There were two books I utilised for magical work at this time. One was entitled “West Country Wicca – A Journal Of the Old Religion” by Rhiannon Ryall which was helpful for the celebration of Sabbats.
I researched Cornish words and phrases as the use of ‘local language’ when working would enhance my connection with Cornwall. I downloaded lessons of Kernewek Kemmyn as it was the one version out of three that was accepted by the majority of Cornish people.
My second book entitled “Hearth Witch” by Anna Franklin contained seasonal recipes and information about Sabbat feasts.
The owner of Pendle cottage accepted my husband’s offer which was £9000 below the asking price. The reason for this was that she had not yet found a property and we were in no hurry for the sale completion which meant she had time to search for a property. We had agreed not to tell our local friends about the cottage until the sale was complete.
The couple I met at the Scole Experiment seminar were moving to Wales. A good friendship had developed over the years and I would miss them. Some of their friends were unhappy about their move as jealousy can occasionally surface when others have courage to follow their dreams. I visited them on the day of their move to say goodbye and they were awaiting their removal van with 80 cardboard boxes stacked in the garage and others were still in the house. Our move would not be for another 18 months which seemed like an eternity. My friends keep in regular contact and are happy living in Wales.
I had contacted a man from the St Austell spiritualist church in Cornwall and discovered that church members could only heal others at the church if they had completed the church’s healing course. It would be the nearest one to me and it was an active concern as the organization hosted various events during the week.
I attended a spiritual healing course with the International Church and Healing Fellowship in Kent. My Reiki student and I worked on this course together. The tutor and her disabled husband hosted the course at their home and we also met ten other students on this course. At the first healing session, the tutor sensed a strong Egyptian spirit presence with me. At first she thought the energy was male, but it revealed itself to be female. She informed me that in a past life I held a position of Egyptian hierarchy and my two friends were hand maidens that cared for me. The tutor sensed it was now my turn to serve them in this life and to assist their spiritual development. Some of her messages made sense, but I did not agree with all of them.
We returned to Cornwall to complete our purchase of Pendle cottage and collected the keys on Imbolc 2007 which was also a full moon! I stood in the centre of the cottage and the realization that I was finally here after wishing for it over the years was an emotional moment indeed.
That evening I performed an Imbolc ritual combined with a house blessing. I placed a large white Goddess figure at the hearth which I had purchased at the Cornwall Conference. The energies were powerful but peaceful and I sensed an accepting spirit presence within the cottage.
My husband fitted a house alarm at Pendle and if activated it would connect to our telephones so that we could deactivate and re-set the alarm using a code. We could listen for movements with the cottage via the intercom and our neighbours were extremely helpful in checking the property.
The spiritual healing course progressed, but we soon discovered (as in all groups) that some members had huge egos. My Reiki student’s friend did not continue as certain relationships within the group caused her to feel uncomfortable and in her opinion contaminated the energy. I had witnessed certain incidents and could understand her feelings. My Reiki student and I did not involve ourselves with other group members and concentrated on achieving our qualifications.
We returned to Pendle cottage during the Easter holidays in March 2007. During each visit, we transferred more of our belongings to the cottage. We also attended the Cornwall Pagan Conference and had arranged to meet the traditional witch and partner there. They previously suggested we purchased a property in Penzance and sent us information on properties there, but my husband was not keen on the area. Our cottage was a forty-five minute drive from Tintagel and Boscastle and I planned to visit them often.
We arrived at the Conference and on entering the venue a woman I had got to know was the first to greet us collecting tickets at the entrance. She also arranged the monthly Pagan moot in Bude and we had conversed via email. As she was aware we had purchased Pendle Cottage her greeting was “Welcome to Cornwall!” That was so wonderful to hear! She told me to follow her and as I did so, she walked towards the wise woman and we were introduced. The wise woman shook my hand and said “Oh so YOU are Laetitia!” She had remembered my name from correspondences with the Pagan e groups online. The moment her hand touched mine I felt a familiar energy. The wise woman was then introduced to my husband and I studied her as they spoke and sensed another side to her that was not so abrupt, but loving and caring with a deep sadness. After conversing with my husband, she departed as she had work to do organizing the Conference.
