......or OMFG it's our first fb live stream today!!!
WOW!! NEVER in a million years would I have thought that I would be standing here.....TOday......in this place!! This place completely out of my comfort zone!! This place of empowered whoooooshyness!! There is no other word!!! hahahah
What the heck am I goin' on about?? Today marks the FIRST EVER FB Live stream I will be holding as a little intro to our FREE micro-course on Embracing Your Inner Witch!! A place which (hehehhe) is amazing.....eye-poppingly exciting!! And I am as nervous as I ever was waiting in the wings....waiting for my cue....that one line!!...to go on stage!! So far, this week it has gone at a snails-pace, whereas the rest of the year has shot by, like Smurf after a LM Sausage!! Mind you, a lot has been achieved this week - recording the videos for our course content, getting our course content up on our online learning platform, tweaks to both websites, starting up a FB Group, getting the word out! It's an amazing feeling that there is a light!! A light guiding us down this path which has been sticky with mud before now, in which we would get bogged down in confusion, doubt, frustration, anger...all those blocks which would start us beating ourselves (when I say ourselves, I'm talking about Ian n me, btw! - I haven't gone completely bonkers! - no more than usual anyhoo) over the head with rather blunt instruments!!
So, this is where we are......creating online courses!! Putting it about a bit.....oooooer!! Getting ourselves right out there....on the edge.....being seen......for all to see!! How does it make me feel?? OUCHEYooooooooo!! Like standing outside naked in the freezing cold and wind actually!! But, nothing was EVER achieved by ignoring your calling and staying under your blanky (much as I LOVE a good warm blanky!!)
And we are pumped, stoked, going at full steam, super focused, razor sharp in our goal to build these courses and earn an independant living :D
If you feel like you might want to peep around the majick curtain.....more info can be found here, now...that will answer your questions, but if you have more drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org..........and if you would like to join our FB group it's here
To all you intrepid Witches!!
Fellow Earth-walkers!! Helloooooo!! Beautifully sunny-blue-skied-breezy-trees morning to ya!!
So...yesterday marked the beginning of something rather special! The build up to the launch of our FREE micro-course on Embracing Your Inner Witch!
Universe, you delivered BIG BIG time!! And myself and Ian thank you and if we had arms big enough we would hug you too!!
We are now officially in uncharted territory, so pioneers we are!!! I'm so bloody excited!!! heheheheheh
Ok....so back on topic....it's Sun-day - the day of the Sun!! And you may be feeling a little blluurrgh at the moment because the Sun has gone on it's annual holiday - not that you'd know it today - bright and sunshiny day!! There are definitely ways to get around this though (if you're not into the whole going inward (Underworld) thang.
Get your CREATIVITY wand and magick yourself up your very own sun in your living room!!!.....WTF??!!!! HUH???? Ok, so I'm still riding the coat tails of the broom whooooshing around in my head, however.....this can be done!!
Right, ok, so first question is - how do you like to be creative? In the kitchen? Painting? Drawing? Craft? Sticking macaroni on card? It does not matter.....I repeat! It DOES NOT MATTER how you express your creativity.....only that you do! For example, my creativity comes through different avenues, but one I really love is the voice...and using it creativly - so, if I'm feeling a bit yuuurkk (and it happens to be a Sunday), I use this chant (I'm a Leo too btw!) 'Power of the Sun, Majesty of the Lion' - and it starts a bit raspy, a bit dissonant, but it doesn't take long for the chant to flow and settle somewhere between my 3rd & 4th Chakras :) Once I'm done.....WOW the feeling is immense!! But, hey, you might not be a voice person! Ok, so maybe you're into Craft - so for example you might do a collage representing the Sun - using really bright yellows and golds, you may blend aromatherapy oils to create a scent reminiscent of Summer!! Or decorate a mirror tile and place it where it catches the morning Sun so you can be bathed in Sunbeams!! It really IS endless, I promise!! And so very rewarding!!
Have a Light-filled day of the SUN!
Brightest Sunbeam Blessings
....or.....we've only just begun.........to live.......like a witchy!! (do you see what i did there??!!)
So today marks the start of something COMPLETELY scary and waaaaay out my comfort zone!!! REALLY putting ourselves out there!! 100%, on the line.....shit! on the edge for fuck's sake!! (Though I did face two BIG fears this year on our camping trip to Dorset - sailing boat in a storm on the sea AND walking along the side of a hill with a near-sheer drop mere inches away!!!! Aarrggghhh And I did it!! SO, if I can do that, I can do this!!!
Eeeekkkkkk!!! LOL OMFG!!!
