Hello Dear Ones
Welcome to our first newsletter! Wow! What a year it has been so far. 2020 has been a game changer on so many levels and just like that, we are moving towards Autumn, shorter days and the final harvests before winter sets in. The golden months represent a time to acknowledge our own personal growth and expansion over the year.
This has certainly been a year full of surprises and constant change, I am sure we have all experienced varying degrees personal realisations. This is a meaningful time for us to honour our own personal harvests.
As we bring a deeper awareness to natures cycles, our understanding of our own personal cycles begins to develop, and we can start to bring conscious awareness to the powerful messages within each cycle. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.
Autumn is a time when we set up our internal space to make room for next years vision. We compost our old ideas and use the energy they hold to fertilise the soil for new creativity in the coming year.
The Autumn equinox is on 22 September 2020 at 14:30 (UK Time), this is a day where there is equal light and dark.
A wonderful ritual to perform on the Autumn Equinox or Mabon is to sit for 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the time of the equinox. Sit quietly on the ground, in your favourite outdoor space, in quiet meditation and open up to nature all around. Acknowledge your personal growth and ask for balance and harmony to be the fertiliser for the soil for your garden.
This is the time of year where we activate our new cycle of growth. As we prepare to become silent and rest in the darker months ahead, we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge next year.
For our Southern Hemisphere readers, you will be entering the Spring, which represents a time of awakening and rebirth.
So far 2020 has been an expansive time for me. Just as lock down began I started to feel a sense of claustrophobia and it felt uncomfortable and as I started to understand more deeply that this was a childhood trauma and began to process these feelings, I started to ease myself into lock down life. However, there was more things to come up for processing as the weeks and months went by.
At first, I did not have time to think about my new working from home routine, it was all hands-on deck to mobilise over 800 staff to work from home. When I had an opportunity to slow down and adjust, I realised Mayu, my trusty feline companion was a bit confused by this new routine of me being at home all the time, as I was. Not sure if he was pleased by my imposed presence in his daily napping routine or annoyed, he was always by my side while I was on calls or at my laptop, he even tried to assist me by typing emails for me. It was an interesting time for both of us.
Being at home constantly stuck in four walls, with restrictions on how much time we could spend outdoors was hard. My flatmate was on furlough and also finding it hard to settle into the new status quo. Mayu kept thinking it was snack time every time I was in the kitchen and waking everyone up at odd hours, but we all eventually found a rhythm that worked, and a sense of calm has reigned ever since. My flat mate and I actually got to know each other better, instead of both of us passing each other in the hall, with not much more than a Hi, how was your day.
It was good to slow down and find a slower rhythm in life, instead of rushing off to dancing or the next social occasion. I found myself connecting more with my own personal needs and nurturing myself more. I spent more time in the garden, listening to the birds and hearing the messages that nature had to offer. I even spent time on a 5-day silent retreat, of my own making, connecting with the Goddess and my inner child. These are things I probably would not have done, if life had continued in the same vein.
Towards the end of lock down my Dad passed away. It was at this time that I was grateful for having stepped on the Shamanic path, as it helped me process his passing into the spirit world and accept he is now an ancestor, who will always have my back. It was during this time that I attended an online Shamanism Summit with the Shift Network, I found a speaker Kristopher Hughes a Welsh Druid who spoke about death. I bought his book ‘The Journey into Spirit’. The book is beautifully written, he illuminates the essence of grief, mourning and the spiritual continuation, in the most tender way. He also talks about how we have sanitised death; it is something we don’t talk about and yet the seasons bring us the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
And here we are… so much has changed. Change I could not have predicted and change that has been profound and truly life altering. As we emerge out the end if this cycle…Would I turn back the clock? No. My comfort zones have been smashed this year! Yes! I even videoed myself as part of our upcoming Goddess Workshop in November. Check it out! I have learned so much about myself in such a short time and realised I am resilient and when I open myself up to the ebb and flow of life, I flourish!
