This month begins with a period of significant change, courtesy of the two eclipses. This is a time of taking a crucial step forwards, of raising your vibration, moving into a different reality and developing your own ability to manifest through focus and intention. This may feel, to some, like a period of unrest, as what no longer resonates continues to crumble. It it is a time of adjustment, a time of quiet, as the process of assimilating these energies is as powerful as the activation. Typically, in your world, you push through the change. You resist the compulsion to adjust and rather keep moving at all costs. This time of assimilation is, in fact, paramount. It is the very purpose of your current moment. During these strong adjustments, the quiet times are when you can absorb the shifts, and ensure that you are able to move forward in the most productive and aligned way for you, and for you alone.Read More
The castle in A Thin Slice of Heaven is fabulously atmospheric. As someone who picks up the energy of buildings, it really ‘felt’ like a real creepy castle. Is it based on a real place? And if so, how much did the place inspire your story?
Thank you for having me here today, Martha! I am a huge fan of your work. While researching my ancestry, I made several trips to my ancestral home at Glencull, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The area inspired the village in A Thin Slice of Heaven as well as the castle. The potato famine was inspired by a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park and Museum at Omagh, County Tyrone. Whenever I visit Ireland, I feel the energy and history there almost as if I am being transported into the past. It is truly a magical and mystical country.Read More
This is your moment to focus in on what really matters to you, this is your moment to push back the distractions that have been pulling you backwards and forwards like warring schoolchildren. There have been so many distractions. The energies have been intense, demanding, and full of opportunity. Each distraction held the promise of more experience, more opportunities to let go, to release and to take a step forward. You have followed these steps and walked in many different directions, but at this moment in time, this moment of power, this moment of focus, I ask you to consider where you REALLY want your steps to take you.Read More
I’m delighted to welcome Kim J Griffin of 2ndSightPics to join me by the fire for a cosy chat. Kim brings her paganism and deep love of nature to her photography, and produces beautiful pictures that really highlight the magic in nature. She has entranced me with her images, so I was really excited when she agreed to come for a chat. Here we talk about the connection between intuition and creativity, as well as paganism, nature and the environment.Read More
In Neverland you look at the story of Peter Pan, from a very different perspective, casting Captain Hook, or Jamie, as the romantic lead. What gave you the idea?
Martha, you know me. 😉 Nothing gave me the idea, actually. In fact, it was someone. Jamie Hook himself. I’m telling you and your reader this, because I know you’ve got experience with energies and will understand when I tell you that I sort of channelled the story. The idea, the characters, the book. And it wasn’t on purpose, either. It was in a moment when I watched Peter Pan with my son a long time ago that suddenly one very charismatic and insisting energy tapped on my shoulder.
Writing always happens like that for me. I don’t just invent stories. I always wait for the moment when a great energy out there stops by and says hi. They feel almost as real to me, as the person next to you feels to you. I get their thoughts and intentions in form of emotions and images in my head. James Hook—the one I wrote about—is a character in a different dimension, if you like to look at it that way. And he broadcasted his story on a frequency that connected with my reception. I was a tremendously lucky girl that he chose me to tell his story.Read More
December is a month that offers change and shift. Those who are looking for change will find it to be a wild ride where their own potential for manifestation increases many fold. They will find that the universe moves with them to change in whatever direction is in their own greatest good. If you are on your path it will open up before you. Distractions will fall away and become quieter, or disappear altogether. The journey will open up before you with more clarity than you have experienced in the past. There will be opportunities, helpers and guides at every turn to help you move further in your own right direction. This is a time to be really clear about what you want. It is a time to be focused on your goals, not on your fears. Because those fears will lead you into road-blocks and difficulties. Only aligned and forward-moving ventures will have wings at this time, so be truly honest with yourself.Read More
A guest post by Rom Com author Beth Good.
Christmas, falling at midwinter, is the time of year most associated with magic. Midwinter is the darkest time, the cold drawing inexorably in – ‘Winter is coming!’ as George RR Martin eerily puts it in Game of Thrones – that we as human beings have been conditioned over millennia to fear. Yet the dark is traditionally a friend to magic. Night was once a blessed cover for witches whose activities might otherwise have led to their deaths if undertaken during daylight hours. Many spells and rituals need to be performed at night. And while the dark of the moon is often considered a time for potent or dangerous magic, it’s also a moment when we can pause for reflection, seeking within for spiritual sustenance. Planting seeds and waiting for them to grow.Read More
There are certain books I love so much, I go back into them for a visit. The characters are like friends I want to see again. The places feel so real I’m sure I’ve been there before.
My favourites for rereading are The Catch Trap by Marian Zimmer Bradley, a love story about flyers in a circus, (trapeze artists, Twilight, and of course Harry Potter. As a child I read my copy of the BFG by Roald Dahl into tatters, and the beautiful A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson. What was it about those books that I loved? Well the characters were the main thing. When I finished them I didn’t want to say goodbye. I have been known to restart a book immediately for that reason. The world and life they took me into was pure magic, enveloping me in a completely different reality.