Seaside Solstice

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View from the Banff Castle, located at the end of our street.

I have recently moved to Banff on the north east coast of Scotland.  We live in a house that was once a free school, built in 1803, with our office and workshop upstairs and our living space downstairs with a large cottage garden out back.  The coast here is wild and beautiful.  Dolphins regularly migrate through this part of the North sea at this time, and the days are long– dusk coming around midnight.

I am excited to see how my work will develop here– given the space and freedom this new living situation provides, as well as the rich inspiration the sea brings– every hour the colour shifts and moods produce a kaleidoscope of colours in the interplay of sea, sky and sunlight.

I plan to continue unpacking my altar today– what are you doing on this longest day?

Rising Sap & New Moons

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Imbolc is just a few days away, and it is one of my favourite days on the Wheel of the Year.  This year is comes aided by a new moon and I don’t know about you, but I can already feel the rising sap, up in my bones, as I look for the first snow drops to appear, heralding a change. Above I’ve chosen a selection of pieces that remind me of this energy– clockwise from the upper left– The Snowdrop Fairy Flower Earrings, The Mother Troll Amethyst Necklace, The Griffin Milk Earrings, The Gerd– a delicate sterling silver strand with faceted chrysoprase, the silver scent locket (what would you put inside to herald spring?) and lastly the Cosmic Hug pendant of Rose Quartz.

Tomorrow I’ll be putting together my altar, and cleaning and oiling all my tools in honour of the heathen Charming of the Plough.  I’ll give thanks to Brigid, who in the form of Brigantia, was the goddess of the tribal ancestors of this area– she was also the goddess of the forge, brewing and poetry; she has guided my hand in all these things and I am eternally grateful. What do you do to celebrate Imbolc and herald the first glimmerings of spring?

The Quickening Moon is here

 

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It’s almost here. This month’s full moon is dear to my heart, falling as it does near the Heathen celebration of the Blessing of the Plough and the pagan Imbolc, the day sacred to Brigid, goddess of creative fires, among many other things.  Tools are blessed this month, and I hope Brigid as well as the many wise dwarves who have forged for the Gods may bless my tools I use for forging.  This year I plan to make friends with fire and solder, and may they bless this also.

This month’s moon has many names, but I love the Quickening Moon as this is the time of year we can feel the lunar pull on the seeds and plants that have lain dormant all winter. Sure, the sun might be coaxing them out but while they are laying in darkness, the moon that rules the tides and our own emotions is sure to be doing her own magic to bring out life again!

To celebrate this esbat I am offering 20% off from Feb 21st-23rd in the Quickening Moon collection in my independent shop. Use coupon code QUICKENING16

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