a Little Genius

Image: Roald Dahl

Happy Gobble Funky Birthday 

Roald Dahl

 

Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales on this day 13 September (1916) He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. Dahl was a famous short story writer who became one of the most successful and beloved children’s writers of all time.

 

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Dahl has written many popular children’s stories. However, I never had the chance to read any of his stories as a child. It was much later in life that my Mom happened to discover these adventures. From James and the Giant Peach, The Min Pin’s to our most favourite proponent of magic: ‘Matilda Wormwood’. We were strangely mesmerised, feeling happy and understood. Comforted by the thought that ‘Goodness and kindness, will always overcome bad’

 

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER

We loved Matilda’s weavings of magic and the special powers that she held. She was someone we believed in and aspired to. She made us feel safe in knowing that  ‘We weren’t alone’  My Mom was my most treasured ‘Miss Honey’ and favourite teacher ‘

Although, I wish now, that I’d read this story, before I began school. Everyone back then had a field day, teasing me, because I was so small. How easy it was for them to be full of bravado when they were taller than me.

Image: Roald Dahl

 

MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE

In Numerology Roald Dahl’s Birth Date (13.9.1916) adds up to his Life Path of ’30’

Meaning: ‘3’ Creative. Expansive. Communicative. Diversified. Sociable. Dramatic. ‘0’ is the Universal force behind this expression.

Shining brilliantly as the brightest star in the heavens, sprinkling a little sparkle into the lives of many people. Idealistic with an interest in higher consciousness and prophecy. Skilful in the arts. Lover of writing, children and animals.

Would easily occupy the centre of the stage, as charming and agreeable.

 

 

‘There is no end to what you can invent if you put your mind to it. You can go on forever’ ~ Ophelia Dahl (Roald’s daughter)

 

If you are a lover of Magic, check this link …

Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001094/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Numerology Blueprint

Numerology and the Divine Triangle

Dusty Bunker and Faith Javane

The Secret Door

Cosplay – Steampunk Tinkerbell ~ Howie Muzika 2014
THE SECRET DOOR
She saw a glimpse of paradise in a butterfly,
brightly coloured flowers and dragonflies.
Where flocks of birds chirrup and sing,
extra sensual pleasures, to her, they bring.  

I don’t know, who didn’t tell you this,
another legend, that history has missed. 
Although, they do say, it is utterly true,
that there is a hidden portal to go through. 

An enchanted garden, across Welsh lakes, 
where our fair folk dwell, for goodness sake.
Envision your wildest, of fantasy dreams, 
of a world, that is as magickal as it seems. 

Using your prayers with good intentions,
whisper favours on the pure will of heaven.
Find the secret door, across invisible lake,
set forwards to holy island, of spritely fae. 

Known as the Welsh kingdom of the Tylwyth Teg,
the Fair Folk. There. Now. it has been said. 
A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of fun,
A little bit of laughter, the spell is begun.

Yet, woe betide, any who bring home, a token,
or the fair family’s blessings, will be broken.
Victoria Healing ~ 10.6.2021
The Secret Door
Image: Marlash.com

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Where are the Story Tellers?

‘Some day you will be old enough to start reading faery tales again’ ~ CS Lewis

As a young girl, I used to sit on my mother’s knee, listening to my (Welsh) great grandmother sharing wonderful stories, about the folklore of my ancestral history. Sadly, those days have long gone. However, I decided to research, where those stories originated from.

It has been a wonderful adventure. And so, in honour of my Great Grandmother, I have rewritten her stories, as memoirs, to be saved for my future generations, so that our ancestral links will never be lost.

What stories were you told by your grandmother?

 

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/pop-ins/ 

 

References:

SEEINGS AND DOINGS

WELSH FAERIES ~ Y Tylwyth Teg. 

Known anciently  as “Y Tylwyth Teg” which literally means “the fair folk”, Welsh faeries typically live in lakes or streams and sometimes in hill hollows. There are various tales of humans being trapped in the fairy realm and the intermarriage between faeries and humankind. ~ Nia Jones. The Spooky Isles) 

Welsh Fair Family ~ Tylwyth Teg  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylwyth_Teg

Welsh Faerie Tales

 http://www.fairyist.com/fairy-places/welsh-fairies/

The Door of the Tylwyth Teg

https://ztevetevans.wordpress.com/tag/tylwyth-teg/

FUN FACT

It was said, that if your little finger was crooked on the end, it was because you were descended from fairies. 

You have the same power available to you as the fairies do.  It starts with loving the Earth through your heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, but more important, through your actions.  The fairies can help you reconnect in a more intimate way with the Earth, and all they require is your willingness to pay attention to the trees and plant life around you and demonstrate your care. ~ Stephen D Farmer Ph.d 

They’re waiting for you

Spirits of Nature:

The real reason there’s a connection between fairies and witches is simple – nature. Fairies are the spirits of nature, so naturally when witches work with nature, they are working with fairies. 

