The Mystical Enchantment of Pearls

Some believe pearls to be the tears of the gods. Others thought them dewdrops filled with moonlight that fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters. Many people think of wild oysters ingesting a grain of sand as the foreign body which stimulates nacre production – this is a myth. Living in the sea, oysters are constantly ingesting and expelling sand and irritants.
ibtimesOnly when something becomes lodged – like a piece of shell, bone, coral or parasite does the oyster start nacre production
Nacre is made of crystals of calcium carbonate aligned with each other so that light passing along the axis of one, is reflected and refracted by the other to produce a rainbow of light and colour.
A pearl is a natural gem created by a living organism. When a foreign object is introduced into a mussel or oyster the animal coats the irritant with a substance called nacre, the same material with which it makes it’s shell. Layers of nacre build up to make a pearl.
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Pearl Lang

Magical Uses

As spiritual tokens, pearls are said to assist in calming and centering, as well as nurture your faith, loyalty, integrity and purity. They are also strong symbols of femininity, helping women connect with their “inner goddesses” and obtain the ultimate “feminine energy.” Perhaps most importantly, it is said that pearls have specific frequencies of energy vibrations which can re-balance deficiencies in the human body when they are worn, just like gemstones. Different gemstones are used for healing different parts of the body to create balance and provide relief, as pearls do.
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Gaia
Talismans & amulets
Pearl is a talisman of arts, inspiration and spiritual perfection. It is also a feminine talisman.
Healing properties
It was believed that Pearl boosts sexual energy, strengthens visual acuity and heals ears diseases. It is beneficial for heart, lungs (against tuberculosis, asthma, chronic bronchitis), kidneys, urinary system and liver. Pearl possesses sedative and also laxative effect, neutralizes poison, lowers acidity, Pearl also raises sensuality. Pearl was believed to be the main ingredient of “immortality elixir”.
Magical properties
Pearl grants to its wearer extraordinary foresight, protects him from risky commercial transactions and from evil eye. Pearl’s magical properties depend on its color: White Pearl brings freedom, Brown – wisdom, Yellow – wealth, Green – happiness.
Black Pearl– Animals: Black pearls are not suitable for use with animals.
Read more here: Jewels Empire

 

 

 

 

Ten Years in Cornwall

On the 12th June 2018 it was the 10th anniversary since my move to Cornwall. The life I envisaged here and the one I now have are extremely different.

Living near the sea, the elements of the rain, wind and storms intensify. Cornwall may not be as cold as other parts of the UK (although the last winter was a harsh one) and frosts occur less here. The cost of living is rising everywhere, but in tourist areas, prices rise during the holiday season and tourists pay these higher prices for the short time they are here, however residents have to pay throughout the holiday season. Work opportunities increase during the summer, but lessen in the winter and the cold weather also means an increase in utility bills too.

Taking a vacation in Cornwall is easier than surviving here. During a vacation you have free time to visit beaches and places of interest, but when one is trying to survive, pleasure visits to beaches or sites rarely occur even though one lives in close proximity to them.
On a positive note I have enjoyed my work as a Wisewoman throughout the last 9 years. I have learnt so much from Cassandra Latham Jones and it has been a fascinating and testing journey. Working with the land and sea and its powerful unpredictable energies has certainly been challenging as the tests can be severe and obstacles are constantly placed in one’s path. It takes strength of character and determination to overcome these and continue………the spirits are asking……..”how much do you want this???” Cassandra also admits she has been tough with me throughout this time and admires my tenacity.  She informed me there were others who have in the past who desired to learn from her but were unable to withstand the tests and tasks given.

My experience and training in ceremonial magic while in Kent has been useful when conducting Rites of Passage. Cassandra is happy to leave the – as she calls it – ‘arm waving’ to me when setting up the space for ceremonies.
The consultations we provide together work well, the moment just before a reading when Cassandra holds the client’s hands to connect with their energies, I tune in to any spirit presences that may be around them. While Cassandra shuffles the Tarot cards I provide the client with a description of a spirit presence and any messages they wish to pass on. Cassandra then lays out the Tarot spread and there have been many occasions where the same messages have appeared within the cards giving double confirmation for the client. I have witnessed many readings by Cassandra over the years and am now familiar with her cards, so I now own an identical Tarot pack and have the ability to provide readings from them.
Property cleansing needs a huge amount of work, particularly when they are inhabited by a variety of residents over time,(more-so with period properties). The energies from traumatic events are contained within the foundations of these buildings which can have a profound effect on any future residents. In hotels and public houses/inns the energies can intensify and can affect the smooth running of businesses. We have had many successful outcomes from this work.