Hmmmmmm, so what happens when you step out of your comfort zone and start something brand-spanking-new???? It bloody well opens doors! That's what!! And I know that from past situations - from taking singing lessons (pushed by a housemate at the time) and ending up being offered a place on the spot at Rose Bruford! From turning up on my own(HUGE deal for me at the time, walking into a room like that on my own!!) and joining a Yoga class to becoming a Yoga Teacher!! From taking a reading from a tarot card, turning into a ritual and manifesting the male version of me!! My partner in crime..Ian! From dabbling, dipping my toe in Witchcraft for many many years, being scared...being unconfident to fully embracing myself as a Witch, with all it's light and dark!!.........Do you know, I've just realised something.....SHIT! I believe I actually ENJOY stepping out of my comfort zone!!! Holy crap on a stick!!! heheheheheheh
Oh my, I seriously need to take this boat by the rudder and take it where it needs to go! To a place where we can live without hand-outs from government - worried about what they might do next!! Don't get me wrong, it's enabled me to follow my dream (albeit on a tight budget!!) AND to facilitate home learning for my son!!, but handouts come with strings attached and my family no longer want those ties - we want to live like we want to!!
And us putting ourselves out there, on the line is the way to do it - creating online courses which will reach untold amounts of people, on a subject which is sooo vast, and soooo important and sooo very shielded in mystery!! We will uncover and share our knowledge to whomever wants to listen!!.....I'm on one now!!!.....Because it's in the sharing of knowledge which keeps the Craft alive!! Raymond Buckland got slated when he wrote 'Big Blue' because he 'shared too much'(!!!), well we will keep that philosophy alive, well and truely because WE believe in looking behind the majick curtain to see what is REALLY HAPPENING!!
It's Witchcraft for this age - of Aquarius - no hold barred and no secrets left untold!!
.........phew!! I think that's all out now!! hahahahah We've come a long way in a short amount of time, but it's an exciting journey, a continual journey, a journey of stopping to smell the flowers!!
Have an AMAZING weekend fellow Witches!
sometimes a dump is just not enough!! hahaha
Greetings!! On this beautifully blue crystal clear morning!.....it's chilly, but bright and sunshiny!!! LOVE it!! Love this about Winter! Just hope we get some snow this year!!!
Ok, so what am I rambling about today?? Symbiosis, or asking for help when you need it, or not feeling 'weak' because you need a hand with something!! Not any one person knows all the answers to everything...we all share knowledge and ideas....it's what makes things work in the world!!
Now, don't get me wrong, brain dumping has it's place, and it's highly creative, therapeutic and cathartic, but sometimes a dump is not enough!! :) Sometimes, if you are looking for an answer to an issue, you need to ask people....get another perspective. And that's a good thing (just remember, if you ask someone with the complete opposite ideals to yourself, you might get a bit of a left-field answer!!)
So....why exactly am I writing about this today?? Because I got stuck! Stuck in the mud, stuck in a rut, stuck, stuck, stuck.....and before I went ahead and let my head go into melt-down, I actually reached out for help from a group of people who I know could shed some light - all different peeps, but all with the same ideology :) I actually saved myself from a melt-down and, you know....it feels bloody good!!! Normally I would go into a head-spin for a day or two and then ask for help, so something has shifted AGAIN!!! YEEESSS!!!! LOVE it!!
So, what was I stuck on?? Well, myself and Ian are currently writing a series of three online Witchcraft courses - the first one being a FREEBIE of three short lessons which will set a complete beginner Witch firmly on The Path! And I was sooo stuck on the marketing side of things - what's known as a pain point - the core reason why someone would sign up for these courses. And although I know my reasons why I struggled to come out of the broom cupboard, not everyone has the same issue!! So, a bit of help was needed to get another perspective!! And so I asked!! I've put it out to the Universe and Witchy friends and (unlike my usual self) am letting it take it's course - ie not checking fb every couple of minutes!!! lol
So, my friends.....NEVER ever feel like you are somehow lacking if you feel that you need to ask for help - in fact showing up as 'less than perfect' or vulnerable actually makes you YOU - a spiritual being having a human experience!!
Have an amazingly bright blue day!!
Recap: "On the other side things looked soooo very different!! Another world!! And, yes....you guessed it....I STILL fought it!!! Oh, please!!! Seriously??!! YES, seriously!! I was now in conflict between a place of love and peace VS fear and turmoil!!! And it showed!!! :D............."
On reflection it was so scarey for me to completely step into ME that I preferred to be closed and restricted! What I know now, beyond anything else in this existence, is that ALL you can EVER be is yourself.......your whole, complete, fabulous, amazing, light-being YOU. Gather all your knowledge, gather all your light, gather all your darkness (because it is inherent ) and paint the world with it!! As a Witch, fully embraced, makes no apologies for it, I am 100% grateful for it choosing me when I was a child!! It has brought me face to face, up-close-and-personal with my shit and guided me to places/people which have helped me sort it out! (I have to say....sometimes it was literally like going through a rubbish bin!!!)
My biggest teacher (next to my close family) has been Nature! The Witchcraft Path (or Nature Path) shows us everything we need to know, to understand and fully appreciate the workings of the Universe and our worlds - Nature IS our teacher, she is our Mother :)
Nature in all her abundance, in all her openness, in all her vulnerability, in all her wrath (if you like to see her that way), doesn't apologise, hold back or become inflexible because she's been hurt - just look at a rose....a beautiful, dark purple rose with a scent to die for....does this flower decide to shut down, cut off nutrients to it's blooms because someone less appreciative damages it?? Nope, it carries on giving, in the energy of infinite love, it keeps on growing, opening out, blooming and giving away it's scent for ALL........
