Sunday Specials…

March 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve had a few queries about my books over the last few days, so I thought I’d offer a few Sunday Specials for Australian readers… Pop on over to SereneConneeley.com to order…

(International readers can find the books at Amazon, in paperback or ebook format, or email BlessedBeeBooks@yahoo.com.au for postage options.)

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Autumn and Spring Equinox Blessings…

March 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm (Magic, Moon phases, Wheel of the Year) (, , , )

Equinox blessings to you!

Today is the day of harmony and balance, when the sun is directly above the equator and there are 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. In the southern hemisphere it is the autumn equinox, and in Australia the moment of equinox is 8.45am AEST today, Saturday March 20. This means that from this day forward, the nights will be slightly longer than the days, and growing longer. It’s the middle of Autumn, and the crisp chill in the air should return soon, along with the beautiful autumn colours.

In the northern hemisphere today is the Spring equinox, the midpoint of spring, and the start of lengthening days and abundant growth… It’s also the new moon, which holds its own magic within it. Wherever you are in this beautiful world, have an enchanted weekend! xx

Tmabonhe autumn equinox, known as Mabon and celebrated between September 20 and 23 in the northern hemisphere and March 20 and 23 in the south, is characterised, like the spring equinox, by the length of day and night being equal as the sun travels back across the equator to the other hemisphere. From this point on the days will become shorter and the weather will get cooler, but today is the moment of balance in nature and within – a time of harmony and gentle calm.
Mabon is the time to honour your achievements, experiences and wisdom, and to ensure balance in your life by integrating all the parts of your self. On this day, when all is balanced, witches traditionally renewed their magical commitments, and you can renew any vows you’ve made or pledge a new one, be it to do with magic, love, friendship, career or anything else. It’s also a harvest festival, a time to further celebrate your achievements and feel fulfilment from each one, releasing what no longer serves you in order to move forward. In the wild, old growth is cleared. In your life, cut out anything that’s holding you back, draining you or preventing new life and love from flourishing, whether it’s work, people, a belief system, regret or the past.
As the shadows lengthen, it’s also a good time to scry if you want insight into your future. If you can, light a fire and stare into the flames, allowing your mind to go blank and your vision to blur a little. Note any images you see. Or go outside and watch the clouds scuttling across the sky and analyse the shapes you see within them. Without thinking about it too much, write down what they mean to you.
Pyromancy (fire reading) and nephomancy (cloud reading) are forms of divination that have been used for millennia. You should eventually develop your own dictionary of symbols, because you know better than anyone else what each symbol means to you, but you can begin with standard readings, such as a heart indicating new romance, a cat referring to the need to trust your intuition, a tree meaning you’ll make new friends and a plane foreshadowing travel. You can also use oracle cards or any other form of divination, tapping in to your intuitive powers in the most effective way you know how, and letting the truths of your heart and soul reveal themselves to you.

ostaraThe spring or vernal equinox, also known as Ostara, is celebrated between March 20 and 23 in the northern hemisphere and September 20 and 23 in the south. It’s one of only two times in the year when the length of day and night is exactly equal, as the sun sits directly above the equator on its journey north or south, creating equal light and dark in both hemispheres. On a personal level it’s a time of balance and harmony, of union between the physical and spiritual, which can be harnessed to anchor your dreams in reality and enhance your own inner harmony as the balance of universal energies is reflected within. Relationships are harmonious too, making it a good time for weddings and for healing rifts.
It’s also a time of growth and fertility, when crops are sown, the buds on the trees open, birds build nests and lay eggs and new life is celebrated. Thanks was traditionally given to the fertility goddess Ostara, whose symbols were an egg and a hare, and who is still honoured around the world today, albeit unknowingly, in the form of chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny. Energetically it’s also a very fertile time, as the seeds you previously sowed of your goals begin to sprout and gain momentum. Paint some hard-boiled eggs or buy or make the chocolate version, meditating on your own metaphorical fertility and your ability to manifest dreams into reality. Choose an affirmation relating to your desired outcome, write it down and pin it up where you’ll be able to see it every day.
Go outside during the day and breathe in the fresh spring air, filling your heart with new inspiration as you fill your lungs with oxygen. In many ancient cultures, including the Romans whose calendar ours is based on, the spring equinox was the first day of the year, and the sense of new hope and optimism reflected in this time remains today. It’s a celebration of new life, hope, passion, growth and energy.

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Meet My Character: Book Blog Tour – EC Hibbs

March 8, 2015 at 10:59 am (Interesting stories, Interviews, Publishing) (, )

I recently took part in the Meet My Character: Book Blog Tour, where I wrote about Carlie from Into the Mists. You can read that here. Then I tagged two other authors to continue the tour.

EmmaHibbsOne was Emma Hibbs, who I met at the online book launch of Into the Mists (which I shared with Selina Fenech, who was launching Hope’s Reign, the second book in her Memory’s Wake Trilogy), where we chatted about faeries and nature and archery and Merida from Brave. We’ve kept in touch since – one of the joys of Facebook is connecting with wonderful people from around the globe – but as Emma lives in north-west England, we haven’t met in the “real” world yet 🙂

Writing as EC Hibbs, she is the author of the YA fantasy novel Blindsighted Wanderer and the paranormal romance/thriller Tragic Silence – and she’s already completed books two and three of the latter, and begun a new series. Emma is also a talented artist, which you can check out at her Elphame Arts website, where she does portraits as well as designing gorgeous book covers. Find out more about her at echibbs.weebly.com.

Emma_book_blindsightedIn Emma’s blog post she writes about her character Merrin, from Blindsighted Wanderer.

“Merrin is inspired by a race of mysterious water nymphs from the folklore of Cheshire in North West England. Her people are the Asrae, and live deep within a great lake in the forbidden west of the Elitland Valley. As with all of them, Merrin ages at a much longer rate than humans, only gaining one year for every hundred that pass. Merrin is introduced as carefree and trusting, with the physical appearance of a 15-year-old girl. She is deeply in love with a human named Adrian, but her entire world is turned on its head when he betrays her – an act which almost costs her life. Enraged, she unleashes a powerful curse on her lover, dooming all the men in his family to die by a water illness. For the next two hundred years, her vengeance almost consumes her…”

You can read much more about Merrin, and Blindsighted Wanderer in Emma’s blog post.

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