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Blogging on the morning of the Autumn Equinox, I feel as though my guides have well and truly left it until the last minute to bring my words and energy together!

I have always enjoyed the change in a season, but it was only a year ago that I actually started celebrating each turn of the wheel and really witnessing the beauty and energetic opportunities that each individual season brings.  Spring and Autumn have always been my personal favourites, and that’s because they both hold a rebirth in many ways.  Coming out of the darkness of the Summer and Winter, which are times when we tend to be triggered, reflect and go inward a lot more; the two Equinoxes can bring a sense of long-awaited clarity and new beginnings as a result.

Today, 23rd September, marks the Autumn Equinox for 2018 and the official start of our beloved Autumnal season.  The season of colour, of magic, of abundant nature and of opportunity.  Anything is possible in Autumn.

It’s a time when we are happy to slow down a little, to appreciate the simpler things in life like a walk in the park to witness the falling leaves or a natter with a friend over a pumpkin spiced latte.  Nature is arguably in its most beautiful form as pockets of browns, golds, oranges and reds seem to fill every street, park, and corner of the world.

Nature comes out to play for perhaps it’s final time, with insects such as spiders coming into the house to mate (something so many of us dread!) or wild animals seen gathering food before they go into hiding over the cold Winter months.  There is a crisp to the air and we enjoy collecting fallen conkers, apples and leaves with the children, or for any gathering Goddess’s altar!

Food is at its freshest and tastiest during this time of harvest. When those who have been working hard in the fields or on their allotments reap the fruits of their labours, bringing us plump pumpkins and succulent squashes fit for any hearty homemade soup bowl.  It really is the most beautiful of seasons, and every sight and smell associated with September through to November is nothing short of a comfort blanket.

If you are inspired by nature like I am then this season really calls for you to put on those wellies and to get out and about!  It’s a much slower paced season, yet we often achieve most of our goals and bring together the majority of the years healing and lessons.  That’s because there is a clarity to Autumn and a real supportive and universal magic.

September is the start of the school year and as a result a new spiral of learning.  Along with this month we all start new beginnings in our own way, and this is a time when we want to learn, we want to tie-up lose ends and we want to expand our knowledge, putting an end to procrastination.  October brings myth and magic.  A month when we can dress up, wear masks and be both enchanting and enchanted, increasing our connection to other worlds as the veil is at its thinnest.  And November brings fire and light.  Whether that be Diwali or good old bonfire night, we use this month to ignite passions and creativity and to start a month of celebration and connection.

The order of Autumn, particularly as the Equinox is followed by a powerful full moon in Aries tomorrow, and as always is surrounded by many planetary activity, is to LET GO!

Nature thriving in it’s season teaches us so much about what we can expect from the coming months.  You do not see a tree panic because it has Halloween costumes to make, or a squirrel with anxiety because it’s annual bonfire night celebrations aren’t going to plan do you?  That’s because nature adapts to what each season calls for, and in Autumn you will see them busy, but with a quiet confidence that they will get the job done all before Winter comes.

Trees stand tall and take root, only letting go of their leaves which no longer serve them.  Animals gather food, insects mate, and the flora and fauna start to die back to protect itself from a looming Winter.  It’s a month of preparation and of harvest.

There is a sense of achievement with this season and opportunity is literally everywhere…acorns are no longer just in the trees, but on the ground, at your feet!

This particular past years spiral of healing has been tough for many of us as their has been a collective shift and ascension, so coming into Autumn there is a sigh of relief for many.  We cannot completely rest on our laurels, but just like the nature around us we can now enjoy the fruits of our labour.  Starting to apply our newly found clarity and knowledge over the next few months, just as if we too are going ‘back to school’.  We can be grateful for our painful lessons of the Summer and feel renewed with the change in energy.

Letting go and forgiveness are key this season, as coming into today there has been a heavier energy, which I for one have been feeling on a huge scale.  You may have been experiencing lower back pain as the root chakra grounds, chest pain as the heart chakra has been expanding and releasing old loves, and headaches as the third eye opens to help us see our paths more clearly.  I’ve personally had the ‘energy flu’, which on top of overdoing it with my new house move I have felt pretty wiped the past few days, but I can see the beauty in my body adapting to this new season and in the need to ‘let go’.

