Today’s Reading – Four of Swords – 20.01.2022

Today’s card – taken from Tarot of Mystical Moments – by Catrin Welz-Stein Like the more traditional card here we have our protagonist lying horizontally, but not on a tomb, she’s not a knight, or the effigies of a knight, she is, may I suggest,  not dead, but a young woman/girl lying, well more cradle,Continue reading “Today’s Reading – Four of Swords – 20.01.2022”

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January’s Cold Moon.

A Chilly Night by Christiana Rossetti 1830-1894* I rose at the dead of night,     And went to the lattice aloneTo look for my Mother’s ghost     Where the ghostly moonlight shone. My friends had failed one by one,     Middle-aged, young, and old,Till the ghosts were warmer to me     Than my friends that had grown cold. I lookedContinue reading “January’s Cold Moon.”

The Annunciation

I wanted to share with you a small piece called ‘The Annunciation’, that I wrote last year and which has been published by a small non-profit online magazine called The Cauldron This is the link if anyone would like to read it. There are some other amazing stories, poetry and non-fiction in there too. WhyContinue reading “The Annunciation”

Bluebells

The Bluebell* A fine and subtle spirit dwellsIn every little flower,Each one its own sweet feeling breathesWith more or less of power. There is a silent eloquenceIn every wild bluebellThat fills my softened heart with blissThat words could never tell. Yet I recall not long agoA bright and sunny day,‘Twas when I led a toilsomeContinue reading “Bluebells”

Wide yawns the sea…

Starless and cold is the night,Wide yawns the sea,And over the sea, flat on his paunch,Sprawls that uncouth lubber, the northwind,And, quite at his ease, with hoarse, piping voice,Like a peevish curmudgeon who grows good-humoured,Chats to the water below;And he spins mad yarns without number,Slaughter-breathing tales of giants,World-old Norwegian sagas;And between-whiles, far-bellowing, laughs he, andhowlsContinue reading “Wide yawns the sea…”

Simmel Cake and Saint Judas

This morning, half watching a cookery show, I heard Mary Berry talking about how there were only 11 disciples on the Simmel cake. The reason being that of course they would not allow a traitor such as Judas to decorate such an auspicious cake. That got me thinking and I looked back on a postContinue reading “Simmel Cake and Saint Judas”

The Feast of The Annunciation – March 25th

The threefold terror of love; a fallen flareThrough the hollow of an ear;Wings beating about the room;The terror of all terrors that I boreThe Heavens in my womb. Had I not found content among the showsEvery common woman knows,Chimney corner, garden walk,Or rocky cistern where we tread the clothesAnd gather all the talk? What isContinue reading “The Feast of The Annunciation – March 25th”

She had never been Much of a Seamstress

As some of you know I am a writer amongst other things, so I thought I’d share with you one of my Short Stories which has been recently – well last year – published by Mookychick. Mookychick is on a Hiatus at the moment, but have a look around there is plenty to see there,Continue reading “She had never been Much of a Seamstress”

Garm of Hounds

Skíðblaðnir best of boats; Of all the gods is Óðinn the greatest, And Sleipnir the best of steeds; Bifröst of bridges, Bragi of skalds, Hábrók of hawks, and Garm of hounds* This is our rescue boy, Nathan, a Hound of fine upstanding….He’s been with us since July of last year,2020. He came to us inContinue reading “Garm of Hounds”

Candlemass 2nd February

Bede records in his Reckoning of Time (A.D. 725) the use of candles at the Feast of Purification was common in his day.  (Latin Text) O]n the feast of St Mary, the whole populace with the priests and ministers goes on procession through the churches and the city neighbourhoods, all singing devout hymns, and carrying in theirContinue reading “Candlemass 2nd February”

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