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

Into the unknown

INTO THE UNKNOWN

‘You’ve  drawn a Blank’ 
‘What do you mean?’

Then where do I start?
where do I go? 

I don’t blinking know. 

Is this the beginning, or is that an end?
to trust in fortune, can I depend?
to surrender the limits, of all control;
is that the ultimate spiritual warriors goal?

Will I be abandoned? Will I fail?
will my fate and destiny, be taken away?
are positive powers, forever in heart,
by chance or luck, how do I start?

Odin's Blank Rune replied;
‘Hush’ 
Lucky is as lucky does;
just breathe, there is no rush’
Victoria Healing~26.4.2021
You’ve Drawn a Blank!

Inspired by:

The Book of Runes. ~ Ralph Blum 

The Blank Rune 

The Unknowable. The Divine. Odin.

“Sometimes we’re persuaded to relinquish control, and when this happens, time becomes more synchronic and coincidence more profound. It’s the same cosmic force, but without so many restrictions. This is when guardian angels can roll up their sleeves to say, ‘Now we’ve got food and shelter done, let’s get to work!

― Jan Golembiewski, Magic  

THE MAPMAKER OF DESTINY

‘Fate makes the map, but destiny is determined by the manner in which you engage your journey. Pay attention as your map unfolds’ ~ Collette Baron-Reid 

Do You Use Runes?

They can be made of different materials, including wood, stone, pebbles, crystals, bone or even metal.

Fill in the Blanks

http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/guide-runes

ME: What could possibly go wrong?

ANXIETY; I’m glad you asked. 

To stop anxiety, we have to stop our minds from time traveling.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201807/5-truths-about-anxiety-help-you-stay-present

Little Easter Witches

‘I wave a twig for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a prize for me’

LITTLE EASTER WITCHES  
Hungry smiles spread across their faces,
wishing to share in your good graces.
A treat for them, a blessing for you,
a fun tradition, of Easter witches crew. 

Cute freckled noses, red rosy cheeks,
visiting your home, to trick or treat.
This Easter Sunday be prepared;
with chocolate egg favours to share. 

When they knock, throw open the door,
greet them gladly, in stillness of hall. 
A prize of willow branch and rhyme take,
these good fortunes of home  will make. 
 
Return their favours with candy treats,
memories of their visit darling and sweet.    
Be witched and charmed in an instant,
Spellbound of little Finnish witches wisdom.

This, a glimpse into Nordic custom of globe, 
quite unlike but similar to our own. 
Victoria Healing ~ 1.4.2021
Little Easter Witches


Reading:

The witches recite a traditional rhyme at the door: 

‘I wave a twig for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a prize for me’

‘Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle’ __ Finland) 

https://finland.fi/life-society/wandering-witches-welcome-finnish-easter/

‘Happy Virvonta’

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

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

Image: Finnish Sisu 

 

Celtic Tree Month

Willow ~ The Tree of Enchantment

From April 15 – May 12. 

Hang loose

 

 

 

Eggstra Special

Happy Eostre Weekend

EGGSTRA SPECIAL
You can hunt them… you can roll them,
you can scramble, fry or boil them.
Wrap them up in pretty paper,
paint them in pretty symbols and regalia.
 
Some are made with chocolate and cream,
tied in the prettiest bows, you’ve ever seen.
Some are born and laid from hens,
others, imitations, sold by retail men.
 
In many cultures around the world,
the egg is symbolic of fertility and rebirth.
However, you could never take away,
the eggstra special origins of Eostre day. 

Easter customs were initiated by the Celts,
celebrating their Sun God’s at local festivals.
Honouring a rebirth of the dawn of new light,
following the dark of Winter’s cold and chilly nights.

So, when did the Easter bunny appear?
it’s written in the history of goddess Eostre. 
Victoria Healing ~ 31.3.2021 
Eggstra Special


 

Read More:

Have you ever wondered how this seemingly bizarre tradition came to be? The chocolate bunnies and eggs serve as a reminder of Easter’s ancient origins

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-15/the-origins-of-easter-from-pagan-roots-to-chocolate-eggs/8440134

The date of Easter is not fixed, but instead is governed by the phases of the moon – how pagan is that? All the fun things about Easter are pagan. Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism

Top Image: Australian Eggs

 

Image: Forever Conscious

Bulls Eye

Image: Pleiadian Stars 
  BULLS EYE
.
‘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

Welcome in the New

 
 WELCOME IN THE NEW
 She is fragile and gentle but strong,
 that is where many get her wrong.
 Ancient wisdom, forever young at heart,
 Birch tree in Ogham, heralds a new start.
 