Our lives over the past 6 months have been dominated by the virus, lockdown, the ‘new normal’. In my family we have gone from upset because a bonus would not be paid, to voluntary redundancies, to furlough, to compulsory redundancies, to keeping job, but taking a huge pay cut. Testing for Covid19 – negative. Self-isolation – nothing to worry about. Everyone at home, while I am trying to keep an IT department at a college going through a lot of changes.
Last year we spoke about 2020 bringing change, we all knew that this year would be different, we just did not know how. Every day I think I know what the answer to that is and everyday I realise I am wrong because something else just comes my way. But the one thing I have learnt these past 6 months is that you receive nothing that you can’t deal with. I am much stronger than I think I am. I need to take what comes my way and normally I worry about it for a while and then remember to believe that it will be fine, obviously I need to take action as well. But action has to come with belief.
These past months have also lead me to exploring my dark side, the underworld and how I can use the Goddess archetype to work with the messages that are there for me. I am really excited about the work Fionn and I have been doing to prepare for the Goddess workshop. I hope you can join us.
The Owls Witchy Tip
This month the energy is very earthy, it is time to connect with herbs and a time for the final harvests of the year.
In my garden I have been trying to find that balance between picking what I need and leaving some for the bees. Whether in your garden or in the wild, it is important to only pick what you need and leave the rest for nature.
For the first time, I have been picking berries this year. Out my way, the Elderberries are not ready yet, but the Hawberry and Rowans are. The Rowans I am going to use for gin and the Haws for a syrup. Today I wanted to share the syrup recipe with you.
This makes about 4 litres, which will be too much for me, so I am going to reduce the quantities.
1kg Haws, washed
3 Litres boiling water
450g granulated white sugar
- Mash the haws up with a wooden or stone implement.
- Place them in a large earthenware pot and add the boiling water.
- Simmer for 20 minutes and then strain the liquid into a glass bowl.
- Discard the Haws and pour the liquid into the pot.
- Now add the sugar and boil again for 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and thickened.
- Pour into sterilised bottles.
- You will see no metal is involved in this process - it will reduce the Vitamin C in the berries.
1 part syrup to 1 part hot water, add a squeeze of lemon and some brandy if you wish. Drink before bedtime. Perfect for when you feel a cold coming on.
The Wolfs Wild Tip
Logging into Nature, is one of my favorite things to do. By spending time connecting to the trees, we can receive profound healing when we activate our connection with the nature spirits.
Forest Bathing is a Japanese custom for relaxation. It’s a practice of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature whilst breathing deeply and taking in your surroundings.
- Turn off devices and be mindful of enjoying a sensory space.
- Slow down and move through the forest so you can see and feel more.
- Take long deep breaths into the abdomen allowing the body to relax.
- Stop or stand or sit and smell what is around you, what can you smell?
- What little animals or birds are going about their daily business?
- Be present with yourself and nature.
Recommendations of the Month
Cacao Ceremony - Meet Your Power Animal
We invite you to join us in the sacred ritual of drinking chocolate together and then connecting with your Power Companion through a Shamanic Journey. More details here.
Goddess Archetype Workshop
Join us for a transformative journey to explore the Goddess Archetypes as teachers and portals of wisdom to deepen our understanding of who we are. More details here.
Oracle Card of the Month
The Corn - Mystical Shaman Oracle
Corn represents tangible abundance, that there is more than enough. This is a time to reap the harvest from the beautiful field of dreams you planted earlier this year and have worked hard on, even when you may have lost faith and continued to tend your garden.
The invitation is for you to reap the rewards of your hard work and trust. You are blessed. Don’t forget to share your good fortune.
Happy Autumn & Blessed Be
Embrace this time the change of light,
With shorter days and longer nights.
The wheel has turned, the time will change,
The darker side of earth remains.
There is magic in the lunar light,
With intuition at its height.
The alchemy of Mother Earth,
From birth to death, will come rebirth.
Rejoice in this season, may it fill you with peace,
And may the blessings of nature, for you, never cease.