Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pagan Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

Celebrating the Pagan festival of Imbolc with your family, friends or on your own is a wonderful way of acknowledging our Mother Earth, Gaia and all that she provides us. Recognizing the Pagan Wheel of the Year and the turning of the seasons keeps us in touch with the earth and connects us mind, body and spirit.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Imbolc Traditions Brighde Brigids Cross

Imbolc is the Pagan festival of the Maiden Goddess , from now until Oestare it is her time to prepare for growth and renewal. The Celts celebrated the maiden as Brighdhe, Brigid or Brigit. She is one of the few Pagan deities that still survives to this day

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Recommended Blog Pagan by Design

Check out this fabulous blog from Polly Taskey. Polly writes on a vast range of Pagan subjects she is really worth checking out.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Meteors for 2013-Star Gazing! x*´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

I don't know about you but I am always looking at the moon and the stars so I thought I'd look up when all the next meteor showers were so we could make a note of them. So next good ones are not till the Perseids in August but a few

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Pagan Full moon water strengthening healing

Moon Water x*´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

The full moon is an excellent time to make moon water. Don't worry if it's cloudy, I made some last night, it was quite cloudy and stormy so I made some wonderful strengthening water.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Imbolc symbolism in the wheel of the year

Imbolc is celebrated around the world in many cultures and in different names. All Virgin and Maiden Goddesses are honored at this time as Imbolc is seen as the festival of renewal and growth.

Various names for this festival are: Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonni), Imbolic (Celtic), Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus (Strega), St. Bridget's Day (Christian), Candlemas, Candlelaria (Mexican), The Snowdrop Festival, The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin.

Gemstones Symbolic at Imbolc

Gemstones Symbolic at Imbolc:

Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Turquoise.

Colors of Imbolc:
White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Brown.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

January Full Wolf Moon Snow Moon

January Full Moon- Wolf Moon x*´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

January's full moon gained this name due to the cold and deep snows of midwinter with the wolf packs howling outside Indian villages. Lesser known but equally appropriate names include Old Moon, Moon 

Sacred Stones Rollright Stone Circle

Sacred stones you have grown
deep in the quiet of the ages.
Sacred stones you have known
fires of the Druids and the Sages.
We call to you now
Help us to find our way home somehow
We call to you then
Help us connect with our ancient kin
Lyrics Kelliana

Moon Diary- How does the moon affect behaviour?

How could the cycle of the moon possibly influence our mood and happiness?

Do you ever wonder why some weeks you feel full of energy and others you struggle to get even basic tasks completed? How about your children, does their behaviour change at different times throughout a month? Interestingly, some of it could be related to the cycle of the moon, which can influence us without us particularly knowing about it.

Goddess Demeter pagan legend

Goddess Demeter

Demeter is a Goddess of the growing crops and fertile earth. She is seen as a mother Goddess who protects the seeds in the earth and with her love summons the shoots from the soil so that the earth becomes fertile green andbountiful. 

Also known as the Roman goddess Ceres, Demeter was the goddess of the harvest and was credited with teaching humans how to grow, preserve, and

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

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Advice from the moon

Advice from the moon *´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

Our beautiful moon has so much to give us, so much we have yet to learn from her, so much insight and energy she can provide for us. We take her for granted yet where would we be without her? Blessings, Alison xx

Photography AstarteAlison

Recommended blog The Simplified witch

This is a beautiful blog well worth paying a visit. It is written by the lovely hedge witch Lavender. The goal of her blog is to simplify information about Witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism for my readers. Since there is so much information out there, the occult can be very confusing and overwhelming to beginners and even those who have practiced the Craft for years. Lavender helps unravel some of those mysteries, provide information and lots more besides.
Blessings, Alison xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Blog to check out Pagan Wildwood

Visit the Wild Wood, virtual Sacred Grove of Cernunnos and the Goddess. Sit  on a carpet of leaves beneath a mighty Oak.
Fabulous blog http://paganwildwood.blogspot.co.uk/
Take some time out to check it out!

Waning Moon Space Clearing exercise

Waning Moon Space Clearing Exercise

The waning moon brings with it a period of inward thinking, we are less inclined to start big projects and more inclined to reflect and meditate. We can use this natural inclination to look at what needs to be removed from our lives to perhaps create areas of clarity where they are needed.  The more we use the moon’s rhythms to create harmony in our lives the more we will find that our lives will run on a more even track. Gardeners have been using this knowledge of the moon for years, knowing that during the waning moon plants grow less thus this is the time for weeding and mowing, not for planting new seeds. We are only just awakening to this knowledge that has been around us since time began!

The waning moon is a perfect time to create a little space in your home. We all have areas in our homes I’m sure that could benefit from a little de-cluttering. If you are like me then there are projects all over the house that need attention! If this is the case then during the weeks of the waning moon perhaps just pick one task.  Clutter around you, at home at work, even in your car or on your computer can be overwhelming and create stresses and strains in your life often leading to a constant draining feeling. You may not realize the clutter that has accumulated until you take a little time out to sit and think about what has built up over the months of running from one task to another.

