December 2020 – Newsletter


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Hello Dear Ones

It’s almost winter! *queue squeals of delight*  I'm thinking about mulled wine, cosey nights in and hopefully a snowball fight or two!  

Here in the North, winter brings with it a time of pristine beauty and opportunities for playfulness. It also brings darkness and changes to the rhythm of our lives and we begin to spend more time indoors savouring the warmth of our homes. It’s a time to enjoy the opportunity to slow down and have some quiet time.  

The energy of winter is that of going within… and it’s from this place of inner stillness that our soul’s yearnings and new inspirations can emerge.  

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build to brighter and longer days.  

Remember, while you are slowing down and staying cosey, to make time for playfulness… playfulness brings relief from our constant daily grind as well as bringing inspiration.  

For today, let yourself rest in the peace of darkness…  

Since Winter is a time of rest and rejuvination, both Belinda and I will be taking time over December and January to enjoy the season and ready ourselves for all that 2021 has to bring.  So this will be our final Newsletter till February next year.

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Can you believe that it is December already. The nights are long now, but the last few days have mostly been wonderful and sunny.  

I had 2 weeks holiday in November, just stayed at home and pottered around. I spent a little time working with the goddess ISIS. Read as much as I could find about her, trying to find that connection with her and why she appears for me.  

I discovered that “Isis provided medicines of healing and magical incantations, invented the loom, encouraged music and dance and dispensed the justice of the heart”.  

That made my connection with her much clearer. I like to make stuff, whether that is through sewing, crochet, felting or making creams and balms. She appears to me when I take part in any movement practice. My first experience with Isis was as a big, black fairy. And that is the way she still appears to me.  

During my holiday I decided to create her through needle felting. It was an interesting process where I spent time thinking about the lessons she can teach me while I tried to bring her to life in the natural fibres I was using. What was also interesting was that the image that came to life was not one of a slick Egyptian Goddess, but one of an older goddess that still has those same powers.  

My journey with this Goddess continues. And perhaps I will be ready in a newsletter in the new year to share the lessons she has taught me.  

This month my attention turns to star gazing. The Great Conjunction is due on the 21st of December and I am going to spend some time this month watching Jupiter and Saturn as they move closer together until they join in the conjunction. I am not an expert in astrology, so not going to share the meaning of this with you, but I suggest that you research this a little. It is interesting and the result is a great opportunity for change this month.


Belinda

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December! The time of year when I enjoy soaking up the festive vibes. Chilly nights out and indulging in my favourite winter tipple, mulled wine. It’s also my favourite time of year to slow down, enjoy cosier nights in watching movies and making nourishing winter meals.  

In November, I took some time out to work more deeply with Sekhmet, the Egyptian Lioness goddess. Sekhmet is a Wild Woman, a Warrior Goddess, a fierce protector of truth, balance, and cosmic order. It is believed that she has been rising since the mid 1980’s and from some recent conversations, she is making her presence more widely known. With her rising, brings a new era, establishing the beginning of equality between the masculine and feminine powers in the world.  

I spent time on a 2 days silent retreat, preparing myself for an alchemical journey with Sekhmet. This begun with paying my respects to the Sphinx, who is the guardian of the mysteries. Then onto transforming fear with Sekhmet, all the while spending time in quiet contemplation tying knots into a ball of string, identifying habits or behaviours that no longer serve and working backwards in time to find patterns developing. The magical power of knotwork transforms layers of fear and old patterning; however, it is a lengthy process and one I have not yet completed. Once I have completed this, I look forward to sharing my journey of taking my knotted offering to Sekhmet.  

Working with the goddess is powerful and alchemical work. She serves as window into self. Our multifaceted experiences of life, as a woman, are influenced by goddess consciousness and we can use this energy to ignite our spiritual growth for healing, positive change, and empowerment.  

This month I am looking forward to resting deeply, finding time for play, and giving space for new and exciting ideas to emerge.  

