Reflection on the weekend’s shindigs!

Hello Lovelies!

I hope your weekend was just as magical as mine & more! I actually did allot of unexpected shadow work which now I’m quite thankful for. At the time I was feeling a little selfish by doing so, but to be honest it did me more good than anything. I have released allot of emotions and confusions & I feel a great hidden weight has been lifted. It’s something I normally shy away from because I honest don’t like re living certain moments but having such an urge to explore I just couldn’t ignore it.T his took up quite a chunk of Saturday night but who has ever complained about time spent in sacred space?!

I made my banana bread! and ate pretty much 3 1/4 of it 🙂 I am not ashamed! ha ha! It was lush! & It actually took 1 hr and 15 mins (Recipie for yummy Banana bread!)

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So we also took Arya to the zoo as planned, but ill be honest as much as we enjoyed it for Arya, we were set back by a few things we saw. A bit sad really & made me focus more on healing. But overall it was a lovey day with my little family! Arya hardly spoke as she was in awe of the animal & she just came alive when we saw the meerkats! she squealed so loud all the other visitors around giggled along with her! We bought her a meerkat teddy as a reminder of the day and she hasn’t let it out of her sight since! bless her!

something i was meaning to do for a while was to make a Reiki box, and I finally made one on Friday and I’m so glad I did! It’s filling up nicely with names and places and has helped me allot this weekend with my healing work. I can see this being my new go to tool 🙂

above all i just really gave my family my all. It’s had a bit of a reoccurring affect. Admittedly I am one to get lost on the inter-web but I’ve been whittling down to a set time now. Which I quite enjoy as I now have a list of things to do when I’m on my computer rather then finding things to do! I definitely recommend this if your a bit of internet tinker too!

What did you get up to?

Blessed Be

Becca

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Beltane Plans!

Today I wanted to share with you my plans for this weekend and throw some ideas at you to! 🙂 As Beltane is the beginning of transition from maiden to mother this time of year is very fitting for me as a fairly new mum! (well.. shes 1.5yrs!) As much as I would love to let loose at one the amazing festivals back home this Beltane for me will be fitted around Arya-Luna & My lovely husband  🙂 xx

 

Bring nature indoors with some flowers!

So being the height of spring flowers are defiantly on the menu! My hubbie is really good at getting me flowers each week bless him, but today I think ill choose some more fitting to the Sabbat. So maybe daffodils or tulips.

Bake sun bread… or a cake!

Making sun bread is a good old tradition, but to be honest I’m not really a fan of my home made breads.. I just haven’t got the knack! So instead ill be whipping up a banana bread loaf. A massive hit in our house! Here is the recipe I use from my mother in law, its a beaut.. try it, its amazing! xx

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Do a ritual.

Saturday ill hold a ritual in my sacred room, as we are expecting a lot of rain 😦 But a mass of candles will be lit to represent the great fire and healing’s for the earth will be cast. decorated with green leaves and spring flowers my alter will be scented beautiful with natural aromas 🙂 bliss! I’m still holding out for a clear night in which ill bust out the BBQ.

Wear green & give gratitude to your loved ones.

This is also the time of union & marriage for the goddess as mother earth and the god of the greenwood. So in respect to that, ill be wearing mostly green 🙂 This is a very popular time for Handfastings so I bet a few will be celebrating anniversary’s and Weddings this weekend, Enjoy my lovleys! Although we are already married me and the Mr will be marking our 10th anniversary with a handfasting this time in 5yrs, so I’m very much looking forward to that (even thought it seams a very long time away!) So for the time being I like to make this weekend about appreciation for our commitments to each other. It’s always about the little things 🙂 xx

Surround yourself with animals.

A very old traditions was to light 2 bale fires from the different sacred woods and march live stock and cattle between them for protection & blessings. Unfortunately we don’t have any livestock, or cattle.. we have a dog! ( well he doesn’t seam to think hes a dog! ) so well be taking Arya to the zoo for the first time tomorrow, which I think she will absolutely love. So tonight ill be sending Reiki healing to all at Belfast zoo & Giving Boris (the Dog) a Pamper!

Have a Boogie!

we don’t have a maypole but we do have good speakers and a large living room! So Sunday me and the little miss will definitely be hitting the living room dance floor busting some moves to some favorite tunes in honor of the goddess! 🙂

Light a candle.

most Importantly Beltane is about Light & fire. So if there is only one thing you do.. light a candle. For your loved ones who have moved over, for the God & Goddess. On Saturday night the veil between the living & none is at one of its thinnest so look out for signs of love & guidance from your beauties who have crossed over. Symbols of butterfly’s, feathers & pennies to name a few keep an eye for. But also those questions you have been asking yourself lately, you might find answers in subtle messages from above. They can be harder to spot so be reflective this weekend to make sure you haven’t missed any.

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What are your plans for Beltane? Whatever you get up to.. Enjoy yourself!

 

Love and Light,

Becca

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My Pink Moon

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Hello Beauties!

Thought I would share with you what I have planned for tonight’s full moon!  My magical hour is 1 am. For some strange reason as soon as it hits 12 I start to get real tired but come 1 am.. wide awake, so I Now have a meditation from 12 -1 before hand 🙂 I feel better working at this time, hence why this post will be up late!

Anywhoo! My crystals are out, water out & alter set.

My focus this evening is banishing smoking. I have actually stopped for 3 weeks now but a few days ago I bought a packet of 10. ?! I have no idea why I bought them either! I didn’t need or want them, it was a totally unconscious purchase. So i definitely fell like I need a bit of backup to prevent future slip ups. I don’t feel like a smoker anymore & I was really upset that it happened. My chosen deity I love to work with is Kwan Yin But tonight Ill be working with Archangel Raziel as well as I feel he can offer me a little of what I need right now, the power to resist temptation. I’m excited to see how I connect with him as I haven’t worked with him before. I’ve done some search on him and I’m Really feeling drawn to him.