Curse breaking is another area of intense work. Many clients consult us concerning this matter and Cassandra has a unique and powerful method for dealing with these energies that she has passed on to me.
Wart charming was a service that at first I was sceptical of, it was difficult to understand how this could possibly work. Even now I could not explain exactly how it works but have witnessed the success of this process with our clients.
I have constructed many charms over the years and had a high success rate with them, fertility charms in particular. It delights me to think I have assisted in creating new life and brought happiness to others.
I still provide Holistic Services and have taught Reiki courses too which benefit clients greatly, particularly as Reiki practice is more about spiritual and emotional development of the person rather than a complementary therapy.  I have helped a wide range of clients from the terminally ill to pet owners who now are able to calm their stressed animals.
My counselling services have also come to the fore as often clients are affected by childhood abuse and do not realize how past trauma affects their everyday lives as adults, even though it happened long ago.
Walks with Wisewomen is an enjoyable aspect of our work as it enables us to visit and enjoy the sites with our clients. I have learnt the folklore associated with them by listening to Cassandra repeating the information on each visit. We also discover more about our clients as we converse with them while walking to and from the sites.
Our ‘Old Ways’ workshops have been successful during the last few years. I suggested them to Cassandra who was a little reticent, but due to many inquiries about them, she agreed to try. The workshops have gone from strength to strength with a new subject introduced each year. We have met some fabulous people who experienced some extraordinary occurrences while they were with us. The preparation and the workshops themselves are hard work but also energizing and satisfying on a deeper level.
I have learnt so much since being here and the main lesson is that life is indeed unpredictable. One can plan for the future to a certain extent but unforeseen circumstances can create sudden changes that can have incredible impact on one’s life bringing positive or negative results.
I have also learnt that being successful in work and within a community brings rivalries, competitiveness and jealousies from some, who will then project dissatisfaction with themselves and their lives onto another. When a person experiences this level of pettiness it is vital to remember that these people, by their treatment of you, are validating that you are exceptionally good at what you do. If you were not successful or talented, negative people would not bother with you.
When a person moves into a new community, they are on ‘foreign territory’ and therefore vulnerable to predators and bullies. Genuine good-hearted people in the community will do what they can to assist especially if they were once in the same position themselves.

Cassandra Latham Jones falls into this category and has assisted me in so many ways.
I have integrated socially by attending festivals and utilising my talents as a musician and dancer.  I have also met some kind, thoughtful and talented individuals. The residents of St Buryan village have been particularly welcoming and now consider me part of their community.
My time here has  been  a catalyst of creativity too as Cassandra and I, along with my son Rhys formed our Guise team Boekka with Penkevyll the Lands End ‘Oss. Our team has now performed for 8 years and we have introduced Morvargh my Sea ‘Oss as a recent addition. To top it all, my idea of Cassandra, myself and Penkevyll the ‘Oss, meeting up with Phil and Vivien Larcher with their Mari Lwyd at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic on Samhain 2014, has now evolved into a fantastic event entitled  The All Hallows Gathering!
Now that I have lived in Cornwall 10 years, I am no longer a ‘newbie’. The local community has witnessed how difficult it has been for me and the obstacles placed in my path. I am sure that certain individuals could not have withstood or endured a fraction of what they have directed my way, but that is par for the course.  The positives far outweigh the negatives and I am still here…….

The Dark ‘Arte’ of Glamour

I remember during childhood,  my mother’s fascination with certain movie stars. She would ‘fall in love’ with the characters they portrayed, believing they were wonderful people who she placed upon a pedestal. Occasionally, when she discovered information concerning their personal lives, that surfaced within the media, it resulted in huge disappointment and they ‘fell from a great height’ off the pedestal she had placed them upon. (I remember when she discovered that Rock Hudson was ‘gay’ she would no longer watch his movies). Unfortunately there are some individuals who are adept at hiding their ‘true selves’ and use their ‘personas’ as a tool to manipulate others.
In the Pagan world we have many ‘celebrities’ or renowned individuals using various titles to create an elite image, some are authors, speakers, organizers and entertainers. They portray a glamorous ‘persona’ and are selective concerning the information they reveal about themselves. Some are skilled in taking one grain of truth and embellishing that with misleading information. There are those who also imitate the persona and image of characters from popular magical movies by copying their attire and imitating their characteristics.
I have observed some who dress and imitate remowned witches e.g. Patricia Crowther, Doreen Valiente, Ithell Coulhoun and Alaistair Crowley to name a few. Their adoring followers, loving the magical fantasy of the character and the mystical land they inhabit, will believe without question all they are fed and place them high upon a pedestal. Observing this process has stirred my curiosity to research this particular subject.

