Category: Autumn

Scarcity, sand and soup

This morning, I drew cards from three decks. A tarot card, (then another,) from The Collective Tarot. An oracle card, from Dori Midnight’s Dirty Tarot. And a crystal card from the Crystal Portraits deck: Five of Bones Here’s a card I’ve seen in my own readings fairly regularly over the past year. In The Collective …

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Baking a loaf for Lammas

In the wheel of the year tradition, tomorrow – August 1st – is Lughnasadh (pronounced ‘lunasa’) or Lammas. This festival marks the start of the harvest season. The fields are full and so are the trees and bushes. Traditionally speaking, we are digging up the vegetables, harvesting grain and fruit, baking the first loaf of …

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Sweet spirit buns

I’ve been baking! Yes it’s true. Pies aside, it’s been a while. This morning, I made some ‘soul cakes’ for the Halloween/Samhain feast I’m going to tomorrow. Briefly, on All Soul’s Day, poor children would go house to house in wealthier areas, offering prayers for the families’ dead in return for spiced fruit buns called soul …

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Honouring our ancestors – a Samhain feast

On Saturday - November 1st, my friend and I are hosting a samhain/halloween feast. Friends will gather to eat and drink and feel warm together as the nights draw in, as winter envelops us. Samhain traditionally marks the pagan new year - or at least, the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It's a time when 'the veil between this world and 'the other' is thin and we are closer to the dead than we usually feel. And we're going to honour our ancestors. Here's what we'll do at our feast.

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Draw near to the hearth – Eight of Bows

What is a hearth, to you? Is it an image of the fireside, cats curled in the glow? A bonfire, a beach fire, a fireplace? Friends gathered around… or flickering solitude? Rubbing your hands to get warm, or curled in a blanket with a book and a whiskey? However you go fireside, now is the season …

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All change

September, my personal 'new year' month, has been a real ride. So much has happened in the past four weeks and today, finally, I have a day to myself to gently think it all over and reflect on the changes within me.
It's time to do some tarot.

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The elements of the year

As we move from summer into autumn I feel myself becoming more aware of seasons – both external and internal. I feel more sensitive to the changes taking place around me, but also within myself. The joyous bounding around and fiery energy of summer is fading with the warmth of those months, to be replaced by …

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