This is US, in our true nature......loving, giving, blooming as well as defending, taking action and protecting - feeling everything in an open-hearted way!
I found another way to describe it after being openly discriminated against (along with my partner Ian) whilst trying to find a companion for our guinea pig Mr Puck (bear in mind we'd been told no two days previous due to the ambiguity of the sex of Mr Puck - fair enough!). We were subjected to aggressive staff (on both occasions), open rudeness from the manager who kept changing the criteria for taking home a guinea pig (he did eventually apologise for his rudeness, I will add) and we left feeling like we'd done something terribly wrong because we wanted to get a companion for Mr Puck (as well as feeling sorry for him because we were stopped from doing so!)
The long walk home gave us plenty of time for reflection on this and, as these things often do, it brought our focus back to a laser point!
1. As Vegan Witches we avoid, as much as possible, any animal suffering/exploitation, so being stopped twice from buying from this huge chain pet shop is not in our mandate....it goes against our beliefs (remember, we were only trying to get a companion for a piggie that we rescued from certain death!). We would much rather get a companion from a rescue center (like our dog Murphy!).
2. Those kind of pet shops sell animals for profit and if they were REALLY concerned about the welfare of the animals, they would do a home visit to ensure the safety of the animal (like rescue centers do).
3. They would neuter the males (as rescue centers do) to cut down on the number of unwanted/abandoned animals in rescue centers.
4. Whatever someone elses reaction is to you, it ALWAYS says more about them and their stuff than it ever does about you - this goes for you too, so if you have a strong reaction to something, examine it and the root cause of that reaction! :)
For me, my initial reaction was sadness, because I felt bad for Mr Puck, followed by anger at the injustice! The laser focus which followed - quickly I might add, which is a change for me, whereas before I would stew for days!! - has brought me to a new understanding of energy! Wooohoooooo!!
When you are going about your life in an openhearted way, there are no big walls.....just a soft bubble.....Now, for those folks who operate through the fear goggles, their bubble is more like the thick medieval wall - which can very easily break through and intrude into your bubble, thus projecting their fear onto you! The trick is that, when you know yourself inside and out - through your Witchy studies - you know this, you are 100% aware of this and as such, you know that the projected fear is not yours, and will not stick!! Hey! We're non-stick!!! heheheh
It is truly liberating to live in a place of non-fear (when I say non-fear, I mean that even if you feel fear, NEVER let it stop you being your true self! Just take a breath and DO IT!!), of pure self-expression!!
Live Long And Prosper!
.....or just bloody well getting on with shit!
Howdy y'all!! Did ya miss me??? Hope so ;) Where have I been?? Well, that would be telling wouldn't it!! hahahah Where haven't I been that last two days!! Metaphysically, that is! Well, kinda........let's just say that the passed two days have definitely given me plenty to write about today!! ;)
There was loadsa Kitchen Witchery going on, making soups, pie, curry and Woof food...oh and crumble!!! So, busy busy in the kitchen!! Family 'round yesterday for dinner and watching the odd crimbo film (I'm a sucker for those!!!). All good stuff!! There was an experience that we had on Saturday though which brought me back round to an issue I used to struggle with A LOT.....
For a large part of my life I really struggled with not being able to be me - in whatever way, shape or form that took, from loving to sing and being told to shut up or that I couldn't sing, to knowing that inside I was a teacher, but my shyness was crippling so making myself vulnerable in front of people was a no-no - a nicht-nicht ;) Even being honest with myself about being a Witch took years (I knew from a very young age that the Moon and Witches went hand in hand (I would get the Moon shining in my bedroom window - it would keep me awake at night!) and somehow that scared me, but then there was no-one around me to teach me about Witchcraft!). I spent a long time as a small child just not talking and the only time I smiled was when I was sitting on a horse! I guess I started out not trusting people!!! And this continued.....and I built walls.....HUGE fucking castle walls which nobody could get through, each time I got hurt it added a couple more feet to the already thick barricade and reinforced my secure belief that no-one was to be trusted and, in the words of Simon & Garfunkel (one of my favourites musical talents then and now) "I AM A ROCK, I AM AN ISLAND" It was my mantra!!......
I sure was an island! I felt alone, isolated, bitter, angry, sad....certainly NOT happy! And it was fucking miserable!!! I was miserable! Jeeez, a little melancholia is good for the soul, however, I was in deep! I wasn't just behind the ten foot medieval castle wall, I was in the dungeon, under the castle, behind the ten foot medieval wall. I can even remember being proud to tell people "I don't cry"! WOW!! Nothing going out and nothing coming in. Because when you make yourself invulnerable, impervious to attack, you cut off everything....EVERYTHING! Bad stuff (define bad anyway!) but also the good stuff, because there IS duality out there (it's not all rainbows and unicorns!!!), light and dark, positive and negative, Sun and Moon, und so weiter.
And so I went about my life this way (with some paths leading part-way to being open-hearted, but never quite fully), until I had my son and the biggest changes happened, because it was crucial to me that I didn't want my son to feel those things I'd felt as a child! There was still something I was not quite stepping into though, even through my Yoga path and training I still wasn't quite there!! Then one evening I stumbled across Brené Brown and her Tedtalk on Vulnerability.......and oh my bloody god.......that night I felt the BIGGEST change inside myself (even topped the Kundalini awakening I once had!!) of completely opening up and expanding from the heart......(now when I was a kid I had had the same feelings but always thought it was claustrophobia!!!)......at first I panicked BIG time, but I breathed through it and got through to the other end!
