Handfasting

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You might be wondering what a Handfasting is, it’s the pagan equivalent of a marriage ceremony. This ceremony is not a legally binding in the eyes of the law, it is however a binding contract to the couple on a deeper spiritual level.

The ceremony usually begins with everyone gathering at a selected spot, the area is then cleansed, swept with a broom to get rid of any negativity and turned into a sacred space.

The 4 elements,  Air, Fire, Water and Earth are called in, as well as the God and Goddess. Once this is done then the main ceremony begins.

The couple are led through their declaration of love and vows their hands are held together and bound loosely by a special set of Cords (usually Gold & Silver) however any colour is ok.

The couple then `jump the broom’ which is a symbol of hearth, home and fertility, as well as protection.

This act symbolises leaving the past is behind as they jump over the broom in to the future together.

During the celebrations other couples can get to jump the broom, which is held at knee height by specially designated people.

It is also traditional for the couple to bless the wedding cake & wine, meads, champagne etc, and all the family, friends & guests are invited to come forward and offer their own blessings.

How the rest of the ceremony then proceeds is really up to the couple.

The handfasting ceremony can be intimate and small  with the couple and a few family & friends, or a big festive event just like any other wedding ceremony with lots of people, entertainment and dancing.

The venues can vary from a local park, woodland, forest, a hall, a home garden, by a stream, near a waterfall or on the beach.

As pagans consider nature to be sacred usually they take place in woodlands or some natural setting.

The ceremony is usually an initiated by a High Priestess or someone involved in Wicca or other spiritual practices.

We like family & friends of the couple to help out and get involved with some of the ceremony by doing readings & poems.

It is important that some of the tools for the ceremony, especially the rings, cords and the broom not forgetting an altar which is created and decorated for the event.

The couple may have a wedding theme or dress code for their guests, a colourful dress for bride and suitable attire for the groom.

The venue which can be decorated with ribbons and flowers, the entertainment can be traditional musicians, drummers, violin & harp players, or even Morris Dancers. There are no rules all you need is imagination.

For more info on wedding & handfasting ceremonies visit my website – www.thespiritualcelebrant.co.uk

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Moon Magic & Manifesting Workshop

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As the Moon moves through her phases many of us feel the pull of energy.

Would you like to learn about the movements and phases of the moon, how it affects our personal energy and how this energy can be used to assist in your day to day life to manifest your dreams and wishes.

A guide to the 8 phases of the lunar cycle

A list of the dates and signs of the 13 new moons of 2019

How to do a monthly oracle or tarot card moon spread

How to boost your moon manifesting

Working with the elements at the moon

Full moon rituals

These are some of the subjects we will cover if you would like to attend this workshop send an email or message to put your name down.

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Moon Magic

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The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your working.

For example:
Aries/Action – Enthusiasm
Taurus/ Renewal – Sensuality
Gemini/Communication – Curiosity
Cancer/Emotion – Nurturing
Leo/Vitality – Determined
Virgo/Organizing – Studious
Libra/Balance – Cooperation
Scorpio/Sexual – Philosophical
Capricorn/Authority – Ambitious
Aquarius/Innovation Social
Pisces/Sensitivity – Idealistic.

Bear in mind that magickal workings for gain, increase or bringing things to you, should be initiated when the Moon is Waxing (from Dark to Full); when the Moon is Waning (from Full to Dark), it is time for magickal workings of decrease or sending away.

The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magickal workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magick.

Whenever possible, follow Nature’s natural Energy Currents. There is a natural time for starting things (a planting time), for
maturing things (a growing time), for reaping things ( a harvest time) and, of course, a time for rest and planning.

Flowing with these currents will make your magickal work much easier.

Astrological Moon Phases:

Moon in Aries is the best time to work magick involving leadership, authority, rebirth, spiritual conversion, or willpower. Healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Taurus is the best time to work magick for love, real estate, material acquisitions, and money. Healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, and ears are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Gemini is the best time to work magick for good communication, change of residence, writing, public relations, and travel. Healing rituals for ailments of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Leo is the best time to work magick involving authority, power over others, courage, fertility, or childbirth. Healing rituals for ailments of the upper back, spine, or heart are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Virgo is the best time to work magick involving employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual, or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Scorpio is the best time to work magick involving sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations. Healing rituals for ailments of the reproductive organs are also done during this period of time.

Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to work magick for publications, legal matters, travel, and truth. Healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips are also done at this time.

Moon in Capricorn is the best time to work magick for organization, ambition, recognition, career, and political matters. Healing rituals for the knees, bones, teeth, and skin are also done at this time.

Moon in Aquarius is the best time to work magick involving science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. Healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood are also done at this time.

Moon in Pisces is the best time to work magick involving dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, music, and the creative arts. Healing rituals for ailments of the feet or lymph glands are also done at this time.

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whats in store for you in 2019

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This 12 month card reading gives you unique insight and guidance about the entire year, month by month.

A tarot card reading can help give clarity to your clouded thoughts and will definitely help you to give a new perspective towards life. Everyone can use a little help during those distressing times or when we are not sure about which path to take.

So if you’re wondering what the cards hold for you in the upcoming year why not book your tarot reading for 2019 so that you know what the future has in store for you.

We all wonder if the New Year will be better than the year gone by, will our relationships be successful, or will I find the partner and could marriage be a possibility, will my financial situation get better this year, or maybe you’re looking for an exciting job opportunity.

Instead of worrying…

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The Crystal You Should Have, Based On Your Zodiac Sign.

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If you’re into both astrology and crystals like yours truly, then you know every zodiac sign is going to be dealing with different themes, challenges, and blessings through the duration of our planet’s next journey around the sun.  The vibes are definitely high, but there are lessons in store for all of us in 2019 nonetheless and crystal healing is a great way to offer you a little extra support and guidance.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Spirit Jasper

2019 is going to be about quality you time, Aries. Don’t spend too much time focusing on other people dedicate time away from the office to indulging yourself with self care. Spirit Jasper, a gentle, grounding crystal, is the perfect enhancer of self-love. It can help you see the positive qualities in yourself and accept them, which is exactly the attitude you should embrace in 2019.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Charoite

Spread your wings and fly in 2019, as you open your mind to claim your higher consciousness and spirituality get ready to soar through the year, Taurus. Charoite is the perfect consciousness expanding stone to work with during 2019. It’ll help enhance your crown chakra, which is your energetic centre for spiritual connection, and connect it with your heart chakra.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Black Kyanite

Learning boundaries in relationships will be challenging this year. However it will be essential for your partnerships to flourish. Black Kyanite is an amazing negativity clearing crystal. It’s extremely protective energetically, so it’ll help you identify toxic relationships and also shield you from bad vibes as you develop stronger boundaries throughout the year.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Angel Aura Quartz

Prepare for some shifts to take place when it comes to how you conduct your relationships, Cancer. Relationships may be complicated, as you are transforming partnerships this coming year, but don’t fear it this growth is all for the best. An uplifting stone like Angel Aura Quartz (which is clear quartz fused with platinum to create an iridescent, rainbow exterior) is perfect to sooth your soul as you embrace your growing pains and help guide you toward your next steps.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Iolite

2019 is your year to slow down and celebrate your past efforts, so a crystal like Iolite is the perfect companion for you in the coming year. Iolite is great for helping you shift your perspective and appreciate what you have, so use it to see the wonderful gifts you earned and feel gratitude for them. Allow this crystal to remind you to reflect on how you’ve arrived in the positive place that you are in because it’s truly a time to celebrate.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Amazonite

Your inner values are shifting, making way for new views and ideals. Change is a good thing, but it can be uncomfortable. A crystal like Amazonite is a super helpful tool for anyone embarking on a fresh chapter in their life. It promotes courage and strength, and is overall soothing to the spirit in the midst of transitions which will help make your shifts in 2019 a lot smoother.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Rose Quartz

Emotional and mental self care is going to be a theme for you this year, Libra, so make sure you prioritize it and indulge in it, and heal your heart and mind by taking time off from work. An ultra loving, compassion building crystal like Rose Quartz is a classic yet very effective heart healer. It can also help you to release emotional pain that you’ve been harbouring and forgive yourself and others as you heal old wounds.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Aragonite

