Wisdom of the Acorn


When Nature plants an acorn, it strives to yield its potential — and destiny — as a magnificent oak, its growth tempered only by the amount of sun, rain, and nutrients.

But what of we humans? What other factors may be in play?

Our beliefs — and that of others — can shape who we are, and how we experience the world. Our growth too is tempered by the amount of sun, rain and nutrients we receive… the sun of love and affection, the rain of our confidence and self-worth, the nutrients of healthy relationships.

But when some of those elements are missing, and life become challenging, we still can choose to believe in our Self.

If this happens in your life, choose to believe in your potential, that you are magnificent… empowered…. capable… deserving of love, joy, happiness, success, abundance.

Mahatma Gandhi said it well:

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

So, what do we do with that fear?

This time of the Waning Moon is a very powerful time for releasing what no longer serves us… allowing our authentic empowered self to step up and emerge.

What fears might be at play for you?

What could you gratefully release?

That fear may have once served you, and kept you safe… but maybe now it’s just holding you back and has become a burden.

Question it.

Release it, through a release ritual or with a PSYCH-K balancing session.


“Fear is your greatest obstacle – so question your fear. If it does not serve your greatest life then do not make it your master.”
– Joy Page

So, be like the Acorn…
fulfill your potential and destiny.

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Third Quarter Moon: Goddess Empowerment and Stone Ritual Release


Today Grandmother Moon moves into her Third Quarter at 12:13 PM Pacific Time. For some, this is the time of The Enchantress, and the goddess energies of The Morrigan, Lilith and Kali. In other traditions, it is the time of The Matriarch and the goddess energies of Mab, Demeter, Hera and Yemaya. But the commonality is clear… a time of deep knowledge, confidence, authority, self-empowerment and intuition.

In a nod to both traditions, my Moon Bowl is set for the Third Quarter and flanked by Kali from The School of Gypsy Arts Seeds Of Shakti Oracle Deck and the Brigid’s Grove Woman Runes card The Whole Moon, representing The Matriarch.

The lunar Third Quarter is akin to Autumn in the solar year. You planted new seeds at the New Moon, grew them in the Waxing Moon and saw them bloom at the Full Moon. And now, Grandmother Moon’s light is waning, diminishing, her energy is becoming quieter, more introspective, more Yin, more intuitive. You are now reaping the harvest that you started at the beginning of the cycle and are preparing for the completion of your journey by shedding and releasing what no is longer required…. revealing your true self, and only that which is essential for you.

Consider meditating today on the Soul Question(s):

“What is my true essence?”

“What can I now shed that no longer serves me?”

The Enchantress asks that you now trust your intuition and being comfortable with “not knowing” as you meditate on your questions.

Release Ritual with Stones

Open and close this ritual as you would normally do, such as creating sacred space, calling in the directions, calling in your guides, etc.

Using a stone that you can release to Mother Earth (a found pebble or small stone), meditate on your Soul Questions, on what you would like to release, holding the stone in your receiving hand (for me, that is the left).

Once you have your answer, thank your guides and the goddess.

Now, release the stone to Mama Earth in any way that is easy for you… placing in a window box, or dropping it somewhere close to home on a walk. As you do so, say something like:

“I now release with ease that which no longer serves me,
to be cleansed and returned to Mother Earth.
Blessed be!”


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Transforming with Autumn energies


Over a year (and over time), so many changes and transformations take place in Nature. And the alchemy of Nature can happen so quickly by adding — or diminishing — the elements of earth, fire, air and water throughout the year.

In Autumn…
Green leaves turn to reds, golds, purples
Berries and nuts ripen and fall
Some animals prepare for winter hibernation
Plants and trees draw down their energies
Birds and marine creatures migrate

In Spring…
Tree renew with bright green buds and leaves
Fallen acorns root and become young oaks
Animals give birth
Sap rises in the trees
Dormant plants renew and grow

Our ancestors were tuned into the seasons too — preserving foods by canning, drying and fermenting in the autumn; planting and spring cleaning in the spring; indoor crafts and repairs in winter …

How do you change with the seasons?

How does your energy shift?

What transformations are happening in YOUR life as we move towards Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere and Beltaine in the Southern Hemisphere?


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Samhain is coming!


Samhain is Coming!