The Dark ‘Arte’ of Glamour

Glamour began quite literally with magic. Growing from the Scottish gramarye around 1720, glamour was a sort of spell that would affect the eyesight of those afflicted, so that objects appear different from they actually are. Sir Walter Scott anglicized the word and brought it into popular use in his poems:
“You may bethink you of the spell
Of that sly urchin page
This to his lord did impart 
And made him seem, by glamour art
A knight from Hermitage”
Read more here:
The New Enquiry

Definition of Glamour

“Any calculated, carefully polished imaged designed to impress and persuade.
Many magical operations are designed to impress and persuade. In some cases the spell has been directed at an individual that the worker is attempting to persuade or influence in some way. Attention given to personal glamour can be a deciding factor in the outcome of that working. Studies have shown that most people make a decision about a new acquaintance within the first thirty seconds to two minutes of interaction. It is within your power to influence that decision not only with magical action, but with a carefully crafted image, as well as communication skills. This naturally applies to interactions of both a personal and professional nature.
Read more here:
Crossroads of Sorcery

Ethics of Glamour

Witches & Pagans

Psychic Evening at Sennen.

Last evening Cassandra and I worked at a Psychic evening at Sennen’s Cafe Bar and Bistro.
An event such as this was something Cassandra had not experienced before and at first she was a little reticent. I encouraged her to try this event as many clients were excited about her presence and receiving a ‘taster’ tarot reading from her. We work together, Cassandra reads the Tarot and I provide guidance from spirit. There have been many occasions when I have given clients messages from spirit while Cassandra shuffles her cards and when she has laid them out the same guidance has also appeared within the symbolism of the cards.

We have worked there on a few occasions and even though the energies can be intense when working for 5 hours (with a short break half way through) providing readings for many clients, it is also rewarding.
This time we were joined by our wonderful friend and fellow magical practitioner Michelle Elliott who provided rune readings for clients and her unique way of working impressed the organizer. We work alongside a group of excellent readers and healers and the managers work hard ensuring that all readers have refreshments and their clients are happy with the service provided.

 

A Yuletide Workshop 2017

Cassandra and I were invited to organize a Yuletide workshop at MMW at Revolver  Newquay. Michelle has a unique shop retailing clothes, jewellery and other interesting rustic items with a classic presentation.
It was the first time we tried a winter workshop as they are usually in the Spring and Summer months.
On our arrival we were greeted by our marvelous host Michelle with a glass of champagne from a HUGE bottle along with exotic refreshments.
Cassandra began her talk on ‘Old Christmas’ and how the Yuletide symbolism of long ago connects with modern-day celebrations.

 

The talk continued for 30 minutes so that there was plenty of time for questions from her audience.

We brought with us a box of wooden decorative stars, reflective baubles, ribbons, holly, ivy, mistletoe, rowan twigs, pine cones and coloured twine, so that the group could construct their own seasonal charms.
I explained the process to them and the focus required for construction. We then left them to it, intrigued to see the results.

 

 

The charms were beautifully made and it was obvious that a considerable amount of thought and intent had gone into the construction.  When they were complete, I set up an altar and demonstrated the blessing of a charm. I then guided each person through the process with their personal charm. It was emotional for some and a profound experience for all, especially when the group joined together to raise energy.
They left us late that evening, delighted with the experience and their personal charms to include within their own seasonal decorations.
Cassandra assisted our host Michelle in constructing a rowan cross.

A special thank you to Michelle for hosting the workshop. We both had a wonderful time and worked with a  lovely group of people. A huge thank you to John Isaac also for his assistance.
Yuletide blessings to you all and a happy and prosperous 2018 ahead!

Feedback:

“Thank you so much for coming to Newquay , it was an amazing experience and we all had a wonderful evening ! Michelle.”
“It was lovely to meet the both of you last night and I enjoyed it. Will see you again soon, many blessings M”. (This lady travelled from Exeter!)
“I feel a bit bad for being a bit antisocial whilst making the charms.  I wanted to see if I could block out the surroundings and focus on what I was doing even in a room full of people. I also didn’t want to waste the beautiful natural things you gathered so wanted to do it properly. It was definitely a good learning curve for me! G”

 

Witches, Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Daemons

The folklore of a wicked witch and her familiar is well-known and often told. During the season changes and longer nights it is common to see a black cloaked figure with a cat or toad at their side. This is an archetype of magical practitioners wielding their power over animals and nature, but a far cry from the original beliefs.
Magical spirit creatures have featured within and resonated throughout history in creational myths, religions and tribal traditions. In recent times magical animals and familiars were re-imagined as dangerous or evil companions. Historically they were viewed as guardian angels rather than demons.