Fairy Food and Libations: 

Traditionally, fairies loved sweets so anything you’ve baked at home is a perfect fairy offering.

Other Offerings

The fairies are appreciative of shiny things. Sparkly offerings like jewellery, crystals, stones, and glass are appropriate. Fairies like Celtic flute music, tinkly wind chimes, and people who care for the earth and wildlife. So make your gardening ventures an offering to the fey.

~ Otherworldly Oracle.

~ Pantheos 

Dip deep enough into the folk history of any European country and you will find stories about another folk who share our natural world.

Open the Door

Knock, Knock 

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From June 10 – July 7. 

Oak  ~ D’Duir ~ Door. 

The Tree of Life. Strength. Stabiliser. 

The Oak brings ~ Wisdom. Health. Luck. Prosperity. Protection. Endurance. Courage. Self determination.

A gateway to new understanding. 

OPEN THE DOOR
Great spirit of Oak, 
grant we courage and wisdom.
Knowledge and strength, 
in making our decisions.

And in each fortunate
and blessed opportunity.
We pray; your power of 
protection and security. 

May we enter the doorway, 
into your noble graces.
Which lead us towards,
ethereal and sacred places. 

May we listen in patience  
and clarity to your stories. 
In the kingdom of awareness 
and of your beneficent forces.
Victoria Healing ~ 8.6.2021
Open the Door: D’Duir  

References:

THE KING OF TREES

‘The Celtic word for Oak is “Duir” and the name “Druid” comes from a combination of the word “Duir” and the word “wyd” which means “to know.

Recognised as the trees of shamans; The doorway leading between the worlds. A portal to the divine.

Oak groves were used as sacred places of worship before churches came to be and the Druids are named after this holy tree’ ~ Heather Luna. The Oak and the Acorn

OAK TREE SYMBOLISM

Exploring Celtic Meaning Oak Tree and the Ogham: The oak is considered a cosmic storehouse of wisdom embodied within its towering strength.

Celtic Meaning: Oak Tree Symbolism in Ogham on Whats-Your …

SEVENTH MOON

The Oak Moon is the seventh Moon, also known as The Moon of Strength and is associated with  the Summer Solstice (in the Northern hemisphere) and the Winter Solstice (in the Southern hemisphere).

https://www.kathycrabbe.com/blog/2009/06/the-celtic-year-oak-moon

THE BATTLE OF THE TREES

The medieval Welsh poem Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) is believed to contain Celtic tree lore, possibly relating to the crann ogham, the branch of the ogham alphabet where tree names are used as mnemonic devices.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_sacred_trees   

CRANN OGHAM

In Welsh tradition Gwydion and Math use the flower of oak with broom to fashion the beautiful Blodeuwed

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2021/04/21/the-tree-of-life/    

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/beginnings-to-ends/

I believe in the magic of trees
 
Magickal properties:
‘Use Oak twigs fashioned into a pentagram as a decorative amulet, to protect your home, car or wherever you place it. Witches who work with the Fey, will find their efforts enhanced by using an Oak as portal. Oak faeries are brave and strong and if you ask respectfully, they can confer endurance” ~ Witches and Witchcraft. com 
 

Witch Words

 

Narrator:

‘What does the word witch mean?’ 

Me:

Face lights up … ‘Literally speaking’, it is the use of spelling.

 

WORD WITCHES:

Incorporate witchcraft into their writing and consider morning writing rituals as a form of magic. They usually research their own passions and interests. The Word Witch will very often have their own writing portal in their library, to practice their craft. They don’t always just use the library though. Many enjoy watching earthlings and taking long road trips in nature, as they scribble notes to take back to their sacred hub, to conjure word spells.

Image: Witches Gallery

Idea inspired by Joan-de-Art

Keep Reading:

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/wise-women/

 

‘Stirs the Ink well’

Living on the Edge:

In other words. Bard. *Barddoniaeth” Welsh: The whole towering edifice of poetic endeavour.  Poet. Verse Rhymester. Sonneteer. Lyricist.

The Word Witch ~ 21.5.2021

 

 



			
					

Send in the Butterflies

Learning to Fly ~ Art by  Iluka Art & Design [-o-]

LEARNING TO FLY

A purple butterfly emerges from her cocoon. The meeting places in her wings symbolise Family, carers, health workers & Community.

Artwork done for Art for Epilepsy Auction 2018. With all proceeds going to the Australian Epilepsy Foundation. 

This is one of my memory lane moments… sighs loudly…

How beautiful and kind of  Iluka Art & Design [-o-]  to  donate this stunning Purple Butterfly to Art for Epilepsy  at an Auction in 2018. Where all proceeds went to Epilepsy Action Australia 

When I see such generosity, I often wonder, 

how much was raised and how their donation helped? 