On the other side things looked soooo very different!! Another world!! And, yes....you guessed it....I STILL fought it!!! Oh, please!!! Seriously??!! YES, seriously!! I was now in conflict between a place of love and peace VS fear and turmoil!!! And it showed!!! :D.............
part two tomorrow :)
Bright Sunshiny Day Blessings!!
....or our guinea pig is a boy!!
Hahahaha....Well, there's a surprise!!! Our little Fae has turned out to be a Mr Puck!!! hahahahha Needless to say, my knowledge of Guinea Pigs' anatomy was non-existent!! lol So, we're all getting used to calling her a him and he actually seems to respond better to being Mr Puck! - I guess he didn't like being called a girl!! Hahahahahaha Mr Puck enjoys jumping around his newly cleaned home and sitting a-top his seagrass basket, surveying us!! LOL He also appears to enjoy the witchy music I've been playing, and the odd Kundalini chant too! Bless 'im!!
Onto more pressing matters now......who of you out there saw my post on tuning into Odin with drumming? Let's see a show of hands! Excellent! Ok, so what I want to talk about this morning is your relationship with Deity energy, because, like a few of us Witches out there I sincerely believe that which ever Deity we choose to work with, there is NEVER and I MEAN NEVER......ANY submission to that Deity. Honour, reverence, respect, just as if they are an amazing friend....but NEVER, EVER, EVER EVER (are you getting it now hehehehe) submission!! Why is this so damn important?? I hear you ask?? This is even controversial, to some Witches out there!!
I wholeheartedly believe that in this 3D existence (and in all the others we have had before), that we are the creators of our own experience - and yes I have bolded, underlined and italicized it because it is that important!! So, what does that mean exactly?? What it means that everything that you experience now is a direct result of your very own choices (some made in previous lifetimes, carried through to now, and some are made in this lifetime now. More commonly it's a combination of past life choices which are still having a restrictive effect, which causes certain limiting beliefs to play out here and now). This can be a revelation, or a hard pill to swallow when you realise that where you are now is YOUR responsibility and no-one elses! Hey, hold on a minute though.....doesn't that then mean that you can change it, to what you actually want???? Abso-fuckin-lutely!!!!! THAT is how powerful you are!! YOU are the Divine Energy incarnate....your Soul is that energy sitting inside something akin to a spacesuit!! You are Powerful BEYOND anything you may have realised before!!!
Holy Crap - as I'm writing this I have a HUGE sunbeam shining on me!!!
Ok, so where was I? I get soooo excited when stuff like that happens!! heheheheheh
Ok, so how does all of this relate to working with Deity energy? What it means is that any Deity - Odin, Hecate, Thoth, Brighid (just to name some that I work with).....ANY Deity has no more standing than you - you are EQUAL because you are both DIVINE - we all, people-folk and Deities, have that DIVINE power in us, we are ALL made of the same star-stuff, all of the Universe. Equality means that you meet your chosen Deity on equal terms, not submissive and certainly NOT in fear! For, how can you work with a Deity if you fear them? Isn't that what Christianity is about? Witchcraft is NOT that!! Witchcraft is ALL about embracing your power, because YOU ARE POWERFUL!!!! Arrrggghhhhhhhh I can talk about this for HOURS!! YOU ARE POWERFUL!!! You and your Deity are friends who honour each other, not in some kind of passive/aggressive disfunctional fear-based relationship!!!
Ok, so I hope I got that across in a way which empowers you as a Witch :)
And if you want to comment then feel free, let's get a debate going!!
Brightest Sunbeam Blessings!!
Nettles, Dandelions, Marigolds are all favourites of our little Fae!! Yippeeeeee!!!!
All that aside, today is Wednesday, or Wodens Day, or Odins Day!!!
If you are starting on your journey with your chosen deities, you may be looking for ideas to tune into Odin - the God of gods, All-Father. One excellent way is to use a drum!! My personal favourite is my Odin drum :) It's a 16" Remo Drum (vegan) on which I drew a Celtic-looking design with Sharpies!!! I also made the drum beater too!!
So, to connect with Odin (this would be after considerable research/learning and meditation(s)), find a quiet spot and take a few centering breaths then simply begin tapping the drum to see what feels right :) It won't take long to 'find' your beat if you relax and get out of your own way!!! AND enjoy the process!!! Perfection is not the goal, self-expression IS!!
...or what is a familiar??
Woooooo.....so it's been a mad couple of days!!! I never, in a million years, would have known that we would now be a family of 5!!! hahahaha And a guinea pig at that!! I'd never really considered guinea pigs as my kind of animal - rats...YES!, dogs...YES YES!! cats...YES.......guinea pigs......never thought about it!! Well, I have now!!! Crash course in cavies!!!!
So, how did this all come about and what the heck is a familiar????
