In the UK this years Autumn Equinox takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 2.31pm. Of course, as you know in the northern hemisphere it marks the official end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It marks the point at which the sun illuminates the northern and southern hemispheres equally.
This autumnal period is also associated with harvest, and harvest festivals. The Harvest Moon is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox period. The light this moon provided was used by farmers to work long into the night to bring in crops from the fields.
The Autumn Equinox increases the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis in northern hemisphere latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘Northern Lights’.
Pagans have three harvest festivals throughout the year, Lammas, Samhain and Mabon (which is the second). Mabon celebrates a plentiful harvest and a need to give thanks for abundance. It remembers that the bounty of Mother Earth should be celebrated and shared both literally and spiritually. (more…)
Recent events have created a slower world for many of us. For a while we couldn’t make plans, couldn’t say yes to every invitation – we had to learn to ‘be’.
If part of you has enjoyed not having an endlessly full diary, and a to-do list that never gets smaller. Then you might enjoy these practises as a way of being more mindful on a day-to-day basis.
Remember the small pleasures in life
Take a moment to make a list of 10-20 little things that bring you joy.
It could be putting some bird food in the garden for little friends that visit and sing.
Taking a bubble bath.
A hot drink and a biscuit.
Baking a treat.
A cheeky glass of wine a little earlier than normal.
You’ll know what makes you happy… Then when you are having a bit of a day, and need a welcome lift. Pull out your list and do one of the things – it’s as simple as that! (more…)
Feelings of anxiety have been a feature of many of our lives in recent months, we have all struggled with the impact of lock-down. The problem is, that even though the world is coming out of its restrictions. Many of us are still feeling anxious, this time about how to re-enter this new state of normal.
Living in a state of anxiety, limits our ability to be happy and eventually takes a toll on our body and mind and total well-being. Some people do seem to have more of a genetic tendency to having anxious feelings. Past traumas and being under stress for long periods can also make anxiety more likely.
But when you have reached the stage – that you are even worrying about worrying – then its time to take action!
Feelings of fear, are closely related to anxiety. Very often a person feeling anxious will do a number of things: (more…)
In recent weeks and months, there have been heart-breaking scenes across the world, of different origins. Most of us will have experienced a whole cacophony of emotions, as we have navigated these difficult waters.
Throughout this time, I have returned again and again to some simple things. One is a saying: ‘this too shall pass’, and the other is simply to have ‘hope’.
In a sea of uncertainty, it can be helpful to be reminded by the constancy’s in all of our lives. The sun will rise and fall each day, the seasons will turn before our eyes, the tides will ebb in and out… (more…)
For centuries honey has been discussed for its magical healing powers. Science has been slow to catch on, but now various institutions are researching the medicinal benefits. For example, everything from IBS, to wound healing to hay fever symptom relief.
Of course, we all know that Bees make honey, using nectar – a secretion from plants that has a sugary fluid texture. Therefore, honey is classified by region, depending on where the Bees have collected the plant nectar. (more…)
It’s natural at the moment that folk want to focus on their health and wellbeing. However, it’s easy for enthusiasm to wane after a while. So, it may help to have a fresh take on things. For example, thinking about the way you nourish your body, with plenty of fresh and unprocessed foods not only helps you become a healthier you, but it also assists in awakening your spirituality.
Certain foods enhance your intuition while helping you focus your energy so you are on the right spiritual path. Without these foods you may feel unstable, stressed, shaky and even start to experience vivid dreams.
Why not read through the foods and drinks that will support you on your spiritual path below, and see what you can introduce into your lifestyle (more…)
Did you keep a diary as a child? Or do you consider writing down the day-to-day activities of life slightly cringeworthy, aka – Bridget Jones?
Well, either way – now might be the perfect time to consider writing a journal. Life has changed for many of us recently, and a journal can be one way of getting our thoughts on paper. But journals can also be so much more than that:
Of course, a journal can act like a diary – as a record of the events of any given day, along with your emotions.
But they can also act as a reminder of your goals and ways you want to self-improve, as well as mark successes on your journey. (more…)
There is no doubt that the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in recently, will have increased our stress levels and in many cases caused feelings of anxiety.
Why not take this time to embrace some crystals, focusing on gems that can provide healing and aid in relaxation/boosting mood?
Using Amethyst crystals as part of your daily exercise, especially yoga and meditation will help calm any mental stress you are experiencing. You can also try sleeping with the stone under your pillow if anxieties are keeping you awake at night time. The crystal will promote mindfulness, and let feelings of peace radiate your body. (more…)
Easter is another key date that is celebrated in the Christian calendar. Unlike Christmas Day, when the event is celebrated on the 25th December every year, Easter Day is dependent on the full moon between the 22nd March and 25th April. This isn’t just a one-day celebration; it is a seven-day event, with the key days being Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and of course Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday has been and gone, but plays a significant part in Holy Week as it is when Jesus arrived on a donkey to Jerusalem and palm branches were being thrown at him. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, which is coincidently today and was Jesus’ last super with his Apostles, before his crucifixion. This is when Jesus broke some bread, handed it to his disciples and said “this is my body which is given for you”. Red wine was also shared between the Apostles and was a symbol of Jesus’ blood. Both the bread and the red wine are iconic symbols and represent the Holy Communion we know today. (more…)
Did you know that in the UK more flowers are sold for Mothering Sunday than for Valentine’s Day?
Mother’s Day wasn’t thought of until 1907, when Anna Jarvis from West Virginia held a memorial two years after her mother’s death and then campaigned for a recognised holiday in America. In 1914 she was successful and the national holiday is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May. In the UK the day is referred to as Mothering Sunday, it is a Christian holiday and as such is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Anna’s desire for the day was that it was not celebrated as a collective day, but that each family celebrated ‘their’ mother. It has become traditional to give cards and flowers, but also chocolates and perfume too. (more…)