The one lesson 2019 will teach you, is that you don’t always have to win every argument, find ways to harmoniously resolve matters. Aragonite is the perfect stone to help bring forth a calming, anxiety reducing energy of acceptance, which will help you navigate disagreements and other issues from a much more grounded place. You’ll be doing some major growth this year, and embracing the grounded vibe of Aragonite can help.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Carnelian

It’s time to boost your confidence, by healing the relationship you have with yourself. Carnelian is a stone as fiery as your ruling element and it’s an ideal tool for boosting confidence and creative energy. It also helps naturally guide you toward making positive choices and changes in your life, and will increase your self-respect something you’ll be working toward throughout the year.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Citrine

2019 is the time to believe in yourself and be courageous, don’t let fear hold you back, stand proud and strong as you assert yourself and move towards your desires. When it comes to dispelling fears and self-doubts, Citrine is a really powerful stone but it’s also great for helping motivate you to take action and manifest your dreams, which is what you’ll be all about in 2019.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Lapis Lazuli

This year is about quality over quantity when it comes to partnerships, friends may come and go, but this year you are filling your loving cup with good people who mutually support you, as you revamp your relations and separate the wheat from the chaff, the brilliantly Blue Lapis Lazuli which aligns well with your creative, intellectual vibe will be extra helpful in that it encourages truth and integrity in partnerships and keeps you grounded in the practical when making decisions.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Tiger’s Eye

2019 isn’t the time to be passive, stand up for yourself and make sure you receive the proper amount of money for your hard work, you earned it. Speak up on your own behalf with the help of the ever-powerful Tiger’s Eye crystal, which banishes self-doubt and fears. This crystal will help you to harness your inner tiger and get what you want and not be afraid to ask for it.

Aspects taken from the original article written Nina Khan.

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My Beautiful Spirit Messenger

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This morning I had a beautiful bird land on my bedroom window ledge it remained there for a few moments walking up and down it seemed to be looking in, it flew off and then came back again so I know I was meant to see it, I had enough time to admire its beautiful colouring  the window was open at the time so I quickly shut the window so it couldn’t come in but on reflection it probably wasn’t going to, I feel that it just wanted to me to know it was there. I’m sure many of you already know that birds are often spirit messengers. I’m always aware of the signs and messages that I receive so I have researched it on the internet for the spiritual meanings of this bird, just in case you happen to get a visit.

A Blue Tit represents love and trust. To see a Blue tit fly in the sky is a sign or omen of love on its way.

The Blue Tit can represent the best things in life. To see a Blue Tit in the sky or to meet one in meditation means that a partnership requires strengthening.

This totem bird is associated with the arrival of a brighter future. It is regarded as a creature of nobility, it also and has a rich and colourful history. The Blue Tit is a symbol of love, faith, hope and honour which are all positive attributes attached to this wonderful creature.

To sailors, the Blue Tit is a sign of loyalty or luck. It is helps in friendship, honour and family.

The Blue Tit is one of the rare creatures, who place a significant value on the need to help others. What characterizes Blue Tits most is their instinct of partnership. Throughout their life, they will only have one mate, so when you meet a Blue Tit either in a field or as an animal totem then you will normal be destined only one partner this is a sign that you can positively deal with relationships.

The Blue Tit allows one to remember the best things in life. Especially those that we have successfully completed. In Celtic symbolism, the Blue Tit is seen as a powerful symbol.

So let’s now look at how the birds mate. The male creates the nest, and then woos a female to it through its singing. The Blue Tit also stands for a loyal and faithful love; these birds are known to always come back to their homes each year. It is thought that if a man has a tattoo of a Blue Tit he can be expected to return to his lover and meet his soul mate.

Since Blue Tits never fly far distances from their homes, the sight of them always denote good tidings to a sailor. It would mean that land is near. Blue Tits are also believed to carry the spirits of sailors who have died at sea, to their home in heaven.

The Blue Tit is a worthy example of enduring faithfulness and love for your spouse. They are monogamous birds and will only choose one mate in their lifetime. This will be the only mate until the bird’s life ends. Thus, this denotes that the animal totem is a loyal follower.

During the earlier eras of our life, Blue Tits were connected with the gods and the soul of those people who died. The Greek and Roman’s believed in gods and goddesses who transformed themselves into Blue Tits.

