The Flower Moon

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Happy full moon Witches! May’s full moon is known as the Flower Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac this is because May “marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.” Exciting times, huh? Of course, the Flower Moon is about more than just a pretty name. It’s a time of blossoming, both inward and outward. Unless you walk around with your eyes closed (very ill advised) you’ve probably noticed nature is putting on a whole beautiful display for us at the moment. The flowers are in bloom, the trees are verdant and everything just looks that little bit more vibrant with the sunlight shining on it. Since we too are a part of nature you should notice a little inner blossoming going on too. We are in tune with nature and our minds, bodies and souls should reflect at least a little of what is going on outside. Whether it’s just the warmth and the longer days, that extra boost of vitamin D, or the joy of seeing so many beautiful flowers around, many of us feel generally happier, healthier and more energised around this time of year. We are fast approaching the mid-point of the year (I know, it’s scaring me too!) which means the literal and figurative seeds we have planted earlier in the year are beginning to bear fruits. Now is a great time to reassess your progress so far, celebrate how far you’ve come and sharpen your focus on what happens next. For some of us, we might realise we have wandered off the path a bit, or that a goal or project hasn’t turned out the way we imagined it would. That’s OK too! There’s still plenty of time to get back where we want to be or even start fresh if we have to. Use the blooming energy of the Flower Moon to manifest your dreams, however great or small. ‘Tis the season for hope and excitement. We have the whole summer ahead of us for fun, holidays and adventures. And speaking of adventures, this years Flower Moon is in Sagittarius so there’s even more excuse to take a leap, try something new and reach for your goals. Sagittarius is all about adventure, travel and the great outdoors so combined with the vibrant creative energy of the flower moon it should be a fun and exciting time for projects and playtime alike. For me personally I will be channelling this full moon energy into getting back to writing “The Cauldron Born” and hopefully bringing that to completion. I only have one small section to finish before I have a completed first draft so that’s super exciting. Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Flower Moon!

Garden Update

As mentioned in my previous post I’ve been spending a lot of time outside working in the garden today. Things are really starting to take shape out there and although the late spring has left us a little behind I think we are well on the way to catching up. It’s only our second year growing our own veg so we’ve still got lots to learn but I’m really loving it. There’s just something special about watching a plant you’ve grown from seed sprouting, blossoming and hopefully bearing fruit. Plus, home grown just tastes so much better. So I’ve been busy out there today re-potting, watering and feeding the plants. I thought it’d be nice to take a few photos so I can share where we’re at with everything so here’s a little photographic garden update.

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Courgettes are one my favourite things to grow (and eat!) They seem to do really well in our hit and miss UK climate. They do take up a lot of space which can be a bit of a problem if, like us, you have to grow everything in pots! We had great success with these last year though, so I’m hoping for the same again.

 

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Tomatoes are of course another gardener’s favourite. These ones are aptly named “Gardener’s Delight” but we’re also growing Moneymakers. I’ve been saving my egg shells and grinding them up to scatter around the base of the tomatoes as apparently the additional calcium is really good for them.

 

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This is my first attempt at growing beetroot and it’s been a bit of a mixed bag so far.  When I first planted them out a pesky squirrel dug a load of them up and buried them and unfortunately some of them were beyond saving. I managed to salvage two pots of them though and they seem to be doing well, if a bit damaged on the leaves!

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In our cold frame we’ve got more tomatoes, chillies and peppers and aubergines. It’s my first attempt growing peppers but they’re looking good so far. The two aubergine plants were given to me by a friend so it’ll be great if they bear fruit. We’ve got two varieties of chillies on the go, cayenne and fairy light, the latter of which was also a gift.

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Possibly my favourite plant in the garden is my lavender plant. We bought it from the garden centre last year and it has ballooned since we re-potted it. I’ve been gathering the dried flowers and using them in spells and remedies. Lavender is one for my favourite herbs for witchcraft, plus it spells divine!

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Nasturtiums have also been a victim of the squirrel attacks but fortunately I had a few extra so they hopefully these ones will fare OK! They have beautiful orange and yellow flowers that are lovely in salads.

 

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Our olive tree has a tonne of new growth on it. Last year it surprised us by growing three olives. Hopefully we’ll get even more this year.