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o0ohh found a little spread by Escapingstars.com that I fancy giving ago tonight so i think ill pull after I’ve done my business, and interpret them tomorrow as I think Ill be a bit waked! Ill post it up for you to have a nosy at too 🙂

 

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Have a lovely night wherever in the world you are! here in Northern Ireland we have a lovely clear night 🙂 Let me know what you got up to & If you do this spread too and how you find it!

Blessed be beauties!

Becca,

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Are you an Empath?

What is empathy?

Empathy
noun
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Being an Empath is when you are affected by the energies of other people, Objects, situations & experiences. There is an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others emotions & feelings. You are unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. External factors play havoc on our own emotions and energy’s and becomes hard to differentiate between what is our own and what we have picked up. this leads to a tendancy for us to ignore our own needs and emotions. 
Being an Empath is much more than being overly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions. we can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people.

How it affects us.

For Empaths and Sensitives, it is a challenge to stay grounded whilst being constantly bombarded with a mix of negative, positive & external emotions. Even if we stay at home, our emphatic antennas are still picking up so much external energies from the outside world. Taking on board what we see on the telly, what we are read on our computers or simply a tale from a friend on the phone. Empaths can easily become consumed with anxiety, depression and apathy and lose sight of what we truly desire due to being overpowered by the external.

Empaths tend more to what the feelings of what is outside of them, more than what is inside of them.

 

Are you an empath?

Here are 30 of the most common traits  as i understand there is a few more symptoms than my own. Not all of these will apply to one person but it gives you a wider scope.

1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.

4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.

9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own.

10. Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME.

11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.

12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.

13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.

15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

17. Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labelled as being lazy.

18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.

21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath even poisoning.

24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

25. Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.

27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

29. Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.

 

So are YOU an Empath?

If you are, you are not alone. At times it can most certainly feel like a curse. BUT..You should know that you have an amazing gift! You have an ability to communicate with others at a much deeper level that you would be foolish not to explore. Once you have acknowledged and learn how to protect yourself from energy vampires, from people who take your quality’s for advantage & can mindfully manage your environment, Then your superpowers Can truly flourish.

If you are not, my hope that this post helps you to recognize how your actions and feeling could have a dramatic effect on someones state of mind. maybe you recognize these traits in someone else?  this is great because now you have had an insight to what it might be like for them your relationship will strengthen through understanding & support.

Love and light

Becca

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Making your own tools.

 

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Hello lovelies! Today whilst setting up my alter in our new home, I caught myself lost in thought about how my tools and alters have changed from when I had created my first. How much i have grown & how differently i used and view each item.

my first alter was on a black & white pentagram printed cloth. In the center stood a black wooden pentagram, decorated with lots of black and lots of gothic attributes. The whole she-bang of witchy goodness. To me it was beautiful, a piece of art, an expression of what i perceived myself to be. A witch. Under my bed was piles & piles of books on spells, handbooks for beginners, Scott Cunningham and of course the staple. ‘the witches bible’ by Janet and Stuart Farrar. 12 years, 6 moves & a library of knowledge later and i couldn’t be further from the person that made that beautiful alter.

Now my tools are all either made by me or handcrafted by a person who’s work i have connected to and can place a face. Each piece has been crafted with love and intent for its use, it bears my power but only for my power. The books I hold on my shelf are in their own right magical, but not of magic. My alter cloth is white silk and my pentagram is of white clay. Decorated with white candles and crystals. See when I look back now, it was about image, that’s what made me feel powerful. I had the works. I felt the bomb. I was confident in my craft and studies.  But, what I didn’t know was how unconnected I was to each tool. yes i owned them, I used them for their purpose, but in true light then, they were tools and they were what made me feel the power.

A couple of years back whilst diving deep in research I had an epiphany. I asked myself, if I was stripped back, bare. In the wild, no tools no materials, would I still be witch…? I could honestly answer yes. From that point I knew my years of study hadn’t been in vein & I saw for the first time the growth and my understanding in what i was doing. It was allot different from what I had initially thought all those years back. my whole view changed, and i was growing as person and my spirituality was expanding beyond what i thought possible.

In order for my power to ‘work’ isn’t because of the tools but the tools work because of my power. I could create any tool for exactly what I needed for, through my mind and what is around. For it is my intent for what they are used for. The beautiful tools I had didn’t hold the power, I do and only I can give that tool the power to work for me. If anyone was to pick up my wand and give it a wave.. fuck all is gonna happen, and we know that person  know that too. my wand now is infact a twig. an innocent looking twig that bears a shit load of power of direction & protection. because I intended it to. Before I had a very elaborate ‘harry porrerish’ style beaut. It worked, because I made it work because It made me feel powerful.

I can’t express how much my first tools helped me though. As a visual learner I needed the visual stimulation for encouragement and confirmation of what I was. amazing how even my thought of visual has changed. I don’t see thing things for what they are anymore.. but more what they can be.

By creating your own tools you are charging them emotionally & spiritually. Transmitting magical energy with mental imagery. The best time to make your tools or add some you to your current beauts, is when the moon is full. You become a channel for the full moon’s energy whilst you are creating or adding some ‘you-ness’ to your tools. whilst creating you should visualize & state their purpose and you intentions for their use, bless them and consecrate them to retain the magical charge. when completed and you pick up the tool you have an amazing emotional & spiritual connection with them.

I hope this post lets you reflect back to your first alter. what changes have happened? and how did they came about. I believe reflection is big part of learning to help us grow. Do you make your own tools? and what are your views on doing so? let me know in the comments.

Love & light beautiful beings,

Blessed be,

Becca

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