The Blue Tit’s were seen; as carrying the dead soul. Hence, killing a Blue Tit was considered to be an immoral practice. The way that the Greek and Roman’s value the Blue Tit presents how they have also created the culture with how they treat family and friends.

The Blue Tit is associated with happiness, the way it has a blue colouring and a long forked tail. These birds build their nests out of mud and they symbolize freedom, like the wide open sky, and eternal happiness.

A Blue Tit shows up as a spirit guide when…

  • You need to be vocal about your feelings especially love.
  • You must analyze loved ones.
  • When losing your faithfulness.
  • Accepting change.
  • Enriching love and relationship.

Call on a Blue Tit as a spirit guide when…

  • You need to express your feelings toward the one you love.
  • Restoring love.
  • We are undergoing transformation.
  • We are developing love and trust.

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Connecting with spirit

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One of the goals of a lot of people on a spiritual path is to learn the ability to receive messages from the spirit world and to be able to communicate with spirits. We all come onto this path at different levels and I know that it can be very frustrating for some. Others are already aligned with their natural skills and they have a good foundation for spirit communication.

Like anything we do, the more you work at it the stronger and better you will become and the more it will grow. There are a few stages we go through when learning to make spiritual contact.

Stage One – No Sensation – This is usually caused by a disconnection between the third eye and the nervous system. Numbness, the skin is unable to pick up spiritual sensations including a lot of the physical sensations in our world. A lot of these sensations we think are physical, actually can have a spiritual component to them.  Children, they embrace everything with enthusiasm and wonder, so they experience a lot, adults tend to be less aroused with the world around them, in turn tend to miss things. These subtle cues are how the spirits connect to us in the beginning stages.

Stage Two – Slight sensations – At this stage, the third eye and the nervous system have connected and you can sense things going on around you. You might not be able to make sense of much but you are noticing that strange things are indeed occurring. Your third eye has started working in alignment with your body and your chakras, through exercises and spiritual practises it will now steadily grow stronger. It would be a good idea at this time to figure out what area you are strong in and work with exercises specifically designed for developing that ability. At this stage pay close attention to what goes on around you and what you feel and see. Be open to the idea that it might be your spirits trying to interact with you.

During this stage…

You might hear the same song over and over again
You might notice things in your environment move
You might see shadows and orbs
You might have tingles and slight vibrations on your skin
You may experience strange smells
You might develop strange tastes
You might hear a ringing or a buzzing sound
You might get images and visions you can’t make full sense of
You might have dreams where you recognize symbols or energies that are familiar
You might hear things; words, sentences, expressions, laughter.

Stage Three – Awakening – At this stage your senses are really starting to awaken, they are starting to emerge, and you are really starting to experience things. You might not know where things are being derived from but you are starting to get very strong sporadic bursts when it comes to sensing and working with your third eye. At this stage you are starting to really experience powerful psychic moments. They might not last and you might not know how to control them but they are there and you are having them. At this stage you will begin to get a handle on your abilities and know what you need to do to continue growing and developing them. You will begin to know yourself, your senses and know what areas you are strong in and what areas need working on. You are really beginning to understand yourself.

You will also ….

Have a moment of powerful psychic intuition that is uncontrolled.
You might see shadows and shapes around you.
You might hear words or phrases.
You might have moments of strong communication with your companions.
You might have moments were you feel them.
You will have dreams of your companions and have lucid experiences with them.
You will develop a basic communication system to interact with them.
Your senses will begin to stabilize
You will have routines with your companions and know how they work and have moments where you see, hear and sense them very clearly.
May now you should try new exercises, try new things and experiment with your skills and abilities. See if you can expand and awaken new abilities in yourself.

Stage Three – Strong Sensations –Your third eye is beginning to be comfortable with its abilities and how it connects to and works with your physical body. You have a stronger sense of the energies going on around you and you are in a higher state of arousal.

You may notice things in your environment, music changing, things moving, things happening, coincidences, symbols.
You can see the shadows of your companions and you can begin to make sense of what they are doing.
You are able to get strong smells that would otherwise go unnoticed.
You can see your companions in your mind’s eye and get visuals and images.
You can hear them and have ways of communicating with them.
You are able to feel and sense their energy.
You can have dreams with them and uncontrolled Astral projection or OBE with them.
You will experience their energies on your skin and have sensations from your companions touching you.
Have fun with your companions and know them and their personalities, you are able to tell them apart and get a sense on how they sound and talk, feel them and touch them.

