Wishing Everyone a Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer Solstice
Celebrating the Oak King
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The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha, has been celebrated by various cultures all around the world for millennia. The longest day and the shortest night of the year is a celebration of the sun. In the Northern hemisphere everything is green and growing as we await a fruitful harvest.

The Oak King, the Sun God, is at the apex of his power.  He the God of light, fertility and the harvest.  Born at the Winter Solstice (Yule) he heralds the return of the sun.  His power grows as the year progresses, nourishing crops with warmth and light.

Wishing everyone a joyful and magickal Summer Solstice!

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The Gnome and I – Episode 12 – Winter

The Gnome and I – Adventures in First-Time Home Ownership
Episode 12 -Winter

To read from the beginning click here: The Gnome and I

November arrived and with it, cold and snow.  So now was the perfect opportunity to unpack everything and get organised.  No excuses!  Henri supervised, as usual, and soon practically every box was empty.  I was able to fit all my china and teapot collection in the cupboards.  A first!  Some of my things had been packed away for years.  In the small rental, there was very little opportunity to rearrange the furniture.  Here I could rearrange the furniture as often as I wished.  (Too often, in Henri’s opinion!)

“Where is my favourite cup?”

One day Henri had enough of all the chaotic rearranging and went outside.  About 10 minutes later I heard muffled cries of “Aidez-moi!” (Help me!)  I went to investigate and found Henri trapped in a snowdrift!  After I pulled him free, he sheepishly followed me back into the house and helped me unpack the last few boxes.
December brought quite a bit of snow.  As a renter I never shovelled snow.  Now that I was a grand property owner the job of snow removal was mine.  With one snowstorm after another it was becoming difficult to keep the path in front of my house clean.

One morning, after another heavy snowstorm, I heard the sounds of boots and singing.   Henri had enlisted the help of his friends who were visiting from Greenland and they were clearing the path.  No silly dwarf songs for them!  Bohemian Rhapsody* in 9 part harmony!

Winter Solstice arrived.  Henri and I hosted a lavish dinner for the Greenlandish gnomes.  2014 came to a close.  I was finally settled in.   Until the following Autumn, when much to Henri’s dismay, I brought all the things from the storage unit and began unpacking and rearranging all over again!

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*Songwriters: Freddie Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

What’s Your Sign? Celtic Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore June and July Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
10th June – 7th July

Above is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  They can be personalised with your name or the recipient’s name. Below is the 8 inch x 10 inch Zodiac sign.
All of the designs can be seen on my website magickmermaid.com
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About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs at MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

Mystery Blogger Award and Blue Sky Tag Award

Much to my surprise I have been nominated for two blog awards!  Thank you so much! 🙂
True to form I will not be playing by the rules (as it states on my blog in bold letters: Confirmed Contrarian). I’ll be answering the questions only.

Mystery Blogger Award
Questions courtesy of JIF, cartoonist extraordinaire from the blog
Procrastinator’s Day Off
A blog that is highly recommended by everyone everywhere!  So funny I spill my tea on a daily basis!  (JIF, Please send the sponge you mentioned in your latest blog post at your earliest convenience.) (And many apologies for my shamefully late response.  Procrastinating is one of my super powers.)

  • What size shoes do you wear?
    I don’t wear shoes; I’m a mermaid.
  • What would you do if you looked up now and saw a huge spider just in front of you?
    In the past I’d scream loudly and swim in the opposite direction! However, that is no longer an option and I have become the much-feared Spider Annihilator.
  • On a scale of 1-10, 1 being not very far to 10 being HELL YEAH, WE RULE THE UNIVERSE, MOFO’S!!! How far do you think the human race has progressed since people learned to stand on their back legs?
    -5.  Although someone invented chocolate so the humans can’t be all bad. (However, if they keep ruining the environment at this pace they will be back in a primordial ooze fairly soon.)
  • Tell me a secret, I promise to keep it to myself.
    ¬!”£$%az^&*()()_+al;kjfa[09iq4r0f ofkty]bo;WIS;L,vmz.wep[ocv’p[yt
    (I’ve used secret code for ultimate security.)
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck cars?
    Enough wood to build a two-car garage.

 

Blue Sky Tag Award
Questions courtesy of Susan W. Goldstein, Mistress of Ceremonies at the
Seriously? Blog.  Susan writes about the world with humour, eloquence, love and whimsy.

  1. sun or rain?
    It depends.  If it’s sunny and cold, fine.  If it’s sunny and warm I must be on a beach.  Otherwise rain.
  2. Chocolate: candy or a daily requirement?
    Obviously chocolate is a daily requirement!
  3. Pop-in visitors: hide in a closet or answer the door?
    Visitors who arrive unannounced are baked into a cake for my dragon’s dinner.  Although I had to stop doing that as the local constabulary was getting suspicious.  So now I just hide.
  4. Favorite scent:
    The ocean, of course!
  5. Museums – Interesting or bo-o-ring?
    I LOVE museums!  (If only there was a way for me to get paid to go to museums and view the exhibits.)
  6. Favorite spot for relaxing:
    On a beach!
  7. Next vacation (if money were no object):
    India
  8. Starbucks coffee or anywhere else but?
    I know I run the risk of being expelled from polite society with my answer. I do not like Starbucks coffee.  Actually, I don’t like coffee unless I’ve made it myself.  The beans must be freshly roasted that I grind myself, and made with spring water in a French press.
  9. Save or spend?
    Very difficult to save money these days as everything is insanely expensive but I’m trying!
  10. Favorite food:
    Seafood!  (what else?)
  11. Why do you blog?
    So I can talk to someone other than myself.

The Night Mare

The Night Mare – Full Moon Madness

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An orange full moon fills the night sky as clouds sail by on the wind. Gliding on leathery bat wings, gray as smoke, the Night Mare invades your dreams…

My dreaming realm is often much more interesting than my waking life.  Do you remember your dreams?

 

The NightMare print is available at magickmermaid.com

New Book! Begging the Question – Poetry About OCD and Depression

One of my friends has written his first book!
Here is an exerpt:

Are you a poetry lover whose life has been touched by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or depression?

Perhaps you’ve experienced one of these disorders first hand?

Perhaps a friend or loved one has?

Perhaps you’d just like to learn more about these oft-misunderstood phenomena you keep hearing about in the media?

If so, then maybe you’d be interested in my forthcoming poetry book, Begging the Question.

It’s a collection of over 140 poems about OCD and depression. I started writing these poems 4 years ago when I made the shocking discovery that I’d been obliviously living with OCD all of my adult life.

There are also 4 supplemental sections about OCD and depression; my personal journey with these disorders; and a controversial section contending that governments and corporations have manipulated the perception of OCD to make money.

I’m currently adding the finishing touches to the book before publishing it on Amazon as an e-book.

If you’d like to receive an email when the book’s released, then please join my mailing list here!

In the meantime here’s a sneak peek at the cover and a poem from the book that goes with it:

 

Phineus

The Devil sits there scheming on his perch,
he weighs up all the angles where I’m weak,
he dangles down his question mark to search,
for places where the meaning feels oblique.

His hound lifts up my skullcap with a hook,
exposing all that’s going on inside,
to let his master get a better look,
so he can see where doubt is best applied.

He plants his rancid seed and it begins,
I pause and place my head inside my hands,
to make propitiations for my sins,
to jump through rings of fire like he commands.

He comes to see me many times a day,
it’s like a holy rite I must perform,
to keep the lies and opposites at bay,
to save the quiet centre of my storm.