A familiar is a witch's magickal PA, if you like....a magicians assistant!! I like it!!!!! hahahaha He/she can be an actual animal in this plane......OR a familiar can be on the astral plane, be a mythological creature. The bond between a witch and familiar is firm :)
It's funny, really, as just the other day I was reading about familiars and how they will find you when you are ready.....just turn up on your doorstep, for example :) Which is what Fae did!! It was lucky I spotted her, by chance, as I was standing in the kitchen talking to Ian.....she was about to cross the road in front of our flat. That day was particularly cold and there are numerous cats and foxes about around here so we decided to take her in until we found her family.
After knocking on doors in our area and talking to neighbours it seemed that nobody had lost this lovely little piggie. I even asked Hecate for assistance (a slightly odd request, granted, but for all intents of purposes Fae was lost!) in finding her family....it was at this point that Ian and H came back from their door knocking!! A sign? I'd say so! It was then that we began to entertain the idea that maybe she had been sent to us:
"The guinea pig is an excellent communicator able to transcend its affection and emotions. They are intelligent, communicative, social and affectionate animals, capable of a wide variety of vocalizations and physical expressions to convey their state of being. The guinea pig is a healer and this is one of the reasons that it has become a popular pet in the West. Mayan shamans used the guinea pig as a diagnostic tool. The guinea pig would crawl over the patient and then tell the shaman what the illness was. (Today's 'modern medicine'' uses them as test subjects so often that it is now in the vernacular to consider someone a 'guinea pig' if they have been experimented on.) The Incas believed that the guinea pig could talk easily to the Gods and reveal prophecies. They inspire gentleness and humane treatment of others. Seeking out the company of those like you or with very similar interests. Being considered important to others is important to you. Preferring not to deceive or be deceived. Learning how to overcome obstacles to personal projects by being honest and trustworthy.
The guinea pigs are also mustered as intelligent creature which conceals nothing but expresses every state of being that they feel. If this is your animal, you will then be able to have a life that do not dwell in deception but lives with trust to own self and others. Their significance in the world of science as being test subjects manifests as they are vehicles to reveal truth."
There were many other strange co-incidences which signaled that she was sent our way....not least that we had sprinkled Faery Dust 'round our local Enchanted Woods, and Piggies are excellent manifestors!!!
So, we are awaiting her cage which is arriving today :) then things can settle down a bit and we can get her into a proper routine!!!
our newst family member :)
OMG! We have a new family member.....quite unexpected, she came to us yesterday!!!
She is a very independent, people and dog-friendly piggie :) and loves the limelight and being super-nosy!! BB
xxxAngie n Ianxxx
or.....we love cake!!!
It's good to see the blue sky this morning!! And the Sun!! As it's SUNday it definitely needs to show itself!! Sundays are purrrfect for baking, as it corresponds to the Elemental Fire, baking and Kitchen Witchery!! Not so much these days, but the hearth (fire) would be in the kitchen, hence why Sunday=Fire=Baking/Cooking/Kitchen Witchery :) It makeda-sense...no?!
So, today we will mostly be making bread and a cake!!! Not sure what type of bread yet, but the cake will be an orange victoria sponge!! Smurf might even get a little cakey too :) Being vegan we tend to make our own cakes as it's a pain in the butt to get a vegan cake in our local shops!( Although Mr Kiplings Treacle Tart IS vegan!!!) And shop-bought is NEVER the same anyway....waaay to much white sugar and icing for our liking!!!
It's still Lunantshees out there peeps, so if you want to pay the Fae a visit, do it today (you can, of course pay them a visit every day, if you wish, but this weekend is for really building that friendship :) We did our sprinkling yesterday around the Enchanted Woods where the Hawthorn grow, and across 3 Hawthorn doorways/portals and on our threshold/doorway when we got home! On our walk we spotted TWO new Oak trees growing!!! So exciting to see new Oak :) We'll get pics on the next walk!!! :)
Just a little one today as we need to crack on before the shopping gets here!! Have an AMAZINGly golden Sunday
Brightest Blessings to you all!
or....the constant realization that energy is energy!!
Lunantshees!!! No, I didn't sneeze, nor did I swear....I swear!! It's the Fae-days!! Two days of honouring the Fae!! So, despite the grey wet day, we WILL be venturing to the Enchanted Woods to sprinkle our Faery Dust!! And what's amazing is that since making the Faery Dust, I have a new laptop and the first order from our website!!
My head is spinning a bit - and not because my coffee is too strong (still on the non-nescaf instant!), but because it's sooo exciting, with everything which is happening and that will happen.......I'll try to put it in a cohesive format!
So, we know that energy is energy - and everything is energy, so even our mindset creates energy. Keep that thread in your mind....all will become clear!!! So, as a Witch, I work with energy in all it's shapes and forms and it was out walking to feed my friends cat that myself and Ian stumbled across something in my head!