During the talks we sat at a table with the traditional witch and partner who introduced us to their local acquaintances. During the evening I was once again on the dance floor with friends and the bubbly blonde ladies. They were followers of the organizers, entertainers and renowned Pagans and gazed admiringly at them during their talks and performances on stage. We danced to the songs of the folk singer who regularly performed at the venue and the elderly Priest also joined us. The wise woman suddenly appeared to dance and smiled at the dancing ladies as she remarked on the line of ‘heaving bosoms’. She turned her back towards me and then reversed in my direction. I took the opportunity to grab her from behind but after a while she pulled away and danced alone avoiding my gaze. The traditional witch and partner were amused by this. The wise woman then repeated this move and when I took hold of her again I was determined not to let go! The blonde ladies joined the dance behind me and created a long line of swaying women. The wise woman realised she was observed by others and attempted to break the chain, but the more she tried the tighter I held her. She then pulled with all her might and I let go. The ladies behind me fell backwards as the wise woman shot forwards and she then disappeared. After this occurrence I was a little concerned that I had gone too far with one of the Conference organizers and hoped I had not upset her.
We returned to Cornwall again at the end of March and all my magical items were then transferred to Pendle cottage. The Reiki equipment and literature remained in Kent as the teaching courses were ongoing until our move. I sensed that the demand for Reiki courses would be minimal in Cornwall.
In June 2007 we visited Cornwall again and were invited to join my childhood friend and his family for an evening at their local pub. His sister was once a good friend of mine, but still a member of her parents’ religion. I was reminded that she would not be allowed to converse with me which made the evening rather uncomfortable and we left early. My friends who lived in Wales visited us in Cornwall and loved our cottage. We spent a day in Tintagel together and they updated us on their life in Wales.
On my return to Kent I continued attending the healing course. It had been ongoing for seven months and we consulted the tutor who informed us that we qualified for our certificates some time ago! The qualification certificate had an expiry date and was renewed each year on condition you paid an insurance fee to the International Church and Healing Fellowship.
I disliked the energy outside the rented property in Kent as it was situated on a busy crossroads. During the night cars raced along the road and the sirens from ambulances and police cars were frequent as we were near the local hospital. Our neighbours slept in the rear bedrooms to avoid the noise which brought back memories for me of a trip to New York during childhood. (We stayed in a Brooklyn apartment listening to sirens from police and ambulance vehicles throughout the night. The American children also played in the streets until 4am. We had stayed there for three weeks and visited the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty (we climbed up inside it to the crown), Central Park and the Yankee Stadium for a five day religious convention. We had a wonderful time in New York.)
One morning when transporting my son to school, I noticed the main roads were empty. This was unheard of. Police cars were parked in the centre of the dual carriageway and as I continued I noticed another police car stood at the next junction.
I discovered that a boy of 11 years of age had attempted to run across the busy road. The traffic lights were red but he forgot that the ‘fast track’ buses crossed the junction at that point. As the bus hit him, his body was dragged beneath and he died instantly. Outside our property were flower tributes and photographs. The boy’s football shirt had been tied to the railings and the shrine was visible from our lounge window. It was tragic.
My psychic development circle met the evening after the incident and we experienced intense energies. It seemed the boy’s spirit was confused and members of the group attempted to guide him to where he was meant to be. The energies gradually calmed and we hoped he was at peace.
My son and I attended Tae Kwon Do classes as I researched that teenage boys have a testosterone surge which could result in aggression if not channelled into an energetic sport. Martial arts are beneficial for fitness, discipline, spirituality and protection. I attended classes with him and we attained our grades together. I was the only mother attending as other class members were fathers and sons!
We returned to Cornwall again in August 2007 and arranged another evening out with my childhood friend and his wife. Their marriage had reached crisis point as he still felt a strong connection to my parents’ religion. He got a little intoxicated in the pub and intimated he had feelings for me but also revealed his immaturity on important aspects in his marriage.
Although I had already learnt a great deal during my spiritual journey, there was much more to be revealed!