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)

 

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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 
 

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

That Grimoire

 
THAT GRIMOIRE
 She’d found a key to bolted padlock,
 a mysterious latch, long ago forgot.
 Buried in cobwebs, smothered in dust,
 an olde book, infused of stale musk.
 

 Grimoire of incantations and spells,
 huge and black, where spirits dwelled. 
 It was almost as if he’d left his mark,
 rituals, metaphysics, hidden in dark.
 

 Parchment pages were brittle and torn,
 sketches penned before she was born.
 He’d been capable of difficult deeds,
 a kindly man, assisting in others needs. 
 

 He’d tell where your planets aligned,
 a learned gent in 19th century times.
 Dr John Harries, was a ‘cunning man’
 wizard, leading edge, or slight of hand?
 

 Incorporating medicine with astrology,
 some of these wonders are an anomaly.  
 Hmm.. she’d sighed, turning the pages;
 “Is this how witch craft has been fabled?”
 
Victoria Healing ~ 21.11.2020
 THAT GRIMOIRE 

John Harries was a 19th century Welsh ‘cunning man’ well known for medicine, surgery, astrology, and magic. His note book remains intact, and is available from the National Library of Wales.  Dr John ( a Harley Street practitioner) combined medicine with astrology (which must have seemed like magic to the ignorant) and a natural ability of second sight.  

https://www.library.wales/discover/digital-gallery/manuscripts/modern-period/john-harries-book-of-incantations#?

The term “cunning man” or “cunning woman” was most widely used in southern England and the Midlands, as well as in Wales

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cunning_folk#Britain

https://www.grimoire.org/person/john-harries/

Grimoire. Book of Spells

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

Image: Beatrix 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)

Goddess of the Witches

 COOKING QUEEN
 Ceridwen, from Welsh legends, was unique,
 Great wise Mother, if it is truth that you seek.
 An ode, to our dear Lady “Awen”
 of ancient origins who scribed “Amen”
 

 Shape shifter, in magickal gift of prophecy,
 wise and sacred, talented of philosophy.
 Back when in ancient times, it was trendy to be,
 gastronomically; a hot culinary cooking queen.
 

 Sprinkling herbs and stirring the pot around,
 for a year and a day, hubbly bubbly sounds.
 No cackling caws, our “Lady” she was!
 stirring her spoon making her family, broth.
 

 Return to sacred mists from veils of time,
 messages, betwixt and between the lines.
 “Behind the dark clouds, beams the sun,
 lessons we’ve learned; may obstacles be gone”
 

 Trust in yourself, that you cannot fail,
 wisdom and alchemy, inner sight to prevail.
 Victoria Healing ~ 26.10.2018
 COOKING QUEEN ~ CERIDWEN 
   

Often referred to as a “Cauldron Goddess” and “Goddess of the Witches”, Cerridwen is strongly associated with Samhain and Halloween.

https://ceridwencentre.co.uk/the-story-of-ceridwen/

Ceridwen was an enchantress in Welsh medieval legend:

 

The Night before Winter

Welsh ~ ‘Nos Calan Gaeaf’ in English means the night before  winter in Wales,

Nos Calan Gaeaf even influenced how Americans celebrate Halloween.

https://www.joincake.com/blog/calan-gaeaf/

 

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

Wise Women

 


WITCHY WOMEN
 Wedges of mauve, cauldrons of peach,
 daisy chains, lavender, bare feet.
 Treasures of pure natural things,
 swept along with breezes of wind. 
 
Herbal potions, cherry blossom pie, 
 crystal twinkles under moonlit sky.
 Wild woods and mountain streams,
 elixir of leaves gathered from trees.
 
Medicine women, midwives, healers, 
 empathetic, wise, kind teachers.
 Brave, intelligent, up to their deaths,
 in the 1542 “witch panic” inquests. 
 
Over 100,000 gone, never be forgotten,
 the way women were killed, was rotten.
 Yet, another excuse for oppression, 
 did human kind ever learn its lesson? 
 Victoria Healing ~ 2.11.2020
 MEDICINE WOMEN  

"It was not ‘witches’ who burned. It was women.” ~ Fia Forsström

After much debate over Halloween about our perception of witches, it’s got me to thinking… Why DO we call women, ‘witches’ and why are they promoted as old, ugly hags, who wear black pointy hats?

What do you imagine, when you hear of the word  witch?

First Woman Hanged in Wales

Gwen ferch Ellis was the first woman to be hanged

“It is clear from the evidence she was proud of her work as a healer.”

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/story-first-woman-hanged-wales-13816831

As historian Frances Timbers notes in her book, A History of Magic and Witchcraft, ‘witchcraft is a metaphor for oppression in an age in which persecution is an everyday occurrence somewhere in the world’.