Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Rune Draw - 30th January

Jera ~ Harvest

The time of waiting is upon us - we've sown the seed and now we need to wait paitiently for the fruit of our endevours .... Patience is a virtue!!!

Monday, 28 January 2013

New Look... Rune Draw 28th January

Well, I've changed the look of the blog - whaddya think??

I just thought it was time for a change, I dunno maybe I should call it a Spring Clean - I feel very different from when I chose the other 'skin'..........

Wunjo ~ Joy, Light

Run up the flags, hang out the bunting, let the joy and light into your life... Wunjo is here to tell you that now is the time you can fully enjoy being the authentic, wonderful, unique, perfect being that is YOU!!!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Invitations, Glitter and Glue

Today I shall be mainly focusing on designing an invitation to a friends birthday party .... not quite sure how I got 'roped' into doing this, but hey ho - it's out with the glitter, glue and crafty stuff - letting the Inner Child out to play!

It got me thinking - when I was younger my Mum and Dad had house parties every Christmas - I remember the frantic haste on the day to get the house spotless so that by the end of the night it looked like a bomb had hit... I remember cooking vol au vents and mashing eggs in with mayonaise to fill the cases, I remember the hours spent pinning cheese and pineapple on to sticks, and then following that with cheese and onions and on one memorable occasion getting very adventurous and spearing cheese pineapple AND onion!!!

I don't know why or when the parties fizzled out, but I now look back and realise that those parties taught me some valuable lessons in life - like how to moderate my drink so I didn't end up laying on the floor talking to a fireplace, how to dance with my skirt tucked into my belt so I didn't show my knickers while doing the can-can ... LOL .....

People seem to have forgotten how to have simple fun, to just kick back and chill without the aid of a laptop, iPhone, iPad or TV........... so today I'm going back to my childhood - I'm going to get out my glitter, glue and pencils and design an invitation .....

love Raven x x x

Friday, 25 January 2013

Poems, Poems and more Poems

I've had a poem published at Moon Books I'm so excited, daunted and more than a little dizzy .... this is the first step to getting more of my poems out there..

But, as I do, I got really doubtful that I would be any good, being honest when I read the other poems on there I felt like a fraud... there poems seemed so much longer and deeper than mine...

It wasn't until the lovely Tin explained that these other poets got up and got dressed by putting their pants on one leg at a time that I realised that I am more than capable!

I guess whenenver we start something new we wobble about being accepted and when you put a creative work out there it's like putting your head above the parapet waiting for someone to shoot the first arrow.  I know that there are some that are going to hate my work - and you know what - it's ok......... I am ok with that ......everyone is different, everyone is unique and everyone has something of value to offer....but if we all liked the same things - gosh, wouldn't that be a boring world!

love and blessings to all

Raven x x x

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Rune Draw 24 January

THURISAZ (Reversed) ~ Gateway

Is the gateway blocked, are you the one preventing yourself going forward through fear or self sabotage??  Fear of the unknown is often what stops us from achieving our still, wait awhile and all will be well.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Rune draw 23rd January

EHWAZ ~ Movement (Reversed) 

EHWAZ is the rune for movement and drawing it in reverse could indicate a lack of progress ..... or does it???   Not every opportunity is open to you, not every path is yours to follow.... what EHWAZ is really indicating is now is not a time to rush into  a project or venture, now is the time to reflect on what you really want ....remember what is yours will come to you!!! 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Poems and Unicorns

Well, what can I say - I woke up this morning to an email from Moon Book Publishing asking me if I would like to contribute to some poems to their blog ... cool or what!

I've been told by my KW Sisters that it's about time I did something with my poems and my hubby has always said I should get them published - but - it's the 'head above the parapet' syndrome, what if someone hates them?

Well, to that I say "to each their own" - I can't keep being scared to trust in the gifts the Divine has given me - to do that would not be to honour myself, or my faith.  So, watch this space for more poems .... who knows one day I may be published!

Tonight, when I came home from work I meditated - the house was silent and still and during my meditation I met my Unicorn

During my meditation the Unicorn touched my third eye with His horn... how do I know it's a boy, good question I don't, it just feels right!

According to - The Unicorn represents the development of intuition through visualization. The pointed or spiraling horn that projects from the brow of the unicorn symbolizes third eye opening. Unicorn totem indicates a need or desire for meditation and self exploration. Unicorns may very well be the most magickal of all the mystical totems. Legend says the blood of the Unicorn has healing properties, making it most valuable to anyone in need of healing.

Apparently, the Unicorn as a totem has the ability to make dreams come true and to develop personal power that is truely unlimited.

All I can say is He seemed to gentle and so 'knowing' and had such a wonderful aura that I didn't want to break my meditation but would rather have riden on His back along with my Goddess.

love and blessings to all

Raven  x x x

Saturday, 19 January 2013


I think I should warn you this is apt to be a bit of a rant ....

