What is the Pentagram?

When I first began to explore witchcraft and paganism, I came across a symbol that is widely used in jewellery, clothing and accessories. The pentagram is a five-pointed star that has come to represent the occult, or hidden world. Many people see the pentagram as something dark and dangerous, and they shy away from it, fearing that it will bring bad energy into their lives. I have always been drawn to the pentagram, even before I understood what it represented. I knew that it was something powerful, and that it could help me to connect with the other world that I sensed beyond the physical. I just didn’t know how to use it. So, I did some research, I read books about witchcraft and paganism, and I joined an online coven, since I couldn’t find a physical one in or near my home town.

The pentagram represents the elements that we depend on. These are Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. During a magical ceremony, or a spell working session, a practitioner may symbolically draw out the pentagram to create a sacred space in which to work. As a witch, I have invoked the pentagram many times, and I have a specific space in my home where I stand during rituals and ceremonies. You wouldn’t know if you were in my home, because I work with ethereal energy, and my spell working must remain hidden. My husband has no understanding of my craft, and he doesn’t need to. I do this meditation and energy work for myself, to enrich my physical life, to help me navigate the tricky world in which we live, and simply to make me feel better when I need a boost. I wear my pentagram necklace with pride, especially on days when I feel low. It makes me smile, it gives me strength, and it reminds me who I am and where I belong. Namaste.

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Remembering Manchester

It has been twelve months since the terrorist attack on Manchester, and that devastating event has never been far from my mind. While I was not directly affected in that I didn’t personally know anyone that attended the concert, I still felt a deep sense of grief about the whole thing. Manchester is my city. I lived, worked and socialised there for many years, and my husband and I still visit regularly with our children, to see friends and attend events. My husband currently works in neighbouring Stockport, and I attend the Manchester Royal Eye hospital to treat my rare eye disorder.

Early last week, I saw the second half of a documentary on BBC1, which followed the lives of people caught up in the Manchester attack. I saw interviews with girls that were injured, and their mothers, and one woman whose brother died in the attack. All the affected families are now living in a state of grief, and their lives have been completely turned upside down. As I watched the documentary, I found myself slipping into what I call my “spirit space.” I felt as though I was sitting in a circle, holding hands with all the mothers of the children that were injured or killed. Our spirit selves held hands, and we put our children inside the circle, and gave love and healing to them. We tried to protect their spirits, even if we couldn’t protect their physical bodies. This might all sound very strange to somebody suffering the aftermath of this attack, but I hope that in some small way my attempts to send healing energy will help, even if they are not consciously recognised. It is all I can do. Lots of love, Manchester, and to all those affected.

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Spring, Romance and Steam #freebooks

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The Goddess Must Rest

I am tired. These past three months have been very challenging, and there is still more to come. Modern life is very stressful, and my family and I are currently preparing to move house, which is supposedly among one of the top most stressful activities that people do in the Western world. In fact, I haven’t really had time for me this year. I have managed to meditate a few times, I attend my reiki support groups, and I try and get as much regular sleep as possible. But actual quality time to rest? Not happening.

Goddess must Rest NEJ Photography SpookyMrsGreen

I really connected with this image from NEJ Photography. A bronze goddess resting on what I think is the sun. This goddess needs to sleep. She is tired, and I feel an affinity with her. Perhaps she represents my guiding goddess, a mysterious entity who will show me the way. Maybe she is simply a reminder that I cannot do it all at once. I need support. I need help. I need to stop trying to do everything all by myself. But isn’t that what we all do? Isn’t that the way we have conditioned ourselves to be in the modern world? We have forgotten how to ask for help, and we struggle to accept our own self-worth. We must constantly strive to prove ourselves to somebody else, but never to ourselves. I think it is time I take a step back, reclaim something for me, and simply rest. It will all come together eventually. Namaste.

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Help! We have Nits!

Or rather, my children have finally succumbed to that wonderful curse of school life – they have headlice. My eldest has managed to reach Year 2 before she got nits, and it came via my younger daughter in Reception. They must have nice hair! We first spotted the little critters at the end of our Easter holiday, when my girls got very itchy all of a sudden. I used a nit comb and Tea Tree oil in abundance, and at first it seemed to work. We thinned down the headlice and the itching subsided.

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Then it came back, and it came back with a vengeance. About a week or so ago, I counted no less than thirty headlice as I combed them out of my daughter’s hair. It was time to try something stronger, a proper treatment process. The trouble is, I got overwhelmed when I visited my local pharmacy and saw the vast array of treatments available. My mum friends suggested one called Hedrin, and as it turned out, they appeared in my blogging community, and offered to send some products for me to review. Just in the nick of time, I might add!

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I received a bottle of Hedrin Once Spray Gel, and a bottle of Hedrin Protect & Go spray. You can purchase the products from Boots, or via online stores. The Hedrin Once Spray Gel is a thick formula that contains Penetrol® to aid penetration into the louse egg. You only need to apply it in one 15-minute treatment, and I did it while my children were in the bath. I did find that the gel is so thick and gooey that it is difficult to wash out, but using the shower head, and applying normal shampoo and conditioner afterwards seemed to do the trick. It certainly stopped the itching. The Hedrin Protect & Go spray is more like a detangling spray. It smells nice and fruity, and you only need to apply it twice a week as a precaution against further headlice infestations. My girls far preferred this one to the gel treatment, but they both agree that they feel better for doing it. Thank you, Hedrin!

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Find Your Summer Girlfriend (or Boyfriend!)