Stage Four – Full Sensations – At this stage you are working flawlessly with the rest of your senses and you are tuned in to the spiritual world. Your third eye, nervous system, chakras, body are all working together to translate the spiritual energies that are around you. You have control of your abilities and you know yourself pretty well. You know your companions and know who is who and what they are doing.  At this stage it is all about going deep. You want to have a solid exercise routine and continue to work your skills pushing them, experimenting with them and trying new things with them.

You know who is who and can tell whose energy belongs to which companion.
You can tell when you are being touched or stroked, you can feel them and focus on feeling the sensations.
You can hear them and hold full conversations with your companions even a group of them at a time and you can tell who is talking to you.
You can smell them you will know the aromas that your companions have.
You will be able to have Lucid Dreams whilst interacting with them, have controlled astral experiences.
You can tell the difference in your companions energies.
You can see them walking about, interacting with each other and know what they are doing
you can joke around with your companions and understand their difference language patterns and humour.
You can tell the difference between them.
You can have physical stimulations from them and receive messages and inspirations from them.

Remember to be patient with yourself and be open to every possibility. There is a lot lying dormant within us, just waiting for the right time to be awakened.

(Aspects taken from writings by Patrick Gaffiero)

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Spirit attend their own funerals.

 

I always say that everyone attends their own funeral, this is a photo taken at a crematorium recently after I did a service, it was sent to me because the staff know what I do and that I was there doing the last funeral at the chapel that day, but they didn’t know who it was. I can confirm it’s the lady who service I was conducting sitting on the chair if you look to the side of her you can see her dad, there is also another spirit at the back far right.

 

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Working with angels & spirits

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Lammas

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Lammas is an excellent time to look around and take stock. The year and the summer are half over. Think of the things you meant to do this summer and as yet have not and of the thing that have not come to fruition in your life.

Remember those things that have left your life.

Consider what has come into your life.

This is the experience of the turning of the year. The seasons are winding down to the time of peace and rest from when they rise again anew in the spring.

Things to do on Lammas

You can make a grain doll or bake a grain man and offer it to someone in thanksgiving.

For many witches, finding time to celebrate the sabbats can be a challenge, even in the summer months. Don’t forget that honouring the seasons and deity do not have to be a huge celebration, full of casting circles, fancy rituals and huge feasts. Of course the sabbats can be one or all of those things, but do they don’t have to be. Honoring the change of season can be as simple as a candle lit, a prayer said, and making a toast. Just 10 minutes out of your day to reconnect with your beliefs, your deity and the earth.

For Lammas, a simple ritual that can be done alone or with family or friends, and in just a few minutes. Of course, feel free to use and or change the words for your own private use.

Supplies you will need:
Bread (Home baked, store bought)
Wine, beer, mead or even fruit juice.
A candle gold or yellow, though white always works. Also anything that smells like baked goods like cinnamon.
Anything seasonal that you’d like to set out, such as summer flowers, things harvested from your garden, a corn dolly, etc.
Incense.

Find a quiet place to sit for a moment, or gather around your table if sharing the ritual with others. Have your bread, wine and candle in front of you. Take a moment to think about what Lammas means to you, and what it has meant to those who have followed the season through times past. It’s the first harvest, time to offer bread in thanks for the prosperity of the crops.

Light your candle and incense if you are using it. Take a bite of the bread and a sip of the wine.

Say these words

On this first day of August, I light a candle to celebrate the harvest.

As the wheel of the year turns and the days start to grow shorter, I honour the Lord and Lady (or the seasons, or your specific deity) and thank them for the blessings and prosperity they have brought to me this year.

I honour those who came before me, and all things living on this earth.

Eat more of the bread; drink more of the wine, save a few bits as a sacrifice to the earth. Later put them outside, in your garden, under a tree or into a potted plant.

If you have the time, sit for a few minutes and meditate before putting out the candle. As you go about your day, keep negative thoughts at bay and try to mentally tally all the wonderful things that have come into your life this year.

Have a wonderful Lammas, however you choose to celebrate!

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