#365DaysofTarot – Lessons Learned as we approach Samhain

I am now approaching the final weeks of my #365DaysofTarot challenge. It began on 1st November 2016, and I have completed a Tarot reading for every day in the year since. I admit that I haven’t always read on the day in question. Life happens. Tarot doesn’t need linear time. It simply tells us what we need to know, and shows us what we could be doing to improve or change a situation.

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My #365DaysofTarot challenge has been a strange one. At first I meant for it to be something I could share in the public domain, perhaps doing readings that would resonate with different people. I soon learned, however, that this Tarot challenge was a very personal journey. It has helped me to make sense of my confused emotions, my moods, my life situations, and all sorts of other daily events. The Tarot always speaks the truth. I just need to learn to listen, and maybe sometimes, to obey.

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I suppose we are all the same, really. We don’t like to be told when we are being immature, or unreasonable, or when we simply refuse to acknowledge our part in a situation. For many months I was determined to blame other factors when my life wasn’t going the way I wanted it to. Then I began to listen to the Tarot. I actually studied the cards that appeared in my readings. I noticed repetitive patterns and sequences, and I realised that I had to change my behaviour. It seems to be working, slowly but surely. Let’s see how the Tarot sums up my #365DaysofTarot challenge as we count down to Samhain…

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Superheroes and a Cup of Tea

My daughters are obsessed with superheroes. They love to watch them on TV, and they love to dress up and role play superhero scenarios at home and in the park. My elder daughter currently loves Wonder Woman, while my youngest is a fan of Supergirl – and Sky from Paw Patrol!

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I still struggle to make them see the importance of eating and drinking healthily, however. Perhaps I could tempt them with some Superhero Teas from Whittard… then again, these delicious drinks are more for us mummies. What do you think? I will have to keep up with my encouragement of “super fruits” for my children. But I do love a good, hot cup of tea when the weather is cold.

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Finding the Right Dating Website

How did you find your life partner? Did you meet them long ago, when you were teenagers, did you meet on a night out, or maybe you worked together for a while before love blossomed. Perhaps you are still seeking a partner, or maybe just a friend for casual fun.

More and more people are finding love via dating websites. I am fascinated by the variety of social networks and forums where you can meet people that share your interests and hobbies. There are even places to visit if you have a particular gender preference, of if you are an older single person looking for a companion.

If you fancy a bit of casual adult dating, visit No Strings Dating adult dating. You can make some new friends without the need to pursue anything too serious.

Perhaps you are older and wondering how to meet people and make new friends. For over 50s dating you could try Older Dating over 50s dating in the UK.

Are you gay and living in Leeds and the surrounding areas? Gay dating in Leeds is made easier online, take a look!

And, finally for now, there is a website for lesbian dating in Lancashire. Date Lancashire Singles has a separate forum for lesbian dating where you can meet someone new.

Enjoy your new friendships!

 

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Approaching Mabon and Embracing the Autumn Equinox

The Wheel of the Year is turning once again as we slip gently into Autumn and welcome the Mabon festival of the second harvest. While out in the car last weekend, we saw farmers busy tidying their fields, securing their crops, and carrying out general maintenance on trees and outbuildings. Once all of this busy work is done, we can all prepare to snuggle down at home and enjoy the warmth of a fire and our nice, cosy blankets.

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At least, that is my feeling for Autumn. For now it is still slightly chaotic, as I beaver away on my blog work and promoting my novels, support my children in their back to school routine, and still try to sell our house so we can upsize. Ah, yes, moving house. I thought we would have that sorted by now, but here we are, approaching the cold season and still crammed into a home that is too small. But at least we have a home, and it is secure, safe and warm.

I know there are many people out there who would give anything to have the kind of luxury that we enjoy, and I do appreciate our home. We have made many happy memories here during the past ten years or so. We have experienced both joy and sorrow in many extremes within these walls. There are lots of stories to tell of a happy family doing the daily routine. My message this Mabon is simple: count your blessings. I am trying very hard to count mine, while still looking to a bright future.

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Mabon Blessings, my friends!