This has reminded me of my favourite Welsh saying:

‘Anfonwch y gloynnod byw’

Send in the Butterflies

Artist: Denise Garbis

Holy Shift

HOLY SHIFT

Beltane Blessings to all in the northern hemisphere and a Blessed Samhain to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere of Australia and South America who are edging towards winter.

‘Counting dates by moon and not the sun, knowing that in the cosmos, all circles, as one’

Turn the wheel of time, as you wish

BLESSED SAMHAIN
Southern Hemisphere ~ Friday, 30 April ends evening, of Saturday, 1 May 2021.
Cerridwyn ~ Goddess of the Witches
https://justsayins.wordpress.com/…/goddess-of-the-witches/

BELTANE BLESSINGS
in the Northern Hemisphere ~ Saturday, 1 May 2021.
Creiddylad ~ Summer Loving May Queen
https://justsayins.wordpress.com/…/summer-loving-may…/

The Celts knew well, the way of the stars and sea, observing nightly realms, in knowing, what was to be.

https://www.learnreligions.com/southern-hemisphere-moon…

Return to Innocence

Enigma

Art: Cerridwyn ~ Collette Barron-Reid

Clapping for Eggs

"Clap, clap, I am asking for an egg for the children, on the parish'" 


CLAPPING FOR EGGS

Hand in hand, children march Welsh streets,
banging wooden clappers, asking for Easter treats.
Chanting at doors ‘Can we please have an egg’?
grinning broadly, as they each customarily beg. 

Shirts untucked, stained dresses, hair ruffled,
around neighbourhood homes they’ve shuffled. 
‘Who do you belong to?’ The occupants quizzed,
‘Give my regards to Mam, it’s good service you give’

Happily excited, but now exhausted and tired,
the households, having awarded their desires. 
In their baskets, Easter treasures safely stored,
eggs of various sizes and colours, as reward. 

Returning home with their gatherings of loot,
Mom’s patted heads, praising her tired brood.
Shoelaces slapping wearily on wooden floors,
their Easter work done, now thank the Lord.
Victoria Healing ~ 5.4.2020
EGG CLAPPING

Image: Claire Roige Photography- Family photographer in Swansea, South Wales.

If the family in the house knew these small children, knew their siblings, and some were missing, they would also give them an egg for those brothers or sisters.

Happy Easter Monday

in Welsh: Dydd Llun Pasg Hapus

Apparently egg clapping is a traditional Welsh thing, they prefer an Egg Clap to a Egg hunt.

Egg Clapping

The Welsh term for this custom is ‘Clapio Wyau’.

The translation is in other words for those who are being cared for on the parish – in the workhouse or receiving some benefits to support them. During the 19th Century, children would collect hen eggs from generous farmers to fill the family pantry for the Easter celebrations.

Trick or treat tradition revived

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/old-anglesey-easter-trick-treat-12890507

Clapping for Eggs

https://museum.wales/blog/2020-03-31/Clapio-Wyau-Egg-Clapping/ 

Even though I have Welsh ancestors, I had never heard of this tradition before. Unfortunately a lot of our Welsh customs have been lost over time. I’ve had to research the Welsh museums for this information. There is no reference to egg clapping in Wiki, only a practice called egg tapping which has been taken from Europe to other countries. This is the only similar reference that I could find: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_tapping It’s interesting to compare other countries festivals. These remind me of the old castanets we used to play in musical classes at school. I found an original image of these clappers in a Welsh historical group, who said that: ‘This clapper belonged to my Uncle Norman, must be nearly a hundred years old now’ 

Image: Original hand made wooden Clapper, which is over 100 years old

Wales has many of its own traditions for celebrating Easter.

https://thetab.com/uk/cardiff/2021/04/02/here-are-the-welsh-easter-traditions-you-need-to-know-about-57528

Bulls Eye

Image: Pleiadian Stars 
  BULLS EYE
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‘By the Gods, it’s all of them’
 he’d shouted;
 .
 How could they have doubted?
 .
 At a distance of 444.2 light years;
 closest constellation cluster to earth.
 In eye of Taurus of great central sun,
 the essence of cosmos rises up AN/ON.
 .
 Sacred solar heavenly wheels turn,
 new octaves of experience, learned.
 Starry infusions of greater reality,
 attaining of freedom and mastery.
 .
 Merging magnetic veils at last,
 Aeons of preparation, have passed.
 Hey diddle, diddle, Taranis of skies,
 turning about cosmic circles of life.
 .
 God of thunder, powers of lightening,
 celestial forces,  perpetual reuniting. 
 Benevolent ‘Sky Wheel God’ of virility,
 vital for wealth, health and fertility.  
 .
 Sound the bronze Druid’s horn,
 mimic the rumbling of bull’s roar.
 Spiral dances, dream all awake,
 the choice is yours, to partake. 
 .
 Pleiadians of ‘Seven Sisters realms’
 ‘Bid you God speed and fare thee well’ 
 .
 Victoria Healing 2.3.2021
 BULLS EYE 

Taranis ~ at the Bull Ring ~ Birmingham, UK

‘We are seven sisters, 

twinkling all in one, above the back of Taurus.