Are you ready for romance this summer? We have experienced some fabulous hot weather during the past few weeks here in the UK, but we all know that it won’t last. British weather is famously volatile, and now is the time when many people will be looking for holidays and excursion to warmer places. Perhaps you are desperate to go on holiday, but you don’t want to go alone. This could be your chance to find that perfect partner to make happy memories with. If you have previously registered with adult dating sites, you should have a pretty good idea of the way they work. And you should be aware that there are lots of potential friends on these sites, and often they are not looking for a serious relationship straight away. Sometimes, people just need a friend, a companion, someone with shared interests. You could find that your ideal holiday partner is out there waiting, and now is the perfect time to get involved. Make those connections, chat to people, and plan your next holiday. Maybe you could try a few casual dates at home, to see how you get on. You could get together and peruse the holiday booking sites and discuss what kind of holiday you prefer. If you like to be active and adventurous, you can probably find someone with shared interests. Alternatively, if you just want a companion to sunbathe with, to play in the pool, and to sample the local cuisine with, well then you can find them too.

Alternatively, you might have taken the plunge and booked a holiday already. You might be preparing for a big trip abroad, and it is all very exciting. Are you holidaying with friends? Perhaps those friends are already partnered, and you feel a bit left out when they choose to hide out in their hotel room or want to be alone together. It is all well and good going on holiday with large groups of friends, or a few close friends, but it is also a good idea to keep your options open. Maybe you could check out some dating websites in other countries, and plan to meet some locals near to your holiday destination. Now, that would be fun! If you are feeling even more adventurous, you could try a bit of online sex dating. All you need is a little confidence boost, nothing serious, nothing permanent. Find yourself a nice, casual, holiday friend, have some fun, and see where it takes you. That dream image of sunbathing on the sand, sharing a cocktail with your lover, having a romantic stroll beneath the setting sun, and heading back to your hotel room or their home nearby could become a reality. What a delightful dream that is, when you look at the gloomy clouds back here in the UK. Get out there and find your summer girlfriend (or boyfriend!). Happy Holidays!

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Be Guided by the Tower #365DaysofTarot

Since completing my #365DaysofTarot challenge late last year, I sort of gave up on Tarot reading for a while. I felt that I had perhaps overdone it slightly, and I needed a break. But I cannot stay away for long, and my beautiful Tarot cards sat patiently in the cupboard, waiting for me to call on them. They knew I would be back, and so did I. The Tarot has helped me through many personal challenges in my life during the past ten years, and I needed guidance now, as I navigated the treacherous path of buying and selling a house. Or should that be selling and buying a house?

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As soon as I picked up my Universal Waite Tarot deck, I felt a familiar buzz of magical energy skip down my spine. I call it my “spirit sense.” The cards were happy to see me again, they already knew that I needed help, and they were waiting and eager to get started. If you are familiar with Tarot reading, you know exactly what I mean! It is almost like the sense you get when you meet an old friend after a long time apart. You rush towards each other with so much love and emotion that you can barely contain yourself, and you just want to drink in their energy and remember all that you have shared. That is my relationship with Tarot.

High Priestess Tarot NEJ Photography SpookyMrsGreen

Image Credit NEJ Photography

One card in particular stood out during my Tarot reading. I asked for a general overview about where I stand in the process of selling my house and buying a new one. It is almost complete, so close that I can taste it, in fact, but there is still a small margin for change. And not only the fact that it could fall through. What about when the sale completes, and we finally reach the moving day? My current home has witnessed a huge era in my life, and we have so many precious memories within these walls, that I feel anxious about leaving my sanctuary. But we must move on. We must grow as our children are growing. My Tarot had this message: You are already in the midst of great change, but the tipping point will come suddenly. Everything is about to change. And you really need it. Fair enough. Thank you, beloved Tarot. Blessed Be.

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Bank Holiday Bliss #BankHolidayMonday

Merry May Bank Holiday, my friends! Well, May Day Bank Holiday, at least. We get another one later in the month, but by that point I will be just days away from moving house so it will all be a little bit mad. Or is that more mad than usual? Who knows! Anyway, this weekend we took some time out. We packed up the car and went to the beach, enjoying an afternoon of glorious sunshine, fabulous blue sky, and a nice paddle in the sea.

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Our Sunday afternoon involved a BBQ with friends following their invitation to leave the mess at home and spend time in their beautiful garden. Our girls had lots of fun jumping in and out of the paddling pool, on the trampoline, running around the garden and generally keeping themselves busy. I sat in the sun and drank gin. Bliss! Now it is back to work, but we all feel refreshed and relaxed after taking a few days out. Sometimes you just need a little holiday, even if you don’t go very far. How was your Bank Holiday weekend?

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Beltane Blessings! I am Ready for Change

Merry Beltane, my friends! How are you celebrating the turn of the wheel? To be honest I will not be celebrating much for the next few weeks. I will be busy packing up our house ready to move. But after that, it will be party central in our new, big garden, hooray!

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Moving house comes at a time when I and my family are ready for change. Many of us feel that we have been stuck in a rut for a very long time, myself included, and now there is the opportunity to expand and grow. I realised last week that I had drifted away from my Craft in recent months, so consumed was I with personal woes and struggle. But then I thought about it properly, and I knew that actually, this is all part of my Craft.

Being a witch is about being intuitive, about recognising when there is an issue, and actively working to put it right. I have been doing just that in my own little way, and now I am working hard to move my husband, children and pets into a new, larger family home where we can grow and mature. I say goodbye to the Maiden, and I become the Mother. Who is with me?

 

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