Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Twelve Wild Swans


I've had this book on my Kobo for roughly five years now and never really got any further than the introduction (my bad)... but in meditation earlier today I kept hearing the words Twelve Wild Swans and when I turned my Kobo on to charge it up for later on - this was the first book on the home page.... so I guess it's time I went a bit further than page 30!

For anyone interested here is Amazon's blurb about the book.....

Starhawk and Hilary Valentine, renowned leaders in the Wicca movement, use the transformative fairy tale of The Twelve Wild Swans to teach an advanced class on magic. More significantly, this is an introduction to a mature level of Wicca called "Reclaiming"--a model of witchcraft that blends magic, personal growth and activism. The book begins with the first chapter of the fairytale, in which a foolish queen wishes to exchange her 12 sons for a daughter. An old woman "dressed all in black" overhears the queen and makes the wish come true--granting the queen a daughter but turning her sons into wild swans.
From here the coauthors launch into a back-and forth structure of telling the story and then stopping to show how it applies to a witch's initiation and transformation. For example, we all must leave the castle in order to heal our past. We all must spend some time wandering in the wilderness before finding our true home and we all must conquer some form of "wicked vows" before we can reach full maturity. These are wise leaders and strong guides--well worth following on this life-altering fairytale. --Tara West

So, as this morning I was drawn to pull cards to do a bit more journalling, I thought it might be a good idea (make me accountable) to blog my experiences as I work through this book.  It may be something that 'dies a death' or it may be a life changing experience - who knows, but I'm excited to start.... 

Til next time 

x x x

It's been a while.....

Well, it's definitely been a while since I last blogged anything.  Life has had a habit of throwing me a few curve balls lately, however, you can't keep a good Witch down for too long - we have the tools and the faith to make it through...... so they say!

Anyway, today I decided to do a card draw, the first time in well over a few months, and I must say I was a wee bit nervous as I didn't know if I still had it in me!

So, as the Universe is wont to do, it gave me two cards to think about today,  The first:


Faery Wishing Well (manifestation, Expectations, Offerings)

This card is particularly apt for me right now, as I've been doing a lot of wishing but not much in the way of manifesting those wishes, and you know what that say, if wishes were horses beggars would ride,.... I digress.  We all have big dreams, we all have small dreams and goals we want to achieve, but unless we do something to change our reality, then they will only stay as dreams.  I love a tidy house, I love it when the rooms are cosy and comfortable and the smell of the essential oil I use in the cleaning products is in the air - the reality is, unless I get off my butt and do the housework then the house is a jumble of bits and pieces all over the place with nothing being put away. Dreaming is all well and good but you need to inject some effort into that dream to make it a reality so that the Universe can help bring in the good stuff that we are all able to tap into - so, today instead of just wishing for my house to be tidy - we put the effort in and everyone is more settled and happier.   After this blog I shall go and tidy my Meditation room :)

The second card I pulled was:


Storykeeper (Tell your story, Legacy, Write your Wisdom)

Well, what can I say about this card - but yep, I've been thinking about my blog and putting off writing because............. well, who wants to read my waffle.  But, who knows, one day I might say something that would help someone in their time of need.  However, this card for me is not only about my blog, but about my journal keeping in general, I used to keep a offline diary when I was younger and writing down bits and pieces that you want to ponder on - or just get out of your head was often a brilliant way to solve any issues you had,  I then progressed to keeping an online journal in the online schools and that was great for interacting with people so they could share and offer other points of view.  Recently, well I don't do any journalling and that is what this card is saying to me i've been stuck in my own head for quite a while now and I need to get the clutter out so that I have room to see the real issues and solve them.

So, that's todays blog entry, now to de-clutter, tidy and refresh my meditation room and ponder some more on making my dreams my reality.

Til next time!

x x x