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.
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.
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.
The Owls Witchy Tip
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
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
- Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- The Familiars by Stacey Halls
- SkyViewLite - brings stargazing to everyone!
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.
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.
May the solstice and the turning of the wheel bring you love, peace and good fortune in the coming year.
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Poems of Earth
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