Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Enchantment of Myths and Legends...


I was lucky enough to get a sneaky peek at the new Spriggan Mist CD - Myths & Legends in fact I played it all day yesterday whilst I was writing...Copies of the CD can be purchased via the Spriggan Mist website http://www.sprigganmist.co.uk/mythsandlegends.html

It was the track listing that first grabbed me with titles such as Swimming Sky Dragon, Akhlys Mist and the one that really caught me was The Krampus!

The songs rang from mysterious and captivating with beautiful voices that enchant you to tracks that make you want to get up and strutt your funky stuff...a brilliant mixture.

Spriggan Mist bring their usual sense of energy to this CD along with such wonderful storytelling, you have to sit and listen to all the lyrics because each one tells an amazing story.

The CD will be launched at a party held at The Heathfield Arms in Fareham on Saturday 4th April, 8pm if anyone is free, sounds like a good night (tickets £5 on the door)...where they will also be joined by your favourite pixie...









Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Squiffy seasonality and the Wheel of the Year...

When I first started on this pathway of witchiness one of the first things I learnt about were the sabbats and the Wheel of the Year...and it took me forever to remember the names and dates and even longer to remember what correspondences went with which sabbat...I still struggle sometimes now but that's possibly because I have a brain like a sieve...

Except that now, in fact gradually over the last few years I have found myself associating with the set sabbat dates and meanings less and less...

I think perhaps it was more prominent last year because of the weather...in the south of England where I live we didn't really have a winter as such which totally confused my poor garden.  I have geraniums at the front of the house that haven't stopped flowering since last summer, they were in full bloom in December and still are now.   One of my rose bushes in the back garden flowered continuously, I was picking roses in full bloom in November and December and the fuschias have only just decided to take a rest now...

I find myself more and more connecting with the season rather than the specific dates of the sabbat even my altars get dressed according to how I feel and where I think Mother Earth is at now rather than decorating to suit a date on the calendar.

Don't get me wrong I am not trashing the sabbats at all, I think they are really important celebrations and I am more than happy to party with the best of them to celebrate each one but I feel more connected when I am listening to the earth and the weather rather than specific dates.

I do obviously feel the energy at the solstice and equinoxes because for me that's more about daylight/darkness but I find it very hard to celebrate the winter solstice when my garden still thinks it is mid summer...

Tracey and I have actually both been discussing this for a long while, both feeling the same about it (I suspect we share a brain sometimes) so I wonder if it is something that others are starting to feel?

The Wheel of the Year idea is fairly modern but there is evidence that our ancestors across the globe had certain festivals during the year to celebrate important events such as the solstices and the coming of spring.  And the Wheel does make a lot of sense, it is a good guide to the turning of the year and the ebb and flow of the seasons but I like to think of it more as a general guide than something strict I need to observe on specific dates (I never have been good with rules).   The solstices and equinoxes are obviously ruled by outside forces but the other festivals would have marked the beginning of planting or harvesting which would have varied depending on the weather and how well (or badly) the crops had grown and how hard and cold the ground still was.

So I shall continue with this seasonal flexibility and follow my inutition and my connection with nature to see where it leads me...rest assured that I have not completely abandoned the Wheel... I am currently eating chocolate eggs to celebrate Ostara and most definitely will be opening presents at Yule...it's my pathway I can do what I like ...



Wheel of the Year image by Peter Patterson (c) Kitchen Witch 2014

Monday, 23 March 2015

Arc of the Goddess...

Tracey planted the seed for this idea well over a year ago and it has been bouncing around ever since...being tweaked, changed, added to and generally mucked about with ever since...but now we are ready and it has to be said incredibly excited to unveil our newest course to all you lovely people. This one is a bit different from the others in that it will run for a year...

Arc of the Goddess Worldwide Online Course

This course launches 1st August 2015 and will then be open for enrolment any time you want to jump onboard!

£50
(£45 for Kitchen Witch School students)

A year long online course taking you on your own personal journey through the magical energy of each month, working with different deities, meditations, crystals, herbs, crafts, magic and foods; this course will help you connect and discover your own personal pantheon and ultimately the Goddess within...

Monthly pdf lessons & MP3 meditations to download, private facebook group to share & connect, full guidance and support throughout the entire course and beyond...




Thursday, 19 March 2015

The gift of gym...or not

For Mother's Day my lovely husband purchased me a two week pass to the local gym...now you might be excused for thinking it to be a strange gift, especially those that know me and the lengths I go to, to avoid excericse.  But there was a lot of thinking behind the gift...the gym has a spa section with sauna. jacuzzi and swimming pool and it also has a large Costa coffee shop... the idea being that I could go there to chill...

I went last Monday to activate my membership card and as part of the deal I got shown around the whole gym by one of the staff.  I am actually familiar with this particular gym as I was a member for about six months a long while back (yep I went 2 or 3 times a week) but life gets in the way, time and priorities change...

He showed me the swimming pool first which was packed to bursting with ladies leaping about doing aqua aerobics, loud music blaring out and the instructor shouting loudly to be heard over the top of it...calming it was not...

Then onto the gym which at 9.30am on a Monday morning was heaving...again mostly women all on the running and rowing machines...it was noisy, hectic, chaotic and swirly...and smelt of old sweat...

Classes next...there were two exercise classes in progress both were packed to the rafters and again all ladies squished in like sardines...very overwhelming...

However the Costa coffee was empty...

I am not saying that gyms are a bad place, not only was I a member a couple of years ago, pre children I used to go regularly after work and loved it.  But that was a long time ago and my ideas have changed.

Two weeks ago I started going to a She Flow Yoga class held by a friend, in fact to be honest I signed up:

a. to support her new venture,
b. coz Tracey said it would be good for me and she's too scary to argue with...
and c. because I suffer from polyarthralgia (side affect of having ulcerative colitis) and the consultant said I should do some yoga or pilates to ease my joints...well I did one kundalini yoga session from You Tube and nearly killed myself and purchased a pilates DVD that is still in the box...

Anyway I digress...back to She Flow Yoga...well blow me down with a feather, twirl me round and call me Susan..I LOVE IT!

What the gym gift has actually done partnered with my new found love of She Flow Yoga is to give me a butt kick and make me reassess my eating habits AND to start practising my new yoga skills every day and I am enjoying every moment.

So a huge thank you to my gorgeous husband for his gift that was very well received, just perhaps not with quite the effect that he meant and a big thank you to http://sassyology.com/flow/ for the gift of sacred movement yoga.

Excuse me...I am off to wake up my Shakti...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Avebury Cosmos


Having visited Avebury on several occasions myself and knowing how magical and beautiful the area is this book was really interesting.  Incredibly well written and researched, whether you have visited the stones or not you will find this a wonderful book to read.


Avebury Cosmos by Nicholas R Mann
The Neolithic World of Avebury henge, Silbury Hill, West Kennet long barrow, the Sanctuary & the Longstones Cove

Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of Avebury’s awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars.

A fresh look at the World Heritage Site that includes Avebury henge, West Kennet long barrow and Silbury Hill. Mann combines archaeology, astronomy and anthropology to offer an original and convincing account of the building of these extraordinary Neolithic monuments. The ancient Britons were inspired by a profound knowledge of the heavens when they erected the monumental stones of Avebury. Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of its awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars. This book will help visitors and readers to see Avebury in a wholly new light - the light of the heavenly bodies that guided its Neolithic builders. Avebury Cosmos will reawaken our ancient reverence for the stars and deepen our respect for the extraordinary abilities and forgotten knowledge of our prehistoric ancestors.