Sometimes it may feel a little daunting to just select one project to work on. The key thing to remember is that you don’t have to be clutter free all the time, nobody is perfect! You may like to use a pendulum to choose which area is the best one for you to be working on at the moment. Draw a grid on a piece of paper with either two or four squares or more if you need them.  You can then divine which is the best area for you by either asking for a yes no answer from your pendulum or by noticing a downward tug on the pendulum as you pass over the square that is to be your chosen area. If you don’t have a pendulum any small heavy object would do such as a pendant or ring. Or you can purchase a pendulum here: http://www.astarte-moon.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=306

Remember your project does not need to be a large one. You may be in the mood for doing a whole room in your house or just one drawer in a filing cabinet. I decided to tackle the photographs on my computer which believe me was no mean feat! Whatever you choose to do you will find that the letting go energy of the moon will spur you forward and even the worst hoarders of us will find it easier to let go of items that they have been hanging on to unnecessarily. Try to make light of the task and enjoy it, rope in the help of friends and family if it helps!

You may like to use the following blessing:
Goddess Moon you slowly wane,
your beauty always a constant wonder.
May you continually keep my life in a
natural rythym.
May you teach me to accept natural flow into my life and to cultivate harmony, letting go of all that is not needed.

You will find the area that you have de cluttered feels lighter once you have finished your task.  You should feel that you feel a little more at peace inside yourself and ready to face whatever challenges life brings you over the coming weeks and months.  You may like to finish off your work with a cleansing ritual. You could sprinkle salt water around the area you have been working or use a sage smudging stick. Finally you can thank the moon for her help in your space clearing exercise and then reward yourself with a nice hot bath, large bar of chocolate or glass of red wine, whichever appeals to you the most!!

For more information on lunar cycles you can visit the Astarte-Moon website here: http://www.astarte-moon.co.uk/Astartemoon/Moon_Cycles_Phases_waxing_waning.html

Message from the universe

Message to myself from tomorrow. The universe only gives me things that I can deal with, I am strong.
Blessings, Alison xx

Ritual Soothing Bath

Combining a soothing bath with a ritual cleansing is an ideal way of des-stressing, calming your mind or as a preparation for any blessings or magick work that you may want to do

Since time began we humans have been making use of the wonderful healing qualities of water. Just think of the Roman Baths or the Victorians and their bathing and you can see how water has been important to us. According to legend, Prince Bladud, who had contracted leprosy, was cured after bathing in the hot springs at Bath. In gratitude, Bladud founded the City of Bath around the springs in 863BC. Later the Romans made the city very famous, it was a sanctuary for rest and relaxation.

The act of bathing stimulates blood circulation and calms the nervous system. The hot water may help relieve common aches and pains such as those associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, inflammation, muscle pains and migraines.

So, how to create that “just been to the spa”, wonderful relaxed feeling? The key is to include all four elements: water, fire, earth, air, and to think about each of these as you create your magical bath.

First the element of water- easy, fill the bath up! Now for the element of earth, add to your bath a cup full of dead sea salts for detoxification or Epsom salts for relaxation, sore muscles and headaches. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium which our bodies are often in need of, this is easily absorbed by the skin and will also make your skin feel silky smooth. Both of these you should be able to buy at your local health food shop or on the internet. Now, air, delight and invigorate your senses with a small amount of your favourite bubble bath, or some essential oil; Lavender and Geranium oils are very relaxing, Lavender essential oil is reassuring and excellent  for treating emotional or mental stress. It also reduces muscular pain, whether from illness or physical exertion.  You will need approximately 40 drops of whichever essential oil you choose. Lastly, fire, find some candles and arrange them carefully around your bath or in the room somewhere. You may like to use coloured candles for each of the four quarters and arrange around your bath accordingly.

As you step into the bath say the words:

Water, cleanse me and relax my mind,
Earth ground me and keep me safe,
Air fill me with your happiness,
Fire, lend me your energy and strength.
Spirit I thank you for all that you are, I am blessed to be here right now and rejoice in my being.

You are now ready to enjoy your relaxing bath. Lie in the bath and let the cleansing and healing properties of the bath do their work. Try and think of a peaceful place and imagine that you are transported there if only for just a short time. By connecting with all four elements of our world like this you are connecting yourself to our mother earth and allowing nature to do what it does best: giving you its healing life giving power. Relax and enjoy the powerful feeling of you at one with nature. You may like to choose a particular element to concentrate on, for example water if you feel you need to be more relaxed, or fire if you feel you need to gain more control in your life.

When you are finished and are lovely and relaxed, step out of your healing bath, back into reality but with perhaps a gentler and happier way of looking upon the days ahead of you. Thank the elements for the gifts they have bestowed upon you and remember this feeling of relaxed happiness as you go about your day and your week.

For more free relaxation tips visit the Astarte-Moon website 

Nature is always giving us signs....

Nature is always giving us signs, sometimes we just need to still our minds in order to hear them.
Blessings, Alison xx

There is always a rainbow above you...

