“The Ancestors Speak” Oracle Deck

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Created in Glastonbury on Samhain in 2016, these are a wonderful deck of cards that are unusual in the most glorious arty way. “The Ancestors Speak” oracle deck has been created using a mix-media collage technique and they are so unique.

Created by artist Kelly Harcus, these cards can be used for daily guidance or can be used in a more comprehensive spread. They are the same size as tarot cards and comprise of 22 cards which matches the number of the Major Arcana in Tarot. They are very handy to pop in your bag if you fancied doing a reading for someone or maybe just a contemplative moment in the woods. There is no complicated explanation for these cards, or symbology that leaves you baffled; they speak to you through the practical use of text on the cards and most importantly; using your intuition. The images are very thought provoking so that will certainly get you inspired for your reading.

For those of you who undertake ancestral work then these cards are something you should look into owning.

You can buy them right here

Being your True Self – Welcome To StyleLikeU

 

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Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

Kurt Cobain

I have been following the StyleLikeU Youtube channel for a while now. It is packed full of wonderful interviews with people living their lives creatively. It is run by a mother-daughter team whose primary focus is to empower people to accept and express their true selves. The whole idea of this has inspired me to share this project with you. I am yet to purchase it but they have just released, what looks like a gorgeous book packed full of amazing people –expect a review of that soon.

Over the years I have realised that fashion is only fashion if you follow. Your personal style isn’t fashion. It is an extension of your soul; if you ripped out my guts right now it would be dressed in black fringe, glitter and a demon leather jacket. I am just projecting what I feel inside. I am not dressing to impress, I am not showing off my wealth nor am I pretending to be someone else just to fit in. This is why I enjoy the videos so much, these people are unapologetically themselves and they tell us why. StylelikeU dissects the artist, the person, the bohemian in a way that only leads to self-acceptance.

My favourite video is of Stav Bee,  a performance artist and DJ based in London. She has a fierce demeanor that is so inspiring, I see a lot of myself in her especially when it comes to letting people into her life, formulas, being different and facing death.

“There’s no formula to love, no formula to be a human being, no formula to be a worker, and there’s no formula to how to live.”

I am going to share the video with you and hope you look through their other videos to inspire that soul to come on out and enjoy itself through the world of creativity.

The Art Of Change

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“How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so? ” -Charles Bukowski

Get up at 6am. Force food down your throat. Get dressed. Get out the door. Sit in the office for 8-12 hours. Eat lunch quickly. Go home. Eat. Go to bed. Repeat.

“Sorry love, that’s life” says your Mother.

“Sorry love, it’s not” I say to my daughter.

OK, so I don’t have a daughter but if I chose to live my life again, I would tell myself that working just to live is the most soul destroying action a human can ever undertake. The only exception is if you have your dream job. If you don’t, then your life is wasting away as you constantly wish for Friday, you wish for payday, you wish for Christmas breaks…you are wishing your life away.

What if we were just to STOP? Just for a moment…

What if we were to take a long bath instead of that quick shower?

What if we made a delicious dinner rather than chucking something in the microwave?

What if we ignored the clock? YES, ignore the clock. Don’t watch the clock, listen to yourself, your human clock and let that decide what to do. Eat when you feel hungry, drink when you feel thirsty, go to bed when you are tired. When did we stop listening to our bodies?

It has been such an eye opener over the past couple of years; the media have been publishing articles on how to beat depression and anxiety. It is a huge problem because we live in a world that is moving too fast, too much is expected from us. We simply can’t cope – even if we look happy on the outside, we are crumbling inside. We ache for peace so we buy things we don’t need when what we have inside us is really the gift we should be buying ourselves – happiness. If only we would stop to let it out.

This year, on a personal level, I let it all out. The biggest frustration in my life was the travelling I did to get to work. I found myself missing the essential pieces of getting myself together in the mornings. Now, I have a ritual of mindfully drinking tea, taking in the air of the morning in the garden, eating my breakfast and reading my cards for the day. Now, I have control over myself instead of the other way around. I asked if I could change my working hours – they said yes. There is no shame in asking to move things around, if it makes you more productive and then why would they disagree?

This isn’t about being selfish, it is about taking control of your life from the inside. If you feel you need deep internal change then get to it.

Write out a list of things you want to change and move through them one by one.

Never assume people will say no.  

Just ask.

Remember what makes you happy even if you dance to your favourite song in the morning or wander on the grass without your shoes on.

Don’t listen to what you should be doing.

Ignore what “they say” you should do.

Listen to yourself.

Be yourself.

Love yourself.

 

Be More Bohème

 

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Source: Aëla Labbé

Be More Bohème , that is my message but what does that actually mean?

According to the trusty internet a bohemian can be defined as a carefree soul that defies convention.

My definition? A bohemian is a magical being that moves through life sprinkling glitter with every gesture, they are always reaching for the moon and dirtying their nails in the earth. They appear as artists, Mothers, teachers, light workers, writers, witches, and mystical beings.

