Which Witch Are You Quiz

Which Witch Are You?

What’s Your Witch-Type?

Much like everyone else, witches and their beliefs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you consider yourself a witch or not, definitely interesting to see which type you’re similar too.

Examples I am probably most familiar with, and described only in basic and general terms, below include:

Traditional Witch:

Studying the craft in a traditional time-honoured sense especially in their locality. Many modern-day witches practice in this way as Traditional Witches. May include a Ceremonial Witch, strongly rooted to ritual and often calling on other beings.

Hereditary Witch:

The Hereditary Witch is born into the craft with practices mainly handed down through generations but still ability to work individually as well. Likely to be more traditional overall.

Kitchen Witch:

Someone using oils, food, cooking and regular goods to work their magick, rituals and spells. I always think of spells as recipes so could be anyone who’s ever followed a food recipe that technically has experienced this to some extent. The difference of course with a Kitchen Witch is that they are consciously aware of how to use and apply these skills to a variety of situations and enjoys doing so.

Solitary Witch:

As the name suggests a witch who chooses to work her magick alone or has yet to find a coven to work with. Blends well with other witch-types. Some believe that Solitary Witches are witches who have been reincarnated, whose knowledge and abilities become available to them upon entering adolescence.

Hedge Witch:

Believed capable of “hedge-jumping” between other worlds and a messenger is the Hedge Witch. Includes working with the elements, astral-projection and/or herbs. May be where the “broomstick” idea came from.

Eclectic Witch:

An Eclectic Witch draws on all different traditions, religions, practices and culture to operate. Makes their own rules. May or may not believe in a deity. More “free styled”.

Other Types of Witch:

Of course, a quick Google check shows that there are literally dozens more that are less familiar to me, including Cosmic or Dianic.

There are also witches that follow a certain founder such as Gerald Gardner, aka the “Father of Wicca”, Wicca being generally considered the modern-day practice of the religion of witchcraft within relatively structured parameters.

Reading through the above list is helpful if you think you could be a mix of more than one. If you’re more interested in just seeing which you’re most like for a bit of fun, I’ve linked to a quiz below on a site I like, MagiQuiz:

https://www.magiquiz.com/quiz/what-kind-of-witch-are-you/

I got Solitary which didn’t surprise me too much but I’d say I’m probably pretty Eclectic too with a splash of Kitchen Witch thrown in for good measure!

Would be great to hear what you got too and if it seemed accurate?

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Life Hack #1

Less Mess = Less Stress

After a few days annual leave, it was back to work today so only fitting that Life Hack #1 was a work-life hack.

Life Hack #1

Organise your work space. If you hot desk, organise your work bag and/or desktop.

If you don’t need it out that day then put it away!

Try it just for today – I started work 10 minutes early to do this to help get my mind back in work mode and immediately felt more organised.

Strongly recommended after time off!

Life Hack #2 – coming soon…

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What’s Your Greatest Asset?

How to Make the Most of Your Best Feature

Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, articles like this could regularly be found in every young girl’s magazine – how to maximise your bewitching eyes or contagious smile, master a timely hair flick or use make up or clothes to highlight your fantastic face or body shape.

With the arrival of the internet, nowadays, these articles can just as easily be found online but most articles continue to push this idea that your greatest asset or best feature has to be something physical. It’s a rare occurrence, relatively speaking, for it to be suggested that your greatest asset could in fact be unrelated to your physical appearance.

I personally love the following quote:

“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset”

Joss Whedon

I love this quote because it doesn’t really say whether that asset is a physical attribute or a personality trait, a talent or a skill. It could well be your dazzling smiling that people find captivating or maybe your persuasive personality can charm the birds from the trees. But I bet there’s also something else about you that you’ve been told is “weird”, in a good way, at least once or twice.

For me, I think probably being described as “down-to-earth” a few times suggests to me that this could well be mine. Not that being “down-to-earth” is necessarily something weird but maybe there’s something about me that makes this side of my personality stand out. For instance, maybe it’s because I come across so down-to-earth that I find it incredibly easy to small talk with virtually anyone. The good thing about this skill for me is that, most of the time, I can put people at their ease and build a rapport which certainly makes my job as a further education tutor that much easier when I’m meeting new students all the time.

“You have to be odd to be number one”

Dr Seuss

“Weirdness” for me is just what makes you stand out from everyone else or something unexpected, what marketers would call in business your “unique selling point” so I have to say I completely agree with Joss Whedon and Dr Seuss on this. I suppose it really depends on whatever makes you weird or odd!

Once you’ve figured out what it is about you that is complimented the most, the next thing to do is to learn how to make the most of this feature. So, if you’ve been told you’re funny, whilst you wouldn’t want to overdo it, knowing when and where to make use of this skill might be a way to be more successful – whatever success means to you.