Letting go isn’t just about the obvious sense of letting go of people and patterns that are toxic or no longer serve you on your path of healing, but it’s about letting go of outcomes and surrendering to the great unknown.  That can even be something as simple as taking more rest days if your body calls for it (but your busy diary doesn’t), or eating that slice of cake instead of refusing it….as these things are all tests from the universe that you are willing to trust and to let go of the human need to control.

Since becoming more consciously aware of the changing in seasons, both in my energy body and desire to respectfully celebrate the wheel turns, I was disappointed that Autumn isn’t bringing much of a celebration due to being so tired.  I spent the Winter Solstice in Avebury on a Starlight Soul Journey, I spent the Spring doing something I can’t remember but lovely no doubt, and I spent the Summer Solstice in Ceremony on Brighton Beach.  With Autumn being one of my favourite times of the year I felt sure the guidance of where to be would be huge, but instead it feels like it will be a day of pottering, running errands and perhaps if I am lucky a walk in the park with Audrey later.  But in this realisation I understood exactly why Autumn wasn’t as profound a celebration as I had hoped for, and that was because I am supposed to let go and surrender, to find contentment in isolation and gratitude in rest.  The guidance I receive is for me as much as it is for you guys!

As Autumn is about getting your house in order, spring cleaning for perhaps the second time this year and finding a grounding and mindful presence, then it makes complete sense that the Equinox for me is being marked in this relaxed and flowfull way.

In surrendering to the many magical aspects of this season I know that I will achieve so much more.  Autumn requires productivity but at a much slower pace, which needs to include rest and integration.  It needs to involve mindful walks, nature connection, new learning and self-acceptance.  I am so excited to be moving home during this season, as it really proves that anything is possible during these next 3 months and marks a huge new beginning for me, and a lot of letting go.

Autumn is steeped in opportunity, dripping in clarity and engulfed in magic.  So whatever you do, enjoy!

Yours in love and Autumnal light,

 

 

 

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Events

Join Ami of Honeysuckle Healing (Bristol based) and Stefania of Transformation Paths (London based) for a cosy evening of Tarot and Tea-leaf readings.

Having met through their mutual love and qualification of the Bach flower remedies, Ami and Stefania soon realised that they share a passion to explore deep parallels between the mind, heart and soul to support re-connection to our true purpose in life.

Stefania will be in Bristol for one night only offering a limited number of intimate tarot readings. Alongside, Ami will be offering a limited number of bespoke tea leaf readings, which she only holds space for as and when called to do so. Making this a rare opportunity with the duo and an evening not to be missed!

Held with exclusive access to The Cosy Cafe in Staple Hill Bristol, there will be just 10 readings available on the evening by advanced appointment only. A total of 5 tea leaf readings with Ami and 5 tarot card readings with Stefania will be on offer, on a first come first serve basis via the Eventbrite ticketing system. Please note that the doors will be closed on the evening and no walk-ins will be available.

MORE ABOUT YOUR READERS:

STEFANIA:
Stefania is a London-based qualified hypnotherapist and Bach Flower practitioner. Her interest in the connections between body and soul goes back many decades, and, together with her passion for the creative potential of the human brain, solidly underpins her Tarot work. Her readings focus on empowering the querent, helping them look at things from a new perspective and putting their destiny firmly back into their own hands. “Like turning the lights on in a dark room, mindful interaction with the Tarot brings clarity on our thoughts and feelings, providing understanding and creating the basis for awareness in action.” This is Stefania’s motto when it comes to Tarot – through her readings she helps the querent re-establish a direct line to their own wisdom, so that new ideas can take shape and creative solutions emerge.

AMI:
Ami is a qualified Bach flower practitioner, Reiki practitioner, intuitive channel and old soul empath, who is following a goddess and nature inspired heart led journey to unearth passions and tools of wellbeing from many lifetimes past. Ami was definitely born in the wrong era and her love for Romany gypsy culture and ancient healing traditions organically led her to tasseography/tea leaf reading. Ami’s style of reading is unique in that it’s an extension of her channelled guidance. Ami reads from a primary place of clairsentience as opposed to clairvoyance, using a myriad of intuitive and learned techniques that incorporate channelled guidance and divine messaging, aswell as emotion based forecasts for those she reads for. Ami also incorporates flower readings into her work and is highly qualified to recommend Bach flower remedies for aftercare support following the guidance of the leaves. Ami is not one to predict your future or to tell you everything you already know, and instead is a seer who will support and empower you to see the parts of yourself that call for balance and universal healing. Paving the way for clearer next steps and alchemic points of self-reflection prompting action. Ami acts as a cosmic conduit of guidance wrapped up in one straight talking and down to earth vintage package! Ami creates a reading to ignite all of your senses; from the quality of teas she uses to the nostalgic and theatrical atmosphere she embodies. All readings will be gifted with love and authenticity, and delivered responsibly for your overall wellbeing and higher self connection. Tea-stimonials can be found under the reviews tab of Honeysuckle Healings Facebook link!

