Card Reading for 16th to 22nd September 2019

There may be an opportunity this week to get to grips with certain details that will help you to feel more centred. You may have to take a long, hard look at something, deciding if it is still serving you, or (for others) if it could become something more.

For some a detail may provide the impetus to move forward, leaving you feeling more certain in the direction you’re heading. For others details may allow you to finally let go of something, and you’ll be feeling more steady and centred within.

It’s the little details that matter this week. They’ll either help to settle you in to where you are now, or help you feel more confident in creating a base to move forward from. Clearing the mental clutter can help reveal what lies beneath. There’s an opportunity to become more rooted and centred, more sure and steady either within. Some of you may find you can start on your journey with new ventures.

Crystal: Optical Calcite/Iceandic Feldspar was used by the Vikings to see the Sun in cloudy weather, to help with navigation. This week it could be used to part clouds mentally, emotionally or energetically to help you gain better clarity.


Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, September 2019

Card decks used:
– Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.
– The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid.
– Message cards are my own.

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Card reading for 9th to 15th September 2019

It’s time to let go of what keeps you from embodying your own inner power. You have so much to give but there are things that still hold you back – old thought patterns, beliefs and behaviours, situations or people that no longer support your way forward or who you’re growing into.

It can be difficult to let go of the known, but perhaps what’s comfortable isn’t supporting who you’re growing into and want to be.

Reconnect with your inner Truth. Reconnect with what makes you You. Reconnect with your Heart and Spirit. Let Deity/ the Universe/ the Spirit Realms/ Whatever you connect to in. Let yourself be led to the Path that is waiting for you. It’s time to take a leap of faith; let go and Surrender.

You can do this, and so much awaits you on this new leg of your journey. Will you take that leap into the Unknown? Don’t wait until circumstances push you into it. Be proactive and take that first step under your own steam. You can do it.

Crystal: Work with Citrine for some Solar Plexus courage and to work with any anxious felings that may come up for you. It’s okay to be nervous when making changes and comtemplating new directions.


Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, September 2019

Card decks used:
– Angels, Gods and Goddesses by Toni Carmine Salerno.
– The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid.
– Message cards are my own.

Lincoln Steampunk Festival 2019

The Asylum Steampunk Festival became the largest Steampunk gathering in the world this year! While I’m not a Steampunk-er myself I love seeing the creativity and ingenuity on display, and the festival is one of my yearly highlights.

Unfortunately I couldn’t manage to see much this year due to the combination of poor health and record-breaking temperatures. I have fewer photos to share as a result, but I thought I’d upload them for those who are interested.

This lady was great fun – she was really getting into character for photos

Sparkly Gothic fairy 😍

Lavender fairy

I’m a little tea… cup

Britannia and Lion

Faun

Steampunk plague doctor

He must have been so hot in that costume.

Steampunk Davros – exterminate!


Photo © Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, August 2019

Call on Loki when… 01

Call on Loki when you need help evicting a Fly. Seriously. One of His forms in the myths is the Fly, so why not call on Him for help with Fly-related problems?

When I was at my wit’s end with a particularly meaty specimen I thought of Loki’s tale with the Dwarves and asked Him for help. I’d been chasing the Fly around the room for nearly 10 minutes with the bug catcher (I refuse to squish them), and I’d had enough. It was late at night and I wanted to relax without a massive Fly buzzing around me. I was tired, it was one of the hottest days on record, and I was fed up. I have chronic health conditions and poor sleep can really impact my health. Horse Flies can also give nasty bites that get infected. In sheer desperation I called on Loki for help, and within a few seconds the Fly landed in the perfect place for me to catch it. I let it out of the window and all was well again. I could relax in my bedroom and the Fly got to survive another day. Thank you, Loki!

While some may see this as coincidence I have had enough instances of calling for help and receiving it to believe this was another such case. Calling on Loki for help evicting Flies may not work for everyone, and it does help to have a working relationship with the Deities you call on for assistance. Sometimes they answer, sometimes they don’t.

Always make sure to thank Them when They come through for you. Show your gratitude and appreciation; everyone deserves to be acknowledged for what they do.

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For more on the symbolism of Fly you can read this blog post from last year.


© Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, August 2019


* *Please note: I do not seek to trivialise Connecting/ working with Deities but to explore different approaches. I am someone who encourages an Individual Practice, but I understand and respect that this may not gel with everyone’s beliefs. I have a great deal of respect and love for the Deities in my life, and my way of expressing that may look different to your own. This particular instance is something that worked for me so I thought I’d share it in case it can help others.**

Musical Mondays: the otherworldly voice of Diana Ankudinova

Diana is a 16 year old from Russia who has an extremely unusual tone and wide vocal range. I came across her completely by accident, but I really like some of her songs. She’s appeared on Russian singing contests for a few years, and I’m going to share my three favourites.

Rechenka – a Russian folk song meaning ‘River’. Her voice and stagecraft really create an otherworldly tale. I love her spin on a traditional folk song.

Wicked Game – originally sung by Chris Isaak but with Diana’s unique twist and low vocal register it becomes a haunting performance piece.

Human – I really wasn’t sure about this one at first but after hearing it a couple more times it’s really grown on me. It’s at the deeper end of her range and at times it seems such a strange contrast between the face and the voice.

Whether you take to her voice or not she definitely has a unique way of expressing herself.

Transitions

Sometimes transitions can be difficult. Moving from one thing into another doesn’t often happen overnight or even smoothly. Sometimes transitions happen in stages, each one with its own challenges and lessons to learn. Shifts can occur instantly but the actual transition into the next phase can take longer.

It’s okay if you find it difficult. It’s okay if you find it frustrating or want to cry. It’s okay if you don’t quite feel safe, or if you can’t yet see what you’re heading into.

Breathe. Centre. Look into the depths of your Heart and find the warmth of Love that is always hiding inside, even if it seems further down at the moment. You can do this.

Transitions can be difficult sometimes and they don’t always go smoothly, but you just have to wait and Trust. Things will work themselves out in the end, even if it takes longer than you want; even if the terrain gets rough for a while.

Please don’t give up. Sometimes it’s hard, and you need to allow yourself to feel and acknowledge that so you can do something to help yourself. Remember to take care of yourself. Remember to be kind to yourself, and to others around you. You never know what they may be going through.

Trust as much as you can. Love yourself as much as you can… and then some more.

Sometimes transitions can be difficult but they aren’t meant to be the final destination. Have Hope. Cultivate optimism. Trust. You will make it through.


© Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, August 2019

Friday Finds: Hedgecraft House

Hedgecraft House sell a wonderful variety of handmade seasonal Pagan items, including banners, Goddess dolls, witch bells and dream pillows. They’re based in Warsaw, Poland. They have different sets of their Wheel of the Year items; you can choose single items, a Goddess doll and banner, or the doll, banner and hoop. The collection is growing as the year progresses!

As well as their Etsy shop they are on Instagram and Facebook.

Goddess dolls to celebrate the Wheel of the Year:

Wheel of the Year dolls by Hedgecraft House

Wheel of the Year embroidery hoops:

Wheel of the Year embroidery hoops by Hedgecraft House

Wheel of the Year banners:

Wheel of the Year banners by Hedgecraft House

Egyptian Goddess Nut doll:

Goddess Nut doll by Hedgecraft House

Zodiac constellation hoops:

Zodiac constellation hoops by Hedgecraft House

Banners representing the Four Elements:

Four Elements banners by Hedgecraft House

They have a variety of witch bells (many not shown here):

Witch bells by Hedgecraft House

And if you need to encourage sweet dreams they also have some very pretty embroidered dream pillows:

Dream pillows by Hedgecraft House


**All photos © Hedgecraft House**

Please note: I have not received anything for writing this post and have not been asked to write this post.
I love to help inspire others in their practice, and I love finding small businesses and craftspeople to lend my support to.

Mindful Mondays: The joys of a Gratitude Jar

Last year I made a Gratitude Jar to help me see how much there is to be grateful for in my life, and to remind me of the abundance that comes my way. Recently I emptied it and looked back over everything I’d written down, and it brought me so much joy. There were little things I’d forgotten, and big things that brought back happy memories. I decided to write down my favourites in a special notebook I have, and I even glued in a select few that held the most personal significance for me.

Every time something good happens, every time I receive a gift, an unexpected bit of money, or find something I’ve been looking for (especially of it’s for a great price), I’ll add it to my Gratitude Jar. I also add times where I feel like my prayers have been answered, help has been offered, or someone has said something or put up a post that really helped me.