Or, maybe simply being more aware of your strengths so that you can combine and play to all of them is your greatest asset?

Taking even 10 minutes just to sit and think about what makes you tick can help you with this exercise. Take away the job you do, how old you are, whether you’re a parent or not, what’s “expected” of you – if you had the choice, what is it you enjoy doing? That may well be your “weird” thing. How can you now make the most of it?

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Garden Art

With today being a grey and overcast day here in Manchester, I thought it would be the perfect time to brighten up the website with a selection of photographs taken by my husband, Lee, last week whilst wandering about the garden.

It’s surprising what you can do with a decent camera phone, a good filter/effect or two and a bit of spare time!

Of course, the garden does not look so bright and sunny today but if you’re someone who feels a bit hesitant about using your own photos on your blog posts why not try taking a few photos to filter and edit to accompany your next post – you might unearth a hidden talent too!

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What’s Your Secret Psychic Power?

What “Clair” Are You?

Said to mean “clear”, your “Clair” is what type of vibes or energies come through most clearly to you. Clairvoyance, for example, means clear-seeing so this could be someone who has had full on visions or premonitions or maybe even just snippets of information are seen by them that they aren’t able to fully understand the meaning of immediately.

Other examples include:

Clairaudient: Someone who receives their guidance, messages, intuition, and the like from an inner voice is said to be clairaudient.

Clairsentient: Someone who gets “gut feelings”, an empath who “picks up” on energy around them, other people’s moods or senses a connection to a person or building.

Claircognizant: Where someone receives their messages through an inner knowing often referred to as “downloads” or maybe someone who knows something that they cannot explain where that knowledge comes from.

There are said to be many other types of clair such as clairalience (clear-smelling) and, one I only learned of today, clairgustance (clear-eating!)

To be psychic is to have a way of receiving and understanding the information you are bombarded with on a daily basis which, in my view, is something we all have and use every day without ever really thinking about it. If you are able to believe that the universe is made up of matter and energy, then is it not conceivable that life on earth is capable of tapping into or being affected by those energies and matter in more ways than just the usual 5 senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell?

It’s worth having a think about times in the past when you have just “known” something, something that perhaps you and/or others put down to coincidence or funny timing. What was it that you just “knew”? How did you “know” it? Was it a feeling, a thought, a song you were listening to?

And, if you can’t think of a time why not have a go at this Quiz I found (link below) on PlayBuzz. You might be surprised at the results!

https://pin.it/tbowlcrohrcnu2

I got clairsentient which really wasn’t surprising to me at all. What did you get – do you agree?

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Had a Bad Day?

Healthy Ways to Boost Your Mood

Bad days happen to the best of us, sometimes quite unexpectedly and/or due to circumstances beyond our control. You can’t stop them entirely but you can at least try to make the best of them by using them as an excuse to treat yourself especially well and indulging in something that you know will make you feel better.

Trick or Treat?

Treating yourself when you’re going through “one of those days” can help to make something trying far more bearable. Unfortunately, in the past, I would often use a bad habit to make myself feel better: smoking, alcohol, chocolate, etc. All things that made me feel better in the moment but usually made me feel even worse as I’d end up feeling guilty for succumbing to my bad habits on top of having had a bad day to begin with!

As many of you already know from previous posts, 2019 for me has been about trying to change as many of my bad habits as possible and, so far, even though I slip from time to time, that decision is one of the best decisions I’ve made yet. The bad days have come less and less this year which is fab – but what to do now when they do strike?

Smoking, drinking and death by chocolate are not past-times I indulge in these days but I still want to feel good when a bad day does hit. Like today, after someone I considered a good friend took their crappy day out on me. My first thought was to have a cigarette to “cheer myself up” but luckily I clocked that thought for what it was (habit craving) without succumbing to it. Now, a couple of hours later, I’m glad I resisted the urge.

So for anyone else looking for healthier ways to boost their mood after experiencing a bad time, here’s what made me feel better after my bad day:

Feeling Supported

Fortunately, another friend of mine witnessed what had taken place and was able to give me a pep talk to encourage me to take a step back and avoid making a bad situation worse. Call in your support network and let them help you through a difficult situation even if it’s just listening as my friend did for me; it can make a world of difference.

Soak in the Bath

Honestly, I love a good soak in the bath whether I’ve had a bad day or not but candles, bubbles and coming out smelling delicious always lifts my mood at least a little.

Snuggle a Pet

I didn’t actually “snuggle” our pets as such as they’re not really about snuggling, but I did clean out the guinea-pigs’ cage and give them a stroke whilst putting down fresh bedding, food and water for them. It was a good distraction and immediately made me feel better. If you’ve not got a pet, snuggle up with a teddy!

