Mind Shifts

Okay, so I think you’ve probably noticed that, yet again, I haven’t posted in a while.

It’s not you.

It’s me.

My mind has been shifting around so much that I’m tiring myself out by simply thinking!

Decisive action is required to clear this somewhat cluttered head! As a result, my mind shifts have reflected badly on my work. As I mentioned a while ago, I put Wytch away for a time, to sleep, while I focused my thoughts. I’m quite happy with not working on the book. Yet, also consumed with the inner conflict of it’s direction, this conflict was bleeding into my writing and I couldn’t do the story justice.

My site is called The Way of Wytch, which suggests to me that it should be about Wytch, or at least witchcraft! And, while I usually have many things to say, I was trapped in radio silence (or blog silence), alongside a writers block. Actually, this is not true, I wasn’t blocked entirely, it is only this project that has obstacles, other words are still being written in other forms.

It was bought to my attention recently, that while I’m usually quite a creative individual, I wasn’t really creating anything. I then became annoyed at myself for meandering and generally pottering around, for not getting anything done! I’ve never been a finisher – I start many projects, becoming obsessive and quite crazy about them, but then they sit waiting, unfinished in a drawer, or on a shelf. Sometimes, they end up in the bin!

I know what my problem is. I’m currently looking for a job and this takes up a lot of my time; the endless applications, covering letters and re-writes of my CV is enough to drive me to sitting and staring at the wall for an hour! The amount of dross that gets posted in the vacancies sections online is rather disturbing, not to mention the fact that everyday I’m faced with the realisation of not actually being qualified in anything that doesn’t come under the sub-heading of “Hippy Chick”, or “flaky”. I nearly wish I was normal!

I said “nearly”.

I don’t actually mean it.

*End of Rant.

With much consideration, I have decided to spend a week reading Wytch, making changes, and getting down and dirty with this project. I will finish it.

More though, I have decided to have a shift around with my blog. Some of the wonderful blogs I follow seem to be more lifestyle focused with a good range of topics and articles. These, I noticed, were my favourite reads when online. I also like some of the challenges and themes that some of you have signed up for and would like to be involved in those too. I can’t remain Wytch specific. It’s good to have focus, but not to be blinkered.

There will be a name change and I will organise my posts. Some will be about my writing in general, others will still be very much Wytch focused. However, for the most part, it will be about other things that inspire and delight me. Hopefully, they will inspire and delight you too.

So if you notice that I’m missing here in cyber space, I won’t be missing for long, and I will have the new-look up and running very soon.

In the meantime, I’ll still be reading all of your posts. x


Wednesdays Wisdom

Keira Wetherup Brown Quote…


Wednesdays Wisdom

 

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Waning

How lucky the moon.
To turn the tides,
To hold the wisdom of the skies,
To guide us through our darkest nights,
And return to laugh, as the maiden.


The Archaeology of Halifax Place

Oh, how I love Nottingham! Such history in our caves.

Nottingham Hidden History Team

by Joe Earp

DCIM100MEDIA Photo Credit: The Nottingham Post.

This photo recently found in our archive has thrown up some great interest. The above photo shows archaeological excavations led by the then City Council’s Assistant Archaeologist Graham Black in 1979/80. The site of excavations was under a Victorian Warehouse in Halifax Place in Nottingham’s Lace Market. In the photo postholes stand out clearly in the sandstone revealed by the excavations. It is in that area that the archaeologists found one of the deep cesspits dating from Viking Age Nottingham.

Other finds were a large Viking building, post holes for one incomplete wall show it was over 40 feet long. A building as long as this must have been a very high status building with some very important owners. A bronze end decoration for a belt and the head of a staff also in bronze were found, both dating from the time…

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Wednesday’s Wisdom

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Beltane Blessings

Yippee! It’s that time of year. A time for the lovers, a time for family celebrations in the great outdoors, a time to dance around the May pole, jump fires, and roll around naked in the morning dew. Wait, what?

Beltane begins at dusk on the eve of May 1st and celebrations last all night long into the following day. As I mentioned it is the time of the lovers. The Goddess sheds her youthful robes and takes on the role of the Mother. The God, in turn, becomes her consort, and the two settle down in marital bliss.

This, by the way, is our anniversary! “So, happy anniversary oh husband mine.

“Now, I’m not especially a romantic kind of gal. Not personally. But, I do still believe in happy-ever-after, and that love-conquers-all, and this time of year makes me all gooey and girly and for young love.

