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  1. keyleth1

    Some days you wake up full of the joys of spring, you slept enough, the sun rays are bouncing off some twinkling trinket you couldn't help but buy in some sale of a shop you never normally go in. The smell of coffee makes you smile as you stretch lazily, starfishing the bed. the gentle breathing of your cat curled up beside you on the bed. Well today wasn't this day.

    I was rudely awoken by the neighbours yelling, the house was freezing from an open window above my bed, the cats arse was in my face because she had claimed the other pillows, if she stretched she would be using my forehead as a bloody springboard, Luna the dog, that thinks its a cat, had somehow claimed the bottom of the bed using my feet as pillow so i was twisted like a pretzel. to top it off it was almost lunch. 

    I trundled downstairs in less than glamourous fashion, and crashed into my office, that screamed into my face that i had left the decanting of some herbs half done last night and the floor was awash with lavendar buds, some random bark i had brought months ago and frankincense resin bits, where i had clearly been guessing, in the dark, where the mouth of the jar was. Im going to remind you all im a Virgo. Organised. Orderly. Neat. hahaha. not this week!

    I spent today organising files, inputing information on pages hidden to the public, because i need to check it when im in Goddess state, not the 'still in pj's and still not cleared up scattered herbs, hot mess' i am currently rocking. 

    I've made the decision to be open and honest about my life on the Musings. We all paint this picture of a false reality on social media. thats bullshit and a crappy way to live as we never will meet the ridiculous high standards we set for ourselves. for example, god help anyone that posts a picture of me i haven't vetted, in case im pulling an insane face or my chins outway my face. 

    The reason i gave the mannequin cookies? the smug meditiating bitch watched me eat them for breakfast.

     

     

     

  2. Toucan Wholefoods nestled in the centre of Minehead was one of the highlights of my trip there last week. 

    On quick glance you could be forgiven into thinking it was just a wholefood shop, full of Organic vegetables and suppliments, gluten free scones ( i brought some, forgot about them, went like bricks!)which being a veggie i love anyway, but i noticed a Reiki poster on the door the first time i was in Minehead running to the Costa at the top of the high street, because, well i had been trying to convince myself that i could get by on caffeine free and failed miserably and was going to combust if i didnt have a cappucino soon and being late sunday the Toucan was shut. So fast forward to last week..

    I had arrived in Minehead to kill time before i was to meet a friend in her new house and decided to go and check out this Toucan looking for a loaf of Sourdough and some vegan friendly cake. As i was walking up the high street I went into a small bookshop as it had a tarot talk advertised on the front door, and a lovely lady battling to keep the outside books dry from the british rain and damp air with what looked like a pram cover, which is about as flexible as a plank of 2x4 wood, (I came up against them years ago when my kids were small and lost.) It turned out this lady (Margaret) was doing the talk for two hours if not longer for £3 up at the Toucan, after a lengthy chat about cards in general and the promise to keep in touch she recommended that I went up and had a coffee and a bite to eat in the café that they had upstairs and have a look at the community board they had for other Spiritual and holistic offerings that my friend and i could be potentially interested in. 

    There is a side door I hadn't noticed which was attached to the shop on the right hand side, you could enter the hallway from either the wholefood shop or the street into a foyer which housed a huge community board covered in leaflets, cards and posters covering threatre shows to clinical psychology, Reiki to Angels and everything inbetween.  Stairs, (not a fan but worth the climb), upto the first floor where there was the kitchen and three large rooms, two had the usual cafe style table and chairs and another housing comfy sofas and soft lighting. i picked the first room, painted in sunny yellow and was awash with colour and vibrancy i nearly felt like a void of black sweeping into the sunny room of cheer! I sat in the corner as well...im funny about where i sit, aspergers and all that! i ordered my food, a Cheese and onion sandwich and a large cappucino (hahaha) which when it arrived was the size of my head. for £2.85 amazing, kept both hands warm from the cold and i swear probably used the entire contents of a kettle boil! the sandwich when it arrived was huge, on doorstop bread with a colourful side salad arranged like a posh chef had done it. i didnt get a fork because you know, a sandwich, so i didnt end up eating it, shame really the coleslaw looked amazing with celery, different types of leaves (cant tell you which im not a foodie lol) and carrot, cucumber and tomato. it was at this point i noticed as well as every herbal tea known to mankind i could get a large glass of organic prosecco for £4,25! Their menu was stocked to the rafters with gluten free, vegan options, and it had a lovely homely feel i could of stayed there all day.

    We, My friend and I went back a few days later for yet another vat of coffee and Vegan carrot cake, where the owner, Sally showed us the therapy rooms available to hire above the café useful for all your holistic and spiritual needs. 

    It is no surprise that Toucan wholefoods has won Best Food Shop of vegetarian and Vegans, and a Best Independent Retailer Award, as well as awesome reviews on trip advisor. 

    I throughly recommend checking out their website and visiting when in the area, there is much to see around Exmoor and West Somerset but for now this is my new favourite place there! 

  3. I had left education when folk started to get computers with the internet in their homes. I had spent my youth with my face in a book and generally causing mischief in a world without social media to remind me of my mishaps and bad decisions the next day!  I miss those days, for some of my time is now spent wrestling with a technology i fear im not designed for.

    Today everything is so much easier,  Want to know the answer to any question? Today, we can roll over in bed grab our phone and the answer is there at the end of our fingertips. back in the day, we had to walk into town to spend the afternoon in the library and come away with a book on demonology because that was all that was left in the section i wanted that looked remotely interesting (p.s i still have that book lol sorry )  

    The downside to having everything you want to know at the tip of your fingers? Everybody has a voice, an opinion, 50,000 different viewpoints. not all of them are correct however, this is where i lose my shit somewhat. whilst it is true that everyone's journey in the craft is their own, there are some basic facts i have seen twisted and i will say pre-june 1997, no-one had even heard of Hogwarts.

    So, here is some basic advice, some i wish i knew twenty something years ago.

    1) Do not believe everything you read on the internet. 

    2) Don't take what you read in books as gospel either.

    3) You do not have to be Wiccan

    4) You do not have to be a Pagan or Worship any Deities.

    5) Witchcraft is not a religion, Wicca is. 

    6) Witchcraft does not do all the work for you. If you cast a spell to pass a test, you best do some studying for the exam!

    7) Don't let others shame you from doing what works for you. If others do things you may disagree with, let them get on with it, without judgement. Including cursing. 

    8) Not everybody believes in the Three fold return, Karma or the Wiccan Rede. 

    9) Salt is Salt. 0.29p from Tesco - £4.99 Sourced direct from the Himalayas. Both does the same job

    10) You do not need every herb known to mankind, Tool, Crystal, oil or an Altar, work with what you have. Your power is not limited to the stuff you own.

    11) Do your own research.  Don't rely on someone else's list of correspondences.

    12) Write in journals, books and Grimoires. Handwriting, spelling & mistakes are unimportant.

    13) DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER WITCHES!!!!

    14) Use common sense. eg: Never leave candles unattended, Don't ingest what you don't know. im going to slip this in, just incase!

    15) We are all still learning, old or new. don't be in a rush to learn everything all at once.

    16) You do not need permission to call yourself a witch. There is no dogmatic enforcement of the path to being a witch. No Witch Pope lol

    17) Don't rush into trying to give yourself a label and don't be afraid to change your mind.