Putting the Kettle On

Is there anything more British than putting the kettle on to make a cuppa in a crisis? No, there is not and the reason for that is because it works. Soothing for the soul, especially a nice herbal blend like Pukka’s Night Time concoction. Think chamomile, lavender and Valerian root to really relax yourself.

Journal

It’s funny as I’d been toying with what to blog about all day and not quite made my mind up and then, when this happened, I thought why not blog about this in case it could help someone else? It definitely made me feel better to get my thoughts “down on paper” if nothing else and far better to turn my bad day into a positive experience in this way than to bottle it all up and explode at some later date which can also be another bad habit of mine!

There are of course loads of different things that might work for you, exercising, meditating, yoga, listening to music, reading, playing a game, sleeping, watching TV, etc – I just picked out 5 that I happened to do this evening which I noticed had a lifting effect on my mood however slight – it all adds up after all.

I think one of the most important things to remember is that it will pass and that occasionally we have to endure dark days to better appreciate the light.

What about you? Have you any tips that help you boost your mood on a bad day?

How to Try a Yoga Retreat – at Home!

Starts this Friday!

Yes, you read that right – get yourself a taster of what it’s like to go on a yoga retreat whilst staying in the comfort of your very own home – for free.

Starting on the morning of Friday 9 August 2019, you’re all invited to attend Yoga with Adriene’s very own yoga retreat lasting right through to bedtime on Sunday 11 August 2019. All you need is access to the internet and You Tube and to follow the instructions on the link below:

https://yogawithadriene.com/reclaim-your-center-at-home-retreat/

As you may have noticed, I’m a massive YWA fan so I’m always sharing links to her material most of which is completely free and crafted with the “at home” practitioner very much in mind.

After a crazy-July of YWA power yoga, I’m really looking forward to this month’s theme of “Reunite”, especially so having learnt that there will be a 3-day yoga retreat at home special to shake up the usual daily practice.

For full details, I recommend clicking the link but essentially each day there is:

  • a morning session of yoga;
  • followed by a short meditation;
  • a journal prompt session;
  • an evening yoga session; and
  • a nature activity.

I’m sure there are those of you thinking that there’s no way you could fit all of those activities into the whole weekend never mind every day for 3 days straight! Until I started a daily yoga practice, I would have had the same reaction in fairness. But, it’s surprising how much I can actually fit into my day when I make it a non-negotiable part of my day.

It’s a fun little taster session that you can fit around your existing commitments – I’m actually in work all day Friday so I’ll have to get up a little earlier to fit it all in and may end up eating a little later than usual in the evening, but planning it in advance definitely makes it easier to manage. Over the weekend, the youngest will no doubt be joining in and dropping out as it suits her and probably saying “mum” every 5 minutes through the meditations but I guess that’s good practice for taking my yoga “off the mat” and practising a calm and peaceful mind all day, every day – not just when it’s convenient to do so!

Why not challenge yourself to something different this weekend? Feel free to share this article with anyone you think might be interested and if you take part, let me know how you get on in the comments.

See you there!

Remember, as with any exercise programme, speak with your own independent healthcare provider to check suitability for your needs.

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Happy Monday!

A ship is always safe at shore but that's not what it's built for quote overlooking statue of liberty
Believing in yourself quote
If you knew how capable you were quote with ladies hand pointing at it on green background
Trusting yourself
Don't think too much, just do what makes you happy quote girl on swing at beach in moonlight
Happiness quote
Set a goal quote on ocean and sky background blue yellow
Goalsetting
The trouble is, you think you have time quote Buddha
Sobering thoughts
Sometimes you win quote overlooking city skyline at dusk/dawn
Life lessons
Walt Disney quote fun to do the impossible
Enjoy the ride!
Venus Williams quote believe in yourself
Self-confidence building
Do something today quote on green wooden background with daisy
Pep talk

A few posts that helped improve my mood on a Sunday evening in preparation for the coming week – Happy Monday!

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Feeling Frustrated with Ad Revenue?

Blog Stats: the Ads

Like many people, I began blogging as a bit of a creative hobby when I first began only around 3 or 4 months ago but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t hope it would ultimately bring in some monetary payment too as an added bonus. I’m sure it’s the same for any hobby, hence the saying that if you can find a way to live by doing something you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

The Early Days

There was something of a steep learning curve for me starting a blog but again, just as with any new hobby or skill, learning the finer points of the art is often part of the fun.

For the first few months, my learning has been more on understanding some of the terminology of blogging and useful insights to take from my normal traffic stats page as well as the practical side of learning how to use blogging systems. And, I still feel like a newbie!