Bohemianism is a very romantic word; it conjures up images of starving artists at rowdy parties and caffeine highs in the cafés of Paris. This is, as I say, a romantic view but what does this mean today? From my observations and numerous conversations; we have become disillusioned. The world is moving faster than we can manage, more is expected of us and we feel like the art of creativity is “just a hobby”. We are not expressing ourselves enough, we aren’t allowing ourselves to live creative lives; we must embody the magic we were born with.

As a child I saw life as birth and death. Anything in-between was a day in, day out struggle. You were born to work and if you had a good job you were obviously more intelligent and better than anyone else (yeah right). I yearned for more, I knew there was more to this life and all these years later I have realised there really is and it is amazing!!

The bit in-between life and death is a journey and instead of trudging your way through it we must paint it with bright colours, throw glitter at it (I really love glitter) and understand who we are and where we came from. We need to explore ourselves and what is around us, understand we have the ability to heal ourselves and connect to our primal nature. We have lost that connection and being able to bring it back into your life will conjure up that sense of happiness we all wish for.

I believe the bohemian soul knows itself through and through and feeds itself until it wants to burst. You can feed it with long country walks, reading a book, sipping tea, painting, writing, dancing, playing games with children, eating a comforting dinner, cuddling up with your significant other, buying a warm blanket for the cold nights, dressing up, making pottery, filling your fingers full of rings, getting tattooed, lying on the grass staring at the stars, worshiping the moon, sowing seeds…this is food for the soul. We must learn to do what makes us happy and what makes our heart sing and not what people think we should do.

This blog was created to inspire. It is a continuous resource of inspiration and wisdom. Despite what has happened to us, what we are going through or what we try and plan for the future we must accept that this is all one big journey. We have two options; we curl up in a ball and live it in misery or we open ourselves up to the beauty of our journey. As soon as we open up, so does the world around us. So turn off the phone and tune into yourself.

Just remember one thing: you are magic my dear and I hope you can follow my journey and if you want, come on it with me.

Katie

Mystic Sister: An Interview With Jordyn Schwersky

I discovered Mystic Sister a couple of months back and fell in love with it. A site run by the magical Jordyn Schwersky, I decided to reach out and say hello. Whether you want a tarot card reading, buy healing balms and teas or you want to invite some magic into your life via her blog and guidance – Mystic Sister is the place to go. I was really happy when Jordyn agreed to answer a few questions for the blog because I know you will love her.
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When did you first discover you had an interest in reading cards? (both oracle and tarot)
My mom got me into tarot when I was younger, maybe middle-school aged, and she’d read for me and take me to other readers to get my cards read and teach me about the cards. I didn’t start reading myself until I was about 18, though. My interest in oracle cards is fairly recent. I only got my first oracle deck a year or two ago.
Do you have a preference at all? If so, why?
It depends on the question I’m asking. If I want to get more specific I’ll go to the tarot. If I want a more general idea of what’s going on I’ll break out the oracle cards. I also might read with an oracle deck if I’m wondering about something an oracle deck is based on, like the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck or the Black and the Moon Arcana of Astrology. So I don’t really have a preference in regards to tarot vs oracle. I go with what energy feels right.
Why do you think people have such a fear of any sort of card, be it oracle or tarot?
This is a great question, and it has a pretty simple answer. I think it really comes down to not actually understanding what the cards mean. Let’s take the Death card, because that’s one a lot of people are afraid of. This is actually one of my favorite cards in the deck. Often people think it means someone’s literally going to die, or they’re really afraid of losing something. What they don’t see is that this card is also really indicative of rebirth and new growth. So I think the fear just comes from misunderstanding.
Tell me what inspired you to create your amazing site – Mystic Sister.
First of all, thank you! That’s so kind of you to call it amazing. Mystic Sister actually began as a small WordPress blog called Jordyn Myah’s Misadventures. When I was in college getting my Journalism degree, one class I was in actually required us to keep a blog. I focused mine on film and television (I’m a major pop culture junkie). After that class I turned it into a general blog about my life. It slowly grew, and at a certain point I dropped the word Misadventures from the site name so it was just Jordyn Myah, and I began writing more about mental health. It was both a way to cope with my own depression and anxiety as well as a way to educate and reach out to others dealing with mental illness. After a while I decided to start offering tarot readings for money, and shortly after that decided to open the apothecary. (My love of herbalism stemmed from my acne. Homemade herbal skincare products were the first things to actually help my acne, and it grew from there.) When I decided to open the apothecary, I decided to move to more of a brand that went beyond my name, and after months (literally) of agonizing over what to call it, I came up with Mystic Sister. With the name change came a website redesign, and that’s how I got to what you see today!
Is your site your full-time job or do you do other things?
I work part-time for my dad, who is also a small business owner, so that I have a bit of a stable income while I build up Mystic Sister. The goal, though, is to eventually live solely off the income from Mystic Sister.
feel that society has lost its magic in some ways, people are more concerned about material goods so I try and bring as much meaning and magic into my life everyday. In what ways do you make sure you are connected to your calling as a wild woman everyday?
I totally agree with you. As a society we’ve become so disconnected from the Earth and the spirit realm and the magic that used to be a part of everyday life. The good thing is that more and more people are beginning to reconnect to magic, and there are so many ways you can do this. Obviously one thing I try to do is read my cards daily, which is a more overt action. There are also a lot of subtle ways I connect to magic. One thing I do is take greens powder every day. It’s a great way to connect to plants, and I make the action of stirring the powder into orange juice and drinking it a ritual. I also regularly water my plants and see how they’re doing and make that a ritual too rather than a chore. I also light a ton of candles at night and spend time in their light and scent. I also set up an altar in my studio, which is a great way to connect to ritual while making the altar but also to stop and connect to the altar itself whenever I see it without having to do anything. I also read a ton and do a lot of research. I’m really interested in both the magic of the past and in the scientific ways (in terms of herbs) that we’ve come to understand magic today. I also walk my dog everyday and use that time to meditate. I take herbal baths too. I’m also doing ancestral work right now and discovering where my ancestors came from and the magic of their areas. A lot of people think you need to do spells to invite magic into your life, and while spells are fun and often effective, I think the best way to stay magical is to create rituals out of things you do everyday. Just constantly be present and aware of what you’re doing.
You can visit her site right here

