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On this site, as well as this blog page that covers various topics including the current Full Moon, you will find information on the many therapies, readings and workshops that I offer, alongside articles on pagan festivals, a full A-Z on the energies of crystals and more! Please contact me for more details about any of the articles and therapies or to arrange an appointment.

May the Blessings of the Grove by yours!

Something amazing to think about…

‘Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.’ Neil deGrasse Tyson

From Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) Facebook page

Image: “Double Arch” by Pablo Ruiz García. A stunning image of the arch of the Milky Way mirrored in a stone arch located in “La Hermida” gorge, in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain. As Above, So Below’!

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Quert/Apple Ogham Stave

Quert/Apple: ‘Wholeness begins with Healing from Within’

Weekly Ogham Reading:

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Coll/Hazel: Flow with the Wisdom, use it Wisely for the Greater Good’

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Saille/Willow: ‘The Goddess is Always with Me’

The First of October’s Full Moons

The first of two (yes two!) October Full Moons falls on October 1st at 21.06 GMT on the 10th degree of Aries, with the Sun on the opposite 10th degree of Libra.  It will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, according to astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt.

It is also a Micro Full Moon, which is when a Full Moon is near its farthest point from Earth (apogee).  Because a Micro Moon is further away, it looks approximately 14% smaller than a Supermoon. In addition, the illuminated area appears 30% smaller, appearing less bright. By the way, this month’s New Moon will be a Super New Moon, which occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee.

Fruits, vegetables and nuts, stored ready for the winter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, usually the October Full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, however every three years, the Hunter’s Moon is also the Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon nearest the September equinox.  For me, this first Full Moon is the Harvest Moon and the second one, the Hunter’s Moon as it gives more time to finish the grains, fruit, vegetable and nut harvests and for the various animals to fatten up before their slaughter.

All the plant gifts have been gathered, cut, threshed, picked, preserved, pickled and made into jams and chutneys to last through the long, cold dark days of winter.  The health of the tribe depends on the amount and quality of this harvest.  If it is not enough or of poor quality it will not sustain the weak, very young or very old through the winter.  If it is a severe winter, there would be many deaths.  A good crop of stores would enable many of the tribe to emerge into the spring.

This year will be the most challenging for many of us in recent times. Have you gathered in all that you need to sustain your tribe?  Do you have some that you can give to other tribes, or do you need the support of others to see you through the winter? 

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Ruis/Elder Ogham Stave

Ruis/Elder: ‘Seek the Ancestors’ and ‘Wear your Wisdom Lightly’

Life’s Purpose

Something to think about, especially in these challenging times. Think of the small things you have done from the heart and see how you are aligned to your life’s purpose…

Mabon Altar

Sharing my Mabon/Alban Elfed/Autumn Equinox Seasonal Altar…

My personal seasonal Altar for Mabon/Alban Elfed/Autumn Equinox

What can you see on the altar and how do you connect it to this season? What do you have on yours?

Mabon Blessings

May the Bounty of the Goddess and the Sacrifice of the God Balance and Guide you!

Sun setting in an Autumnal Wood

Third thoughts on the Mabon/Alban Elfed

There are many activities that are appropriate for this time of the year. Do any of them call to you?

Things to do to connect with this festival.

  • celebrate your abundance/harvest
  • collect seeds – mine are packaged and labelled
  • cook with seasonal produce
  • de-clutter
  • gather last of the herbs – my herbs for drying are safely stored, ready for use
  • make apple cake/pie/crumble – I’ve made an apple cake with apples from my tree
  • make rose hip syrup – I’ve just made mine!
  • make wine
  • offer libation of wine, cider etc. to the earth – I did this at the base of my apple tree
  • walk in fields/woods – frequently!

What can the energies of this festival help you with?

  • attaining harmony
  • being grateful
  • bringing balance
  • bringing equality
  • bringing prosperity/abundance
  • connecting to the underworld
  • giving thanks
  • let go before withdrawing (to emerge later)
  • sacrificing something
Leaves shudder
And blush at your passing, Lord
Remembering the days of summer
When you, Green and pollen bright
Danced in the warm, caressing winds
Proud and vital as the upthrusting oak.
But now the sword-edge of frost
Looms from the mist
Balancing night and day
A blade Poised at your throat.
You shudder,
And the leaves shudder with you.
You grip your heart to the branch
Savouring that one last touch
Then you leap Spiralling through the crisp air
As you dive upon the frost-blade
Dying the leaves
Red with your willing sacrifice.
You rise, your lips
Pale as the blade buried within you
And make your way to the darkened shore
At your feet, the leaves rustle and sigh
And shudder
And blush at your passing

~Lionrhod, Mabon 1994

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