemetery Witch because I live on a cemetery. Our house is the original cemetery keeper’s lodge from 1860.

Today’s prompt “Home” got me thinking about one of my favourite quotes:

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?” - Stephanie Perkins

I think the answer is definitely “Yes”...

Hobbit doors 
Winding staircases
Original floors
Pointy chapels
Metre-thick walls 
Wooden halls
Iron gates
Unusual visitors 
Intriguing headstones

A witchy dream come true.  But it’s more than that. 

It’s my sanctuary, my safe place, the home I share with my love, my first home, my whole heart, and indeed, another “person”.

DAY 7 - #100daysofwitchcraft

Know Thyself Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 10th: Home

Channel Your Goddess Energy by Kirsten Riddle

Today for #witchbookwednesday I’m sharing this beautiful book - it’s called Channel Your Goddess Energy by Kirsten Riddle, and it was given to me many moons ago by my lovely friend Cate

This is an absolutely brilliant book which focuses on over 50 goddesses, some of which I have never heard of before. It gives background information, magickal correspondences and suggestions for ritual, for each goddess.

Brightly coloured inside and out it’s an absolute feast for the eyes! The goddesses are divided into five sections: Earth and Creation, Sea and Sky, Sun and Moon, Fire and Ice, and Death and the Underworld.

There is a section on finding your goddess archetype and how to work with your goddess. I haven’t seen this book around, but it’s beautiful, and well worth getting if you ever get the chance.

๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง Coventina - Celtic goddess of springs, wells and rivers ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง

Planet: Moon
Stone: Pearl 
Food/drink: Water 
Flower/plant: Hibiscus, Pine
Scent: Pine
Animal Totem: Fish, Kingfisher 
Miscellaneous: Cup, cauldron, well, spring, leaves, coins, water, pins

#witchwithbooks @witch.with.books

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Spell For a Difficult Situation

I did this spell - or at least a spell related to this image -  to help me with a really difficult situation that I’m facing right now. I didn’t anticipate this situation coming up quite so soon, and I would have perhaps preferred a different Moon phase to work with, but the Waning Moon energy is helping to take away my fears.

I used snow to represent anxiety over the situation melting away.

A light blue candle with the word “calm” inscribed on it.

Herbs arranged in a horseshoe for luck:
 ๐ŸŒธ Rose petals for self worth, and for protection. 
๐ŸŒฟ Malva flowers for their soothing energy. 
๐ŸŒบTansy to ward off evil.
๐ŸŒฑ Basil to attract and bring in money.

Turquoise for positive thinking, and balancing and aligning energy in relation to this matter.

Six quartz points for amplifying energy and thought - six being a number of abundance.

I also did something secret to keep the spell spinning ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I’m anticipating that this situation will start to be resolved around the Full Moon. I feel so much better about it. Even if the only outcome is feeling more settled, empowered and confident, then it was well worth my time.

DAY 5 - #100daysofwitchcraft

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Today’s Tarot Reading

Life is full of difficult decisions and situations, and when we’re faced with them it’s really tempting to turn our backs and ignore them. Let’s be honest, denial might help in the short term, giving us time to adjust to a painful or stressful scenario, but if it hangs around it’s not going to help get things sorted in the long run. The issue is not likely to resolve itself or go away. We should face the issue by taking our blindfold off, and unite our heart and our head to tackle the challenge. Be strong.

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Deck: The Embroidered Forest @the_embroidered_forest 

Cancer the Crab

The first Instgram hashtag challenge of the year has begun, with the first prompt being today - “My Sun Sign”. Mine is Cancer the Crab ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€

Cancer is the cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon. That means we can be wildly unpredictable. Our moods can ebb and flow, wax and wane, but with considerable less predictability than the Moon or any ocean.

Cancerians are often very direct with tough exteriors, but the truth is we are super soft and sensitive inside. Our emotions run deep and we are extremely tenacious.

Typical of a lot of Cancerians, I am actually very shy until you get to know me. I hate being late, and I pride myself on my integrity. My home is my castle, and I love feeding and taking care of the people I love. I am a good judge of character, I can often see exactly what is going on in a situation, usually before everyone else, and I hate gossipers and liars.
I love being by the ocean, I am generally very cheerful and have a good sense of humour. I never give up.

WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH CANCER: domesticity, family history, tradition, comfort, security, sensitivity, nurturing, dreaming, psychic powers, telepathy. ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€

What is your Sun Sign? ๐ŸŒž Do you know what your ruling planet is? How is your personality shaped by your Sun Sign? Are you typical of the traits you’re meant to have? Tell me about your astrology and your personality!

Know Thyself Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 7th: My Sun Sign

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Saturday, 6 February 2021

The Witch’s Foot

The Witch’s Foot is composed of three lines of equal length; one that runs straight down, and two intersecting at an angle to create a snowflake-type shape.

Its composition is such that you can break it down into several parts, depending on how you look at it. There is one central point; and three long lines, or six short lines radiating from the centre.

The pattern of the world is realised in this device. The power that flows from above, the power that flows from below, and the power that flows from the four cardinal directions, with the witch being the point in the centre.

The central line, the spine, represents the balance between light and shadow, silence and expression, inner and outer influences. The power from above and the power from below, which brings me on to the saying “As above, so below”, the idea that whatever happens in the astral plane is reflected on the Earth, and vice versa. That whatever happens in the microcosm, the world of the individual, affects the macrocosm, and vice versa. The balance in all this is the centre point, where the witch stands, and to keep this line straight and strong to support the other two lines, the witch must accept herself, shadows and all, to find balance.

The diagonal lines represent the four cardinal directions. They represent our emotions and intellect, our experiences and wisdom. I also relate these lines to the Four Planes of Existence, and to the tenet “To know, to will, to dare, to be silent”, the conscious and unconscious mind, and the World of Matter and the World of Spirit.

The witch is where all these lines meet. The witch is where these worlds intersect.

The Witch’s Foot is used in a myriad of ways, and is a powerful device for invoking the presence of Spirit. It is also used for meditation and for Riding the Hedge.

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

This is a significant period of change and transformation. Things are shifting, evolving, transcending, transforming. Whilst this may be a time of anxious worry, it is necessary to clear out the old to make way for the new. Embrace it, great things are coming.

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Deck: Celtic Tarot illustrated by @chrisdownart 

The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by Lia Leendertz

For #witchbookwednesday I’m sharing The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by @lia_leendertz

I buy this beautiful book every year. It’s packed FULL of seasonal goodness: recipes, tide tables, garden tasks, moon phase information, Moon and Sun rise times, songs, nature facts, meditations. The front cover is always a work of art, too!

In fact, these guides are so amazing I keep them, and find myself dipping in to them constantly, and on a practical note I love the little ribbon that helps me know where I am.

Do you use this almanac? If not I really recommend you give this wonderful book a try.

Head over to @witch.with.books for lots of fab witchy recommendations.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes the only thing holding us back is our own selves. Our past experiences and traumas may lead us to negative thoughts patterns and behaviours, leading us to believe that we’re unworthy, with our options limited. We must a find way to push through the fear, past this illusion, and out of the darkness. Only when we realise we are in control and have the whole world at our fingertips can we move forwards and reap the joys and the opportunities.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith 

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Horses in Folklore

We see this friendly boy regularly. It got me thinking about horses in folklore, and some of our local superstitions regarding them.

Here in the Midlands counties, spitting was considered to avert all evil consequences, and to meet a white horse face-to-face without spitting (usually over the left shoulder) was considered very unlucky indeed. Some have suggested that this negative association with white horses is because much of the Midlands was laid waste by Saxon hordes, who poured in under a banner emblazoned with a white horse, but I don’t know how true this is.

To dream of a white horse meant that death was coming. This superstition might have come from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as one of the riders sits upon a white horse. Another local superstition indicating death was to dream of riding in a cart “being greased with bacon”- weird!!

At Snelston - a medieval village near here now deserted - a witch would run out of her house and cling on to cartwheels as horses made their way up Galley Hill, on the way to Uppingham. Other stories regard her as a supernatural entity, living in the trees ready to pounce on any horses and carts that might pass by.

In nearby Lincolnshire, it was believed that if you saw a white dog, you should stay silent until you saw a white horse. I don’t know what the consequence of not staying silent was, or not seeing the white horse, because with all the superstition surrounding white horses, I don’t think seeing one was likely.

I’m pleased to report we do not spit at this lovely boy, he much prefers a cuddle.

Do you know of any strange horse folklore or superstitions? What about other animals?

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Monday, 25 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

This card is like a sigh of relief and a weight off the shoulders. You have come through a particularly difficult time. Not only you have been stripped of limiting beliefs, but in their place the realisation that absolutely everything and anything is possible. You realise you now have a fresh slate to work with, an opportunity to work your magic. You have a new appreciation of who you are, and what you’re about, and this energy will only propel you forwards. You are truly blessed by the universe.

