As I've mentioned before, in my personal practice I consider that the Wheel of the Year 'starts' at Yule, partly because it marks the waxing of the sun in the same way the New Moon marks the end of the waning phase and the beginning of the waxing, and partly because by Samhain autumn is … Continue reading Hallowtide 2020
Melissa and I have a thing where we never manage to send out parcels to each other on time. The last parcel I sent her was meant to be for Christmas/Yule 2019 and only got posted several months later, which then took about another month to arrive what with 2020 being the Year of Plague. … Continue reading Summertime Christmas
I finally got around to doing my Imbolc ritual yesterday. I say ‘finally’ not because it’s about two and a half months late, which it is, but because I had meant to do it several days ago. But what with my sleep schedule being out of whack and me being amazing about procrastination it turned … Continue reading Belated belated Imbolc
This has been an unusual year in many ways, and this year's Lenten season has been marked by two things for me - coronavirus, and dieting. Ash Wednesday, when Lent starts, fell on February 26th this year, around the time when the virus had really rolled up its sleeves and got to work. So as … Continue reading Lent 2020
Oh what a year this is shaping up to be. Still, I'm trying to look on as much of a positive side as I can considering the circumstances. So far it seems me and mine have remained uninfected, and while I'm still waiting to hear back from my previous employer as to whether they'll be … Continue reading Happy spring…?
Today I was supposed to be starting on one of the best sites of my career. Today I was supposed to be starting two and a half months of away work down in Kent, and staying in a holiday chalet with a sea view and a private beach. Today I was supposed to be meeting … Continue reading Sometimes you get divine intervention, and sometimes shit happens
What with Fridays being Freyja's Day, I try and do something for/with Her on that day. Emphasis on the word 'try', because most weeks I seem to fail miserably at either doing a tarot reading or using one of my sets of Freyja-related devotional beads. I know I can do things like that on other … Continue reading Regarding Freyja, the Eight of Coins, and putting in the hard work.
Or as I prefer to think of it these past few years, Vanadis' Day. Well I think of it as both really, what with Valentine being an early Christian saint and Vanadis being one of the epithets of Freyja, but for the last several years I haven't really paid much attention to the commercialised pink-fest … Continue reading Valentine’s Day again
This is taken pretty much wholesale from Melissa Zupan's post of the same name, but with the coin information given for GBP rather than USD. As Melissa says in her post: According to the entry on copper in Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopeida of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic, copper can be used to draw money to … Continue reading A penny prosperity charm, UK version
Usually I would say 'happy New Year', but alas I can't really bring myself to. Not because this year has been particularly dreadful thus far or because I don't wish for my readers to have a happy new year, but because I've really not been looking forward to 2020 starting. I hope those reading this … Continue reading New Year 2020
Not of the blog itself, but the author. Since I started Church and Circle back in late 2014 I've used 'Vixxia' as a first name pseudonym, but despite it being the internet handle I've used on nearly every online church/metaphysical/Pagan/tarot forum I've been part of, I was never really happy with it as my nom … Continue reading Change of name
Me, every morning for the whole of last week: Granted, there's times I end up hitting the snooze button because work has worn me out more than usual the previous day, such as digging through dump layers during the heatwave last year, or when my brain just won't shut down for whatever reason and I … Continue reading Snoozing and record-keeping
So I was planning on writing this last night, but I got distracted reading Thorn Mooney's blog over at Thorn the Witch and ended up going to bed half an hour later than I should have. Oops. Thing is I've only just started reading Ms. Mooney's work, having devoured her book Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's … Continue reading Sidmouth follow-up post
I'm at Sidmouth Folk Festival this week, my seventeenth consecutive year of attending. And while it's the annual family holiday, I don't see a huge amount of my parents while we're here - we all have different shifts as volunteer Stewards (free season ticket!) and don't always want to attend the same concerts or workshops … Continue reading The power of folk
Ever since I started being interested in tarot I've been debating whether or not to get a Universal Waite deck, and now after a decade and a half I've ended up with two. Problem is, I only need one and can't work out which to keep. Talk about first-world divinatory problems... By now I've re-read … Continue reading Tarot deck dilemma
Yesterday I went on a trawl of my local charity shops trying to find a new pair of candlesticks for my altar. I was looking for a matched pair, with reasonably wide bases, able to take dinner/taper candles, and that were somewhere around a hand-span high, give or take an inch or so. Something like … Continue reading New candlesticks
Although it probably feels like it if you follow Church and Circle, what with me not posting anything for four months. Whole mix of reasons why, but mostly to do with me doing things I then want to write fairly in-depth posts about, knowing that said posts will take a long time to write, and … Continue reading I haven’t abandoned my blog, honest
Oh 14th of February, how I have mixed feelings about you... Last year I wrote about why I quite like the idea of Valentine's Day (commercialisation aside), and why I celebrate it as Vanadis Day these days. More so now, as over the last year I've had even more experiences to make me not want … Continue reading Happy Vanadis Day!
On my way home from work today I picked up the Amazon parcel containing my new deck - the Tattoo Tarot with art by Megamunden and the LWB by Diana McMahon-Collis. I wasn't expecting to buy this deck. Hell, I wasn't planning on buying any more tarot decks full stop, let alone a Tarot de … Continue reading A surprising new tarot deck