The Last Bank Holiday

So it’s been a little while since I posted. Apologies for that, things have been crazy busy, mostly with work which has eaten into a lot of my creative energy. Of course we all have to work to afford to eat and keep a roof over our heads plus pay for nice things like new books and holidays. For my holiday this year I’ll be going to a festival in Portugal which I’m really looking forward to, though it isn’t ’till July so a little bit more waiting to do yet! I was in need of a bit of extra cash to use as spending money while I’m there as well as a few other things so I set out my intention to the universe and, as is usually this way, I was able to manifest the extra work I needed. This was certainly a good thing and I’m very appreciative of it but it has come at the expense of my writing, both on here and more importantly on my book. I just haven’t had the time or energy to dedicate to my creative outlets in the way I would have liked over the past two weeks but that’s the way of it sometimes and I’m certainly not going to dwell on the negative and beat myself up about it. I’m a firm believer that things usually happen as or when they are meant to and I’m looking forward to getting my teeth stick back into some writing this week so hopefully I’ll have some updates to send your way. It’s definitely a good week for pursuing my writing and hopefully bringing it a step closer to completion as it is the week of the The Flower Moon, May’s full moon which will be in Sagittarius. But more on that tomorrow.

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In the mean time, I’ve been enjoying the final May bank holiday weekend and a much needed break. Today’s Tarot card was The Empress and I’ve been manifesting that energy by looking after household concerns, cleaning and making the house beautiful, gardening and cooking. This might not sound like the most restful or enjoyable way to spend time but after spending a lot of time out and about over the past two weeks I’ve really enjoyed a bit of time focused on my home and getting things back in order. Plus the weather has been glorious here after a bit of an uninspiring start this morning. Spending time outside and in the garden always makes me feel revitalised and at my most peaceful and relaxed. A great way to start the week. I’ll hopefully be posting a garden update later for anyone that shares my green-fingered interests.

Fingers crossed I’ll be back to posting a little bit more regular this week so catch you then. Wishing you all a lovely and blessed evening.

Healing Spells

Beltane has passed and May is upon us. Here was me thinking the warmer days and the beginning of summer would herald the end of cold and flu season. How wrong was I! For the last couple of days I’ve had a nasty head cold/sore throat/general run down-ness. Most unfortunate, particularly over Beltane when I want to get down to some witchy fun and celebration! But looking on the bright side it’s a good excuse to practise some healing magic and incorporate another of my favourite activities: bath time! I’m an Aquarius and a total water baby so any excuse for a long soak in the tub works for me. I often use baths to prepare for rituals or just when I’m in need of some quiet thinking time. So today I’m trying out a healing bath.

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Water is an element of healing and purification so a healing bath is a wonderful way to help ease your ills. For this particular bath I used Epsom Salts which have detoxing properties. They are also great for easing stress and aches and pains. I also added a few drops of thyme oil. Thyme is an incredible healing herb and is a main stay in my witches garden. Among many others it’s properties include; antibacterial, anti-fungal, balancing hormones, anti-spasmodic, strengthening immune system, respiratory health and digestion. It’s a fantastic starting point for anyone interested in experimenting with herbal healing. To complement the thyme I put in a few drops of lemon balm oil which is anti-viral as well as having a lovely refreshing scent.

Before the bath I set up a few blue candles, blessing them with a healing spell as I lit them. This is a spell taken from my Book of Shadows and unfortunately I can’t remember where it originally came from so if anyone does know the source please do let me know so I can give credit where it’s due. The candle incantation is as follows:

“In the name of the Goddess, I charge this candle as a magical tool for healing.

┬áMagic mend and candle burn, sickness end, good health return.”

Once the bath is run and the candles charged and lit, I add the Epsom salts to the water with the following incantation:

“Into this water, power I send, my stress shall unwind, my body shall mend.”

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This particular incantation is adapted from the Bath Spells section of The Witches Circle which is well worth checking out as they have plenty of other great bath spells!

Once that is done all that is left to do is lie back, relax, and let the water soak away all your pains and ills. Whenever I use bath magic I always make a note to rinse the bath out afterwards to ensure any residual negative energy is washed away, as well as for basic hygiene of course! With this particular spell I also gave thanks to the water spirits when I was finished in the tub. It’s always good to show gratitude for any help you receive, even in times of illness. I’m already feeling much better after my healing bath, though not totally healed of course. We can’t expect miracles after all!

Just as a side note, I found this album of Healing Moon Chants was the perfect musical accompaniment.

Have a wonderful and blessed day x