Read more here:
Ancient Origins

Communing with the Unseen Workshop July 2017

This particular workshop occurred during the full moon phase. It was workshop 3 utilising various methods of spirit communication. During the afternoon we focused on elemental spirits and then other spirit forms during the evening. The energies from the full moon came to the fore and provided  profound experiences for our group.
Cassandra took the group members to woodland and set exercises for them to encourage insight into the hidden world of the elementals. I remained at the cottage on this occasion as I had some urgent work to do for another client.

The exercises need total focus and discipline as it is easy to let your mind wander onto other matters, however this occurs less with practice. The group returned to the cottage to discuss their personal experiences and discoveries.
After guided meditations in the evening to set up a protective space and connecting with spirit symbols and guides, we utilised various methods of spirit communication.

We discussed symbolic meanings of visitations and experiences during meditations.
The group then experienced methods of psychometry, scrying and use of a communication board.

We had significant evidence from spirit communication particularly with the psychometry exercise. It is wonderful to see their reactions when group members discover they can access information from tuning in to these objects.
This particular workshop is intense and group members work hard and therefore achieve results. They left us commenting on how much they had learnt about the subject and also about themselves.

Feedback

“Thanks to u both, I got such a lot from the workshop, really interesting & so useful to me on a personal level. If you do decide to start a development group let me know. Amazing workshop, I’m completely worn out today & cant stop thinking about the things I experienced, thanks so much xx
“Third workshop done and this weekend was amazing. Cassandra & Laetitia have been amazing teachers. If you get the chance book your place on their workshops. Again thank you ladies was amazing weekend see you September”

 

Sea Beans

Exotic to the eye, drift seeds, or “sea–beans” are actually seeds from common trees and vines that grow in the tropics. The beans fall from the parent plant, into streams and rivers, to drift with the ocean’s currents until being washed onto a shore thousands of miles from where they once grew. Floating in the sea by the thousands, only the hardiest endure long voyages on ocean currents which may finally bring them to rest on foreign shores. Sea–beans are known as symbols of good luck and longevity.
We provide polished (and occasionally unpolished) sea–beans to jewelry designers, collectors and beach-enthusiasts around the world. They are undrilled and not sold for growing purposes.

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts are produced in huge, hanging bean pods, up to six feet long. Sometimes they are found with imprints and lacerations, caused by the teeth of fish and mammals during their voyage. They are impervious to salt water, even after floating in the ocean for several years.
These beans have been fashioned into all sorts of trinkets and useful objects. Sailors carried sea hearts as good luck charms to protect them from sickness and to ward off the evil eye. Seeds were sometimes cut in half, the contents removed and the woody seed coats hinged together. Hollowed out seeds were commonly used in Norway and Northern Europe for snuff boxes, match boxes and lockets. It is said that a sea heart (also known as fava de Colom) inspired Christopher Columbus to set out in search of lands to the west.
Quantity polished purchases will be matched for size and color when possible.
Read more here:
 Otherworld Apocethary

Saddle Beans

Magical Symbolism and Uses

Sea Beans

Exotic to the eye, drift seeds, or “sea–beans” are actually seeds from common trees and vines that grow in the tropics. The beans fall from the parent plant, into streams and rivers, to drift with the ocean’s currents until being washed onto a shore thousands of miles from where they once grew. Floating in the sea by the thousands, only the hardiest endure long voyages on ocean currents which may finally bring them to rest on foreign shores. Sea–beans are known as symbols of good luck and longevity.
Read more here:
Bean Magic and Lore

The ‘Old Ways’ Workshops 2014 to 2016

This was a photo taken at our first Working On the Wild Side Workshop (Sea Magic) in 2014….how time flies!!

Workshops of 2015

 

We had a wonderful time in 2016 on our workshops. We met some wonderful people, had thought provoking discussions and profound experiences during our work.

May 2016 Workshop 1-Working On the Land

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June 2016 Workshop 2- Sea Magic

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July 2016 Workshop 3 – Spirits of Land, Sea and Otherworldly

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August 2016 Workshop 2 – Sea Workings

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Image - D. Martin