My old lap, (bless it, it gave me 9 years of service!) was very slow, therefore the energy around it, coming from it and going out through the magcikal internet would have had the same slow vibration! Are you following? So, getting a new laptop which is soooo easy to use, and is fast has sped-up the energy around it and the energy moving from it (physically and metaphysically). Not only that but there is a whole host of stuff around mindset and money!! And also letting go of things which no longer serve me in the best way to move forward into this new chapter! I'll elaborate...I have needed a new laptop for quite a while, however there was an issue with me allowing myself to entertain the idea as I always saw it as a hassle to set up a new machine, back up everything and generally was always resistant to the idea! There was always a reason not to, and one of them was "I don't have the money". Recently this has been shifting and the fact that I now have a new laptop sitting here in front of me is proof that the Universe (and it's friends ;) you know who you are!) will find a way! So with this new mindset, and enthusiasm to move forward, comes our first order on the website! It makes sense to me and I hope it does to you too! Even putting this blog out there is getting results without me really doing very much, so imagine what would happen if I put a rocket up it's bum!!!
I know this time of year can be a challenge for a lot of people, with the shorter days and the long nights, so feeling inspired and positive can seem a lifetime away, but the trick is to use the energies around right now and tap into them...use them to your advantage! The energy with us at the moment is one of death (Autumn...leaves falling....plants dying back) and going inward - so study, meditation, writing poetry/stories, honouring those passed are all good things to do to tap into that energy - and, of course, as always, get outside and walk in Nature....she is our greatest teacher!! Rebirth is only just around the corner...the return of the Sun (Oak King) and the longer days beginning!! And if you want to use essential oils to help this journey, below is a short video on how to!!!
The very best Faery Blessings to you all!
or......."oh, I'm not like that anymore" vs "oh, i've always been like that"
It's the windy city here in Dartford this morning!! The winds of change are a-blowin'!
Sat here with my coffee this morning - not proper coffee as I've run out!, but instant (not Nescaf I hasten to add, as I have thrown no money in their direction since the early 90's when I found out about their third world shenanigans!!).........Just sitting here watching the trees dancing in the wind :) I was told this morning that I've changed :) In a good way, not in a psychopathic, "now you're such a crazy bitch" type way, but in a good way!! Always good to hear!!
The winds of change......hated by some, loved by others, I have never really been a fan of change, not really, not if I'm honest! I used to say I was adaptable and loved change, but being now older and wiser, I know I do not relish it! However (and yes, I did italicize and underline that word!!) somewhere, on my Witchcraft Path I have dropped my fear!! Literally, walking along, minding my own business and it fell out of my pocket! Geeeez, I hope no-one picks it up and takes it home....it was bloody heavy!!!
Witchcraft is pure LOVE, yes, that's it....it IS PURE LOVE!!! I love it and it loves me - now that I have stepped into that aspect of myself. See, for years I was so scared, scared of what people would think about me being a witch, scared that they would poke fun, scared of my own power as a witch, scarfed (huh?? scarfed????), scared, scared, scared, scared!!! Oh my bloody god!!!To be on the other side of that now, it's incredible to think I spent the best part of my life being scared - even when I was doing things I loved (acting, singing, riding my bike) that fear was still there - the biggest one was being accepted by people :)
And now? Well I have it on good authority that whereas I used to say "Oh, I've always been like that" I now say "Oh my god! I'm not like that anymore!" WOW!
And, I have to say, that has been my Witchy path! Look at Nature....is she scared? She just gets on with it, does her thing, turns The Wheel and gives her all. She just IS.
And through the (sometimes) damn hard slog of the fierce work done on myself to be ME and not what society, family and the world think I should (hate that word!!) be/think/feel/do there have been times when I would rather not do the work, but then...I would still be that person craving acceptance and not doing what I LOVE. Even the video I posted yesterday is a HUGE deal for me, as I would (in the past) never have done that.....exposed myself (metaphysically/emotionally/spiritually) in that way!!!
So, all you folks out there, be brave! Do something everyday (big or small) which challenges you!! And makes you say to yourself " OMG! I can't believe I just did that!!!"
Celebrating with a cup 'a' coffee!!
Happy Venus day!!
....or......i've got a new toy!!!
Apologies for the delay today folka-reenos!!! Ran into a tech issue this morning whilst trying to edit the video and ended up with a new laptop!! So........I have just finished the video.....so without further ado, here it is!!! Plus the Infographic underneath!!!
or......waking up late and thinking "damn it!"
Bluuuurghhh......you know......that feeling you get when you've slept more than you meant to!! And, if you're not careful, the rest of day continues in that Bluuurrrgh fashion!! lol
Don't hammer yourself over the head because you slept-in! You must have needed more sleep than you planned on having.......hmmmmm.......not that we really have any say about it! We all know that our body will sleep when it wants to!! Whether we are watching our favourite program, in an 'important' meeting, or sitting on the bus/train on our way home - dribbling on the shoulder of the person seated next to us! So, this morning I went with it and re-arranged my day :)
Faery-dust video will now be tomorrow (I WILL get up early!!!!), as what's left of today will be Kitchen Witchery and Marketing!
