Mabon thoughts from pagan photographer Kim Griffin

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Slowly a dying hush like a blanket of mist falls across a sleepy earth. The descending darkness embraces the great mother and sleep calls her whispering on an autumn breeze. Trees bow down as she passes a last blaze of finery and coppery gold leaves slip gently floating to the ground a patchwork of a fading summer.

The best time of the year for me is autumn . A time to go inwards and reflect on the past year – roaring fires and darkness. Evenings lit by glowing candles and reading ghost stories. Walking in a silent woodland leaves crunching underfoot and the smell of the earth’s sleep. Spindly spiky boughs over head ghost-like against grey skies, always beautiful, somehow more evocative than summer.

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Check out my Interview on Ascension, on Lunar Wisdom’s Sacred Circle programme

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This week I am on The Sacred Circle programme on Lunar Wisdom’s channel, talking about Ascension. It’s an hour long programme, so find a time when you can put your feet up, or listen to it while you’re doing busy-work, and have a listen. I’d love to hear your own thoughts on the interview, and on Ascension in general, so please do join the discussion in the comments.

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The Hidden Message in Fantasy Fiction

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Writing non-fiction is relatively straight forward, a bit like teaching a class only you aren’t sat in front of them. You have a skill or a talent for a specific topic, and it feels right to pass on your knowledge so that others can benefit from your expertise/experience. When I wrote my non-fiction titles, I created them purely for a handful of people who I thought might find them helpful. At that time, I didn’t think that people across the world might also find inspiration in my written words. My book, How I Changed My Life in a Year, became a bestseller in self-help, and women’s biographies, and it helped me realise just how important personal reflection can be. Alongside my non-fiction work, I’ve always harboured a selfish goal to write a book series dedicated to the make-believe characters that run amok in my brain at any given moment.

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Why I Use the Word Psychic

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‘I don’t consider myself psychic.’ I hear lots of people use this sentence, people who earn their living through tarot readings, Reiki and other intuitive services. Mostly they class themselves as intuitive rather than psychic. There is a stigma attached to the word psychic, and I can well understand why people choose to steer clear. The same goes for the term ‘witch’. Throughout history witches, psychics and even natural healers have been persecuted. They have been rejected, burned at the stake, locked up and tortured. People have been accused of practices they haven’t been involved in, called evil and deranged. They have been feared, avoided … need I go on?

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The Allure of the Crystal Ball

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Since I was a young girl, I have had a fascination with crystals balls. The image of a Romany woman hovering her ring adorned hands over the large glass sphere set in front of her on the table, her bracelets jingling against each other as she slowly moved her fingers along the sphere’s surface, staring into the clear ball, has always been what appeared in my mind whenever I contemplated divination. There was always something mysterious and captivating about the crystal ball sitting on that table; I desired to be that Romany woman. I wanted to experience the mystical powers of the crystal ball for myself, but it seemed that I didn’t have the means to purchase one, at least not until last year.

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Interview with Eclectic Witch, Aaron Lozano, of Turtle Heart Tarot

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Hi Aaron, thanks for agreeing to visit The Curious Mystic today. You describe yourself as an eclectic witch. What does the term ‘witch’ mean to you?

I have never really put much thought into what the term ‘witch’ means to me. You really got me to thinking there. That is good! I guess (in my own words) a witch is a person who takes the energy from around them and manifests such wonderful things into this world.

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