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That Zen Feeling with #EcoverLaundry @Britmums @EcoverUK

Doing the laundry is a big part of my daily routine as Mother and Wife. After spending the last four years dealing with cloth nappies and all the associated wet clothing, my youngest child has finally potty trained and the load has lessened – mostly. We still have a few “accidents” while she is learning bladder control. It is easy to forget what a challenge our bodies face when we are growing. Finding the right laundry detergent is a big challenge when there are so many aspects to consider: is it suitable for sensitive skin? Does it smell nice and fresh? Is is environmentally friendly?

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Now it seems I have the answer. I was very excited to receive a new bottle of Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Detergent from Ecover in the post last week. They have developed a new fragrance, Lavender and Sandalwood, and I love it! This morning I put our bed covers in the wash, and now my kitchen smells like an aromatherapy sanctuary. So the detergent had a dual purpose – it washed my clothes, and it makes everything smell beautiful. Bonus!

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So far I have tried my new detergent on the school uniform, and it seems to be working well. My elder daughter developed a little rash around her neck early last week, possibly a result of wearing her polo shirts and cardigans every day. It seems to have calmed down now, and I think it was assisted by the change in detergent, which left her school clothes feeling soft, smelling pretty, and evidently, not rubbing her sensitive skin.

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Ecover is a favoured brand for me and my husband because of its mission to work with Nature as much as possible. We prefer to use environmentally friendly household products wherever we can, and this sweet-smelling detergent could be the answer to our laundry quest. Now, I wonder if I may get some sheets on the washing line before it rains again…

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*This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover. <ecover.co.uk >

 

 

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CLARKS ADULTS SANDAL SALE – Up to 50% Off

It has been a dreary start to the Autumn term, and there is definitely a chill in the air as the season turns. However, I have one last summer deal to share with you, and that is the Clarks adults sandal sale with up to 50% off. Perhaps you have a late season holiday booked, or you want to be super organised ready for next summer… well, take a look, and treat yourself. Have a lovely weekend!

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Is this the Death of the New Age Movement?

It seems that the world is in a state of transition once again. Does it ever really stand still? I am intrigued by the headline news that a once-revered figure in the New Age world has now renounced her previous work involving Tarot, fairies and fortune telling. Doreen Virtue has fully embraced her Christian religion, and is now wholly aligned with God and Jesus. I read a very interesting article on The Wild Hunt blog last week, and I find myself both a little bemused, and a little concerned about the messages being perpetuated by Doreen Virtue and her organisation.

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Doreen Virtue was a very influential teacher for me many years ago, when I first discovered Hay House and its authors. I began to collect Doreen Virtue’s Oracle card decks, I read her books, and I followed her meditations. I would even have signed up for her Angel Practitioner training course, if I had enough funds at the time. There must have been a reason why I did not pursue it… Now, I accept that throughout all of her teachings, Doreen Virtue has talked about God and the angels. I always knew that she was Christian, and that was fine. I come from a Christian background myself, so she offered comfort and guidance when I ventured into something that my family might consider “the dark arts.”

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Now it seems that Doreen Virtue is actively encouraging people to stop using Tarot cards, to rid themselves of her earlier books and card decks, and to embrace Christianity just like she has. That sounds very oppressive to me, and I do not feel a connection at all. But will I stop using my Doreen Virtue oracle cards? No. They were made at a time when she fully believed in what she was doing, or at least, she convinced me and millions of other people that she did, and I like to work with them on my own intuitive level. I will certainly never give up using Tarot cards, that’s for sure.

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Moving on from that story, we also heard the sad news that Louise Hay, founder of Hay House, has died at the ripe old age of 90. Although I never met her, I felt a kindred spirit connection to Louise Hay, as did so many other people all around the world. Her affirmations brought me out of many dark places, and her book You Can Heal Your Life remains the single most inspirational handbook on my bookshelf. I discovered her at a time when my life was dark and I was deeply unhappy, and she brought me out of it. I used Louise Hay’s affirmation and meditation techniques to release old hurts, refresh my Self, and for lots of self-healing.

