Where does time go?

BluebellsWe are well and truly in the midst of spring.

It’s a lovely feeling when our energy starts to wake up again at the beginning of February.  You can almost feel the life returning to your bones, and as the days go onwards and the weather starts to perk up a little we become more and more active.

I love those early days of spring where I find I have lots of ideas floating around, but I love this time of year even more.  The ideas that I was floating back in February are starting to come together now into something more concrete, ‘things which are actually happening’.  It feels exciting, and it’s great to be part of the flow,  working in tune with the rhythms of the year.  Not to mention that the bluebells are now starting to bloom too (that always gets me excited). Read more

Why autumn is the best time to see things through to completion

autumn blonde smlYesterday was the autumn equinox, also known as Mabon. On this is day of the year the dark and the light are in perfect balance with each other, the following day the dark hours start to increase as we head steadily towards the winter months.

I wrote a few months ago about how in shamanic culture it is believed that summer brings us into contact with the fire element, and how we can use this energy to support us in taking action so new projects and lifestyle changes can really get underway (you can read more about that here). Similarly autumn has its own element, and we see ourselves moving now into a time governed by water.

At this time of year we feel our energy naturally starting to drop off a little. When we work with water it brings us the strength and determination to keep going with things until they meet their natural end; so it supports us in seeing those new projects we started in the summer through to their completion. Read more

Reflections on death

reflections on deathMy continuing shamanic training has led me to examining death and dying over the last couple of months. Not just the big death, the time when we depart this earth as our life comes to an end, but also the small deaths, the endings of cycles and relationships.

I have been unfortunate enough to lose two of my siblings at what seemed an untimely age. Both died from terminal cancer and therefore in both cases we knew the end was coming.

We are conditioned in Western society to fear death. Read more

Introduction to Shamanism – Tripping the light fantastic (with no hallucinogens in sight)

20150322-_KAM6936“He (the Shaman) is a self-reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe.” Michael Harner (Anthropologist)

I have been on many journeys.  The one I wish to talk to you about today started four years ago, and is still in progress.  I didn’t realise back in 2011 that I was choosing to start this particular journey, and I certainly don’t know when it will end, but I’m sure as hell having the time of my life in the process.  Read more

Summer shakeup – Right now is the best time to get moving with new projects, and making changes in your life.

butterfly smallWe celebrated the summer solstice just a few short days ago which means we are at the height of summer right now (even if a glance outside the window may have you believing otherwise).

Traditionally according to the medicine wheel this puts us firmly in the position of the south, and the element of fire.  Fire is all about movement; at this time of year our energy is at its highest and our capacity for productivity is huge.  If you are ever wanting to undertake a new project, or change lifestyle habits, summer is often the best time to get these underway. Read more