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.
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.
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
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.
Wise and Untamed
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