Kidding aside (and yes, I am a Game of Thrones fan, for those who recognize Jon Snow!), Samhain IS coming, representing the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of the New Year (the dark half of the year), the new Wheel of the Year… and the time of year when the veils between the worlds are said to be the thinnest.

This and Beltaine (around May 1st) are my favourite times of the year. And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you will soon be celebrating Beltaine, the start of the light half of the year.

Samhain (pronounced sow-en, so-ven or sah-wen) is traditionally celebrated beginning at dusk — the start of the day in Celtic traditions — on October 31st and throughout November 1st. Its meaning is rooted in the Gaelic words for “summer’s end”, and it is the last of the three Celtic harvest festivals (Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox, and Samhain).

There are four special days in the Wheel of the Year — including Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lughnasadh — that fall on the cross-quarter days, which are defined as the midpoint between a solstice and an equinox. Although many celebrate these on traditional fixed dates, the actual dates may vary somewhat, as do the dates and times of the solstices and equinoxes. For instance, “true” Samhain this year is actually November 7 at 23:42 UTC (15:42 here in Vancouver). You can celebrate on either day… or both!

There are many elements to Samhain celebrations, including honouring the past and our ancestors, honouring The Crone energy of the coming winter, and the deep work of meditating / reviewing our own past year and the lessons learned, which will help us determine how we can move forward in the coming year.

At Samhain, and at the end of Autumn, those who work with Goddess energies often lookcailleach-300dpi-2-copy to Cerridwen, Hecate, and The Cailleach (KAL-y-ach). These goddesses may be known by so many other names too… the Wise Woman, The Crone, The Grandmother and The Hag… the psychopomps that help us move from the summer and autumn into winter, from life to the other worlds… and share their ancient Earth wisdom with us.

In Celtic traditions, The Cailleach is also part of the Triple Goddess (Maiden-Mother-Crone) and transcends any one “power”… she is connected to the Earth itself, in all its aspects…. the waters, the mountains, the animals, the storms, the winter, the cold.  She is immanent, the Divine manifested in the material world.  She is the Ancient Ancestor, the Earth itself.

But there are many ways of celebrating Samhain if the Goddess work does not speak to you. Samhain celebrations and rituals can include:

  • Lighting candle for your ancestors, and for those who have recently passed
  • Adding pictures or mementos of loved ones who have passed to a home altar or special place in your home
  • Taking a journey with your guides to examine the past year and receive messages and wisdom from your ancestral guides, to help you see through the darkness into light, and to use your inner strength and courage
  • Having a “silent supper”, with a place and chair set for those who have transitioned in the last year or for the ancestors. Mark a portion of the dinner time for silent contemplation, perhaps with a bell rung to signify the beginning and the end of that period (it can be as short as 10 minutes)
  • Making a Samhain loose incense for your altar, or for smudging your home
  • Carving the initials of the recently departed into a candle, and lighting it in their honour
    • Tip: Let the candle extinguish naturally. Any colour may be used, but many people prefer black or white for this ritual.

How do YOU celebrate or observe Samhain?

I’ll be sharing some of my favourite practices over the next two weeks until Samhain including a very special ritual for An Cailleach, The Crone. 🎃

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Aries Full Moon and the Mother Goddesses of Summer


Here in Vancouver, the Full Moon arrives tonight at 9:25 PM Pacific Time and is known to many as the Hunter’s Moon. And like all Full Moons, it will rise shortly after sunset in the East. A  glorious spectacle! It rises in the fire sign of Aries and then moves into Taurus the next morning at 8:04 AM Pacific Time.

In Grandmother Moon’s monthly journey, the Full Moon represents the time of The Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess and the Goddesses of Summer… the fullness and abundance of growth and fertility. Call on the wisdom and energy of Demeter, Freyja, Gaia to support your journey as we embrace the Full Moon yang energy and transition with it to the Waning yin release phase.

In the waxing journey of Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon), you focused on your dreams, intentions, and goals, nurturing those precious buds and new beginnings in your Inner Garden. Now they are starting to flower and flourish.

The Full Moon is bright (especially this month’s SuperMoon Hunter’s Moon!) and rises at sunset, so is visible at night much longer than in other lunar phases. Our ancestors celebrated the light of the Full Moon — something we can’t appreciate in the same way with our city lights (oh, to be in the countryside!) — by getting together in communal celebrations, dancing, and the occasional libation. And many farmed by the light of the moon.