I had a plain jar but wanted something a bit prettier to inspire me, so I dug out my stickers and got to work. For the little ‘Thank you’ notes I cut up pieces of thin craft card, and every time I have something to add I will pick a piece, write on the plain side what I’m grateful for, and on the coloured side I’ll write “Thank you” with a little x (kiss) as a symbol of appreciation. It’s really simple to do, doesn’t take long to set up, and is a really good visual reminder of how to make Gratitude a regular practice in your life. It’s especially useful when you’re going through a rough patch; you can look at the Gratitude Jar and remind yourself of all the good that has come in for you already, and know you will be able to add something to the Jar soon.


© Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary (adapted from my April 2018 post on my now-private blog She Holds The Bowl)

Shared: Smellscapes in Ancient Egypt by Dora Goldsmith

This unusual but interesting article explores the smells that would have been present in various Ancient Egyptian settings. From the palaces and temples to the lower class homes and the smithy, Goldsmith gives us an idea of what our olfactory senses may have experienced.

Article link: http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/07/Smellscapes-in-Ancient-Egypt

The written sources demonstrate that the ancient Egyptians lived in a rich olfactory world. Olfaction, as all sensory perceptions, is not only a means of apprehending physical phenomena, but also an avenue for the transmission of cultural values. Through apprehending the smellscapes of ancient Egyptian cities, which has never been investigated before, we can reveal unknown aspects of their culture and contribute to better understanding of ancient Egyptian city life as a whole.

– Dora Goldsmith, Smellscapes of Ancient Egypt

Working with Dinosaurs – Symbolism and Allies (Introduction)

Not sorry about the title; I couldn’t resist!*

I’m going to stick my neck out a bit (like a Brachiosaurus) and talk about something even people in the Pagan and Spiritual fields may think a bit weird, unusual or offbeat: Dinosaurs.
A lot of people are open to the concept of Spirit Allies from the Animal kingdom, and some people even work with ‘mythical’ creatures like Dragons, but I have found very little written about working with Dinosaurs in this way. Why is that?

Whether you work with Spirit Allies through their symbolism, as Archetypes or as literal Spirit Beings they are generally accepted as a part of many peoples’ practice or Spiritual worldview. Ancestor work is also becoming more widely accepted. So why not the Ancestors of the Animals who share this planet with us? After all, Dinosaurs are the ancient relatives of Birds and, to a lesser extent, Alligators and Lizards. Did you know that the Chicken is the most like a Dinosaur**? It puts a whole new spin on the ‘Chicken and the egg’ question. Dinosaurs predate Chickens, hence the egg came first, and one day a Chicken hatched!

I’ve loved Dinosaurs from a very early age and continue to be fascinated by them. There seems to be an opinion that Dinosaurs are a ‘childish’ kind of love; one you should grow out of as you get older. But that didn’t happen to me… or to a lot of people. Just look at palaeontologists – and Sir David Attenborough.*** I used to be terrified of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park but I loved the Brontosaurus, and I always felt sad about the Triceratops dying.
When I was in my teens one of the many dreams I had was of becoming a palaeontologist and digging up Dinosaurs in the middle of the desert. Fast forward to double those years and I still love Dinosaurs. I still can’t part with my Brontosaurus Beanie Buddy, two years ago I bought a handmade Dinosaur plush, and I enjoy tales of ‘relics of the past’ alive and well around the world – think Nessie and Mokele-mbembe.

I had a dream not too long ago about uncovering a baby Brontosaurus skeleton, and I knew if I had permission to dig further I would find a whole family of them. Some might dismiss this as ‘just a dream’ but mine have always been full of symbolism. The ‘permission’ I was seeking in the dream was from other people, and in life I know I can’t keep seeking others’ approval over what’s involved in my practice. The Bronty family waiting to be ‘uncovered’ in my dream show there’s a whole other world waiting to be exlored deep within me that’s been long-buried. The gentle giants of the Dinosaur clan held great strength and their own kind of power, and that symbolism tells me they’re trying to teach me about my own; to stick my neck out and be a bit different. Even if it means I’ll end up walking my path alone… or maybe even walking it with Dinosaurs.

The dream inspired me too look completely differently at Dinosaurs. My next post on this subject will explore the symbolism of our favourites, as well as the Dinosaurs we fear. They can be great insights into our own psyche, our challengers and our Shadow. I hope you’ll find it interesting.


© Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, June 2019


*Walking With Dinosaurs was a TV series a few years ago narrated by Kenneth Branaugh.

**https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3340709/Chicken-is-T-rexs-closes-living-relative.html

*** Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur