Samhain: Season of the Witch

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Samhain altar with candles, pumpkins and bones

This year Samhain – the Witches’ New Year – falls right after a new moon, making it the perfect time for a fresh start.

Samhain is all about endings, death, honouring where we have been and where we came from – all necessary if we’re to move forward with grace and purpose.

Samhain timeline

  • Sunday 30th October 2016 – new moon in Scorpio

  • Monday 31st October 2016 at sunset – Samhain Eve

  • Tuesday 1st October 2016 at sunset – Samhain ends

Samhain is my favourite time of year. Scorpio – the sign of mystery, the arcane, darkness and occult pursuits – is in charge. Don’t forget, if it’s your birthday around now, it’s also your own personal new year, making this an extra powerful time for you.

We all embrace the dark side at this time – even muggles are no exception! By dressing up, we embody our fears or secret desires. We celebrate death. Even watching a scary movie is a way to confront fear and acknowledge its place in our lives.

Samhain magic

Astrologically, this Samhain is a great time for psychic and intuitive work.

‘The Sun involved with a trine to Neptune ensures more accurate psychic impressions, lucid dreaming, and clear vision into the future for making plans.’

I love reassessing at Samhain. Making New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, for me, is a bit like starting a diet on a Monday morning. It never works – and, it’s not sustainable or attainable. Instead, I choose to let go of what isn’t serving me now, to dream a new way of being and plant the right seeds for the year to come.

May all your seeds bear fruit.

Bright blessings,
Suzi xx

Sources:

Astrology King. (2016). New Moon 30 October 2016 Dreamtime – Astrology King. [Accessed 27 Oct. 2016].

Summer Solstice Inforgraphic

Infographic: moving forward at the Summer Solstice.

The Summer Solstice falls on Monday, June 20th 2016

Remember the end of last year, when you wondered what the year to come would bring?

We’re about halfway around the wheel now…

6 months in.

Time to evaluate

What has been great? What hasn’t been great?

Are there things you now need to release… goals, emotions or ideas that no longer seem relevant?

Time to release

This is the perfect time for banishments, for letting go and releasing anything that no longer serves you. As the sun declines, so the unnecessary will be released from your life.

Cancer and the Chariot

The sun always enters the sign of Cancer at the June Solstice.

Cancer’s energy lends itself to new beginnings, fresh starts and the early stages of a project.

The Chariot Tarot card is ruled by Cancer, and represents our ability to unify opposing parts of ourselves and move forward with confidence – this is represented by the black and white horses (sometimes sphinxes) that pull the chariot. The Charioteer is master of these seemingly opposing forces; he uses them to his advantage.

So throw your baggage overboard, grab the reins, and charge into the dark half of the year!

Bright Blessings,
Suzi xx

Ostara and the Mysterious Glastonbury Egg Stones

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Blessings of the Spring Equinox!

The Spring Equinox, or Ostara, is that wonderful time of year when the energies of nature subtly shift

from the sluggishness of winter to the exuberant expansion of spring. It is time to shed our winter skins,

come out of hiding and put our plans into action. This is the time of beginnings, of planting seeds and

dreaming of the future…

 

 

Indeed, the Christians liked the celebration of Ostara so much that they lifted the whole idea to incorporate it into their own seasonal celebrations…Changing the name from Ostara to Easter and swapping the sacred hare for a rabbit, they did get one thing right – this is the time of year for resurrectionregrowth rebirth.

 

The Mysterious Egg Stones of Glastonbury

Not much is known about the two large stone eggs in Glastonbury. No-one knows how old they are or how they came to be where they are.

The first egg stone is hidden at the back of the Abbot’s Kitchen in Glastonbury Abbey, almost forgotten. One theory says that it is pre-Christian and is a sacred oracle stone. Because it is egg-shaped it represents the goddess of life and birth. It has a depression in the top and the indentation is still stained red; probably from iron. It is believed that menstruating women would sit here to communicate with the Goddess and that blood collected would be used in healing, or as an offering to the earth. It is still a very powerful place to sit and is well worth a visit.

The second Egg Stone is halfway up the Tor on the right-hand side. In the Avalonian myths and legends it is believed to guard the entrance to the Otherworld of the faery kingdom. Again, it is a very powerful place and many believe that it will help grant your wishes. Friends of mine have been granted places to live and new relationships after visiting this Egg Stone on the Tor. It also boasts a wonderful view over the levels!

                   The Egg Stone in Glastonbury Abbey                                                                                         Mysterious Egg Stone on Glastonbury Tor
Egg Stone at Glastonbury Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Egg Magic at Ostara

Eggs are strong, yet breakable and contain the gift of new life. They need to be nurtured, cared for and kept warm for the birth to follow. And so it is with our dreams: we need to cherish them and give them time, energy and attention. What a marvellous image and idea to work with magically!

Hard boil some eggs and let them cool. Paint, draw and decorate with patterns, symbols to represent the deepest hopes and dreams that you wish to birth during the coming year. Eat the egg within three days or bury in the ground.

With blessings from Avalon for a wonderful Spring.  May the Goddess Ostara help your hopes and dreams to flourish!
Suzi xx

Imbolc and the Returning Light

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Brighid shown with full belly and flame, representing new energy at Imbolc
Bridget shown with full belly and flame, representing new energy at Imbolc. Here she is represented as Maiden, with all the accompanying energy that comes with youth. Yes please! I could do with some of that to combat those Janurary blues!

Imbolc falls on February 2nd, 2016

Last year, I gave you lots of lovely information about the goddess Bridget, and how to get your fire back after those January blues! So much has changed for me since then.

Last year, I decided that I would make a beautiful Imbolc cloak in honour of Bridget, and while it is nearly finished, it isn’t quite there. Rather than being hard on myself, I have decided to be kind to myself and remember that Imbolc is a season, as well as a special day on the calendar.

Imbolc marks that time when we feel a glimmer of new energy – a spark – the first stirrings of our movement from stillness to action. Tiny, tentative shoots are emerging; snowdrops herald Spring and mirror the green and white of Bridget’s cloak.

It is easy to feel frustrated at this quiet time of year. We are looking to the year ahead, but sometimes things just don’t move quickly enough, and January can seem endless! One way to relieve this is to bring old projects (like the Imbolc cloak) to completion, thus clearing the way for the new.

Below are some other useful ideas to connect with Bridget and the energy of Imbolc:

Connecting with Bridget

  1. Sweep your ritual place – whether that is the area around your altar, a corner of your garden, or a temple room – symbolically with your broom.
  2. Good old Spring cleaning! Let go of old energy by de-cluttering on the physical plane.
  3. Sweep your home, pushing all the stuck, stagnant energy out through the back door, then open the front door to let the new energies in.

Candlemas

Imbolc is also known as Candlemas. This year I am drawn to putting lots of candles on my altar. Every year at Imbolc, I put a lit candle in every window of the house to invoke Bridget of the flame, and every year I add something new to my Bride doll.

What will you do to honour this time of returning light?

Bright blessings,
Suzi x