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Deck: The After Tarot 

Snow Magick

It’s been snowing for hours! I haven’t seen snow like this for many years, it’s makes me so happy!

It’s not something I tend to do in my practice - because I rarely see it! - but you can use snow in your spell work. Collect in a plastic bag and store in the freezer.

Here are some suggestions:

☃️ Make a snowman and use him or her as a magickal guardian. Build him or her near the entrance of your home.

❄️ Add a cup of clean snow to a ritual bath for purification.

⛄️ Write the name of someone who is bothering you on a slip of paper and pack it in snow. Freeze it until they “chill out”.

❄️ Form bad habits into snowballs and throw them away from you.

☃️ Write something good you’d like on a piece of paper, roll into a ball, and then keep rolling until your intention gets bigger and bigger.

❄️ Place snow in a jar and when it melts you have “snow water” - leave out under the moon to make snowy moon water.

Do you like the snow? Do you see it where you live every year? Do you use it in your practice? Maybe you hate the stuff!? What do you think?

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Mother Earth...

Mother Earth,
Enlighten what’s dark in me,
Strengthen what’s weak in me,
Mend what’s broken in me,
Bind what’s bruised in me,
Heal what’s sick in me,
And lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me.

~ Unknown

Reading Witchology Magazine and pondering community...

I’m reading @witchologymag this morning, and pondering the power of community after reading recent posts by @marget.inglis_witchcraft and @thewitchesstone

I leave you with a poem from my journal entry today:

Whenever the blues, they come to stay,
You can, with a nudge, gently chase them away;
A call to the Sun, the sky, the flowers!
A call to invoke your personal powers!
Of happiness, strength, and kindness be,
when you’re trapped in a dark, encircling sea,
hold out your hand to others in need,
find peace and calm, and joy indeed. 
Tap into the magick, in your heart it shall be;
Give love and Be love.
So Mote it Be.

If you are struggling right now please be sure to reach out.

Fabulous short story by @thewildmoongarden

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

The Shaman Card is a message that your angels, guides and ancestors are there for you. They surround you with their energy; ready to love, support and nurture you. On the inner planes, all the shamans of times gone by are helping you and guiding you, and when you move in to a state of trust your guides are better equipped to work in your favour. This card is also a reminder that we should not give our power away, and if we have moved into this negative groove, it is time to get back on track and claim it back.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle 

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Write down all the things you like about yourself, all the challenges you have overcome, and all the things you have achieved. Surprised? There’s a lot isn’t there? Acknowledge how far you have travelled and what you have learned along the way. You have come so far.

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Deck: The Rider Waite Smith Tarot 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Don’t let the world make you cold and hard. Yes, it’s often full of bad things, bad people and bad times, but there are always good things, good people, and good times. Don’t tar everything or everyone with the same negative brush. Look for the positives, BE positive, and you will always find things to be happy about.

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Deck: The Wild Unknown Tarot 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

The Maze at Wing

This is the “Maze” (actually a unicursal labyrinth) at Wing, which is about five miles from my home. It is one of only eight remaining turf-cut labyrinths in the U.K. It is about 40ft (12m) in diameter.

The information on the board makes a lot of Wing’s Viking name, and it has been suggested by some sources that the maze is over 2500 years old, but it is most likely to be Medieval.

I’ve been looking at some old local history books and it has been suggested that there were labyrinths at nearby Liddington and Holt; though not much is written about them, and their secrets have been lost to time.

It is thought that people would recite prayers as they walked them, or shuffled along on their knees; and that they provided some sort of meditative purpose.

There is a local legend (referred to in 1843) that says a roosting cuckoo would be penned in the maze, in a symbolic attempt to “keep spring eternal”, however I can’t help but laugh at the idea of it simply flying off each time this rite was attempted.

It has also been suggested that it was used as a “walk of shame” inflicted by the church onto wrongdoers; and I wonder if this is at the root of some Christians disapproving of labyrinths, considering them “pagan” or “new age”.

Apparently they were once common in England, Denmark and Germany, and similar labyrinths were found in other parts of Northern Europe, but these were formed by placing stones rather than cutting turf.