 Aches and pains may heal and be gone,
 from the magical properties of this one. 
 Healing tonics when gathered; delicious. 
 cradle for baby and yule for Christmas.
 

 Spiky green leaves, silver white bark, 
 kindling of passions ignited from spark.
 Sweep away the old, welcome in the new,
 this is what Birch tree means to me and you.
 

 Twigs used for brooms, or tinder of fire,
 what then, flames your hearts desires?
 Victoria Healing ~ 15.12.2020.
 WELCOME IN THE NEW

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From December 24 – January 20. 

Birch Tree ~ The Achiever. 

Ogham Tree Meaning: Beginning. Renewal. Youth. Vision.

Birch is the first of the tree symbols, for the first moon cycle in the Ogham Tree Calendar. Known by the celts as Beith (pronounced ‘bay’) it is the symbol of new beginnings, regeneration, hope, new dawns and the promise of what is to come.

The druids carried birch bark with them as kindling.

http://www.ecoenchantments.co.uk/myogham_birchpage.html

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

WildCraft

WILDCRAFT
 He smelled of earth, grass and moss,
 ‘ordinary things’ of miracles we've forgot. 
 He spoke in spirit, of flowers and trees,
 magickal elixirs and poultice for disease. 
 

 Herbal tonics, for poor, common folk,
 super natural wild potions he composed. 
 Of hedgerow medicine, he was the best,
 a legacy gifted, in pharmaceutical quest. 
 

 Apothecary of roots, leaves and plants,
 wizard to all, in healths circumstance.
 Apple water and sweet rose hip teas,
 honey, wild clary, if you had a disease. 
 

 Rhiwallon’ legend is continued to this day,
 the first PHYSICIAN OF MYDDFAI, Wales.
 Trusted naturopath to Prince Rhys Gryg,
 he, wild crafter of herbage, berries and twig.  
 

 His wife, the mysterious, fae Lady of Lake,
 marital vows unwittingly, he’d forsake.
 Other world holistic secrets, she had left,
 to Rhiwallon and sons, a legacy manifest.  
 

 Place names in this legend are still seen, 
 natural cures, teaching modern medicine.
 I find it odd and a most bizarre twist of fate, 
 Merlin aka Myrddin was from the same place. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 17.11.2020
 WILDCRAFT 

“For every human illness there exists a natural cure”

“Take marigold, pound well with good wine, vinegar, strong mead or strong ale. It is a good preservative against the foreign pestilence called the plague”

~ Rhiwallon ~ Physicians of Myddfai 

PHYSICIANS OF MYDDFAI

Myddfai is a village in South Wales.  It was here that the first of the physicians practiced. His name was Rhiwallon and  his descendants are said to have continued his work, in an unbroken hereditary line, until the eighteenth century. The birth of modern medicine can be traced back to these Physicians of Myddfai.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physicians_of_Myddfai

Physicians of Myddfai and the Birth of Modern Medicine

The words are mine, the image chosen for its artistic impact.

Image: Merlin aka Myrddin  ~

‘Myrddin’ is also a name that was created, in accordance with early traditions, to explain the place name ‘Caer-fyrddin’ (Carmarthen)

Supurrstition’s

 
SUPURRSTITION'S
It is a terrible thing, 
an omen of bad luck brings. 
Abused, reviled and hated;
from the deceptions created. 
 
Black fur, deep green eyes,
how could they be despised?
A reminder of propaganda,
mistruths and slander. 
 
How did this come to be?
this being their tragic story. 
Ghastly, crazy superstitions,
over evil witch inquisitions. 
 
 What the devil’s fib is that?
 about harmless, kitty cats.
 would it come as any surprise,
 another concoction of porky pies.
 
 Pope Gregory IX, was a weird man, 
 ordering the kill of cats on land. 
 Konrad von Marburg, inquisitor,
 decided black cats were sinister. 
 
Cats accused as witches assistants,
more Marburg’s hocus pocus victims.
Is a black cat, fortunate or bad luck?
these hate crimes; all Marburg’s bluff. 
 
He being Infamous, for macabre deeds,
of which ‘luck’ sign, will YOU believe?
Victoria Healing ~ 14.11.2020
SUPURRSTITION'S  
Image: Cats 101 

The simple truth is that cats make the world a better place.

As Welsh folklore tells us: “It is very fortunate to have a thoroughly black cat on the premises” (Marie Trevelyan, 1909)

People passed down tales with the intent of dissuading people from being near black cats, as doing so would get you tortured and killed by the Inquisition. These stories then evolved into today’s superstitions.

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-satanic-ritual-behind-the-unlucky-black-cat-d8ef2575328b

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/04/02/the-vatican-and-cats/

Konrad von Marburg became a byword for sadism and the dark side of Catholicism. 

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