5 Simple Grounding Tips for Kids

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You’ve probably heard of “grounding,” right?

Grounding is what we call it when we plug back in to the Earth.

Imagine it like recharging your phone. You know the feeling you get after visiting the beach or a national park? The clarity, energy and feeling of connection?

Have you ever considered that your children might need to “plug in” too?

In fact, it’s super important for kids and probably the number one thing I recommend to parents to help with a whole range of issues including sleep, anxiety and sibling tension.

When we become ‘ungrounded’ we kind of vacate our physical body because it doesn’t feel safe anymore. The environment or situation might be overwhelming, chaotic or scary. Your child might take on a glazed look in their eyes almost like ‘the lights are on, but no one’s home!’

Your child might become very loud in an effort to drown out the perceived ‘chaos’…

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A Brief History Of Opals

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A short while ago I wrote a piece giving you a glimpse into the fascinating history of pearls and the other day whilst reading through some myths on jewellery I was reminded of the wonderful history of another favourite of mine, the opal. I have dipped into Fire Opals, which are not real opals, but thought it was time I dipped into the real thing.

Opals have been described by writers in many different ways, and none of them seem to catch the beauty, hints at volcanoes, fire and lightening are ripe in literature and is often referred to with implications of bad luck and evil, but what is this stone really all about? What is the history?

The earliest known opal artifacts were discovered in Kenya, and have been dated to back to 4000 B.C., it is believed that they most likely originated from Ethiopia. It is odd that…

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Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

A festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing,  as we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility.  A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.

Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.

Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.

Beltane Incense: Mulberry, lilac and frankincense.

Candle Colours: Yellow and White.

Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.

Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.

Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.

Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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Self – Love

 

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Do things you like to do
Don’t stay in a job you don’t like
Participate in life at the highest level you can
Stop terrorising yourself with your thoughts
Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself
Give yourself the simple pleasures of life abundantly
Wear clothes you feel good in, get a massage etc
Watch what you say. Avoid self put-downs
Stop being critical of yourself and others
Take care of your body
Give it exercise and good food
Be willing to create a life-style that generates and nourishes self-esteem
Associate with others with high esteem
Acknowledge yourself frequently.
Keep a diary of your successes and accomplishments
Avoid comparing yourself with others
Remember that it’s who we are, not what we do, that’s important
Give yourself permission to do nothing periodically
Schedule time by yourself
Frequently take deep breaths
Discover the benefit and pleasure of breathing fully
Eat first class frequently
Don’t look at the right side of the menu
Stop trying to change others
Focus your attention on being the way you want others to be
Look into a mirror regularly
and say I love you, I really love you
Stop feeling guilty and saying I’m sorry
See mistakes as valuable lessons and avoid judging yourself
Consciously generate positive thoughts and feelings of self-love
in place of old thoughts of inadequacy
Be willing to laugh at yourself and at life
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Mercury Retrograde – How Will It Affect You?

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April 9th 2017  – May 3rd 2017 in Aries, then Taurus

Mercury is the ruling planet of all communications, speech, verbal, written, typed and texted.

Including business partnerships, creative projects, friendships, romance, it’s pretty much everything that revolves around communication.

It means things can go awry more than usual, and there are lessons to be learned during these phases.

Astrologers recommend easing off on certain aspects in our life, like starting new projects, signing contracts, completing important tasks.

Also if you’re planning on travelling then add extra time for delays or mishaps.

In generally, try to make space for heightened miscommunications among the people you interact with on a daily basis. Take time to centre yourself, be calm, and reflect.

When Mercury goes ‘retrograde’ or reverses its forward movement around the Sun, we feel it in the form of delays, hassles, misunderstandings.

Many of us are sighing, not again! Now I won’t get anything done!” While there will no doubt be delays and misgivings until Mercury turns direct, there is another side of this period that you may come to appreciate.

Mercury Retrograde is also a cosmic start over, If you want to try again at a relationship, a project, or business  idea, then you get a second chance with Mercury, who stops, backs up, and gives you another shot.

Mercury Retrograde can also bring communication from old relationships and you may be revisited by people who have been out of your life for, months, or even years.

If you’ve been chasing the future in full steam ahead mode and stressing yourself out Mercury Retrograde says let go and trust in the divine because you can’t control everything.

Just remember to breathe, and take things slowly. And never take anything personal during Mercury Retrograde!