There is a lot of rich history in this area. The folklore and customs of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire overlap, as they all border Rutland (which is tiny!), and there’s an abundance of holy wells, hill forts, barrows, mazes, sacred stones and even caves here. I look forward to reading (and sharing) more about them. One thing is for certain: when trying to learn about my ancestors the information I find only just scratches the surface, and leaves me wanting more.

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Monday, 11 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

You have immense personal power, and once you realise this, it’s much easier to tap into it. You have all the tools you need at your disposal to achieve anything you desire. You have the ability to transmute the lofty energy of ideas, and manifest them into something solid, something real. The minute you uncover this amazing truth a whole world opens up! So what are you going to create? What do you want to achieve? What are you going to do?

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Deck: The Druid Craft Tarot 

Using Eggshells in Magick

Crushed eggshells are known by some as Cascarilla. Eggshells have been used in magickal practice for hundreds of years to cleanse negative energy and bring positive occurrences. The eggshells are dried and ground into a powder and are not to be confused with the plant Croton eluteria, which is also known as cascarilla, and is a plant native to the Caribbean.

Eggshells can help block non-corporeal entities from a psychical space - benign or malevolent - so you might want to think carefully about their use, but you can use them to put a ring of peace and protection around your sacred space or home. They can be mixed with herbs to create magickal powders for specific intentions and goals, and they’re often used in spells related to setting boundaries.

Use eggshells with other ingredients (eg. Holy Water) for cleansing; use in a protection bath, or as a floor wash. Some witches use powdered eggshells to wash their hands, rub in their hair, or to mark ritual symbols on their bodies or animals for protection.

Cascarilla is simple to make. Boil the eggshells for ten minutes to protect yourself against Salmonella. Leave them in a bowl or on a piece of kitchen towel on a warm windowsill to dry. When they are completely dry, crush them with a pestle and mortar.

I grind my eggshells down further as part of my spellwork. In the meantime, these have been bottled and consecrated.

Day 3 - #100daysofwitchcraft 

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

The White Witch of this deck represents the Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess; she has a gentle and loving energy, and she’s here to pass the message that you always have a choice. No matter what is happening around you, there is always the option to do the right thing, and to act with integrity. There is always the choice to take the higher road and choose the light. Choose to use your words kindly, choose to honour your higher self, choose to honour and respect other people, choose to do the right thing, and to choose to eschew low vibrational people and experiences. Deep down, you know you are capable of two great things - causing harm or spreading love. Which one is it going to be? The White Witch says choose the latter. For your own good, and that of others.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Some thoughts on Social Media

A beautiful picture of my beautiful husband on our hand-fasting. Right?

Yesterday a fantastic post about aesthetic and witchcraft by @marget.inglis_witchcraft got me thinking, and my brain strayed down the path of Social Media and the current situation.

Like a lot of places in the world, things aren’t brilliant in the U.K. Due to coronavirus, we have in excess of 70,000 deaths and have just gone back down into lockdown for possibly another three months. This is impacting people in many, vary serious ways; but especially on peoples’ mental health.

I want to remind you that Social Media is a place where people put their best foot forward, are sharing the things that are helping to elevate their own mood, or their businesses. It is not always indicative of real life.

Whilst my account truthfully reflects the person that I am and the things that interest me, giving me an opportunity to play with my love of colour, I want to remind you that behind the account there’s a human being, just like you.

Like many others, my account doesn’t show you the boring day to day shit. It doesn’t show you the gripes and moans about walking through the house with wet shoes on after I’ve just cleaned the floor. It doesn’t show you my unhealthy obsession with My Singing Monsters, a game designed for 8 year old boys. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It doesn’t show you the laughter where I open my big mouth really widely, making me look like Zippy from Rainbow, showing all my wonky teeth.

It doesn’t show you the currently very regular ugly-crying, where I’m getting snot all over my husband’s shirt. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Sure, I have a fantastic life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have challenges. The long list of chronic health conditions that I’m finding hard right now, the life-saving and life-enhancing medication that I’m struggling to get because of Brexit, the daughter I’m missing because she lives with her dad many hours away, my lack of financial stability because of my health. The arguments I have with my husband because of certain external forces, the challenges we face as a couple, his extremely stressful job. This is real life: the list goes on!

Remember this as you navigate the internet, and remember it’s ok to not be ok right now. 

If all you’re achieving right now is managing to get up and eat, that’s a WIN. If you’ve managed to cross something off your to-do list today, that’s a WIN. If all the kids are alive at the end of the day, that’s a WIN. If you’ve managed not to murder your husband today, that’s a WIN.

