Clearing out the Basement


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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 where 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.

We have a potent new moon in Scorpio this month bringing in an ending and the start of something new.  It is important to identify what is ending and what you wish to bring to life.  Whilst cleaning out the basement to make room for newness, it is good practice to keep a gratitude journal (see below Wolfs Tip).

This month’s Oracle forecast (at the bottom of the email) is very apt ‘The Eye of the Needle'  The invitation is to make sure you leave behind what you don't need when clearing out the proverbial basement.

By using the powerful vibration of this months energies we can take some time 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 ourselves. In times of transition, it is important to be present, awake and alert.

Sending you all so much love!

Note:  Belinda and I will be taking a break over December and January, so our next Newsletter will be in February.  We will keep you updated, on events and other happenings over the next couple of months.


Whats New?


Enter the Dark - Cacao Ceremony (online) - 21 November 2021

We often avoid the dark places within us and yet we need the darkness to embrace our wholeness.

Join Belinda and Fionn for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 21 November 2021 at 19:00 where we will be connecting to the Queen of Winter, the Cailleach, to ride her icy winds and embrace her wild elemental force to evoke change.

More details here.

Stepping into Stillness - Cacao Ceremony (In Person) - 12 December 2021


Join Belinda and Fionn for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 12 December 2021 at 13:00 where we will be embracing the season of winter and stepping into stillness.

More details here.

Awaken your Inner Witch (Begins 16 January 2022 )  1 Space left

Long ago, Witches were the village healers, sought after for their wisdom and intuitive natural healing abilities.  They were the medicine women, the midwives, the visionaries, the story keepers and guardians of the feminine mysteries.

This magical icon holds deep feminine power and wisdom!  Women can work with this archetype to reclaim their innate power and sovereignty.

Join Belinda and Fionn for our 3 part workshop where we will explore our own source of electrical magic and awaken our inner witch!

If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.  

Re-Ignite your Light Retreat (18 - 20 March 2022)

Join Belinda and Fionn for a retreat in the Highlands of Scotland.  We will say goodbye to the winter on the Friday by connecting in with the Cailleach for wisdom and on Saturday, we will be welcoming back the spring and opening our hearts to Brigid to re-ignite our light.

Our intention is to host this retreat on the beautiful and mysterious Arran; however, we are still in the planning phase of bringing this retreat to life but do let us know if you are interested in joining us, so we can keep you posted on the plans.

If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.


I am on holiday at the moment and as usual, the to-do list is way too long and I am not getting to anything. Today however I did get to something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I went wild swimming. In South Africa, we just call it swimming, but here it is a very different experience. 

It was raining today, just like it has been for several days. We made a small fire on the beach where we sat and drank tea before we changed and then Anna, our guide, explained to us that we must remember to breathe out. That is the trick. And she was right. We stayed in the water for around 3 minutes and when we came out it was like there was a fire in my belly. 

It was such a simple experience, it made me feel alive and very happy. 

Go and have a look at Wanderwoman if you would like a similar experience.

Today is 2 days before the rule of the Cailleach starts. It is time to go deeper, it is time to rest and explore what sits in those shadows just at your edge. 

On Sunday night, Samhain, we will be doing the Crone at the Goddess workshop. She is a fitting goddess to work with on this evening, not just because this is when her rule starts, but also because we have a few events over the next 6 months where we will explore her. 

The Cailleach is a challenge, she brings old age and death. Both are things we struggle with in Western society, but looking at them through the lens of this archetype helps us understand how to use these energies in our own life. Through this work, we will find little gems.


 
With lots of love


Self-love.  What is self-love?

The Dictionary tells us that Self-love is:  regard for one's own well-being and happiness.

We know that self-love motivates us to make healthier choices in life. When we hold ourselves in high esteem, we are more likely to choose things that nurture our well-being and serve us.

How many of us neglect our own care?  Many of us.  I know I do.  Regularly.

As I look back over my journal for the last year, I see this has been a common theme of something I neglect.   The pandemic has found us all finding different ways to cope, with some of our favourite activities being restricted and perhaps some of these coping mechanisms have not served us well.

I often reflect on how much like my Dad I am, I know I have lots of his positive traits, but equally, I have acquired some of his not so positive traits, like not resting and enjoying some playtime.  This is not his fault, because in this patriarchal world we value doing more than we value the need for rest and play.  The pandemic has amplified this shadow aspect of myself and in the past couple of weeks this theme has become a loudspeaker in my ear, and I am now taking slowing down and playtime, seriously.  
Last weekend, I literally dragged myself out to dance - I have not been on the dance floor for 2 years.  The dance floor and dancing my heart dance, Kizomba, has always been my happy place, where the stresses of the day, the week dissolve in the distinct beat of Kizomba tunes.  Where the connection with your dance partner is like floating on air as you move around the dance floor in heart connected unison.  To my surprise, my resistance to being out melted. It felt so good to reconnect with old friends and feel the music melt away my tension and put a smile in my heart and on my face. 

As we descend into the darker months and crone season, this is the perfect time to practice more self-love, go inwards and rest as we cosy in for the colder weather.

When we practice self-love, let's care for ourselves the way would care for another with kindness, patience and gentle compassion.  Don’t settle for any less than you deserve. 

Go and find your happy place on the proverbial dance floor of life!  It is so important for the soul to play and for your wild heart to smile!

Love and Blessings

The Owls Witchy Tip

As I am writing this COP26 is about to start. Who knows whether all that talking will actually achieve something? Each and every one of us can add something to solving this very man-made problem we have, however small, it helps. I am trying hard to reduce my plastic use, it is not an easy thing to do, but today I wanted to share an oil I make to put on my hair before I wash it.

We have been using a shampoo bar for several months now and this oil is a good addition to my hair care routine. It is a very simple mix of coconut oil, warmed with some rosemary chopped finely and a few drops of rosemary essential oil. 

I just keep a jar of it in the bathroom and once a week I will give my scalp a good massage with the oil before I shower and wash my hair. For me it is a good alternative to conditioner and does not involve any plastic packaging.

The Wolfs Wild Tip

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.

Therapies

Reiki Treatments A Reiki Treatment is a wonderfully relaxing experience. It can help kick start your journey to connecting to your heart space and help you make the right decisions for you.  Reiki can also help with pain relief, anxiety, fatigue as well as improve your mood and enhance your overall well-being.  If you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Shamanic Power Retrieval (Appointments by request) 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.  Fionn is preparing to take in-person bookings at Santosa, from 26 April 2021 onwards, if you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Intuitive Oracle / Tarot Card Readings (Readings by request) Fionn offers intuitive Tarot and Oracle Card Readings delivered straight to your inbox so you can read them again when you need to.  Prior to consulting the cards to answer any questions you have, I go on a short Shamanic Journey to gain insight into your question and then I connect to the cards for more intuitive guidance.  More details here.

Tarot Card of the Month

Basement, eye of the needle

Eye of the Needle – Shamans Dream Oracle


When going through the eye of the needle, make sure you leave what you don't need behind - Terrence McKenna

What an apt card for the month of November! In order for the threading of the needle to happen, everything not in alignment with your goals needs to go.  The only way to way to get what you need is with shrewd discernment and the willingness to winnow down the needle-thread connection to its essence.  Stay true to your desires this month, so you are laser-focused on the experience of creating and manifesting.

Wishing you a peaceful November.
 

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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.

<3

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.

<3

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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