Hello Dear Ones
November has arrived and it’s the time of year when there seems to be the right amount of chill in the air, accompanied by the magic of falling autumn leaves.
November has a peaceful vibe, slowing us down and giving us the opportunity to reflect on how life has brought us to this point.
It’s the month of transition from autumn into winter and acts as a catalyst of setting in motion new beginnings and heralding in a new chapter. The powerful energy of the month empowers us to tap into our personal soul mission, allowing for a deeper connection to our spirituality.
Using the powerful vibration of the month can help us to reflect on our life. Remembering we have everything we need to move forward and grow at our disposal, all we have to do is look deep inside ourself. In times of transition, it is important to be present, awake and alert.
Samhain has been and now our thoughts turn to the darker months. This is normally a difficult time for people and I am sure this year will even be worse.
I have started walking in the dark, in the morning just as the sun rises and, in the evening, to watch the moon and the stars. Those little reminders of how beautiful this world of ours is.
I have been reading The Enchanted Life by Sharon Blackie. If you have not discovered her books yet, do yourself a favour and have a read, they are wonderful. In this one she is asked what gives her hope and she answer by telling a story.
When Things Fall Apart Long white beaches, rocky coven, stormy seas. Where the Old Woman of the World lives. In a cave with Trickster Crow. She weaves. She weaves the World. The most beautiful weaving in the world. Rainbow of colours, some thick and some thin, Some soft and some shiny. Finished off with sharp and thorny spines which can sting you if you are not careful. After all, she is weaving the world and that is the way the world is. The Old Woman of the World also tends a cauldron Hanging over a big fire. A cauldron that contains the essence of all that grows and lives in the world. She weaves and she tends the cauldron. But sometimes she is engrossed in the weaving and forgets to tend the cauldron. The cauldron splutters and splatters and she rushes to stir the pot. Trickster Crow has been watching. Been watching all the beautiful shiny threads going back and forth. The Old Woman and the Crow is bound together. Like the cauldron and the tapestry. She tends the cauldron and he unravels the tapestry thread by thread. Picking and pecking all the while she tends the cauldron. The Old Woman of the World returns from the cauldron. She stands watching the mess in front of her. A beautiful rich green thread catches her eye. She picks up the threads and starts weaving them back into the tapestry. The most beautiful weaving in the world. She does not understand why, but a new pattern emerges. A new tapestry forms. Trickster Crow cackles and caws and flies back to his perch. The Old Woman of the World does not question. She continues to weave, because that is what she does, She is a weaver. The next time she tends the cauldron Trickster Crow is back. Because you see Trickster Crow knows that if the weaving is ever finished, the world will come to an end. So the Old Woman weaves and Trickster Crow disrupts. New patterns form and the end of the world is held at bay for a little while longer.
For me this is not just a story of hope in these difficult times, but also a story of the Light and the Dark. The fact that both the Old Woman and Trickster Crow are necessary, the one will not survive without the other. Every time Trickster Crow disrupts, the Old Woman will be back, to weave another beautiful pattern.
The Owls Witchy Tip
I don't know about you but I spend a lot more time in bed this time of year. I go to bed early with a hot water bottle, a book, sometimes a cup of herbal tea and always with my sleep pillow.
My sleep pillow is a little 'envelope' I made out of an old hanky and it has a blue kyanite and clear quartz crystal in it. I then add new herbs as necessary, mostly because they have ended up all over the bed as I often sleep with it in my hand.
To make your own, you need a piece of fabric to fold in half and make into a small bag. Sew up 2 of the sides (the third will be on a fold, so no need to sew), Now fill it with crystals and herbs that will serve your purpose. Tie a little ribbon around the neck and you are ready to go.
I mainly use lavender for calmness, mugwort for enhanced dreaming and protection, kyanite to help with communication and clear quartz as a general purpose crystal.
Give it a try and have some fun.
The Wolfs Wild Tip
This has been a difficult year individually and collectively with so much constant change and uncertainty, that sometimes being grateful is hard in the current circumstances.
Having a daily gratitude practice is a wonderful way to improve our quality of life; it makes us happier. Gratitude offers us a pause, to reflect on what we have in our life right now.
Gratitude offerings is also wonderful way to honour the universal flow of life and abundance in the world, while cultivating gratitude in our lives.
A gratitude offering is any form of energy directed to someone without an agenda.
This a practice you can do monthly and offer anything you like to whomever you like, whenever you like. Give something to whoever pops into your mind first.
Ideas for a gratitude offering:
Bless a tree
Give a flower to a stranger
Burn a candle for the spirits
Send well wishes to your ancestors
Give someone healing
Babysit a friend’s kid
Help someone with a project
Be creative. Be generous. By giving you are participating in the universal flow that sustains all.
Tag us in your Instagram stories of any gratitude offerings you make, so we can all feel inspired and get creative!
Recommendations of the Month
- The Enchanted Life, by Sharon Blackie
- Isis and Osiris, by Jonathan Cott
- The Holy Wild, by Danielle Dulsky
Samhain Spell Work Circle - Spell to Free Yourself
On the waning moon, after Samhuin join us in a collective spell to free ourselves and the world of the stress and anxiety that this year has brought. There is still time to join us on 8 November 2020, register here.
Cacao Ceremony - Be Wise Be Free
Join us for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 29 November 2020 at 19:00 where we will be connecting with our inner Wise Woman, the Crone, to seek her wisdom as we move into winter. More details here.
Yule Spell Work Circle - Candle Magic
Join us on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 19:00 for a Yule spell circle where we will do some candle magic and make a Yule good luck charm for someone special. If you would like one of Belinda's Mystery Packages, bookings will need to be confirmed by 20 November 2020. Register here.
Shamanic Power Retrieval
Fionn has re-started her healing practice and facillitating Power Retrievals at Santosa in Edinburgh. A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you. If you are not in Edinburgh / Scotland a Power Retrieval can be facilitated remotely. More details here.
Oracle Card of the Month
Patience - Sacred Destiny Oracle
The card for this month is patience, which seems pretty apt considering the current circumstances this month. It’s hard to see what lies ahead at the moment and things may not be as they seem. We are being invited to be patient and still for now. To allow things to unfold. Remember what things look like in the fog, will look another way in the light.
Blessings and Love
And November goes,
With the last red berries,
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket,
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn,
And the kettle sings,
And earth sinks to rest
Unitl next spring.