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Our raspberry canes were also doing really well but now they seem to have developed raspberry rust which is a type of fungus that apparently can’t be cured. We were pretty devastated when we discovered it but we’re hoping it’ll still have plenty of fruit.

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Things seem to be going a bit better with the strawberry plants. They’ve got some beautiful flowers on them, can’t wait for the fruit!

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And finally, my very first attempt at growing sage from seed. It’s another of my favourite witchcraft herbs and is brilliant in various healing remedies so I’m really looking forward to using my very own homegrown!

Phew, there was even more stuff to post about than I thought. I’m sure there’s probably other stuff that I’ve missed out but I’ll leave it there for now. If there’s any other green fingered gardeners out there I’d love to know what you’re growing and you’re getting on. Happy Growing!

 

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.

Bank Holiday Fun!

I’ve been taking a little time off writing and blogging over the last few days to enjoy a much needed break and spend some time with friends and family. It’s been a glorious bank holiday weekend here in the U.K and the weather has been incredible. I spent Saturday with my boyfriend and a friend playing frisbee and basketball at the park and then had some lunch at our favourite Italian restaurant by the river. It’s called Biondi and it’s our go-to place as soon as the weather gets nice. We went to the garden centre on the way back as I wanted to pick up some flowers for the garden.

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It’s our second year growing our own vegetables and it has been a bit of a challenge so far. We’ve had such a late spring here and we lost a lot of our first round of crops to the cold weather. But as the weather has been picking up so too have our plants. This year we are growing courgettes, tomatoes, beetroot, chillis, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, raspberries and a load of different herbs and salad leaves.

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I spent the afternoon on Saturday planting in the new flowers and re-potting some of the vegetables, as well as having a general garden clean up. Things are finally taking shape out there and the little splash of colour that the flowers bring really makes a difference. I’ve been doing a little more today, re-potting courgettes into their final big pots and potting on some of the beetroots. It’s hard work sometimes but I enjoy any excuse to spend time outdoors and be amongst nature. Plus, gardening can be very therapeutic as it allows your mind time to wander.

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On the Sunday I went to a family BBQ at my aunts and enjoyed some quality time with my mums side of the family. It’s always lovely to catch up with everyone, particularly as the family doesn’t get together as often any more now all us kids are grown up and have flown the nest! It’s important to spend time with the people who know you well and reconnect with your roots.

On Monday we had yet another BBQ, this time with my boyfriends family. It was a much smaller and more low key affair so it enabled me to relax a little more. I’ve still been ill over the past five days and unfortunately I haven’t been resting and taking care of myself as much as I should have since we’ve been so busy. Now that I’m back at work and into a normal routine hopefully I’ll be able to recover properly.

It’s been good to take a break from the writing but I’m looking forward to getting stuck back in and getting the final chapter finished so I can start the editing process. I’m going to try and get at least a bit of writing done before I start work later this afternoon.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful, relaxing bank holiday weekend!

The Pink Moon / Full Moon in Scorpio

Happy Full Moon Day!  April’s full moon is known as The Pink Moon, so called because according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac it heralded the arrival of the first Spring flowers, the “moss pink” or “wild ground phlox”, for the Native Americans to whom we owe thanks for all our full moon names.

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Unfortunately this beautiful pink plant doesn’t grow in my part of the world but we have cherry blossom as a more than suitable alternative. Or, if like me you are lucky enough to have one right outside your door, Magnolia trees put out their gorgeous pink blossoms around this time, if only very briefly!

Other names for April’s full moon include Egg Moon, Fish Moon, or Grass Moon. If like me you’re in the UK, moonrise tonight should be around 7:38PM but as is often the way, the weather forecast is predicting it will be a cloudy night so we may not get the best view of our beloved lunar lady. But as always we know she is up there watching over us.

The Pink Moon is a great time for pulling up weeds and planting new crops underground, both literally and spiritually. Think out with the old, in with the new. Time to let go of the things that sap your energy and serve no useful purpose and make way for new beginnings and future growth. This ties in nicely with the fact that this full moon is in Scorpio. Full moon in Scorpio is all about death and rebirth, renewal and transformation so it’s the perfect time to let go of old resentments and start moving forward. Even something as simple as clearing out some old clutter or cleansing and charging your crystals would be a perfect way to honour the pink moon.

However you choose to mark the occasion it’s great opportunity to cleanse and refresh your energy ready for Beltane on Tuesday!

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Blessed be x