 

 

It is a time for fertility magic. A May King and Queen were selected in celebrations on this day, to honour the Goddess and God. All unattached men and women would spend the night in the woods, choosing their partners and hence the saying “Gathering in May”.

Young women would dance around the May pole in the hope of weaving love into their lives. Plus, the May pole is kind of a phallic symbol!

It is considered favourable for those women who wish to conceive to roll in the May day morning dew, anointing their body in the lovers tonic, children born 9 months later were considered to be blessed by the Goddess and God. How lovely!

Another thing that I simply adore about Beltane are the little gifts of flowers and posies left for neighbours and friends as a blessing. Traditionally, a posy was made and left at a neighbours doorstep, with the gift giver remaining silent and secret. No one knows where or whom the gift is from. This to me, presents a wonderful lesson in gratitude, in giving, in humility, and also in the lesson of to stay silent (which is what we do after crafting spells to add to the potency of the magic).

Not only are all these wonderful celebrations happening at this festival, but also, we have the thinning of the veil. Beltane is the opposite to Samhain on the year’s wheel. The worlds collide once more on this night – only this time it’s the naughty and mischievous spirits: Loki, Puck, and Pan could visit, and they love to cause chaos, so be very wary about your wishes and spells!

I’m going to be very busy!

What ever your celebrations are for this May day bank holiday weekend, try to enjoy the spirit of Beltane. Love will be in the air, but also a little bit of chaos – those Gods and spirits do like to have fun; I wished for a rich man, I got a man called Rich!

Brightest Blessings to you all. x

Links:

Make a May Day Door Hanger

Make a May Pole

The God and Goddess Print


Witches Mirror

Not just used for applying make-up!

We are creatures ruled by vanity. We use a mirror several times throughout the day, to check our reflections, making sure that we are presentable for others. We use a mirror to communicate with us what other people may be seeing, and therefore, thinking about us. We use a mirror to help us mask ourselves, whether it’s make-up or hair styles, to help us shave or trim the beard, we hide behind a “look” – when I say we, I simply mean the we as human beings in general.

Not just used for scrying!

Witches will use many tools for their craft; athame, boline, wand, chalice, candles, incense etc. Usually a witch will also have an item used for scrying as well – to aid in seeing the future. This tool comes in many forms: tarot, runes, crystal ball, and more besides. Each witch will have her or his favourite, and will use it often. While the tools for divination and scrying are all very good in their own right. A mirror offers a bit more of an edge, magically speaking.

Yes, it can be used in spells – to send energies, either healing or banishing.

But the beauty of the magic mirror is in the exploring of your spirit. I have used a mirror on several occasions after going to a talk in the early 1990’s in my home town. It wasn’t a talk on witchcraft especially, although magic was mentioned, but more a talk on spiritual seeking and understanding the shadow self. My first real experience of mirroring was actually quite scary as we were invited to explore our shadow selves. This is something which scared the living daylights out of me.

As a child, and into my teens, I had suffered with night terrors. As an infant in my pushchair, my mum always had to walk in the shade as I was terrified of my own shadow – I tried to kick it off my feet whilst screaming. I also have a fairly dark imagination, so I panicked a little when presented with this exercise of exploring my inner demon.

It turned out to be one of my favourite rituals. I use the mirror for a lot of work where my own spiritual progression is required.I don’t use it very often for others. However, I have been asked to give a brief talk and demonstration tonight at the psychic group, in Long Eaton. I decided I would talk about the power of the mirror, and how it can help you with your psychic awareness, and especially with connecting with a guide.

It’s a simple technique, that anyone can do.

Some do find it quite scary at first: seeing your face change is weird right?

Some may find it too difficult: the eyes have to softly focus and can feel tired and heavy.

Some people can’t do it straight away and give up: it’s like those magic eye pictures that are made up of tiny dots and you have to stare at them just right to make the picture appear. If you can’t see those pictures, you will have to practice and persevere with the mirror. Unlike the magic eye pictures though, if you do persevere with it, eventually you will become better and achieve results.

I will mention here, that your intention is very important. Below are instructions to connect with your guide. I use the mirror for lots of things, and it is always wise to seek proper counsel and research any magical practice before going ahead.

If possible, do this at dusk, with just the one candle to offer light. Night time with all the lights off is no good, as then it will be too dark. So soft lighting is best.