Getting Curious

I think an inevitable stage of blogging comes when you start to take more of an interest in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). I had a vague notion of what it was when I first started blogging but when there’s so much to do in those early days, I was very much guided by helpful articles on the web advising content is king with design another key element of successful blogging long-term before worrying too much about SEO, especially if blogging for “fun”.

Now that the intense early days excitement of blogging has settled into an enjoyable routine hobby, that’s allowed me to take a wider interest in the more advanced side of blogging and the various theories on how to be good at it. After all, when we enjoy something we can do, don’t we always want to do it well?

I’m very much in the early days of researching as much as I can on SEO for 2019. At first, it sounded utterly dull to me but after some time I can now see how it could be interesting to learn about.

Already Surprising Results

The article that spurred this latest interest I found in the Support Section (that little question mark in the bottom right corner of your screen on WordPress sites), https://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

I had actually taken a look at this article a few times when I began blogging and had done pretty much all the suggestions save for the first, mainly because, I didn’t really understand it!

I had of course checked that the site was public, which it was, but what did all that talk of site indexing mean? So I left it to come back to another time, which just so happened to be yesterday when my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to follow, what turned out to be, a simpler process than what I’d thought it might be and indexed my own site. Link to the article I followed here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

Essentially, by getting your blog or website “site indexed” or listed in Bing, Google and Pinterest, you get access to a ton of additional stats. It should be noted that as WordPress state in the article, you do not have to do this, I just thought I’d give it a go to see if it was helpful to me, with some instantly surprising results that I thought I’d share.

Since the blog launched in May 2019 until today being 4 August 2019, the ad revenue had been virtually non-existent at 5 cents total! After implementing the site indexing techniques suggested in the linked article only yesterday, I logged on today to see that for yesterday alone I made 5c!

I’m not one to jump to conclusions but that seems a bit of a coincidence!

5 cents in 3 months, a few tweaks and voila 5 cents in one day. I appreciate that 10 cents is not a lot to get excited about, by the way, I just didn’t expect those tweaks to have such instantaneous results.

Of course, it could simply be a coincidence – far too early to tell really but interesting nonetheless. I’ll obviously have to keep things under review with my now all-singing-all-dancing additional stats reports from my site indexing and report back at a later date.

In the meantime, if you’ve not already, take a look at the articles suggested to see if there’s any ideas in there that could boost your traffic and maybe even help make you a few bob too!

Let me know how you find the wonderful world of SEO.

August 2019 Energy Update Tarot Reading

Having not uploaded a tarot reading in a while, today seemed as good a day as any to consult the tarot for a sneak peak at the August 2019 energies.

The Deck

The Manga Tarot Deck being today’s pack of choice

The Spread

I had sat down to read planning to do either 1-card for each week of August or for 1 card to represent 10 days each of the month. However, when the cards came out it didn’t feel like that sort of a reading. Instead the cards fed into each other so well that I actually read all 3 cards as one energy for the entire month as there really didn’t seem too much change.

The Reading

Overall Energies

The energy for August 2019 is of constant. Wherever you are right now it doesn’t seem like there is going to be much of a change in your situation in August. Knowing that, you might think that there’s not much you can do about it but there’s where you’d be wrong – August is a perfect time to relish in abundance which was the keyword that kept coming up. The time for changes and fresh starts feels more prosperous in September so if it’s possible to hold off any plans for doing so try to wait until then.

When The World comes out reversed it suggests roadblocks, delays, giving up and failures.  However with this card “looking” towards the 7 of Cups, a card where there can seem to be lots of options as to how you can proceed, the trick is knowing which of your options are realistic and achievable and which are just illusions and castles in the sky. It’s also a good time to ask yourself:

“Do I want this option at any cost? Am I willing to pay any price for it?”

This downbeat energy can lead to you being pulled off course by temptation or deciding not to try at all because there’s “no point” as you can’t see the progress with the 7 of Pentacles reversed. Alternatively, you might find yourself trying harder than ever because you feel like a failure in some way.

But the energy will shift again and that is the time to make progress. August is a time of considering your options carefully and getting in touch with what you have now that can make you feel abundant and enough.

Another key word that sprang to mind was satisfaction and how to feel it on the journey to where you’re headed, not once you reach your destination.

The bonus clarifying card was drawn from the Goddess Card pack. The message was:

Tap into your surroundings this month and enjoy what you can right now. If you must do something to progress at this time, instead of focusing on airy-fairy impossible dreams, focus on what you have gained or are on track for gaining. It may not be what you were expecting but this is where you’ll discover the rewards of this energy.

The gains are less likely to be material or financial in nature but more likely to be good times and memories made with our friends and family, hobbies and interests being developed and just enjoying this slower pace over the Summer Holidays before the pace picks back up at the beginning of September.

I hope that you enjoyed this tarot reading; feel free to share with others!