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When the Trust is Gone

RelationshipsTrust is a really important part of any relationship, whether it is of a romantic nature, with a family member, friend or even work colleague.

When that trust has been broken, you will likely feel all manner of emotions from hurt, betrayed to angry and confused. You may even start to look at all of your relationships in a different light, and wonder how you can trust again, especially when it comes to new people in your life.

If you have had your trust broken, then it can be helpful to have some strategies to cope with the situation: (more…)

Way’s to celebrate Valentine’s

Valentine's Love LettersWhatever your relationship status, there are ways to enjoy and celebrate the ultimate ‘love’ holiday – Valentine’s Day!

Handwritten letters

Receiving hand written correspondence has always been special, but nowadays it is even more so, as we spend so much time engaging via electronic means.

This Valentine’s Day why not send ‘love letter’s’ to your partner, family and friends by way of expressing what they mean to you all year round, not just during the Valentine’s period.

Hand written notes, are very personal, you have taken time to choose stationary and a pen to write with. The person gets to see the style of your hand writing. Messages are normally well thought out, but raw and honest – as there is no going back with a delete button. (more…)

Exploring Pilates

PilatesFor those of you that have explored yoga, but found that the more spiritual elements of the exercise didn’t suit, then it is worth taking a look at Pilates.

Making Room for Pilates

It maybe that you already have an exercise routine in place, whether that is cycling, swimming, football, HITT training etc, but research suggests that it is a good idea for both recovery and injury prevention to round out your fitness regime with a weekly class in something like Yoga or Pilates.

Pilates Founder

Pilates, is in itself a complete exercise method, it was named for the developer Joseph Pilates; born in Germany Joseph suffered ill-health as a child that left him distorted and frail. He was determined to overcome his disabilities, and studied Eastern and Western exercise approaches and would later move to England and have jobs as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. (more…)

Making Your Home Green Again

Indoor PlantsHaving house-plants had fallen out of favour in recent times, but now retro plants and having plants indoors is making a comeback.

It maybe that this bringing greenery inside trend has come about more from an interiors and design perspective, but in fact there are many reasons why having plants in the home can be good for your health. (more…)

Spiritual Glow

CandlesDecorating your home with candles, can be the perfect way to add a welcoming warmth to anyone visiting and of course for yourselves. There are now so many candles readily available to buy, from fragranced, to shapes, to a whole range of colours, that it can be difficult to know how to display them to best effect.

Where to put them

Candles offer a versatile decorating tool, you can use them to style a dining table, a fire mantlepiece, on kitchen countertops, on bookcases, a sideboard, hallway console tables – the places are endless. (more…)

Shake Up Your Christmas Traditions

Christmas TraditionsIf you think about the Christmas period, it is just jam-packed with traditions. Most likely you have incorporated many of the traditions that your parents had in their homes when you were growing up.

But sometimes doing Christmas, or just the season in general the exact same way that you have always done, can be a bit anti-climactic, and for the women it can often be a stressful and exhausting time.

So, why not try shaking up your old traditions:

• Why not try setting out something different for Santa and the reindeers. If you don’t like mince-pies, carrots and sherry – then make it brandy and cookies, or chocolate and gin/tonic!

• If you always open your presents before breakfast, then why not extend the suspense and open them after the Queens speech… (more…)

The Tradition of Christmas Cards

Christmas CardsI have to confess that I love sending cards, whether it is birthday cards, thank you cards, new home cards or Christmas cards. I like everything about the process, the occasion it is celebrating, picking a card that suits that person, and sending it off with good wishes.

But the advent of modern technology, has meant that more and more people rely on electronic communications to send their good tidings. There are some good reasons for this, environmentally there is paper and card, some of which can’t be recycled, postage costs, as well as the time and effort it takes, when we are ever increasingly feeling crunched for time. (more…)

Botanicals for the Skin

BotanicalsIf you have been shopping lately for skin products, you may well have noticed the uplift in items containing restorative botanicals. You might be more familiar with botanicals like Rosehip and Lavender than you think, as they have recently been popular for use in soft drinks like tonic and alcoholic drinks like gin, but in fact, these botanicals are also very useful for the skin, and have been used for generations, and their use in cosmetics is now being highlighted.

So, what does each botanical do?

Argan

Argan is commonly found as a hair oil, and this is for good reason, in Morocco where it originates, it is used to protect from dry desert conditions. It is a natural form of vitamin E, and as such it is a great botanical to consider in autumn and winter when we are suffering with cooler weather and central heated homes. It is great for sensitive skin, and those that are prone to redness. You will find it in products aimed at your hair, cuticles and skin. (more…)

The Magic of Trees – Part 2

The Magic of TreesAutumn is the perfect time to explore the magic around trees, if you missed the first part of this post then click here first…

That will allow you to explore the Alder (Fearn), Ash (Nuinn), Birch (Beith), Elder (Ruis), Hawthorn (Huathe) and Hazel (Coll) trees.

Holly, Oak, Rowan and Yew:

Holly (Tinne); according to Welsh legend, the Oak and Holly King fought on the 1st May for supremacy. Of course, the Holly King rules the waning period from midsummer to midwinter solstice. Many of us will associate holly with the symbol of Christ, and it is also a popular decoration for Christmas. But originally holly was sacred to the Celts and Celtic God Taranis who would have carried a club made of holly, representing his power as a Thunder Giant.

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The Magic of Trees – Part 1

The Magic of TreesSacred trees are found in most cultures, just think about bringing in evergreens into our homes for Christmas each year.

So, below we explore some of the trees with their Ogham name, alongside their magical associations.

Alder (Fearn) is known as the ‘tree of fire’, but also as ‘Bran the Blessed’, named for the eldest son of Llyr – the Oak Father. Its magical abilities are tied up in controlling the elements, specifically the four winds. Traditionally wooden whistles were carved from its wood, and were used to summon its security and control against the weather.

Ash (Nuinn) is associated with seafaring and deities of the sea, and was even used as a charm to guard against drowning. Staves of the tree have been used to keep snakes away, as well as to treat sick farm animals. But the tree has also been used for protection on the land, with Irish immigrants taking it with them to America to offer protection, following the potato famine.

Birch (Beith); this tree is sacred to Mother Goddess, symbolising spring, new beginnings and re-birth. It is believed that this is the first tree to grow again after the Ice Age, so is long revered. In some countries like Russia at times of the year such as Whitsun a birch tree will be dressed in female clothing, to pay homage to the Goddess and the coming of summer.

Elder (Ruis) is connected to ‘other dimensions’ and the seeing of other-worldly, ghosts and magical creatures, especially around May eve, and if wearing a crown of elder twigs. If fact the tree has long been used as a guise by witches! But for others like Native North American Indians the elder is simply a tree of music.

Hawthorn (Huathe) is associated with Mars, Thor and Thunder Gods! It was planted around sacred boundaries to act as a shield from both psychic and physical harm. That said it is considered to bring very bad luck, if you bring Hawthorn blossoms into a home other than on May morning. But the twigs are thought to have exceptional healing powers, but only if gathered on Ascension Day.

Hazel (Coll); hazel rods have been used for many reasons – the Druids believed they were symbolic of wise judgement and authority. But Irishmen that had settled in America used them to keep snakes away. Staves were used in Viking courts to mark the perimeter. In Wales a hazel cap was fashioned, when worn it was said to bring about wishes. The nuts have long been considered a sign of fertility and traditionally brides were given a bag, and it was not unheard of for people to use them almost like confetti.

Come back next week to explore the remaining trees.

Ref: Encyclopedia of Magic & Ancient Wisdom