Fionn

The Owls Witchy Tip

Barn Owl

Use simple candle magic this festive season to ground yourself every day. Find a quiet space to sit, light your candle and just spend 10 minutes looking at the flame while to remind yourself that self care is important.

The Wolfs Wild Tip

Wolf Howling

Let Winter Bring Out the Playful Child in You!   Set an intention to do some playful things to celebrate the joys of winter this year. Being playful gives us an opportunity to express ourselves and enjoy the pleasure and lightness of being. Try one of these this winter…  

  • Catch a snowflake with your tongue
  • Make a snowman
  • Make snow angels
  • Take a walk and look for animal tracks
  • Sit in a sunny place outside and feel the sun on your face
  • Drink a cup of hot chocolate outside
  • Take photos of trees with bare branches
  • Go sledding down a hill

 Oh and if you do any of these… we want to see how much fun you are having! So tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

Recommendations of the Month

  • Instagram
  • Books
    • Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen
    • The Familiars by Stacey Halls  
  • Apps
    • SkyViewLite - brings stargazing to everyone!

Whats New?

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. You are now too late for one of Belinda's Mystery Packages, but we still have a few smaller packages available that will contain everything you need for the spell and charm. Bookings will need to be confirmed by 11 December 2020.  Register here.

Dance with Your Shadow - Cacao Ceremony

Join Belinda and Fionn for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 17 January 2021 at 19:00 where we will be connecting with the Dark Goddess to help us bring our shadow into the light and bring healing to that which we hide away from.  RSVP here.    

Goddess Workshop 

In this 6-week Workshop, beginning on 7 March 2021 (online), we will be exploring aspects of the Triple Goddess, deep diving into each of the archetypes: The Maiden, The Mother, The Enchantress / Wildwoman and The Crone. We will also exploring the shadow aspect of each of these archetypes.  This workshop will enable you to develop the goddess within you.  We will be hosting this workshop online via zoom.  Spaces are limited.  RSVP 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

Hierophant - Prisma Vision Deck

Hierophant is the card for 2021. It guides us to take what we have learnt in 2020 and practice it. This is the intersection between your truth and what you are told is the right thing. This coming year spiritual experiences are important, find a trusted source and learn from them. Meet with like-minded people and practice what you believe in. But always remember to question what it is you are told and whether it fits in with your truth. For me the most important thing to learn from the Hierophant is that 2020 was a hard year, let's take what we have learnt, build on it and make use of the change that has been offered to us.
Let's come together in whatever our community is and build together.

Yule Blessings

May the solstice and the turning of the wheel bring you love, peace and good fortune in the coming year.  

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Winter is

Awakening

The Solstice Sun

Is Rising

The Heart of

Nature Dreaming

Poems of Earth

Now Sleeping

The Seasons are

Weaving

The Journeys

Of Creation

The Seeds

Are Quickening

In Mother's

Sacred Wing

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November 2020 – Newsletter


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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.

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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. 


Belinda

The Owls Witchy Tip

Barn Owl

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

Wolf Howling

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.

#Shaman Durek

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

  • Books
  • The Enchanted Life, by Sharon Blackie
  • Isis and Osiris, by Jonathan Cott
  • The Holy Wild, by Danielle Dulsky

Whats New?

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

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November comes
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.

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October 2020 – Newsletter


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Hello Dear Ones

Wow! Can’t believe October has rolled around so quickly and we are well on our way into the golden months.

As the temperatures start to drop and we watch the leaves flutter to the ground, we are reminded that natures cycles are mirrored in our lives. The only constant is change. Autumn focuses on the impermanence of life, emphasising the need to embrace the present and savour what we have, before it’s gone. Autumn is also a time for letting go of what no longer serves us. A time to practice getting out of the way and allowing spirit to guide us.

We have just come through the Full Moon in Aries, which brought with it a lot of fire power to help us release, raise our vibrations and get ready for the next chapter. This is the first of two October Full Moons, setting up the theme of purging and liberation this month.