Consider how you can celebrate the moonlight and the flowering of your dreams and goals… perhaps a walk… meeting with friends… doing something you enjoy… a full moon ritual. Howl at the Moon if it feels good!

The Full Moon is a good time to step firmly into the light… to look at things clearly and without apology… to stand in YOUR light… and to shine that light onto your inner Cauldron.

The theme at the New Moon was “Courage, my Love”, and that still holds for this Full Moon in Aries. It is a time of action, decisiveness, and fire. No subtlety here! Remind yourself of this emotion throughout the Full Moon period, and any journeying, meditation or ritual work you do.

Remind yourself what it feels like when you embrace your courage … how it feels to be courageous… what happens when you start from a place of courage… what it feels like to BE courage. And as we move to the Waning half of the lunar journey, release whatever blocks you from standing in your Courage, whatever blocks you from being your authentic self or from completing your goals.


🌕 If any of your crystals or sacred tools need a gentle cleansing or charging, place them on a windowsill to bask in the moonlight. If you can safely place them outdoors, do so… but don’t forget that many a four-legged creature is foraging for winter at the moment!

🌕 Do a release ritual using the fire element. This can be as simple as writing what you want to release (perhaps that which is blocking you from standing in your courage) on a slip of paper, then safely burn the paper in a cauldron or with a candle in heat-proof dish. (For a more detailed description of this ritual, click here to read our Full Moon Fire Release Ritual)

🌕 Work with your heart chakra… the heart (“coeur” in French) is the seat of your “coeur-age”.

🌕 Journey or meditate on your Inner Cauldron with your guides… a perfect time to ask your Soul Question for this week: What is flourishing?

🌕  If you work with tarot or oracle cards, do a spread for insights into your current situation. I recently recommended the spread created by Bree of Nyms Divination for our recent Fall Equinox Tarot Hop: The Cerridwen Cauldron Spread and Meditation. It is so powerful and perfect for this phase of the moon! Click here to read Bree’s article (and listen to wonderful Cerridwen meditation she created!) and to download the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Tarot Spread.


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Connect with The Maiden’s wisdom at the Quarter Moon


I love the increasing energy of the Waxing Crescent… each day a little bit more Yang energy as we approach the fullness of the Moon.

And tomorrow — Saturday October 8th — Grandmother Moon reaches the First Quarter of her monthly travels @ 9:32 PM Pacific Time. Are you ready for this next step of the journey?

This is the time to connect with La Luna’s Maiden energy, and the Goddesses of Spring and young women… Diana, Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, Brigid, Freya, Hestia… so many to choose from!

In the New Moon, you planted the seeds of your dreams and goals, and now they are taking root, firmly connecting with Mama Earth’s grounding energy and starting to grow. It’s time to take action, to take steps to make those goals reality.

Have you prepared your Soul Questions for your First Quarter ritual and meditations?

✨Stay true to your dreams as you journey✨

❤️Go forth with courage, my love!❤️


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The beauty of transformation


I took a walk this morning, curious to see what the Trees had released in last night’s wind and rain storm here in Vancouver. Whenever possible, I collect from windfall rather than collecting directly from the trees… even though I do ask 🌳their permission❤️

It was breezy and so invigorating, walking through the fallen leaves with the smells of autumn all around, and I found a few fallen treasures to add to my Autumn incense.

Each tree is changing, going through its life cycle of growth and change… into its time of rest and renewal… preparing for regrowth and new energy in the Spring. Some trees have turned completely and have lost their leaves, whilst the tops of others are ablaze with colour but with the lower leaves — those closest to the trunk and roots — still retaining their vibrant green.

As each tree experiences its transformation, it celebrates with riotous colour, changing from calm and restful greens to brilliant golds, reds and purples until the branches are once again bare… Just as we too can celebrate our own transformations in Autumn, and release in preparation for the rest of Winter.

Yet not everyone has the same perspective… I see cycles of change and transformation, whilst others see only endings. I remember a conversation last year with a neighbour. As I was basking in the beauty around me and snapping pictures, a neighbour walking her dog stopped beside me and said, “I hate this time of year. All those falling leaves are just death to me!”

What medicine did the plant spirits teach me today? That change can be beautiful, as we go through the threshold of transformation.

How do you feel about Autumn?

And how do you celebrate your transformation?


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