What's got my dander up?? - so called Enlightened people that seem to think that they know everything!

Recently, I was accused of being a 'middle-age' woman playing at Witchcraft !!!! - yep, well one part of that is right - if I live to be 90 then I am indeed middle age - as to playing at Witchcraft ....WTF!! - who gives anyone the right to 'diss' anothers beliefs??

Now, if this had come from someone not involved in the Craft then maybe I would have laughed it off but it didn't it came from people that have nothing better to do it seems than to discuss me and my fellow Coven's practise!!

Apparently, having fun and enjoying our rituals means that we don't take it seriously enough - ohhh please - like the Gods and Goddess' don't have a sense of humour - and being honest - I much prefer the energy of a circle that is all 'engaged' than one where we are just stood around listening to someone 'preach' - but would I diss them - would I go out of my way to make my feelings known?? - no - I would just stop going to those rituals - to each their own path!

I've also been told that HP, HPS, ArchDruid's word is the word of God ..... OMGoddess - seriously??? - what a crock of poo - yes, I agree that the HP would have the final say, I respect my HP immensely, I go to her for guidance and seek out her counsel - but if she told me to jump the words "how high" would not be uttered - i'd first be asking why she wanted me to jump.... if I wanted a faith that dictated to me about what I can and can't do and had no respect for my thoughts and feelings then I would be going following a more 'mainstream' faith - I can't believe that anyone could say those words and believe them - and then in the next breath spout off about being in 'loving faith' where everyones thoughts are honoured!!!

My Sisters and I spend a lot of time discussing how we can bring the Craft to people with love and respect, we have been disrespected, ridiculed and put down - why??

Jealousy - pure and simple - we have formed a connection that others can not conceive of - and it's based on love, mutual respect and total honesty - a foreign concept to some!

I'm extremely angry that anyone would diss my practise, my Sisters, my faith without having actually spoken more than two words to me - I'm severely disappointed that these 'enlightened' beings would share our practise and then go off and gossip - if they didn't like our ritual - then stay away - no harm, no foul - but to gossip and chitter chatter and pull apart someone for the sake of a 'good conversation' - well, I find myself questioning how many others they have done this too - and how they can hold themselves morally higher than anyone else..........

My Sisters and I don't always get it right, but we try very, very hard to be welcoming and loving, we try very hard to make everyone feel at ease at our offline (and online) rituals and we inject fun and laughter into our rituals because at the end of the day they are a celebration of the love we have for the Gods and Goddess - a celebration doesn't have to be serious - in fact I'd go so far as to say it's a contradiction in terms!!!

I've been to quite a few offline rituals now - and standing in the circle listening to someone invoke My Lady while sounding bored out of their skull has really sucked the fun and wonder out of the day for me! But, until now I've kept my counsel on that as that is THEIR way of honouring the Goddess - it differs from mine and that is ok........... in fact it is more than ok - it is a glorious, wonderful way of being - because no way is the RIGHT way and no way is the WRONG way - it all comes down to personal choice - isn't that why we all follow this Path in the first place???

Each person has their right to live their Path as they see fit and that gladdens my heart - it is only the people that seem to think their word is law that upset me, the people that think because they have been on this Path for many years that they have the 'right' to dictate to others, and the people that use 'friendship' to manipulate others into doing what they want them to do .............

I would apologise for this blog - but these are my thoughts and feelings and being true to myself...

*rant over*

love, light, laughter and blessings to you all

Raven x x x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Moonlight (Reversed)

Moonlight is all about intuituion and drawing this card in reverse is telling you to let go, be free, and to stop over analyising the situation.

By second guessing ourselves we throw more obstacles in the way that actually exist - we are our own worse enemies....

Today I am going to go with the hunch - trust my intuition and know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing what I'm supposed to be doing to make my world rock!

love Raven x x x

Ode to Mum .........

 Mum - 13th January 1939 - 27th March 2012

My heart has healed, as time said it will do
But I know I'll never stop missing you
I yearn to feel your hug so much
Just one more day to feel your loving touch

Tears will come and release the grief
Our time together feels oh so brief
But, in my heart your love lingers on
And memories of you make me strong

Memories of you will make me smile
And I'll feel better in a little while
I see your face when I close my eyes
That's an image that never dies

I miss you Mum, I always will
But, my tears will stop and still
I only have to look around me
By my side is where you'll always be

Friday, 11 January 2013

Energy ........... what is it and how do I use it?

I have to be honest and say I am totally gobsmacked at the amount of Witches and Druids out there that have absolutely no idea how to feel the energy of a tree, crystal or person... to me it's the foundation of my Spiritual work - I can't meditate without raising or releasing energy, I can't cast a circle or raise a spell without first being conscious of both my and the surrounding areas energy....