Kitchen Witchery!!!! I LOVE being in the kitchen (and I fought this love for years, being in the mindset of "Just because I'm a woman, doesn't mean I'm gonna be chained to the kitchen sink!" and "I'm not cooking/baking just because I'm a woman!!" blah blah blah.........thing is, when I was creating in the kitchen, I was happy!!! Bonkers!! heheheheheh Well, I have had a theory for donkey's years, that feminism confuses everyone! What men are women think they are supposed to be like/do/say, compared to just being themselves and enjoying their lives. Even being well-mannered is cause for backlash (the opening of doors for someone - male or female - can result in a flurry of anger!! WHAT!!????? Being kind is bad????!!!!! I would open a door for anyone and don't mind if someone opens the door for me - it's nice!!! Get over it!!!) Anyway.......bit of a digression there!!!
Kitchen Witchery!!! heheheh........ok, this time of year is amazing in many ways - some I have already explored on here - but another BIG one is 'The Slow Cooker'!!! OH, I could kiss the person who invented the slow cooker!!!! I LOVE MY SLOW COOKERS.....and yes, you heard right, that's plural.....not just one, or two, or three, but four!! It would have been five but we gave one away :) All different sizes - from giant (feeds a whole gathering, with some to spare!!) to teenie and cute, in which we have made syrups and spiced nuts!
Slow cookers are the Kitchen Witch's bestest ever magickal tool - up there with a wand!!! You put the ingredients in, switch it on and a little while later you magickally have gorgeous, tasty (vegan) food!! Woooohoooooooo!!!! LOVE it! Can't say that enough,,,,LOVE IT!!!! hahahahah
Today we are making our vegan sausage, sweet potato & dumpling casserole - it IS bloody lovely....perfect for this time of year and is healing too!! The broth has parsley, sage rosemary & thyme and helped Ian get over a really bad flu a couple of years ago! Healing food!! LOVE IT!!!!!!
So, yeah, that's today - oh and the marketing - we're just finishing a course on how to write and sell online courses - lots of marketing involved - tips, tricks, and magick!!! We are writing a series of online courses in Witchcraft!!! From a free micro-course for the curious, to a more involved (PAID) course to take you to to a kind of intermediate level :) So watch this space for that!!!!
Bright Midweek Blessings To You All
"what is the meaning of this?!.........."
Wow - all I can say is WOW. You know in the (old) cartoons, esp Roadrunner, where Wylie Coyote is blocked at every turn from doing what he wants to do, well Blocks have been a major factor the past four bloody days!! Mein gott in himmel!!!
Even this morning, before I could write this, I had to deal with an internet block - virgin media and it's blocked broadband pipe!! Followed by Weebly's editor refreshing every few seconds, so I would lose what I'd done! PMSL And you HAVE to laugh, it is kinda funny...frustrating as well, but funny when you get the right perspective. Yesterday was not funny....yesterday was the build-up of energy before the blockages begin to unblock. It's like, emotionally and energetically, I've been in a holding pen, going round.....and round......and round............and round some more..........and round again! To the point where I was finding it impossible to take a deep breath and form a cohesive way through.
I'd read a few Fb posts on the Full Moon energy this last time round (and also figured it out in my post a couple of days ago) and it seems I'm not the only one who has been experiencing this bazaar energy!...............Phew!
What did happen yesterday is that things began to shift, a trickle to begin with, but they did shift and as a Witch it is fascinating to map that journey from a physical and energetic viewpoint........It was Nature......my olde friend, my friend of my lifetime of years, which got my head and heart back on the track - when you feel that you need to take a time out and go for a walk amongst the trees, don't fight it, because your Soul does really know the best thing for you!! I began to take deep breaths, then began to communicate (always a work in progress, and there's none so patient as my partner Ian ;) And, guess what, not half an hour goes by before one of the major blocks I've had since friday, gets unblocked, in fact there were two major ones which were keeping me in the holding pen, which got sorted!! Wheeey-bloody-heeeeyyyy!! (jumping up and down, fists to the sky!!)
What lesson have I learned from this quite strange experience? LISTEN!!! For heck's sake LISTEN! when your Higher Self is telling you do go and do something!! For me, I kick and scream all the way when I get stuck in a holding pen - like the lion with a thorn stuck in his paw, I will roar and thrash myself about until......voila! I realise that the answer was inside me all along!! hahahaha Nature is our healer!!
And, on the subject of Nature and all her glorious beings, this weekend it what is known as Lunantshees - two days of honouring the Fae (or Fairy-folk). Last year we made Faery Dust and spent time in our local Enchanted Woods sprinkling it near the abundance of Hawthorn trees. We will, I've no doubt, be doing the same this year :) I may even do a short video on how to make the faery dust!!! Ooooooo!!! :D
Have a blessed day, my friends
"tis the season to be cozy...fa la la la la...la la la la"
I read, not long ago, that one of the best things you can do for your mental health is have a dump in the morning.................a BRAIN dump, that is!!
Well...WTF is that??! Simply getting what is in your head out of your head!! A bit like unblocking the sink so the water can drain! (Nice image I know!! hahahah) Anyhoo, I realised this morning that this is my dump!! Seriously, you are reading my dump! Gillian McKeith eat your heart out!! hahahahah And now I'm getting silly and trying not to laugh whilst I type....makes it very difficult!! So, yes! Do your brain-dump first thing, with yer tea or coffee or whatever is your favourite morning beverage!! yaaaay!!!!
....And now for something completely different.........
