Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Temperatures Drop, Magick Rises!

Merry meet!

There are a few moments in my life that I think of as life changing. I'm not talking about the usual life events such as leaving school, getting your heart broken or your wedding day, but instead those personal "eureka!" moments that reveal the next stage in your development.  Realising I was seeing the future in my dreams was one, as was discovering I was a witch.  Today I had another such moment, and it made me feel both excited and yet at the same time a little foolish, because like all revelations once it is known it is completely obvious.

If you've not been following my adventure, back in 2012 my husband and I came to live in the USA for my husband's job.  We spent the first two years in hot and humid Florida, then we spent two years living in the hot and very arid Californian desert, and then back in the summer we moved again to Maryland.  We've seen more of the USA than most Americans have, and we are having the best adventure, and I really don't take this opportunity for granted.  Having said that, there have been some unexpected longings, things I never thought I'd miss as much as I did, and one of those things was Autumn.

In both Florida and California we didn't really get an autumn, not in the way you do in the UK.  Sure it may have dropped below 30C and we all complained about the cold, but neither the long-needled pines of Florida nor the Joshua trees of the Mojave started changing from green to reds and golds as a signal that the days were getting shorter.  It's actually my favourite season, and reminds me of walking to school with a nip in the air and the mists rising off the fields, bringing the promise of Halloween, Guy Fawkes and the distant dream of Christmas, so I was thrilled to move to the east coast where I was assured I'd get to enjoy all four seasons again.

Autumn in Maryland
It really hasn't disappointed, but one thing I wasn't expecting was a boost to my magick.  Don't get me wrong, all my magickal working have done exactly what I needed them to, and my tarot is as spot on as ever, but I hadn't realised how out of sync I was with the wheel of the year after four years in alien climates.

It goes back to knowing where you come from, and where you draw your energy from.  I have noticed that the energy is more accessible, my intuition is ramped up, and I am feeling a connection to the threads of magick that I haven't felt since I left the UK.  I am more motivated, like I was a young witch starting out on my journey, and it feels like an old friend has given me a hug of encouragement and is running through the trees with me.

So what will the dark of the year hold?  I'm not sure yet but it will bring new depths to my understanding, added dynamics to my pathworking and anchor me firmly in the earth and the sky.

Have you ever had a eureka moment like this?  If so let me know I'm not alone and share your story of hope and encouragement in the comments below.

Until next time, and with love and light,

Blessed be )0(

Monday, 14 November 2016

Will Trump's Win Change Your Practices?

Merry meet!

I was catching up on the various pages I follow on Facebook, and naturally the number one topic was Donald Trump being chosen as the next president of the USA.

Over on one pagan group someone asked "How do you all feel about the results and how do you think it will affect your practice?"

Well that got me thinking, so I left the following response.

"Ok so I'm a Brit but we are stationed in the US right now. I was gutted Trump won, but I do kind of understand how it happened. I can never forgive those that support him for his racist or misogynistic views, or the fact he mocks the disabled and claims climate change isn't real, but if you live in a town where there are no jobs and no money to keep local businesses afloat, if you were desperate enough then anyone who promised to reopen the mines or the factories would seem like a last-ditch desperate hope you could cling on to. If you then factor in the huge numbers of white working men who feel their entire way of life is under attack by women, minorities, and those that are "Other", and they see someone in high profile saying what they all dare only say in safe company, then it's no wonder Trump got in. Will it change my practices? Absolutely not, not in private. I live in an area where every privately owned business had a Trump sign on it, but I see it as my duty to still go out dressed how I dress, still with my pentacle necklace, and treat others in a way that I want to be treated. I shall continue to lead by example and not get dragged down by fear and hate."

However much I may have been shocked and afraid when I saw the results come in I know we must face this challenge head on.  Today my Twitter feed is full of rallying cries, of support for the riots and peaceful demonstrations alike, and I understand their anger and frustration, yet I feel there must be another way.

Before anyone thinks I'm going all fluffy bunny and "we must show them love", I'm really not.  A president that wants to take away my reproductive rights, my right to live my life without fear, who wants to conquer and divide and spread hate is never going to get my support.  This man, who throws his lawyers onto any opposition, is a dangerous man to lead one of the most powerful and war-hungry nations over the next four years, but we must not sink to his level.

We must stand up and defend those who cannot, we must support and believe women when they say they have been attacked, and we must support environmentalists and scientists when they show us the facts about climate change.  All these issues are vital components of my spirituality, my earth-based path and my feminism, and my witchcraft shall not change.

What about you?  How do you feel about the election results and will it change your practices?  Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.

Until next time,

Blessed be )0(

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New Book Out Today!

Merry meet one and all!

I am so excited to announce that my first book, "Working With Tarot" is OUT NOW!

It has been released on Thursday 22nd September to coincide with Mabon, and of course I will be doing my usual radio show with Dax Carlisle on that day and we will be discussing the book during the show.

Over the years I have been asked many questions about tarot reading, from how to pick your first deck, how to create spreads and look after your cards, right through to how can I start charging for readings and how do I read tarot as a business, so I thought I would put all my years of experience down into one easy-to-read book.

As you will all have noticed, I am very down to earth and both my tarot and my witchcraft reflect that, and as a new reader (way back in the 1990s!) I was confused by all the conflicting advice and seemingly complicated procedures.  What I have aimed to do with this book is to strip away some of the superfluous information and tradition while establishing those that are worth keeping.

If you've ever been told you must keep your tarot deck wrapped in black silk but always wondered why and if it was essential, or just who can handle your cards and if digital decks and distance readings work, then this is the book for you.

Similarly if you are confident in your readings and want to take things further and start treating it as your business rather than a hobby, I can guide you through the steps you need to take, from deciding what to charge, through to finding clients, keeping tax records, getting paid in a digital world and working at psychic fairs and corporate events.

As a bonus, I've included checklists to help you in picking your first deck, carrying out a reading or remembering everything for a psychic fair, something I wish I'd had as I started out.

I am so excited, and I wanted to thank you all for your positive comments and encouragement, and I hope you both enjoy it and find my book useful.

Blessed be )0(