The Jewel in the Claw – Spring 2018

I’m planning to attend this next year. It would be nice to see a few fellow bloggers there as well if you are able to come. Good for a natter, experiencing the mysteries of life, death and the Universe. The answer may or may not be 42…

The Silent Eye

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Intrigue ⦿ Magic ⦿ Religion ⦿ Science

Four faces of a Elizabethan jewel that will become Britain… and one deadly enemy – hidden deep in the inner workings of an age.

1586, and our story begins… The reign of Elizabeth I, the ‘Virgin Queen’ of the house of Tudor.

A time when England stood virtually alone amongst its neighbours, surrounded by hostile political and religious forces set in motion by the reign of Elizabeth’s father Henry VIII, a plot has just been discovered to assassinate the now-established Queen of England and Ireland. The man who uncovered it is Francis Walsingham, her celebrated and loyal spymaster, intent on establishing a network of agents outside and inside England to protect her.

By the 1580s, this small island, with its ‘virgin’ Queen, had become a hotbed of intellectual and magical insight, with leading thinkers, such as the Queen’s astrologer, John Dee, driving forward the knowledge of the…

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The Feathered Seer – Planting seeds of Light

Quite a profound experience attending the workshop this weekend. I’m waiting for a taxi to Hope railway station in Derbyshire. From there onwards it’s a journey back home to Wales. Folks, our intention was to bear witness to one who has waited for centuries to tell her story. It was also to ‘re-enchant’ the land. Did we succeed? It will become evident over time.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Our world faces a time of uncertainty. Fear, and a violence of word and body, are spreading like a canker across the face of nations. Adding our voice and the force of our will to the battles that rage and seethe does little but add to the confusion. Finding peace within ourselves as individuals and living with kindness and compassion seems the only way in which to answer the need of our human family.

We, who gathered in Derbyshire from places far apart, are too few to change the fate of nations, but we can and do change the world with every choice that we make. All growth starts from a single point, but we are not alone. There are many across the globe working in the both the outer and inner realms towards that peace and healing.

In an echo of an earlier ritual at one of the stone…

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Where The Magic Happens

Fascinating insight.

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

Top crime writer Don Massenzio is currently hosting a series about where writers weave their yarns and construct their chronicles and has kindly asked me to throw my hat in the ring (not literally, hats should be handled with the utmost of care) and share my little writerly space.


I mostly write here, in my bedroom. It’s a large, airy space with the added bonus of having my bed nearby in case I fancy a bit of a snooze halfway through. This is my desk – nothing special, but with enough room for my laptop and notes and, of course, my favourite mug for the endless cups of tea that are essential to the creative process. There are a few special things there too, beloved photographs and my little box of treasured things.

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On the left is a picture of me and dearest Mumsie, an endlessly tolerant and…

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The Crested Ibis

The presence of Thoth always appears at the right time with a pertinent message.

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

The Crested Ibis, from the Anubis Oracle, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf, Illustrated by Kris Waldherr

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Crested Ibis, from the Anubis Oracle, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf, Illustrated by Kris Waldherr

The Crested Ibis: “Sacred Archetypal Element of Air”

“The Crested Ibis, known to ancient Egyptians as the akh bird, is associated with the element of air, and with Thoth as he relates to the cosmic mysteries. The crested ibis is in essence the phoenix rising from the fire. It speaks not only of rebirth but also of the clear thinking that gives you the understanding of your journey. This beautiful bird is a powerful symbol of the ability to conceive of a resulting creation in advance of its actualization; it refers to the preconceived idea and the goal, both of which are contained in the mind.

The domain of the…

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Dark Matter, God and Genetics

A wonderful, erudite and humour tinged post.

Ages ago (in the 1970’s), scientists looked out at the universe, did the math and wet themselves silently. The peripheral arms of galaxies weren’t acting right. There wasn’t enough gravity to make the stars in the arms move that fast.

Astronomers drove home, changed pants and got an idea.

Dark matter.

The essence of ghost flesh with gravity!

It seemed too convenient to some: We can’t see dark matter, can’t touch it and can’t detect it in a laboratory – at least not so far.

Nevertheless, science liked dark matter. Its existence was implied by the motion of galaxies.

We’re told it surrounds a galaxy like a halo, but without the angel’s head, so it’s not religious.

