Rattles :- An Alternative Tool for Journey, Meditation and Healing

My Arctic Drum

It’s a wonderful sight and sound seeing folk at gatherings and ceremony using frame drums…myself included. But, I’m also a massive fan of Rattles…so portable and powerful. It’s like using an Athame or Wand for directing energy but with the added bonus of a gentle hypnotic sound.

There are times when I’m out on The Land and I don’t want to carry a drum or I wish not to draw attention to myself with the noise of a drum beat. A Rattle is perfect for these moments ūüíó The rhythmic shake and noise are great for helping in meditation and journey; the weight and feeling in your hands is grounding and brings a wonderful connection. As I mentioned before I love to use them for directing the energy they build…sending healing out onto The Land or to a Person that may need healing.

Travelling Rattle and Arctic Reindeer Rattle

I’m currently on a wonderful Magical Mala journey with Rattles…and more news will come about that soon! Very excited about the path rattles are taking me on…connecting this Highland Land…it’s skin, it’s waters, it’s trees, it’s stones…with the energy of Magical Malas. It’s a wonderful marriage!

Here’s a little snippet of my lovely Travelling Rattle Nicola Stantiford made for me, working it’s magic on The Lakes back in Essex.

 

Do you use a Rattle within your Spiritual Practise? Would love to hear your experiences.

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Broch Magic

Place….Weathered Edges….are an important part of my journey on The Antlered Road. Often these are Trackways, Cairns, Caves or the such like, but sometimes a ‘place’ finds you unexpected and bewitches you. The Brochs at Glenelg are one of those places and their spell on me took hold 18 years ago.


A broch is an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure of a type found only in Scotland. Brochs belong to the classification “complex atlantic roundhouse” devised by Scottish archaeologist in the 1980s. Their origin is a matter of some controversy. The Brochs at Glenelg, Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are some of the best examples still standing. Many more exist further north and on the surrounding islands.

The Landscape/Glen they sit within is breath taking with steep Bens and meandering river which eventually leads to Kyle Rhea. This visit the surrounding Bens were still snow capped and a nearby waterfall was looking and sounding rather impressive due to the snow melt.

Since moving to Glenmoriston we’ve visited the Brochs a few times and their spell enchants me deeper and deeper with each visit. I’m desperate to run a Retreat here and there’s a perfect house that sits in the Glen nestled between the 2 Brochs. Spring 2019 feels the perfect time to run it…although my impatience wants it to happen now…but Weathered Edge Malas, lantern lit vigils and river magic are haunting my dreams with every visit. Contact me if it’s something you fancy being part of.

Photos are a combination taken by me, Jon Witney and Emma Reynolds

Swan Moon Mala – Full/Super/Eclipse/Blood/Blue Moon

Swan Moon Mala

Swan Moon Mala

You name it…..this moon did it huh?

Moon Magic is wonderful at the best of times weather its harnessing the potent power of yesterdays ‘Mega Moon’ or using the waxing moon to bring things in…or releasing ‘stuff’ at New Moons as it wanes away…there’s plenty that can be done. With this Full Moon being on the threshold of Imbolc I did a bit of everything. I did a bit of Kitchen Witchcraft, baking up nourishing goodies at the Community Cafe I work at part time; I did a bit of Hearth Fire Magic releasing my unwanted shit into the flames; my daughter and I sowed our seeds for the coming year into Witch Bottles and I placed my beautiful Moon Bowl out under the ‘Mega Moon’ to create a Swan Moon Essence and Tincture…as well as creating the beautiful Swan Moon Mala, pictured above. Yes I was a busy girl.

The Swan Moon Mala brings with it the rejuvenating spark and effervescent inspiring energy of this quickening moon. It’s also has that very gentle healing energy that the swan carries upon her wings at this time of year. Its created with the same blue and black glass beads, plus the full moon-y opalite, that all these Luna Malas will have as a common thread, but the differing intentions and energies are woven and knotted through each one on their specific moons and are reflected in their tassels and charms, this Swan Moon Mala having a white tassel and swan feather charm.