Patchwork People: Musings on being multi-faceted

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I see it too many times, I see people shying away from their true selves because they worry about the opinion of others. They believe that people will evict them from their social circle, if you have friends like that then we will not call them friends. True friends know you well enough to enjoy your company whether it is head banging at a gig, walking around bookshops, getting tattooed or reading your poetry out loud to a hall full of patchouli wearing bohemians (which will include yourself of course). I am and have always been – multi-faceted. I am not afraid of it either. I can be whimsical and wear a victorian style dress or I can get some skinny jeans on and cowboy boots. I am just me and within that; there are a lot of different pieces waiting to be discovered.

I am an entity, a full person who is not rich in pocket but rich in appetite; an appetite for knowledge and exploration. I am interested in so many things in this world that my brain spins in my skull as every second ticks by. My observations show me that there are many people with a certain façade but inside they carry a great patchwork of loves and hates. Some of these patches are so unlike each other yet some are nearly identical, however they will never be shown to anyone else because the façade is so strong and so influenced by onlookers that the patchwork is like another person, a secret person nestled inside you. It is all good and well to have guilty pleasures but when you are not fulfilling your life when time is so short, it brings great sadness.

I may have a job but my purpose in life is undoubtedly; writing. If you look into my history, I believe I may have covered a lot of ground when it comes to my craft. My writing career has ranged from publishing traditional to surrealist poetry, gothic short stories, producing autobiographical zines, I was an occult columnist, a creative copywriter and the editor of a rock and roll magazine. I have taken the route of which I started and I am writing for myself, incorporating influences from the people that took my hand and led me down the path I so wished to walk down.

I am however, susceptible to obsessions. I may have years of reading a certain circle of authors and then I may discover something else but for me, within art, obsession is completely healthy and it feeds the mind, it feeds the soul – it is a beautiful experience because it shows you are hungry. I am always hungry, if not starving.

Whet your appetite and open up to yourself. You only have one chance on earth and you must use it. Drink it up, indulge, learn, discover and never be afraid of making mistakes. Be yourself.

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman

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I call Neil Gaiman my gardener. He helped to plant seeds and constantly water my creativity. I have a lot to thank him for.

The View From The Cheap Seats is a huge tome filled to the brim with brilliant essays on just about everything. From his life as a writer, making good art to introducing us to some of the people he has come across in his life that have made a difference. From start to finish this is a wonderful read that just inspired me so much I thought I might burst at the seams. Libraries, bookshops, music, fairytales and a bounty of creative influences – this is absolutely jam packed with so many amazing tales and inspiration for the modern day writer.

Neil isn’t someone who thinks he has a gift and that no one else can have it. Some writers tend to have egos that are so big that there is no room for anyone else in the literary world. Neil is very down to earth and open about his craft, the very nature of writing is to share stories and he does this well both in fiction and non-fiction, as you will find out in this book. He is passionate about his work, even after all these years his mind is still churning up stories that are as magical as they day he started writing these fantastical tales. He is a true gem that everyone should treasure and if you have never read any of his work then go out and find a world you will never want to come back from.

 

On Writing by Stephen King

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I have always been a fan of horror and as a child, I remember seeing Stephen King books at home, presumably my Mother’s as she is also a horror lover. I remember reading a couple and being quite scared by them. It was simple storytelling with wonderful imagery; I was hooked.

As a bestseller you just kind of assume that Stephen King just got published then bang…millionaire status. This is how little I knew about publishing and how little I knew about him it seems. I had seen this book in many bookshops but had never picked it up, for reasons I am not sure. I ordered it one day as I was doing research into creativity and I was absolutely bowled over by its honesty and advice.

On Writing is packed full of funny stories and useful tips that will leave you wanting to start a new novel or finish off that story you started last summer. Between a horrific accident and problems with alcohol and drugs, he has certainly come out the other side and is not afraid to tell all in this book. It is an honest and inspirational read that is constantly entertaining, it doesn’t preach and it certainly doesn’t tell you what to do. It simply hands you the tools of writing and leaves you to do what you need to with them. Basic, fascinating and practical. I believe this book should be on every writer’s book shelf.