Try to find some comfort in knowing that sometimes two steps back can in the end propel you 10 steps forward.

 

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Angel Workshop @ Greenacres

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Introduction to Angel card readings – 8th April 2017

Angel readings can help you put your life into perspective. With the help of the angelic realms they can help shed light on where you are now, whats blocking you and where you’re heading in the future.

What the workshop covers.
What are Angels, Archangels, Angels & their special responsibilities, Connecting with Angels, Angel Signs, Angel Meditation, Angel Card Readings learn about the seven main Angels and how to do Angel card readings.

Everyone one gets to practice and share thoughts or experiences on Angels with a group discussion, enjoy a lovely meditation, its a nice relaxed day that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.


8th April – 10.30am to 2.30 pm. Please bring a Note Pad & Angel Cards, lunch if you wish, Tea & Coffee will be provided.

You will need to book you place and make your payment up front as places are limited.

Cost £30 payment in full please ( use the pay pal link on Book a Reading page )

For more information email Bookings@magicandglitter.co.uk

Venue : Greenacres, Kiln Road, CM16 6AD Epping, Essex

The Fruit of the Divide: The Magic of Elderberry

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The Fruit of the Divide: The Magic of Elderberry

Elderberry is a fruit of opposites. It has been used for protection from evil…as well as to summon evil in. An elderberry tree’s roots are shallow…yet the plant is strong and robust. Elderberry has been used in healing and blessings, but has also been used for curses and summoning ghosts and evil spirits.

Elderberry has the power to bridge the divide between the physical and spiritual realm. It is associated with death and the Underworld. Elder twigs were often placed in coffins and buried with loved ones.

Learn more: The Magick of Elderberry

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Synchronicities or are they coincidences.

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Synchronicities or as some people like to call them coincidences, these are the signs that the Divine is trying to get your attention. When the universe works through synchronicities to get you to take notice they can manifest in some pretty unusual ways.

For example, it’s when you hear the same phrase or saying from more than one person in a day, or when the same numbers keep showing up,  someone mentions the same person you were just thinking of, or you bump into someone out of the blue who seemed to be able to answer the question that you were just pondering.

These are all signs, so pay attention and more importantly, acknowledge that you’re being sent a message, often it can mean that you’re on the right track, have faith in yourself and keep going.

For instance I can remember a time when I was worrying about changing careers and feeling a bit stressed out and plagued with unanswered questions, and I wasn’t sure if I should leave the security of my existing job where I was guaranteed at certain amount of money each month.

Then one day as I was driving to work, I was asking myself all the usual questions, should I take a chance and will I be ok, am I doing the right thing and will I have enough money.

Just at that moment, I looked up and saw a bus drive by as I read the billboard on the side of the bus. There was the Nike slogan, Just Do it!  then a song came on the radio and the words just seemed to resonate with me.

These are not just coincidences and it’s at times like these that we should ask our self what are we supposed to be learning, doing or changing right now depending on the situation.

The more you notice and pay attention to synchronistic events and coincidences, the easier it gets for them to show in your life.

Take notice when you run in to someone unexpectedly, listen to what’s being said in the conversation a message that could be there for you.

If there’s a problem in your life, and you don’t know what to do try to let it go and turn it over to synchronicity, then be aware and act when the answer or guidance is being presented to you.

Pay attention to your intuition to become even more aware, remember that a positive attitude helps and being negative will just slow it down.

Keep a journal and see how many times you see or hear things that are similar or resonate with you over a week or a month, this will help to see what message the universe is showing you.

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New Moon in Aries, March 27, 2017

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There is nothing like this New Moon at 07° 37′ Aries on 20 March 2017, 07:57 PM PDT to get the juices flowing! It is the first New Moon after the equinox and energetically it is the real beginning of Aries Season now that both the seasonal cycle and the lunar cycle are in sync.

Surprisingly enough, this is a softer version of an Aries New Moon, in part because the luminaries are widely conjunct retrograde Venus in Aries. Venus prefers to use her natural charm to get her way and we would be wise to follow her example. Smile brightly and practice being assertive rather than aggressive.

Naturally Mars plays an important role now and because Mars is in earthy Taurus, he also has a calming effect on the New Moon. Additionally Mars in Taurus is exactly sextile Neptune in Pisces, adding more inertia to the mix. Mars-Neptune aspects…

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