29 July 2012

The Garden's Revenge

It is as if my garden, or at least certain parts of my garden read my last entry as this afternoon I discovered that yes, I do have my first flower of spring - one of the Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) has decided to emerge and greet the coming Spring.

The name of the genus, Muscari, comes from the Greek word for moschos meaning  "musk", and refers to the sweet aromatic scent of the flowers which, together with their often deep blue colouring, has made them popular in cultivation.

26 July 2012

The Southern Imbolc

Spring is almost upon us, and despite the fact that I've had iris in my garden since July, there are still no jonquils, daffodils or grape hyacinths on display.  One of my more elderly neighbours does have a wonderful array of jonquils that offer up their delicate scent as I walk pass.

Normally Imbolc celebrations is held at the covenstead where the "battle" between Brighid and the Cailleach are enacted, or we make Brid Crosses from reeds collected from the local wetlakes.  This year however, Imbolc falls just prior to the full moon, which means that it will be a dual event.

23 July 2012

Inching Ever Closer

What a busy week has been.  Last Monday I received not three, but six chapters, of my proposed book back from the proofreader, along with a synposis ...  so I have been busily working through that and finally sent off the first round of amendments late last night.  Once these chapters have been finalised, there will be just the last two chapters plus the appendices to go ...

After that, the next stage will be readying the manuscript so that it is the right size for printing, and finalising the index.  Once this is done, then I will have a better idea of how many pages there will be to so that the cover designer can complete the spine.  Once the number of pages is known, I will be in a better position to work out how much each copy of the book will cost and start taking pre-orders.

19 July 2012

A Journey back to Mesopotamia

Since the beginning of the year, my interest in one particular ancient culture has steadily increased - that of Mesopotamia. I use this word generally because it includes the peoples of Babylonia and Sumer as well as the later peoples of Assyria.

From the Greek meaning "between rivers" referring the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, this area (covering modern day Iraq and southern Turkey) was considered to be the "cradle of civilisation".  It was this region that the earliest records of writing was been found, as well as astronomy, medicine, and other forms of technology.

14 July 2012

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus or hocus-pocus is a generic term that may be derived from an ancient language and is currently used by magicians, usually the magic words spoken when bringing about some sort of change. It was once a common term for a magician, juggler, or other similar entertainer.

The origins of the term remain obscure. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term originates from hax pax max Deus adimax, a pseudo-Latin phrase used as a magic formula by conjurors.  Some believe it originates from a corruption or parody of the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, which contains the phrase "Hoc est enim corpus meum". This explanation goes back to speculations by the Anglican prelate John Tillotson, who wrote in 1694:

11 July 2012

Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses

This morning I received notification that the latest anthology from Bibliotheca Alexandrina, entitled Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses, is now available.  This anthology is one of a number that I had decided to submit articles to this year and the first I have received notification of actually being ready.  

Naturally I am very excited and cannot wait to receive my own copy.

03 July 2012

Free Tarot Readings Offer

For a while in the late 1990s I used read tarot cards at a local Wytchcraft shop, however since that time, the cards have only been brought out for private consultations whilst I have been focusing on other aspects of my Craft.

In recent times, I have felt myself being drawn back to the cards and have decided to dust them off and re-acquaint myself with their messages of guidence and revelation.

02 July 2012

Too Early for Spring?

Mid Winter has just gone - and in fact the Temple only had our mid Winter magickal retreat the other weekend where the Horn'd God rode out amongst the mist - yet my garden seems to be bursting into colour with the gorgeous purple of the Dutch irises, being set off against the carpet of snow white alyssiums, with the odd early snapdragon showing its face. 

Around the sacred circle, the two Angel Trumpet plants are in flower again, however the jonquils have yet to burst into life, unlike those bordering a garden I pass when I walk down to my local shops.