It is definitely upon us! And....no, I'm not on about dumping again!! ;) I'm talking about Winter! This morning saw the first of the season's Jack Frost!! Making my morning pot of coffee I saw white on the ground outside!!!! heheheh I got a bit excited!!! (I'm weired like that!!) and decided to blog-it!
Why on earth would I get excited about it getting colder......darker.......shorter days and longer nights (last bit added for dramatic effect, as of course the nights would be longer if the days are shorter.....unless the Earth is doing something CRAZY!!!) I LOVE WINTER! Always have, always will, There is something so naked and vulnerable about Winter, Nature is stripped (well, apart from them there Evergreens!) and we, as a peoples, are reminded of how harsh the weather can really be, we don't always appreciate that being in our Roman-Style square boxes.........how I long for a round house, or at the very least a round room, fire in the middle, and getting right back to the land...............what I DO have is coffee, an amazing....and I mean an AMAZINGLY, inspirational home (work with what you've got!), a way of expressing my womblings and, of course, my family.....and that includes YOU!!! Yes, you! You're reading this, aren't you, and you've got this far without fuckin' off, so you're family!! ;)
So, yes, Winter........there is something very COZY about Winter, even when I'm outside, all wrapped up and my nose is bright red and my eyes stinging from the cold wind, I still feel all cozy! I might moan about it being cold lol, but there is a coziness! I believe that the cold Winter makes us feel ALIVE in a way that the Summer doesn't - Summer is all laaaazy and free and laaaaaazy, whereas Winter makes you swaddle yourself!! Simples!
Have a Blessed day fellow Earth-Walkers!
we have had to cancel another full moon (public) gathering
Being Frank....not Spencer, that is, I am tired.
It feels, in this place called Dartford, that all we do is work our guts out putting different things together and get tumbleweeds for our efforts.
We have put on sooo many different events...to no avail and it saddens me to think that the AMAZING (because what we do IS actually pretty fucking amazing!!) things we do just falls on Deaf Dartford ears. Is it any wonder we want out of this place soooo badly, but don't have the funds to do so...because....guess what? Earning money from doing what we LOVE and are passionate about seems impossible 'round here!!!
It makes me realise, everytime, that our focus always...without question has to be on our own journey, own own practice, our own witchery, so mote it be! Well and truly hammered home!
last night, I reckon is strongly linked to last night's moon! A whole host of things went sideways, in such succession that it can ONLY be that, especially as, energetically, things have been pretty good in this witchy-home!
There was my very shocking (for me, as I NEVER post anything which could be considered 'annoying or rude' - non-specific FB words, not mine!) Fb block from posting on any groups, even my own!! WTF!?? And I got VERY angry about this, the injustice, the non-sense of it as it made no sense, unless, of course this was a direction of energy from a person who does not like the fact that I'm sharing witchy info! And there have, over the decades, been many-a-witch persecuted for sharing knowledge!! Bonkers, I know....right?! It smacks of persecution!! AAArrrggghhhhhhh!!!!!
So, this anger I was feeling, I ended up channelling into a dance and felt a lot better afterwards, but still there was a weird vibe around......it was, I have to say, a very 'tutty' day!! lol There was a teapot which just broke, the audio player on the website stopped working for no apparent reason, (when I had gone through and fixed it all and it was working perfectly!), even the kettle had a wobbly and decided not to switch itself off!! LOL There was an air of what I can only describe as disjointed, nothing worked properly and my own personal energy levels were up and down all day! Nothing was gelling, almost like a plug not quite in the socket properly, so you only get an intermittent charge....
I ended up putting on my Moonstone bracelet Ian bought me for the change as my moods then were.....unpredictable! I hadn't worn it for months as I hadn't needed it! Boy did I need it yesterday!!! :)
So what is it all about? Ha! I knew I'd get to the point eventually!!
When you really think about it, the timing of the full moon and Samhain, it does make sense....so, you have the building energy of the full moon (things coming to a head, if you like - the full moon being the pinnacle of that), AND the energy of Death (now) and Rebirth (Midwinter), so that energy of death was building over Samhain to it's culmination yesterday....BOOOOM!! (as Baldrick would say) lol So, in proper dramatic styleeee things which needed to end..ended and the combination of the two energies made it even MORE 'visible', shall we say! But fear yea not, this has already passed as today marks the steady withdrawal of this energy, the path of a more introspective self (again, meshed purrrfectly with Samhain energy!!)....culminating (I think I like that word!!) in the Dark Moon energy of total meditation!
I hope this makes some kind of sense to you, it does to me, on reflection - not that I could see it yesterday amongst all the emotional stuff! Know that that energy has passed and the road from here will be a LOT smoother!
If you want a meditation to aid you with this inner journeying, out 'Meet the Ancestors' guided meditation is perfect for this time!! (Btw, you will need to sign up/login to access the VIP area!!)
Until the next time!
For a meditation to explore the energy of Arianrhod, click here
xxxBBxxx Angie n Ian
Angie.....Witch, Teacher, Soundscape Artist, Avid Truth Seeker
Ian...Occultist, Healer, Teacher, Soundscape Artist, Avid Truth Seeker