#365DaysofTarot Embrace the New Moon Energy

Up until recently, I hadn’t taken much notice of the New Moon during the monthly cycles. I was always far more comfortable with Dark Moon energy. But this weekend I learned something new. The Dark Moon is the point at which the moon seems to fade away, disappearing from view, leaving the sky dark and empty. This is traditionally a good time to banish all that no longer serves in your life, to clear out old habits, old attitudes, outdated beliefs, and even to clear out old belongings.

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My life is in a state of change at the moment. I have done a lot of energy work to clear out old things, using the Dark Moon for support. Now I need to move forward, and embrace all that is about to come. The New Moon is about new beginnings. A fresh start. A new project. There are various aspects that I refer to, some which are too personal and intimate to share at this time. But my Dark Moon and New Moon Tarot readings during the past couple of days totally backed up the energy that I am feeling.

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The Strength Tarot card came out in a reading on the New Moon. She backed up my feelings of anxiety and uncertainty about events in my life. Her message was simple: “Embrace the challenge that has been presented to you. Yes, it is scary. It is way beyond your comfort zone. But you have prepared for this event, and you can embrace the change.”

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Sale on Kids’ Clothes

My children are growing at an incredible rate right now. Seriously, I dare not even purchase new school uniform until close to the end of summer, because I don’t know when they will stop! Their appetites are insatiable, and now I need to go out and get their feet measured for new shoes, and find clothes that actually fit both girls. So, I was very pleased to discover that Oxfam are running a sale on kids’ clothes. Phew!

20 per cent Oxfam Kids

Receive 20% off selected kid’s clothes at Oxfam Shop. Shop brand new and great quality second hand clothes from lots of brands including Ralph Lauren, John Lewis, M&S, Barbour and more!
*Offer ends 31st July 2017

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My Thanks and Gratitude to Our Teachers

Today I take the opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks and love to the teachers at my daughter’s preschool. Peter Pan Preschool has been a big part of our lives for the past four years. The teachers have guided both my daughters and me through some very challenging times as we have grown and developed. They have offered kindness, understanding, support and care. I am very sad to say goodbye to you ladies.

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Linda, Kay, Beth, Emma (and Lucy), you are all wonderfully dedicated to your work, and well deserving of a nice summer holiday. I only wish that we were seeing you in September. It will be strange to walk past the building on our way to school. But at least we will still see you in passing, and you will never be forgotten. Thank you.

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Why Reiki Won’t Cure a Cold

I used to think that Reiki was a magical, mysterious energy that healed anything and everything. But I didn’t think about it properly. Yes, reiki does heal you. It is a very powerful, magical and mysterious energy. But you cannot expect it to simply cure all physical ailments, just like that. No, we must do the healing for ourselves, using reiki energy as a tool. It won’t work if we don’t attempt to help it along. And it is an ongoing process, often taking years to implement and more years still to continue.

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Take the common cold for an example. I am just recovering from a summer cold that I caught from my children. Darn those school germs! My husband had the cold and sore throat as well, so it was inevitable that it would reach me in the end. Of course, I called on reiki to help me shift it. But the illness lasted for almost a week. And that is because I was exhausted. I was burned out.

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We are limping to the end of the school term (only a few more days now), I am all cried out with emotion as I deal with the transition from preschool to primary school for my youngest daughter, and I am stressed about the lack of sales interest on our house. Won’t somebody please buy our house soon so that we can move to a bigger one? We need space! And all of this together contributed to me catching a cold. I had neglected to eat healthily, I wasn’t exercising properly, and I haven’t had enough sleep. I need a break. I need a holiday. And that will happen very soon.

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No More Preschool

This is it! The end of the school summer term. The end of our academic year. And the end of an era for my little girl, and for me. No more preschool. In September, I will take both my daughters to primary school, and life will never be the same again. They are no longer babies. There will be no more pushchair, no more nappies, and I will only have to do one school run, five days per week. My routine will be different. I will be different.

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We have reached our limit for now. My children and I are exhausted, as are many other families all over the UK and beyond. I never appreciated before just how tiring it is to do the school run every day, never mind being a teacher or a pupil. It was different when I was a child, of course. I don’t really remember it. But I have huge respect for our teachers, all of them, and the school staff. Well done for working in such a demanding and responsible environment, and for still putting up with the associated aggravations that come with the job. Have a great summer everyone. We all deserve it!

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RELAUNCH! The Redcliffe Novels Series – British Paranormal Romance #ASMSG #TheRedcliffeNovels

The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as
she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf secrets
of her close friends. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?
 Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) is about a young woman who runs a bookshop in Cornwall with her best friend. She falls in love with a local police detective and later discovers that he is a vampire, and that his identical twin brother is a werewolf. She is dragged into their complicated and dangerous lives, to her detriment, where secrets are told and lives are lost…
 
 
Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) is book 2 in the developing Redcliffe series. In the quiet Cornish seaside town of Redcliffe, Jessica Stone recovers from an horrific werewolf attack and comes to terms with revelations that her lover, Jack Mason, is a vampire, his brother, Danny, the werewolf pack leader, and her best friend, Simon, is a werewolf.  Add to that her discovery that she is a witch, and life is suddenly a whole lot harder than it used to be. Jessica has to fight for her own life and Jack’s when faced with his jealous vampire master who wants her old lover back. But things are never easy, and a vampire master
is not so easy to defeat…
 
 
Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel). Life has changed forever in Redcliffe, Cornwall. Jessica Stone used to be a normal, happy human. Now she is an angry, conflicted and confused witch. It all happened when she met Detective Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. Jessica almost died twice, fell into a love triangle, and she became a murderer. Now she faces the ultimate challenge as she continues the fight to save the man she loves, while simultaneously struggling with her lust for his werewolf brother and their vampire friend. Can she survive, or will love finally end her life completely?
 