As we start to retreat in doors to focus on creating a safe and snug home, inviting us to go inwards and reconnect with ourselves in our cosey havens. To focus on body and spirit. This month’s Tarot card is the Hermit and his invitation is to find your glow. See more about the Hermits invitation at the end of the Newsletter.

The next full Moon is on 31 October, heralding in Halloween / Samhuin.

Samhuin is considered to be a potent turning point in the wheel of the year, representing the cycle of life. Death and rebirth.

It is believed that the veil between the realms of the living and those who have passed on, is at its thinnest. Samhuin is a wonderful time to honour our ancestors and ask them for guidance. The Wolfs Wild Tip gives some ideas on how to connect with our Ancestors.

Samhuin is also a time to cleanse your energy with light and the feeling of love. Try a salt bath or a cleansing meditation to keep your energy clear and connected. See the Owls Witchy tip for more ideas on protection.

I found these October Goals by Butterflies and Pebbles and thought they needed to be shared:

  • Remember your dreams and don't feel bad about any digressions you have had to take.
  • Embrace yourself as you are right now and be kind to yourself
  • Slow down and remember what you love about life.
  • Make those that you love, feel your love.
  • Get lots of fresh air and take in some beautiful scenery.
  • Write something new for the end of 2020 – you still want to be surprised.

​Such a wonderful month to go inwards and see where the year has taken us and begin to write the next chapter!

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Working with the Goddess is a powerful and transformative journey. Over the last two months I have been deepening my relationship with the Mother Goddess and the Maiden Goddess. During these deep dives into self and embracing their energy fully, I have remembered parts of myself I had forgotten. Amazing parts of myself that I had let go of in the constant busyness that life threw at me and the busyness believed I needed to be, to prove I am a valuable human being. At times, I still find it a challenge to keep nurturing myself and being spontaneous when I have work deadlines, but when I give myself permission to embrace her call, life gets simple.

From the Mother Goddess, I remembered my love of being creative in the kitchen and making wonderful nourishing meals and inviting people over to share my creations with.

From the Maiden Goddess, I remembered the simple joy of not feeling restricted by life’s to do list and being spontaneous. I have accepted spontaneous dinner invitations. Had wild and creative inspirations and jumped in the car to go create those inspired in images.

I have found that by taking time to nurture myself and being spontaneous, this has created more room to be productive and from more relaxed and centred state of being. I no longer feel like I am rushing for deadlines. Time seems to stand still.

By embracing these forgotten parts of myself, I have unleashed a new stream of creativity and breathed vibrancy into my life.

This month...
Belinda and I will be working with the Wild Woman. A powerful intuitive force and her invitation is for you to claim your freedom and become all you are meant to be.

I have created a Wild Woman Playlist for you to vibe out to with some wild moves.

Fionn

The Owls Witchy Tip

Barn Owl

This week my attention turned to protection. Physical protection, mental protection and the virus kind of protection.

Tourmaline is one of my favourite crystals. There is a piece in my medicine bag and few about the house, ready to be picked up when necessary.
But there are times when tourmaline alone is not enough.

We all know about the white light spell, where you imagine a light coming from within you and then eventually forming a white sphere around you that no one can enter. Anyone that uses this will know how effective it is in keeping negative energy at bay.

Why not build on this with a mirror spell. If, for instance, someone is staring at you and making you feel uncomfortable just imagine a mirror between you with the reflective side facing them. This will bounce their gaze back and force them to look at themselves.

Our imagination is very powerful. So next time you feel physically threatened imagine that you are a dangerous animal, a lion or a cobra. Direct this energy at the other person and watch them turn and run.
But, off course, we are not going out much at the moment due to a certain virus.

Today I was reading a report on Vitamin D. There has been some research done on the effect of Vitamin D on COVID19. Initial findings suggest that higher Vitamin D levels allow for more effective fighting of the virus. Worth a try I reckon. There are also a lot of herbs that have virus fighting properties. 

This is my favourite lockdown tea at the moment:

Nettle, Yarrow, Hyssop, Vervain, Lemon Balm, Mullein and Liquorice.

