I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun. I grew up in Vienna – not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to the country side, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop. (The laptop came first!} I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher back then called me a liar. Today, I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.Read More
There is the potential for great change and transformation in June, if you are able to harness the power of your own thoughts and manifest the energy that leads you down the path of your true desires.Mental energy is high this month, and with it comes the possibility of great manifestation, but also of great self-sabotage. Where you go with your thoughts, your fears, your feelings is up to you. Yes, you are subject to the things that are taking place around you, but how you interact with them on a daily basis, how you interact with them through your mind and your energy is entirely within your control. This mental interaction can create a fog that acts like a barrier between you and the world you want to manifest. Creation energy is high this month, the ability to begin or complete something that has been long in the works is high. But this fog that hangs between you and completion is no small thing.Read More
I’ve loved Stu McLellan’s Sky Whales since the first time I saw one. Whales have always been hugely meaningful to me and Stu’s skyscape whales express their magic so beautifully. So I was delighted when Stu agreed to pop in for a cosy chat, to tell us all about the inspiration and journey of painting the Sky Whale and his gorgeous mandalas.
Stu McLellan is an artist and illustrator, living and working in Hertfordshire. His work, which encompasses books, magazines, community projects, festivals and his own growing body of work, shares a common theme – a sense of wonder at the world, and an intention to celebrate our connection to all life. He is open to all kinds of creative commissions. His most recent work can be found on Instagram @stusshed, is available to buy at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/stusshed, and at www.stumclellan.co.uk, and you can email him at email@example.comRead More
A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and science fiction since her school days in England. Hurst moved to Canada in 1980 and was deeply influenced by the wild lands and the indigenous cultures that surrounded her. Y’keta, her first full length novel, is set in a mythical land reminiscent of pre-historic earth. An ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars. A member of the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society, Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game of ‘what if.’ Her first novel, Y’keta is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the American based RONE award for break out fantasy novel. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it.Read More
Channelled from The Light Circle.
As you begin this astrological New Year, many ideas and patterns have come up for re-examination. Many issues have come to light. This past month has been a swirling mass of emotion, of sensitivity, and of being impacted by the world and the energies around you. This process has been helpful in its way, and yet now is a good time to focus in on the things that are of most benefit to you.Look at your thoughts, look at your feelings, look at the emotions that have been overwhelming you, swamping you or causing your brain to run on over-time. Which of these are helpful, if any? Have you come out of this time with ideas that can help you move forward, or are they just holding you back from the path you know you want to walk? Your answers will vary. There is no one way that this will manifest. For some, ideas that have come up will have been deep and full of potential. You will he received inspiration that will help you move forwards in ways that you had not previously envisaged. For others, you will have been swamped with grief, with guilt, or with patterns and feelings that may come from your own history, or from those around you.
‘Mind over matter,’ someone said to me recently. I’ve lived by that mantra my whole life. I know my mind is powerful, yours is too. Even when our minds are using their power in unhelpful ways, they still display super-human strength our bodies can only marvel at. In spirituality we’re constantly harnessing that power, but there is a well-recognised tendency to focus on the higher chakras to the detriment of our body. I am not innocent of that. Unfortunately we tend to carry on with this Mind over Matter theory until we’re forced out of it. It’s such a cultural norm that we don’t even notice how unhelpful it is. We persuade ourselves it’s a good thing, that it’s weak to do anything else. But what does it really help us achieve? Is it helping us go after our dreams or just enabling us to keep our head above water in a world where we expect ever more of ourselves and others? And what would really happen if we allowed ourselves to sink and had a good look at what was below the surface?Read More
The potential for psychic communication and for transformation through intuitive work is high in March. For those of you who are either used to working in the psychic realms, or are keen to begin, now is a great time to delve into your own potential, into your own fascination with your multi-dimensional self. This is a good time to work on creative projects, as your ability to tap into the streams of current energy is at a personal high. You can create easily from your inner self, and from an understanding of the energies that are current in your world. You can gain much joy from this process if you allow yourself to truly open and do not bar your process from addressing that which is deep, personal, or revealing. Through this process of creativity, much can be transformed in your own energy and in the world you create for yourself. This is a time of creative visioning, a time to ponder on the world you would like to live in over the course of the next astrological cycle. Your visions have power, strength, and the ability to manifest, so use your creative juices with care, with intention, and with joy.Read More
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