Don’t think of angels when you see galaxies. That wouldn’t be scientific.

History shows that geneticists also had a meltdown when they first discovered that DNA was too complex for their model of reality.

Don’t worry, they’ve gotten over it.

It was…

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The Day of the Cailleach

Enjoy! I did.

Celtic Soul Craft

Today is the Cailleach’s Day. In the old calendar this was the first day of the new year.

For those of us that follow the old ways and the wheel of the year we can see two sides of the crone in these last few weeks. The hag still whips up some spring snow showers and a frost you weren’t expecting that stomped the life of those little seedlings you were a little too eager to plant in the soil. By the next morning she is a far younger self and she cradles the colorful blooms and lifts the temperatures to the tune of the land is singing the song of spring.

This is the way it has been for thousands and thousands of years, it is only us that change the story and the meaning. We have told stories of an evil hag holding the maiden prisoner – those stories say…

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Saint Germain

An interesting choice and thought provoking message being conveyed by the card. St Germain is an intriguing and quite mysterious character. As previously stated these ‘messages’ provide me with an opportunity to explore my own creative processes (especially blockages hindering the psyche). I’ll wait to see what emerges over this weekend.

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

Saint Germain, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, artwork by Lily Moses

Daily Angel Oracle Card: Saint Germain, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, artwork by Lily Moses

Saint Germain: “Karma Releasing”

“Move beyond drama. Create your own path. Make room for good energy.”

About Saint Germain: “Saint Germain was born in France in the 18th century and is said to have been given a new identity because he was the love child of two very powerful people. He was well educated and able to rub shoulders with royalty. He was also deeply interested in magic, alchemy and the cosmos and able to perform real-life miracles and turn lead into gold. Now he helps us move beyond social limitations to connect with the right people for the highest good. He is still a master alchemist and able to…

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Nine Of Pentacles

The message is clear here and the advice is to be acted on.

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

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Daily Angel Oracle Card: Nine Of Pentacles, from the Tarot Of The Hidden Realm, by Julia Jeffrey and Barbara Moore

Nine Of Pentacles: “Rich reds, purples, browns and greens blend together, creating a luscious kaleidoscope of colour. The sweet scent of blackberries dances with the lingering spicy perfume of rose. The gifts of the earth are on display, and her kin are preparing to celebrate the year’s great abundance. After donning her best gown and carefully centering her finest jewels, she takes a few minutes in her own private garden before joining the others.

This season has been a good one for all, she muses, but the spirits of the land have been especially generous with her. Her own vines and gardens have produced treasures that have exceeded even her own high expectations. Closing…

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Breath of Life, Breath of Change (Guest Blog)

Another one of my concoctions, meandering down the usual eccentric paths.


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I wasn’t sure how to approach the subject of this post initially. His Nibs is standing by with a neutral expression on his face, so no help there. For people who are unfamiliar with the inhabitants of my Shed, His Nibs (aka Anubis) is a regular visitor apart from the Trickster Hare. It’s been a while since the two of us had met up and perhaps our meeting on this occasion should have been rescheduled. I should explain that a horrible cold is plaguing me at the moment. Blocked sinuses, a congested chest and unproductive cough are testing my mettle. I feel tired and want to hibernate. Boo hoo!

 At least you’re not so snotty now, I believe that is the correct term applicable here? comments the Jackal god.

That made me pause. He has a point you know, I should be thankful. My inner and outer…

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The Magician

The Magician appears as if from thin air to answer a question still unvoiced. I came across the post this morning and had to share it, it needed mulling over.

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

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Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Magician, from The Wisdom Seeker’s Tarot, by David Fontana

The Magician: “The Magician challenges us not to be deceived by the transient, material world. He shows us that life is a magical act, and our mind the magician. He is a showman, a mysterious stranger who captivates the crowd by sleight of hand, as well as by real magic, reminding us that the mind can be deceived by delusions of spiritual grandeur masquerading as the real thing.

On The Magician’s magical, floating table is an array of objects symbolizing the mental clutter that prevents us from self exploration. However, his magic wand, pointing both “above and below” – the occult expression of the unity of Heaven and Earth – hints that he can make the objects vanish. The Magician’s number is one, the symbol of…

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