Mix equal quantities of these herbs, place a teaspoon full in a teapot and add boiling water. Leave for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

With the darker days I am inclined to spend more time indoors. Last year I started walking in the evening so I could see the moon and stars. This year I intend doing much more of this nigh time walking.

Make sure you embrace the darkness and look after yourself.

The Wolfs Wild Tip

Wolf Howling

It’s at this time of year my thoughts turn towards celebrating my ancestors. Think Dia De Los Muertos. When we connect with our ancestors, we bring a sense of connection and belonging to our lives. We also begin to learn more about ourselves and have a greater appreciation for our families and lives (no matter the family situation). Our connection with our ancestors can bring in more self-love and greater compassion for ourselves and others.

Since I started to connect with my ancestors more deeply, I have felt a deeper connection to myself and my life purpose. I feel rooted in the deep knowing that I come from an ancestorial lineage of people from Edinburgh, a space I truly feel a deep connection to.

THE BOOK OF LIFE, is a movie I love, it encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. Give it a watch! It is a wonderful story about following your heart.

Creating an altar is a wonderful way to open up your energy to your ancestors and begin cultivating a relationship with them. You can include pictures of your ancestors, candles, flowers or anything you know that they liked.

You can do this practice solo or in a group:
You will need a supply of small candles and heat proof container or tray of sand to put them in. Place one in the centre of the container, which will be used to light the others. You will need bread and water or wine.  A list of names of your ancestors.

Switch off all the lights and sit gently in the darkness. Allow the darkness to enfold you.

Ground yourself and ask for the presence of your ancestors to come to you. When you are ready, light the central candle saying:  Through the love of the first Mother and the first Father, I remember my ancestors.

I remember them in joy and sorrow.
I remember that this air is the air they breathed,
that this bread is the bread they ate,
that this water is the water they drank.

You can read your list of ancestors and after you recite each name, say a short prayer for their soul. “May she rest in peace,” “Peace be upon him.”

Take the bread. Hold the bread in your hands. Pray for nourishment: "We pray that we will always have the resources we need so that our body can handle the work we are called to do.”

Now, rip off a small piece and put it on a plate before the candle.

Rip off pieces for anyone who is joining you and one for yourself and eat the bread, in quiet contemplation.

Now, take the water or the wine. Pray for inspiration: “We pray for clear words, clear vision, and clear purpose.”

Pour in a glass and leave it before the candle along with the piece of bread. Serve some of the drink to anyone who has joined you, and to yourself. You can drink out of individual cups, or a shared cup, or even pass the bottle around, depending on you feel.

Relax and enjoy the gentle glow of the candle. Some people see shapes when they gaze at a candle for a long period of time. Perhaps you will see something in the flame or the melted wax, or perhaps a strange thought will occur to you unlike any you have had before.

Whatever you see or feel is appropriate.  Write it in your journal or share it with your companions.

When all is complete, give thanks, and allow the candles to burn to completion.

Recommendations of the Month

Podcasts
Rewilding for WomenSacred Economics:  The Gift We All Have Right Now

Instagram
The Wisdom of the ShamansMarya Stark - Lineage

Books
Grandmothers Counsel the World, Carol Schafer

Spotify Playlists
Marya Stark - Lineage

Whats New?

Cacao Ceremony - Be Wild Be Free

Join us for a Cacao Ceremony, where we will be connecting with our inner Wild Woman to set our wild hearts free.  Details tbc.


Samhuin 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. Details tbc.

Oracle Card of the Month

The Hermit - 78 Tarot Mythical

The Hermit reminds us to pull back from time to time to review what is our personal truths. Here the Hermit is represented as Vampire, solitary in nature, guiding his own way through the dark. The further he pushes into that darkness, the more important that personal light will become. FIND YOUR GLOW!

Take some time this month to remove yourself from society and search within yourself for the answers. You will be surprised what you find.

Happy Autumn & Blessed Be

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Let magick be present among us now,

Repairing our hearts,

Renewing our souls,

I recall dear memories,

Bring love back

Bring love back

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