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"FUIMUS - We Have Been!" motto of Clan Bruce

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

ONCE UPON A DREAM; On Passing My Exams!!!

Studying - when being a bookworm really pays off...

Today I got the news that I have passed my exams and the latest level of my psychotherapy training!  This means that I am now halfway through the four years of studying required to qualify, with two more academic years to go.  I'm still buzzing from the news and I have a smile like the Cheshire Cat in Wonderland. 

I must confess that I approached the whole thing as something of an academic hoop jumping exercise so I wasn't totally convinced that I would pass to be honest, especially as our last level was so disrupted due to our tutor getting seriously ill a few weeks in and our having to have a supply tutor for about half the course. But somehow it all came together and I passed! I had convinced myself that there must be more to the subject and that I just wasn't getting it and must have been missing something. Apparently not. 

I'm delighted that so many of my fellow students passed too as it means that we can hopefully continue our studies together for the final two years.  I'm not counting my chickens and there is still an interview to pass before progression to the next level, but for now I can relax and enjoy the moment of victory.

It wasn't that long ago (Jan - May) that I was having severe migraines due to the stress of presentations, essays, reports and then the exam itself. Back in May I was exhausted - it hasn't always been easy trying to juggle all the course work and class lectures, along with all my writing commitments and a thyroid illness.  I had deadlines piling up that I had to meet, both from editorial and from class, so it was pretty stressful.  I just tried to keep my long term goal in mind - that one day I'd like to work with the Military, helping soldiers to deal with their stress and battle trauma.  On days when my lazy thyroid was refusing to get out of bed, I forced myself into class by wearing my Black Watch scarf as a reminder of why I'm doing this in the first place...it acted like a talisman and worked so well I recently bought a camouflage ring binder and notebooks 'just in case I pass and go onto the final level' - that must have been a precognitive instinct at work! 

So now I have to start looking to the near future, prepping for the interview a bit and savoring some time out from night school.  It will be a lovely to spend time writing for fun in my free time again, rather than having to work on essays and exam papers.  I can enjoy my freedom, safe in the knowledge that, for this level at least, I did enough to pass and I'm now halfway there. Tonight I'm celebrating a victory for the Bruce :-)

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Happy Face!!!

Monday, 20 July 2015


Stay alive...
No matter what happens, no matter what occurs you stay alive...

I will find you...
No matter how long, no matter how far...

I will find you x

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

SHIMMER SPELL; A Blessing for the UK

I found this spare column as I was sorting my computer files and thought I'd publish it here on my blog. Waste not want not...happy casting!

If you have been watching the news in recent months you will be aware that Britain is currently on a high alert against a terrorist attack.  The headlines can be very scary indeed but you need to remember that news programs are just like soap operas and they need to keep their ratings up, hence the sensationalized headlines.
            Of course, there is a very real threat out there and we should not underestimate how serious the situation is but we are far from helpless and we are extremely well protected thanks to our Armed and Police Forces.  As the term suggests, terrorists feed off creating terror, so let’s not play right into their hands by living in fear.  Let us instead, take a tip from our grandmothers’ generation of the war years and the witches of that time who were active in casting spells to aid the war effort.
            Doreen Valiente is widely regarded as the mother of modern Wicca, largely due to her association with Gerald Gardner who founded the Gardnerian tradition of witchcraft. In interviews she has spoken of standing with other witches on the coast of Britain and throwing ‘go-away’ powder (a blend of herbs with banishing properties) into an ebbing tide and chanting “Go away!” to the Nazis during the Second World War. This is proactive witchery at it best and Nazi boots never landed on UK soil as their attempts were floundered by inclement weather conditions. 
            Modern witches can make a similar stand for our country by fighting the darkness of terrorism with the love and light of positive magic.  We can join together to help magically protect our nation and all who choose to live in peace. This is a country where women are empowered.  Our nation is ruled by a queen as head of state and Britain is named after the powerful warrior goddess Britannia, who is depicted on the 50p coin, dressed for battle.  In standing together we can project the light of peace and love across Britain with this month’s ritual.
A Blessing for the UK
Performance Time & Date; Tuesday 7th July at 7pm
Moon Phase; Waning moon to push back hatred
Ritual; You will need a map of the UK, a fifty pence coin, a lighter and a sage smudge stick.  Take the items to a quiet place and spend a few moments thinking about the love and peace we want to create.  Open the map so you have a clear image of the UK before you. Place the coin tails side up to represent the goddess of our island in the middle of the map and then light the smudge stick. Blow it out when the end glows red and gently waft the smoke all around the map of the UK as you say the following incantation.

“By Andrew, Patrick, David and George
Our spell of love and light is forged
By Britannia’s shield, helm and spear
We choose to live in peace, not fear
Four great countries united stand
A patron strong for every land
And with the strength of Wiccan school
We stand against hatred by Britannia's rule.”
Continue to smudge the map for a few minutes more then end the spell by saying;
 “Our blessing shines upon the UK this night; in love and trust, in peace and light.
Blessed be”