Swan Moon – January 31st Full/Blue Moon

Swan Moon - 31/01/18

Swan Moon 31/01/18

 

Other names for this Full Moon include Storm Moon, Tree Moon or Icicle Moon. For me I call this ‘Swan Moon’ as its also Luna Imbolc, so drawing on the many aspects and associations of Brigid I always feel a very strong Swan energy with this moon.¬†¬†


Its the perfect time to ‘sow’ your hopes, dreams and wishes for the coming year, I do this by creating a Witch Bottle every Imbolc, but you can just as well create vision or dream boards. Think about sowing and plant seeds in your garden or greenhouse…plant some pennies in with them too, as you sow your seeds, nurture them and watch your abundance¬†grow!

Swan Moon

Swan Moon Pewter

Hope you all had a wonderful Full ‘Mega’ Moon and Imbolc Blessings as we start our dance with the Maiden. Get planting those seeds xxx

 

 

Wolf Moon Mala- The Start of a Luna Journey for Magical Malas.

Wolf Moon Mala

As I drove home along the banks of Loch Ness on the 26th December the first quarter of the waxing moon rose up behind Urquart Castle….and with it my muses went into overdrive. “What you should make is a Full Moon Mala on every Full Moon as we journey through 2018!” they said “Ooooo and a mala for the Dark/New Moon….ooooo and a Crescent Moon Mala too!!!”. I did swear at them! But, that’s it…the seed was sown! Beads got ordered, a list and design ideas scribbled down, photographs of the Full Moon taken etc etc Whats a girl supposed to do when your muses shout at you like that!?! Anyways…that was the sowing of the seed.

A few years ago when I was working with my reprousse pewter art pieces and I created a round canvas piece for each Full Moon. So I dug out my designs and notes for that. I love how different traditions have different names for the Full Moons and I’ve worked with those a lot over my Pagan years. The difference is I want to create these pieces with whats going on around our British Isles, on its Land, in its waters and upon the wing. So I appreciate some of my names for the moons might not be too familiar to you but I really want to capture whats happening around me….although I do have some favourites Wolf Moon being one of them and the first one in this Luna Cycle I have journeyed with.

Wolf Moon – January Full Moon

Jan - Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon – 01/01/18

My first offering upon this Luna Pathway is ‘Wolf Moon’.
This first Full Moon of the year is often called the Wolf Moon. Other names also include Old Moon, Ice Moon, and Snow Moon, which for our first proper winter in The Highlands its certainly been a Snow and Ice Moon.

While the almanac states that Wolf Moon is a Native American name, other sources claim that it has Anglo-Saxon origins. In Anglo-Saxon culture, the January Full Moon was also called the Moon after Yule, which is the time of the ancient festival celebrating the Winter Solstice around December 21st/22nd.

During the wolves den-ing season in spring and early summer, wolves only howl to pack mates. As the late summer moves towards autumn, wolves call more and more to neighbours and enemies. Wolves are particularly loud and vocal in the first months of the year, often due to very lean prey times but also because breeding season starts in January and February and folk would hear them more. So it’s probably why people associated the month of January with howling wolves.

I do love creating Malas carrying Wolf energy. Its a very strong silent energy and often helps create an inner strength in the person working with Wolf. Whilst we journey from Yule to Imbolc it can often be a depressing or challenging time for some, so by working with the energy of Wolf it can bring some resistance to those energies.

Wolf Moon Pewter Work

Wolf Moon Pewter Work in Progress

Luna Essence Creation

As I make this journey with the Luna Cycle I’m also photographing each Full Moon and creating Luna Essence and Essence Sprays to harness those energies further.

I’m always happy to wax lyrical about these things…but I’m not very good at writing them down. So I really hope to keep this blog going forward. I feel it’ll be a vital tool to explaining my Magical Mala work further and giving you a more in-depth information about the Malas I create and why.

Happy Luna Journeying!