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Now that Louise Hay is gone, while her company remains huge and influential in the New Age world, I wonder if perhaps it is time for a change? We have moved on from those dark days when we needed a guiding light and a starting point. Many of us in the New Age world regularly practice meditation, affirmations and energy healing. Perhaps it is time for us to step up and become the teachers, now that our elders are moving on. Do you agree? Could I be a teacher?

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Back to School and Settling In

We have completed our first week back at school, and what a busy one it was! My children came home exhausted on Friday afternoon, but both were happy with their new teachers and to see their classmates again. My youngest daughter had an extra special treat when she was given the class mascot, Terry the T-Rex, to stay with us for the weekend. She was very pleased! Terry ate his meals with my girls, we took him to the local Roman festival where he helped the girls to make clay pots, and we took him to a birthday party where he saw his friend, Amy the Apatosaurus, from the other reception class. Cute!

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Terry helped us to shop in Tesco

I realised that now it is time to get busy again. Not only do I have reading diaries for both of my girls, but I have 2 activity books to work through each week, my elder daughter has a spellings book, and my younger daughter will be learning to read. I had to order a new printer from Amazon Prime on Friday, because we hadn’t quite got round to sorting it during the summer holidays. Whoops! It arrived on Saturday and we were able to print Terry’s photos from the weekend and put them into his scrapbook so that my daughter could share them with her friends.

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And so begins a new chapter in our lives. My girls are growing up and learning even more new things. I now have more free time during the week days to devote to my Reiki studies, self-care, and of course, my writing. It feels good to have some space again if I am honest. I love my daughters far more than words can describe, but I also value my time. Now I can use my time to be productive in ways that leave me fulfilled, so that I can better care for my girls when they are at home. Have a lovely week, my friends!

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Book Review: Perilous Path A Writer’s Journey by S.C. Skillman

During the school summer holidays, I finally found time to catch up with my reading. I took a non-fiction book on holiday that I had been meaning to read for a few months, but never quite found the right time. It seems that Perilous Path: A Writer’s Journey, by S.C. Skillman, was waiting for a time when I was feeling out of the writing habit and needed a pick-me-up. It was great!

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As an experienced writer, I found this book very enjoyable to read at a time when my writing practice had stalled. It inspired me to get back to work, and it reminded me of why I write, and what a wonderful process we engage in when we explore words and prose. This book is great for people at all levels in the writing world, being both entertaining and informative.

You can find more about S.C. Skillman and her books on her website, and she has a new release out this week: Mystical Circles.

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How I Contribute for #ZeroWasteWeek

Well, I suppose really I should not be contributing to Zero Waste Week, if you get my meaning! Have you heard of the challenge? Environmental waste management is a big deal in the Green household, because my husband is a Chartered Waste Manager. Therefore, he scrutinizes every item that we use, he monitors the products we buy (and refuses to purchase items with excessive, unrecyclable packaging), and he tries to encourage reuse as often as possible.

When I received the Zero Waste Week newsletter inviting us to do a waste audit, I decided that wasn’t really an issue for me. As a family of four, we dispose of just one black plastic bin-bag of general waste each fortnight. Our biggest waste challenge is plastic food containers and cardboard packaging, but we recycle almost all of it. But there is an area that I feel needs improvement. I am the only person in our household that eats salad, and I often throw out half a bag of the stuff because I cannot eat it quickly enough before it spoils and goes soggy.

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My solution to the salad issue is a little wild, quite literally. I like the idea of foraging for food, just like our ancient ancestors used to. I want to break free from the supermarkets, and find my own natural, vegetarian food. I just haven’t been brave enough, because from a young age I have been taught that anything growing wild could be poisonous, or carries germs, or is otherwise bad for me. That is a cultural issue, I believe. There are lots of green plants, berries and flowers growing alongside the canal and river in my hometown, and most of those contain edible components.

So here is my challenge, and this seems the best time of year to try it out, with Autumn fast approaching and all those winter fruits and berries beginning to ripen. I will seek out overgrown and little used places, and I will attempt to forage for foods that can accompany my meals. I’m not sure how successful I will be, or indeed when I will try it out, but that is my plan. Watch this space for updates!

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