And yet........ it seems that there are lots of us that do all those things without knowing how to control the energy they raise, and believe me they raise energy!!!

So, what is the energy I'm talking about - well, dear reader, unfortunately, I have to dispell a myth - energy is not the 'flash, bang, wallop' that comes from the end of Harry Potter's wand - energy is the subtle tingle in your fingers, the shiver that runs down your spine, the goosebumps that raise the hairs on your arms.

How do you raise energy, well, that's slightly misleading because the short answer is - you don't - energy is all around us - touch the adapter of your laptop and it's hot - that's the energy running through it - well, there is energy running through and around you 24/7 ... it can't be turned off - but it can be controlled!

When we cast a circle we are 'harnessing' the energy into our field of work, when we 'send' energy to a loved one or for healing we are directing the energy.... what we, in my opinon, should learn as one of the first lessons is how to control the energy we are using - leave the laptop on for days and you'll blow the adaptor - it will overheat ... and it's the same with Spiritual energy, if you don't learn how to work with it - you'll blow your own charger!!!!

Anyway, that's my waffle and mini rant over with .........

love and blessings to all

Raven x x x

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Embracing the Bubble

I have no idea where this blog is going to go - so, bear with me :)

I've read recently that someone I know is feeling so much better and feels like there is a small bubble of brightness in her life .... I'm paraphrasing .... and that she was scared to embrace it in case it burst!

And, as is my way, that got me thinking ........ what if instead of being afraid to embrace the bubble ... we leapt into it and immerse us with all the lovely, positive, wonder of it .... yes it may be fleeting, but.... think of the joy it will bring ...

Instead of waiting for it to burst, you'd be surrounded by all the love the Divine can show you in one moment - a perfect moment - a perfect present!

Following that thought, isn't that what we strive for - to live in the present - to let our cares and woes flow over and through us as a river flows to the sea - what makes us afraid to reach out and embrace joy - but seem to wrap ourselves in the false comfort of misery??

From now on I'm going to grab all the joy that comes my way, yes I may 'pop' the bubble but the emotion will be worth is - one bright, perfect moment is better than 10 days of doom and gloom - as one ray of sunshine is better than three days of rain!

So, bring on the bubbles!!!

love Raven x x x

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Come together .....

Today's draw is Come Together

"Love Needs To Be Shared" 
This card has got me thinking - how often do you tell your nearest and dearest that you love them? But, more importantly, how often do you show them?? 

The word love is used for so many things - I love crisps, I love tea, I love it when it rains, I love you! ..but when you get up and make a cup of tea without being asked for it, or you give some one a cuddle just for the heck of it - then that can mean so much more than a constant I love you! 

How many little things have you done lately to show your loved ones that you do love them, or have you just taken for granted that they 'know' how you feel as you are in the same room as them - it's little things that keep love alive - not just for partnerships but for friends as well - just a little hi, how are you? text can mean so much and takes so little time.

Make someone happy today and tell and show them how much you love them :) 

Love and blessings to all 

Raven x x x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Deep Freeze

Today I got back to doing my daily draw and as is my way I spoke to the Goddess first and today the discussion was about the way I was feeling a bit lost on my Path ... a bit disconnected and how I felt that I had lost my ' gifts'

So, I then picked up my cards and shuffled holding the thought in my head ..... what do I need to know today......

"Everything has its season.  Now is the time to put activity on hold while you rest"

This card is so apt for me, I've been so busy lately, what with one thing and another and I am convinced that my feelings of disconnection is because I have let the mundane takeover my life....

I have stopped taking the time to meditate and, well just to be me.....

So, today I am going to rest, relax and let what will!!!

Love Raven x x x

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2013 - More of the same and good things to come

Well, silly season has come and gone and it seemed that 2012 wasn't quite done with me....

Unfortunately, we suffered another loss as my MIL passed over to Summerlands ... I mourn her loss and yet I know that she is no longer suffering but has been reunited with her Husband who left us so long ago now...

So, my thoughts now turn to 2013 I believe this year is going to be bigger and better than last year ... I feel a shift in energy and I' ve felt all kinds of wobbly that I normal associate with a period of growth....

I' ve started reading again and  I've decided that I need to get back to doing my daily draws and then journaling them as I miss being able to look back on the wisdom I gained or the help I received as we know that mundania can take over at anytime!!!

I am also going to make myself the promise of updating this blog, at least once a week!!

We are going to be very busy at KW as well as we have some more things we want to introduce to the students and that will also enable us to grow on our personal journeys as we step outside the safe walls of our comfort zones!

I also need to spend sometime with my poetry .... I have always felt that my poems were ' not all that' but the response they have received on FB have me thinking that maybe it is just nerves getting the better of me ...... remind me .....what did I just say about comfort zones????

New Year .... New choices....New challenges...... New ME!!!!

Love and blessings to all

 Raven x x x