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13 February 2015
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.
17 September 2014
Another gorgeous day out doing guided walks for Arthur, this time around Glen Finglas with 4 lovely couples. Lots of nice mushrooms to talk about, but not many rowan berries this year. This is said to foretell a mild winter, but I'm not sure as there were loads of berries last year and then we had lots of rain and no snow - lots of wind though but we will have to wait and see. This month has been an unusually dry one, you can usually only see the trees on the island pictured below in the Glen Finglas Reservoir!
08 September 2014
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.
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.
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!
The rain was still on and had made the river forth too wacky to race on, so we did another Chocolate Quest, this time about Trees. We just about had enough chocolate bars, phew. Ever since Aiden said about the number 13 (as he was born on Friday 13th) I keep seeing that number - 13 on this session and 13 on the wand session this afternoon. It's been lucky so far though :-).
05 July 2014
This week's Chocolate Quest theme was trees. Young Ross was excited to find a Leprechaun house in Teapot Wood, although he said when he did find a leprechaun he would steal its gold and not share it with anyone!
The team were quite good on the questions, Adam got this one right:
What is the name of the nature spirit who resides in a tree?
I think the trees enjoyed it this week as the Willow by the playpark got 3 hugs as forfeits :-).
Artwork - Fatalis Sacristia
Ross's twin Todd designed an impressive geometric shape for his face, I couldn't resist the glitter to make it more magical and mystical.
Ross and Todd's family joined us for the Bushcraft session, Janey and Adam were excellent fire starters and we all loved the delicious bilberries, mmmmm.
Wands from left: Jordan's Hazel, Moira's Hazel, Chantelle's Hawthorn and Will's Hazel.
We escaped the midges on the site to explore the magic of the forest at dusk. Jordan taught us yet another use for rush-lite, using it like a needle and thread, amazing stuff! The bats made a welcome appearance at about 10:30pm, but it still wasn't quite dark enough for the water bats.
29 June 2014
Lovely magickal session in the Ranger's Tent, hiding away from all the midges. In addition to these wands, Amy made a lovely pink Rowan wand and Molly a Hazel.
Euan's magickal Hawthorn wand complete with a moose as a power animal.
Lokhlan's Hazel wand with 'Parcel Tongue' burnt into the wand. Lokhlan made a lovely holder for his wand too, although he lost it temporarily whilst finishing off his raft for the race. Not to worry though, I did a spell to find it and back it came :-)
Lokhlan's Mum, Louise made this lovely coloured Rowan wand, a great wand for protection in addition to the protecting symbol of the pentagram too. Wishing you happy coincidences to ensue :-)