 
Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel). Jessica Stone used to be a normal human. Then she fell in love with a vampire, met his identical twin werewolf brother, and her life fell apart spectacularly. Meeting Detective Jack Mason, and his brother Danny, brought about a powerful change, and Jessica’s magic was released. Now, in Redcliffe book 4, she must learn to control her ethereal animal familiar, who lusts after the alpha werewolf, and will stop at nothing to use her human mistress as a tool… Or is that a weapon?
The Redcliffe novels are widely available in paperback and ebook formats from UK
bookshops, your local library (UK only), and online with retailers including
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and more. See buy links HERE.
Find Catherine Green and her British paranormal novels
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#365DaysofTarot Studying The Star

I will admit that my #365DaysofTarot challenge is faltering a little, but I am determined to see it through to the end. My Tarot reading practice is important to me, and while I struggle at the moment due to domestic challenges and end of term exhaustion, I have to keep working with my Tarot cards.

On my Sunday Tarot reading, I pulled out The Star from the the DruidCraft Tarot deck. I love the image on this card, not least because I like to think that she represents me. Our bodies have a similar shape and appearance, and she exudes a sensual, peaceful confidence that I would like to emulate. She works steadily at her task, knowing that while it might seem pointless to someone else, it is of great importance to her because of the greater implications. She sees the bigger picture. She understands her place in the world, and how her work affects change and evolution.

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My message from The Star Tarot card in this reading was as follows:

“All you need to be is now. Simple, calm, fulfilled in all aspects of your life. It is all falling into place. You are confident and content.”

Yes, I accept that reading. While I am tired from the daily routine, and I am a little stressed because our house won’t sell and we can’t find another, I know that everything will do what it needs to, when the time is right. For now, I shall allow myself to sit back and enjoy the moment. Now is all we have.

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A Day Out to the Hobbycrafts Show @thecraftshows

Crafting has always been a big part of my life, so it is no surprise that my daughters have inherited my love for creativity. My mum is a seamstress and fabric crafter, and while I have tried knitting and sewing in the past, my preference is with card making. I also dabble in bead jewellery making, but this has fallen into the background for now.

My mum and I make time to visit the ICHF Sewing and Hobbycraft exhibitions in Manchester and Birmingham. It has become a good opportunity for us to spend time alone together away from home, and reconnect with our passion for craft. Last week we took my eldest daughter with us. She first attended a Hobbycraft show with us when she was a baby, around ten months old, and this time she was far more involved with the activities. She discovered the joy of glitter and acetate stamping, PixelArt, and Decopatch.

It was wonderful to sit with my daughter as she tried out these new crafts and learned new techniques. We came home with Pixel Hobby kits, a new decopatch project, acetate designs to use with the glitter and glue that we already have at home, new paints, stamps, and all sorts of other goodies. I am already looking forward to our next Hobbycrafts event later this year, where we will prepare for the Christmas season.

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Bargain Books for Summer @Waterstones

Are you packing your suitcase yet? Do you still take good old-fashioned paperback books, or are you a Kindle convert? I admit that I do a little of both. There are some books that I have to hold in my hand, smell the pages, stroke the cover, and gaze adoringly upon as it sits on my bookshelf. You know what I mean! And that is why my novels are all available in paperback and eBook formats, because I like to read both kinds, and I want my readers to do the same.

Waterstones Summer Books

Did you know you can order the Redcliffe novels books from Waterstones? Well, you can! Simply ask for them by title, or request them online, and you can have them delivered to your door, or your local Waterstones branch, and take them away on holiday. Just watch out for those werewolves! And while we are here, I will mention the big Summer Sale at Waterstones. Stock up now, and happy reading.

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My Spiritual Journey: Fond Memories and Magical Moments

Life is a little bit chaotic at present. We are at the end of the school summer term, preparing for big changes when my youngest daughter joins the school system. I just released a brand-new novel, and am the process of networking, doing the sales thing, and writing the other books in the series. Our house is still for sale, and despite a few people coming to view it, so far nobody wants to buy. So, we are stuck in a place that is getting smaller as my children grow bigger.

Amidst the chaos of domestic life, where I simultaneously try to nurture a family, support my husband through career challenges, build my own career, and find time for myself, I have reiki. While I don’t find time to sit and meditate at length every day, I at least try to find five or ten minutes here and there to focus my breathing, calm my thoughts, and bring in the healing energy. Sometimes I indulge in a good cry. Sometimes I laugh uncontrollably. The emotion must be released, and acknowledged. I always feel better afterwards.

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Yesterday I received a reiki empowerment from my reiki master. I sat in a sacred space, surrounded by fellow students of the craft, and we all experienced the energy differently, and privately. Some needed to cry. Some smiled and welcomed the gentle healing effects. For me it was all about the spirit world. Yes, my ghosts came back to haunt me. Well, they never really went away. Only this time I spoke to a recent ghost, one that I knew years ago. He was content, at peace, and when he left, I felt a sudden sense of realisation.

It all took me back to a beach in Looe, Cornwall, about twelve years ago. I can’t remember the exact date. I was young and in love. I took some photos of my fiancé and our friends as they dug holes on the beach and played in the sand (we were all in our early twenties, apart from my father-in-law). My attention was drawn to the scenery, in particular a hill at the far end of the beach, covered with forest that sloped down to the sea. Back then I was never going to be an author. Those aspirations were far beyond me. But something stuck in my mind. That was the moment when Redcliffe was born. And here is the photo that inspired a British paranormal romance series. Pretty cool, huh?

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