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A glimpse into our magical past

The cool thing about working on a manuscript is that you get to look at things from a different perspective. For example, I have been seeing clear patterns in the…
A glimpse into the magical past

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A personal, recurring, divination ritual to stay the course

Recently I posted about staying in the here and now and I wrote about how rituals can help you with this. Now, I often get asked what that looks like…
A personal, recurring, divination ritual to stay the course

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A ritual for yule: mother’s night

It’s probably clear by now: yule, midwinter, is an important point in the year for us. During midwinter we find ourselves in the darkest time of the year. After this,…
A ritual for yule: mother’s night

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A short introduction to divination for beginners: learning to read the web

Time for a short introduction to divination for beginners! Divination is the art of gaining insight into oneself, an issue or situation by means of divinatory tools or methods. If…
A short introduction to divination for beginners: reading the weave of the web

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About death: a wise woman’s thoughts on this life’s end

Today, as on every day, several people are nearing what we call death. Some of them being in my direct environment, my thoughts linger on this fact a bit more…
About death: a wise woman’s thoughts on this life’s end

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About healing; what to expect when you enter my practice

I personally have a strong preference for the word healing, although nowadays curing is a more common word for the type of work I do. Healing is so much broader…

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About sacrifice: balance between giving and taking in a magical practice

I regularly get questions about sacrifices and the act of sacrificing in my magical practice. Most queries seem to be about sacrifices of the more outrageous type. I get that.…
About sacrifice: balance between giving and taking in a magical practice

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About the magic in my work and my practice

I had my doubts whether magic is the word to use on my website. It has become quite polluted over the centuries. But to not use it means denying an…
about the magic in my work and practice

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About toxic positivity: accepting negative emotions

In an earlier blog on wyrd I already mentioned the term toxic positivity. Today I want to elaborate on that a bit more. I'm a pretty positive person. Without a…
About toxic positivity: accepting negative emotions

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Abseiling geometer caterpillar

Caterpillars who seem to be dancing… they’re all over the forest at the moment. They’re not dancing, though. It’s more like a sort of abseiling.

These caterpillars will be geometer moths one day. These moths lay their eggs high up the tree when winter approached. When these trees start growing leaves again in spring, the caterpillars emerge and start feasting on the young leaves.

As soon as they’ve had enough to eat they lower themselves to the ground dangling from a silk thread. Once on the ground, they weave a cocoon in which they lie low until autumn arrives.

That’s when their beautiful moth selves emerges to find a mate and restart the cycle….

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All about energy

Everything is about energy. That is a scientific fact. Both our body and our lifestyle are designed around it. By the way, this doesn’t only apply to humans, but to every living being. Without energy we will die and energy is a scarce commodity. When you let this fact sink in, a lot suddenly makes sense. Like, why it is sometimes difficult to get yourself in motion. After all, exercise costs energy. And on the other hand, why eating too much is often just a bit too easy. After all, food provides you with energy.

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An easy recipe for a simple and effective cough syrup

In the series about syrups I discussed how to make your own syrups. Today I will give you an easy recipe for a simple and effective cough syrup. Let's start…

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Animist

If you insist on putting me into a spiritual box – and that’s something I can do without – then perhaps animist would be the most appropriate label. Everything around me is spirited to me. What’s more, everything around me has just as much right to life as I have. That this is not self-evident for many people is clear from the way we, as a species, treat the earth.

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Are the pagan gods and goddesses important in your wise woman’s practice?

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: are pagan gods and goddesses important in your wise woman's practice? Or, alternatively, people just assume that I worship pagan…

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Avoid being burned at the stake

Have you considered volunteering for a pagan leadership position, but are afraid of being burned at the stake? This article offers you a guide to the community’s expectations, both explicit and implied, with a fool-proof method to make all the pagans happy, all of the time.

AND, YES… THIS IS MEANT TO BE FUNNY 🙂

Banana scramble with fried crumble: a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe

This is what my plate looked like this morning. Well, it was actually near noon, but it was my simple, healthy and delicious breakfast: banana scramble with frying pan crumble.…

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Be here now

All we have is now. The past is gone and the future is not guaranteed. Our life on this earth is limited and that’s okay. But somehow for us humans that fact only seems reason to not be present wherever it is we are. Life being limited mostly seems to make us push on to be successful, whatever that might mean, somewhere in the future. While making it count NOW is the only sure way of having a successful life. That is, if you consider actually living to be the purpose of our existence. Which I do.

In fact, it’s the thing that keeps me sane in this insane world. Being here now helps me stay grateful for all that is and all that I get to connect with. Those moments that I’m not 100% present the uncertainties of my life could just send me sprawling, mentally. And I don’t want that, cos life just way too sweet. So I work at staying in the present time in my current location. For instance, by consciously connecting with nature around me.

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Be in Nature

A while back I took some time away from social media. It felt really good. I got to spend even more time out in nature – where I belong – and still had plenty of time to work on my herbal remedies, write, create and loads, loads more.

I can’t say I’ve ever really fallen in love with being on social media. I had hopes of meeting tonnes of like-minded people and sharing my knowledge widely. Granted, I did get to interact with some really great people around the world, but it mostly felt like I was made to jump through hoops and talking into space.

That’s not how I want to spend my time. Especially now it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Meta only has one purpose: getting us hooked to our screens.  So, yeah, I’m done. From now on I’m only sharing on socials when I feel like it and how I feel like it. No more hoops.

Thing is… your time is the most important thing under your control that’s irreplaceable. And our separateness from nature is human’s biggest trauma. So, my advice to you: go offline and be in nature. Restore the connection to all that is; it’s vital to your well-being. Feel that you belong, there, with your feet on the soil and your head in the wind, your surroundings teeming with fellow creatures…

It’s official, I’ve got spring on my mind 😀
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Being a part of Wyrd itself

As those who have been walking with me probably know, I am a wyrd walker. I have written plenty about wyrd and its working on my website, especially about wyrd…
Being a part of Wyrd itself

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Bumble bees and foxglove

Bumble bees love foxglove… It’s one of the reasons this plant is my garden. Want to know more about foxglove, Digitalis purpurea? In the blogs section you can read an article about it.

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