We are dancing for the moon.

We are shining in the sky.’ ~ Pleiadian Stars 

References:

Meet Taurus

Zodiac Zone: Meet Taurus ♉

Pleiades:

500 light years from planet Earth is a small cluster of seven stars located in the” Constellation of Taurus of the Bull” known as Pleiades. The cluster is actually the eye of the bull in the constellation of Taurus.

The distance to the Pleiades can be used as a key first step to calibrate the cosmic distance ladder. As the cluster is relatively close to the Earth,

The name “seven sisters” has been used for the Pleiades in the languages of many cultures, including indigenous groups of AustraliaNorth America and Siberia. This suggests that the name may have a common ancient origin.[40]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades#Folklore_and_mythology

Taranis: 

Forming the profile of a Bull’s face is a V or K-shaped asterism of stars. 

In Celtic mythology Taranis was the mighty god of thunder. In Welsh and Breton the word for thunder is taran.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taranis#Etymology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_(constellation)#Features

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“I am the child of earth and starry heaven.” – Petelia Tablet 

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Hypothetically Speaking:

Image: The Dish. David Magro Photography

‘Hey diddle, diddle’ nursery rhyme.

Among these origin stories are: that the figures in the rhyme refer to constellations in the night sky: Cow – Taurus, the Bull. The Dog: ~ Canis minor ~ The Dog Star. 

DRUID ANIMAL ORACLE

Bull: Wealth. Beneficience. Potency

~ Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm  

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/time-of-our-lives/

Ashes to Ashes

 

ASHES TO ASHES
 From roots firmly planted in ground,
 entwined in earth’s heavenly surrounds.
 Courting flashes of lightening strikes,
 dear hallowed tree of sacred rites.
 

 World tree Yggdrasil of Druids staff,
 what you offer will come back.
 Pillar of strength, balance and fertility,
 magickal inspirations of ingenuity,
 

 Awareness of your self in the world,
 is how interconnectedness returns.
 Like casting stones into a pond,
 creating ripples swirling on and on.
 

 I am a spirit tree said the Ash,
 ‘what you offer will come back’
 Stand headstrong, in eye of storm,
 into conflicts, never be drawn.
 

 Be grounded and of belonging,
 this is how spirit of light gets in.  
 Victoria Healing ~ 25.2.2021
 ASHES TO ASHES  

Celtic Tree of the Month

Ash ~ Feb 18 to March 17 

Ogham Name: Nion. Meaning Heaven. 

Tree Meaning: Connection, Wisdom, Surrender 

Ash is the world tree, Yggdrasil. This is a symbol of passage between the worlds, creativity and connections, as the world tree connects us all. It reminds us we should be mindful of our actions because for each action there is a consequence that can effect others as well as ourselves. 

References:

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Ash.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_tree

Journey through Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil Midgard (Old Norse: “Miðgarðr”) “middle earth” is located in the middle of the world, below Asgard. Midgard and Asgard are connected by Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge. Midgard is surrounded by a huge ocean that is impassable.

The Ocean is occupied by a huge sea serpent, the Midgard Serpent. The Midgard serpent is so huge that it encircles the world entirely, and biting its own tail. Odin and his two brothers Vili and Ve created the humans from an Ash log, the man and from an elm log, the woman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midgard#Old_Norse

Image: Magic Sojourner

Witch Crafting

 
 WITCH CRAFTING
 Some preferred a dog to a cat,
 china teapot lids, as pointy hats.
 Cupcakes, candy, perle cottons,
 silk threads wound on bobbins.
 

 Red, blue, pink, yellow and green,
 vibrant images of cheerful scenes.  
 Immersed on the edges of infinity,
 embroidering stitches into divinity.  
 

 Sewing is the women’s work of yore,
 X stitch counting and keeping score.
 Grids, charts, holes and squares, 
 multicoloured pictures sewn with care.
 

 Thousand times crossing each stitch,
 in days of old, accused as a 'so called' witch. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 28.11.2020
 WITCH  CRAFTING 

Bodkin — There is a long historical connection between women and sewing, as sewing is women’s work of yore. With this in mind, it probably makes some sort of sick sense than a sewing instrument would be used to torture so-called witches.

Some cross-stitchers have commented on the way that the practice of embroidery makes them feel connected to the women who practised it before them.[24] There is a push for all embroidery, including cross-stitch, to be respected as a significant art form.[25]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pricking

Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-stitch

Image: The Art of Brian Kesinger