HOW TO BOOK: If you would like to book one of these limited tea or tarot readings, please follow the Eventbrite ticket link to purchase your exclusive ticket for the evening. You will see a total of 10 tickets to purchase (subject to availability) each with a choice of tea or tarot and a start time for your reading. Please choose your time and reading carefully as you will not be able to change this once purchased. Event organisers will have no control over reserving or amending your space on the evening; choosing a reading style and time in accordance with the listed ticket is the only way to secure your place.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE: Please ensure that you arrive on time and no more than 5 minutes early to enable the smooth running of what we anticipate to be a busy and popular evening. You will be able to wait in the cafe area 5-10 minutes before your appointment, but to limit noise, additional energy and to create intimacy we ask that you do not arrive any earlier than this. When you arrive please take a seat and wait for your appointment, considering noise levels when you enter the venue and are sat with others. Please note that if you arrive late you may not be seen and will certainly have this time deducted from your read. There will be no refunds, even if you fail to show or turn up late and can’t be seen as a result. This is in keeping with time lost and to cover venue hire and materials purchased.

Places are non-refundable. Readings last 30 minutes and cost £30. They are open to men, women and non-binary individuals over the age of 18. Each read will act as a ‘taster’ of what Ami and Stefania offer through their individual work and businesses, providing enough time to ask one question from the cards or leaves and to gain a general short overview.

Ami of Honeysuckle Healing is honoured to hold space for a ‘one-off’ tea ceremony in the Duloe stone circles of Cornwall.

For centuries tea has been used in Asian and Eastern cultures in both ritual and meditation, as well as to bring families and communities together. Join Ami as she guides you through an updated ceremony evolved from this ancient tradition.

Based in Bristol, Ami holds regular ceremonial circles in her home town , but has now received guidance to create travelling ceremonies and tea temples in sacred spots of natural beauty across the UK, understanding that her tribe and work may not be fixed in Bristol.

This is a completely channelled ceremony that will engage all of your senses.

A message from Ami’s guides: This is a feminine circle connection to honour the air element. An over-lighting orange essence will run throughout this ceremony and will call particularly to those seeking healing and/or a deeper connection to the sacral chakra and womb chalice. Using Nilgiri black tea, a tea found in the ghats mountain region of southern India, which will be enhanced with cleansing and uplifting Bach flower remedies, cardamom and orange. This is a ceremony to uplift and to aid ascension, where you will be invited to take a visual walk in the mountains to clear your head, before grounding in ritual and offering.

We will set up our sisterhood within or around these 8 sacred stones, after gaining permission to enter from the protecting ancestors of this site. Together through guided meditation, empowered healing and channelled connection to an expansive range of deities, ascended guides and animals we will travel to heal the parts of us called to this particular ceremony and site.

As with all of Ami’s events, there will be a vintage feel and a beautiful natural biodegradable centrepiece created and left as an offering for Gaia. This is an uplifting Goddess circle open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

Ticket costs include all tea, offerings, materials and a small blessed gift to take home. Payable upfront and non-refundable to limit wastage of materials purchased and to prepare the channelled space distantly.

The group will be limited to just 7 people (8 including Ami), in honour of the 8 Duloe stones and to aid group intimacy and individual attention. This is designed to be a tea ceremony ‘taster’, with this being a bespoke and channelled ceremony for the stone circles of Duloe and a fraction of the time and space Ami usually prepares. However, it will still pack the same power you come to expect from Honeysuckle!

You will leave feeling connected, empowered and uplifted. Able to continue your journey into an imminent new season and subsequent turns from the wheel of the year.

Tickets are non refundable and sales close on 23rd February, regardless of numbers, so as to prepare your sacred ceremony inline with the energy expected to attend. This is also to limit waste of unnecessarily purchased materials. This is an outdoor event, which will go ahead regardless of weather so please come prepared and suitably dressed. In the unlikely situation that the event is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

The ceremony will be in flow so please regularly check the Facebook event for updates and meeting arrangements.

Photo Credit: Philip Halling