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Magick Wand Workshop at Chi Coffee

Had a lovely evening with amazing people on my first wand workshop at Chi Coffee in North End, Portsmouth. An extra magickal evening too being Friday 13th! Friday was named after Freyja, the Norse Goddess of passion and fertility and 13 is linked to moon magick and the Divine feminine.  The Egyptians apparently believed that humans had twelve phases of life, the thirteenth being that of bliss and ascension.  Valentines Day tomorrow too so the love heart shaped stone I had recently found at the beach was perfect for the alter.  I learnt yesterday that the Romans had urns in which the ladies put their names inside so that the men could choose one randomly to be their sexual partners for the following year! This custom was traditionally carried out between 13th - 15th February. 

The alter was dedicated to the lovely snowdrop faeries - those dingle dongles, or February fairmaids are such a welcome sight after a dark, chilly winter :-).

Wands tonight were made from yew, hazel and holly - here are eight of the ten wands made, all ready for beautiful magick making! Thank you Jane at Chi Coffee for the venue, scrummy cake and drinks :-)

Next workshop here is 17th April, to book yourself in ring Jane at Chi on 02393 782412.



Activities at Forest Hills

Morning Stroll

We had a fabulous day, all starting off following Arthur from Trossachs Treks on his morning stroll so that we were ready to cover his walks there for the next two weeks while he is on holiday.  We some lovely people including a family from Deli who were kind enough to share some local plant uses, basil tea is a must apparantly!

Can you spot the third fish?

Then we met a lovely family on our Bushcraft walk, who were really refreshingly passionate, about everything really :-). They were especially interested in our Douglas fir tea and a recipe for Douglas fir chocolate pots for their new cafe 'The Black Douglas' - it's got to be done! Here is the recipe from The Forager's Kitchen by Fiona Bird.

Douglas Fir Chocolate Pots

What to forage and find:
Sprig Douglas fir, approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches (6-8 cm) in length, washed and dried
1 1/2 cups (300ml) light (single) cream
7 oz (200g) bittersweet (dark) chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
1 medium (small UK) egg
2 teaspoons Douglas Fir syrup (or pine sugar)

What to do:
1. Put the Douglas fir sprig and cream into a pan and scald it over a low heat. Do not allow the cream to boil. Set aside for an hour to allow the flavor to infuse and then remove the sprig.

2. Put the chocolate into a food processor and pulse to break it into small pieces. Take care: the machine may need to be held in place.

3. Reheat the cream (do not allow it to boil). Slowly pour the hot cream into the food processor and pulse, ensuring that the chocolate doesn't overflow down the sides of the machine. If you don't chop the chocolate first,  it may do this. So slowly does it.

4. Add the egg to the hot chocolate cream, blend and then add the Douglas fir syrup or pine sugar. Pour into pots and refrigerate until set.

Bat Walk

Then the day finished off nicely on our Bat Walk, out under the magic light of another supermoon.  Here is Jonathan the bat about to reveal himself again - the moon reveals us for what we really are!

Activities at Cobleland Campsite

This week's Chocolate Hunt was all about the Moon being that there is another Supermoon tomorrow, then we were off for a Bushcraft & Survival session with four pesky lads fascinated with fire. Luckily their Mum's were keeping them in check, although I'm sure they won't be thanking us as the kids will now be nagging them for a fire steel.

Magick Wands

Fourteen lovely wands today made from Willow and Hazel.  Morvin was back again, so here's her new willow wand, this time with a water faerie burnt into the wand to help her with her spells.




Activities at Cobleland Campsite

Darn it, the rain is back but that doesn't stop the fun here at Cobleland!

Chocolate Quest

Jenny and Ella-Grace, also regulars Darah & Jasmine joined us for the chocolate hunt - this weeks quest theme was the Moon.  This is Will's favourite subject and we thought it was fitting as the Supermoon, one of three this year was last week, also its the 45th anniversary of the moon landing.  I learnt something too, I had no idea the first animal in space was a tortoise! Poor thing was actually fired off to the moon to crach into it :-(. I always thought it was a dog then a monkey. 

Magick Wands 

This was a hectic one! But, my magickal helpers helped me out by switching the Harry Potter music to meditation music to help to chill everyone out a bit :-).

Gilbert and Florence's Silver Birch and Hazel wands. Florence's wand had an unusual split in the top which made for an impressive snake design.

Jenny's hazel wand, complete with butterfly, bear and dog energy for extra magick.

The others escaped the tent before I had a chance to photograph them but Ella-Grace went for protective Rowan, and Frankie, Sarah, Darah, Jasmine, Abbie, Lewis and Georgie all went for Hazel.

Bat Walk

It was too wet for the bat walk, but we still went out for half an hour with Jenny and her Dad, Graham as they came on our walk last year and had bought a bat detector to try out. We hunted out a few bats though despite getting wet feet and midgey bites.