I’ll also mention here that I’m not in the camp who believes you should master something new in lockdown - a new language, a new hobby, a fitness regime, weight loss, writing a book, reading ten new books, new skills in the kitchen - BOLLOCKS.

If you do manage any of these things, that’s amazing! But if the next few months are focused only on survival that’s OK. 

Please be kind to yourselves. We’re still midwinter and there are more tough days ahead. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sometimes the best way to bring in opportunity is to pick your battles. To stop being so combative, and to know when to walk away. Sometimes being the winner means saying to the other person “ok, you win” and retreating; saving your energy for more worthwhile pursuits. A whole new world can open up when you walk away from negativity and drama, and those engaging in it.

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Deck: Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Monday, 4 January 2021

New Year Traditions - Year Ahead Spread

Usually at the start of the year I take a bit of a break, read the slips of paper from my Gratitude Jar, and do a simple tarot spread for the year ahead. Thanks to a reminder from @thewitchesstone this week, I’ve done it. Even if I am a little late.

I lit a green candle for good luck, success and prosperity, and let it burn while I shuffled and picked the cards; blowing it out before doing the big reveal.

I used @the_embroidered_forest tarot, which I absolutely love and was so over the moon to win just before Christmas - thanks Alicia! If you’re wondering about this deck it’s absolutely incredible. The images are enchantingly beautiful, and one of the best things about it is the fabulous quality cardstock and snazzy silver edges.

I had a pendulum by @wiccawolfie on standby just in case I needed further clarification.

While I was shuffling the cards a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln sprang to mind: “The best way to predict your future is to create it”, and so I made the intention in that  moment to keep pushing myself this year.

As many of you know, I have been floating ideas for a shop and creating a Patreon, but I have been doing this very slowly due to chronic illness. As part of my manifestation process, and the long term spell work I have been doing to aid these plans, the moment must be absolutely right.

Do you carry out some sort of New Year’s divination? If so what type? What are your plans for this year? What would you like to manifest?

DAY 2 - #100daysofwitchcraft 

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Sunday, 3 January 2021

Witchstack Sunday

Happy to take part in this week’s #witchstacksunday over on Instragram - first one of the year! These are the books I shall be dipping in and out of this month: 

๐Ÿ“— Magical Aromatherapy - Scott Cunningham
๐Ÿ“— Folk Witchcraft - Roger J. Horne
๐Ÿ“— Herbal Remedies - Anne McIntyre
๐Ÿ“— Prehistoric Astronomy & Ritual - Aubrey Burl
๐Ÿ“— Beowulf
๐Ÿ“— The Green Witch - Arin Murphy-Hiscock

What are you reading currently? What are you going to read next? What’s at the top of your witchy book purchase list?

Head over to @witch.with.books for lots of awesome witchy book recommendations.

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Saturday, 2 January 2021

Bee Folklore and Customs

There is an abundance of folklore surrounding bees. Charms with bees in were hung in the best room of the house to bring health, happiness and good fortune to the home. It was said that if bees flew into a house, a stranger would soon call. If they rested on a roof, good luck was on its way.

Bees appeared in Mycenaean tomb decorations, with some tombs shaped like beehives, speculating the view that bees may have been seen as psychopomps or messengers of the dead, or even that the human soul transmuted into bee form after death.

Once upon a time almost every British family who kept bees had a custom called “telling the bees.” The bees were kept abreast of all important family matters; births, marriages, important journeys, absences, but especially deaths.

Usually the “goodwife” of the household would go to the hives, and knock gently to get the bees’ attention. She would then gently and solemnly tell the bees the news. In Nottinghamshire, the wife of the dead was heard singing quietly in front of the hive—“The master's dead, but don't you go; Your mistress will be a good mistress to you.”

Failure to update the bees brought a fear of catastrophe. Failing to put the bees in to mourning meant all sorts of calamities might ensue; the bees might leave the hive, or not produce enough honey, or even die.

In my county, whenever there was a death the top of the hive was wrapped with a piece of black fabric or crepe by the beekeeper, otherwise it was feared that the bees would not thrive. Whenever there was a wedding the hives were decorated and pieces of cake were left out so that the bees could share in the festivities.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ Bee Correspondences ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Fertility, joy, feminine power, teamwork, growth, competent leadership, hard work, obedience, industriousness, prophecy, the sweetness of life.

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