Trust that the universe will bring you the right things at the right moment and just enjoy the journey!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Imbolc Blessings

Imbolc blessings to you, may the turning wheel bring you love and happiness as the earth awakens from her slumber.

Blessings, Alison x*´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

Imbolc Traditions

Imbolc is celebrated around the world in many cultures and in different names. All Virgin and Maiden Goddesses are honored at this time as Imbolc is seen as the festival of renewal and growth.

Various names for this festival are: Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonni), Imbolic (Celtic), Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus (Strega), St. Bridget's Day (Christian), Candlemas, Candlelaria (Mexican), The Snowdrop Festival, The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin.

Imbolc blessings, Alison 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Imbolc Bulbs of Hope

Planting Imbolc Bulbs of Hope

Planting Imbolc bulbs of hope is a fabulous way of concentrating your intentions and focusing your desires. Imbolc is a wonderful time to do this as the earth is awaking and spring is returning. Firstly gather your pots, soil and bulbs, you may like to decorate the outside of your pot with the symbol of your desire. As you plant each bulb, hold the bulb and focus your intent, you may like to say out loud a blessing as you plant the bulb into the soil.

As you nurture your bulbs and watch them grow, so your dreams and desires will be fulfilled. This is a lovely blessing to involve all the family with, children will love planting their own bulbs of hope and watch them grow. You can explain to them the significance of Imbolc meaning the belly of the earth and the fact that the spring is awakening all the animals and plants and in the same way these bulbs will spring to life.

More Psychic Protection Ideas

A fabulous and so simple way of protecting yourself is to put youself in a protective bubble. Imagine the bubble all around yourself, protecting you so that any positive influences can still reach you but nothing negative can penetrate. You can colour the bubble any colour that is significant to you or you can have it transparten. Gold, silver, violet or blue are particularly good protective coloursYou can call upon the help of any deities that are particularly important to you to help keep the bubble strong.

Psychic protection grounding ideas

There are many times you may feel you need an extra bit of protection. Meeting someone negative, walking into a room of strangers or just out in a busy High Street.. I'm sure we have all been aware of standing in a queue and feeling uncomfortable as someone steps in to our space. This is them invading our aura (energy field), and if our energy field is unprotected we will pick up on any energy that they may be giving out. The more spiritually aware and intuitive we are the more sensitive we become to all the energies around us. We especially need to be aware of protecting our energy fields when dealing with other people as a healer/medium or clairvoyant for example..

An important  part of protection is to stay grounded. An easy way of doing this is to stand and imagine you are a tree with your roots growing deep into the ground beneath you. Try and do this as often as you can, once a day is ideal. If you can stand bare footed this is even better but dont worry if you dont have anywhere convenient to do that.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pagan Goddess Serenity Prayer

Pagan Serenity Prayer

Lord and lady, God and Goddess grant me:
The power of Fire, for the energy and courage to change the things I can.
The power of Water, to accept with ease and grace what I cannot change.
The power of Air, for the ability to know the difference.
And the power of Earth, for the strength to continue my path.

Blessings, Alison xx

Monday, 14 January 2013

Small miracles, our amazing world

Small Miracles x*´¯`•.¸¸. ♥

We are surrounded by small miracles everyday, sometimes we are too busy to see them or the messages that they are conveying. We do live in an amazing world that is constantly talking to us.

Blessings Alison

Our Sacred Mother Earth, Gaia

All life is sacred no matter how small. Every living thing has its place on this wonderful planet of ours, Gaia.

The universe is always giving us signs

Sometimes we just need to take a moment to look up to see the signs that the universe is trying to tell us.
Often we are too busy to notice what those signs might be.
Blessings, Alison xx

Waning Moon Influencing mood and wellbeing

How could the cycle of the moon possibly influence our mood and happiness?

Do you ever wonder why some weeks you feel full of energy and others you struggle to get even basic tasks completed? How about your children, do they behave differently at different times throughout a month? Interestingly, some of it could be related to the cycle of the moon..

We have all heard stories about the full moon making people go a little crazy. Crime statistics and hospital admissions are raised during the time of the full moon. Similarly insurance companies report an increase in accidents over this time. We don’t know all the scientific reasons behind this however experts have said that it may be related to the number of positive and negative ions that are in the atmosphere. This is in the same way that the sea air makes you feel good, as there are more negative ions in the atmosphere at the sea.

At different times of the month the moon gets larger, this is called waxing; or smaller, this is called waning. All these different stages: full moon, waxing moon(growing), waning moon(diminishing) and new moon (when you can’t see it in the sky) can have an effect on our moods and our well being.

In our busy lives it is good to sometimes good to slow down and take time to look at our current situation. I know that is not easy when we are so busy, but ultimately it may save you time in the long run and make you a happier person. And of course if you are happier you know that your family will be too!  Getting in touch with nature is an excellent way of improving your long-term health and happiness.

Accepting Change

As the autumn leaves change so we learn a valuable lesson in accepting change. Blessings, Alison xx