Sit in front of your mirror with a candle in between you, placed slightly to the right.

Focus your gaze, softly, on your third eye – the place just above and in the middle of your eyebrows.

Ground yourself and imagine a bubble of protection around you. Only ever work in the light and with energies that are conducive to your own – the highest and the purest, in perfect love and perfect trust.

Make your intention clear, and breathe evenly and deeply, clearing your thoughts of all clutter and focusing only at the mirror and your intention. State, in your mind, that you are protected. Invite your guide to show themselves in the mirror, in your reflection.

You may have to repeat this several times. Watch as your face changes. Feel the differences in the energy around you – this will be their energy. Feel the difference in the energy within you – this is your energy when a clear connection is made with your guide.

After you have explored the energies and seen your guide, remember to say thank you and goodbye. Ground and centre yourself and blow out the candle.

It’s always wise to get a drink of water afterwards. Write your experience in a journal/notebook/bos, etc.

The more you do this, the more information will come through, and the more you’ll notice your guide’s energies in everyday life.

Enjoy! x


April A-Z

So I missed signing up to the A-Z this year, I missed the first couple of weeks of April entirely! No, I haven’t been sleeping – I’ve actually been writing. Ooh, I know, it’s been a while right? But… As ever, there are reasons!

Reason the first – I broke my phone. Smashed it up nice and good. My beautiful new, shiny and gold HTC phone. I dropped it out of my bag onto a road with gravel, screen down. I really don’t think I’ve ever been so upset at breaking a thing, (a material thing) in my whole life. (well, there was my grandmothers soup dish, but I got over that one quite quickly in comparison!). My phone though, oh my phone. It’s been in the repair shop now for a month. A MONTH! It’s safe to say, I am lost without it – I had transferred my life onto that phone, so no internet for me as I went onto a payg phone, and I’m not paying for extra credit for the interweb!

Reason the second – My laptop finally died. Bless. My wonderful son, however, stripped his old laptop down and gave it to me. Oh, it’s purty! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all fancy and new, it’s quite old now, in computer terms, but it doesn’t need to be propped up, or plugged in for several hours before I can use it – in fact, it doesn’t need to be plugged in at all – the battery actually works! This has created quite a world of wonder for me. I’ve been out in the garden with it, sitting in the sun, writing! I do still have to organise all of my documents, and the photo’s? I’ve just got too many, so I still have to sort through those before everything is organised to my liking, but hey, new computer. Happy Michelle 🙂

And finally, reason the third – My garden! Hubby and I have done a complete overhaul out there. We have been digging, and relaying the path, putting up new arches and an obelisk, transferring plants and sowing new seeds, all while plotting a vegetable patch. Phew! We’ve been very lucky with the weather recently, (you know I’ve been grinning with the sun shining, yay!) hence, the gardening.

All the above reasons are why I’ve been writing too. Time, because I don’t like spending money on a) insurance and b) pay as you go credit, which in turn means no more procrastinating on the net or gaming on my phone!

Organising documents on my computer has meant that I’ve forced myself to get rid of the rubbish, and edit! The sun has been shining, and I don’t need a plug = hello wonderful days of writing in nature!

Sincere apologies to those of you who I do usually get around to liking, and commenting on, I’m on my way I promise. Meanwhile, to all of you wonderful A-Z’ers well done, and keep it up, you’re doing great!

X

 


Archetypes: Hero

Third installment of this great series which looks at the archetypes of characters! Beautifully explained and it pushes you to get writing – even on those days when you’d rather just pull the quilt over your head! (Like today!)
Happy writing 🙂

Ariel Hudnall

Life is full of peril. Danger and darkness lurk the corners, and in our blackest moments, most of those journeys would fail if not for the Hero rising up to save the day. He–or she–is the final trump against evil: resilient, strong, and death-defying.

We experience most stories from the eyes of the Hero, and many follow the archetypical journey named after him. The Hero’s Journey, often used to describe works of fairy tale and fantasy (in particular), would not exist without this archetype, the most familiar of all of the Egos.



As I mentioned in prior posts in this series, this collection of posts deals with the archetypes first put forth by psychiatrist Carl Jung, and the use of these archetypes in fiction. Every post deals with the motivations, character profiles, and Shadows (or negatives) of each archetype. This week is the third of the Ego types: the Hero.

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THE TWELVE ARCHETYPES

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