The origins of Shrove Tuesday.

It’s Pancake Day here in the UK. As a child pancakes were something we ate in the run up to Easter, to herald the start of Lent. My family were fairly religious, so this was something we did partake in.

As an adult and someone who has practiced the craft for over 30 years, Pancake Day was acknowledged in my house as my children were fond of pancakes. The religious meaning behind the day had gone.

But did you know that the original celebration was a pagan festival?

The Slavs – a diverse group of tribal people, who lived throughout central and Eastern- Europe circa the 5th – 10th century – worshipped a God named Jarilo (I think it’s pronounced Yarilo). They believed that the changing of the season, from winter to spring, was a struggle between Jarilo, who was the God of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the spirits of the cold and darkness.

They believed they had to help Jarilo win this struggle and this was a part of their spring celebration. The entire celebration lasted a week, with a large part of it making and eating pancakes. The hot, round pancakes symbolised the sun, and the Slavs believed that by eating the pancakes they would be imbued with the power, heat and warmth of the sun.

I think that is a wonderful and happy belief to have.

Thursday Thought -11/02/21.

Th card is all about centring on the feeling of joy. No matter what is going on in our own lives we can still experience joy by awakening our senses. There are plenty of ways for us to engage all of our senses you just have to be willing to explore them.

During the run-up to Valentine’s Day we can engage with our sense of touch, our sense of smell, our sense of taste, our sense of sight and sound/hearing.

We don’t have to have a partner to engage our senses. Having a luxurious bath can engage some of our senses. Listening to music too.

There is no reason for us not to feel sensual if we are alone. A little imagination can go along way.

Tuesday Tip – 02/02/21.

As I said yesterday, February is all about love.

“In stillness, I find my centre and hear the messages meant for me.”

Stillness is an anchor that returns us to ourselves and our true path. Schedule a time to rest and be still. To sit for just a few minutes in stillness, breathing, being calm, letting life flow.

Notice how much time in stillness feels nourishing for you. Even for a few minutes being still and centring yourself can have a huge impact on your mental state.

This kind of activity he’s nourishing for your soul. Anything that is nourishing for your soul is Soul Love, self-love.

Being still and allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go allows you to anchor yourself. To ground yourself.

Be still. Be love.

Thursday Thought – 28/01/21. Looking ahead.

Continuing on from yesterday’s body theme, today the guidance is regarding rest.

Resting isn’t just about getting sufficient sleep each night, although that is a big part of it. Resting is essential after we’ve been to work or to school/university; even when we work from home, in fact, especially if we work from home.

Rest plays a vital role in maintaining our bodies needs, along side food and water. Rest can make sure we have a clear head when it comes to our lives.

The card is suggesting the coming weeks may continue to be hectic and stressful, and that getting the rest that our bodies require is essential.

Tuesday Tarot – 26/01/21 – looking ahead.

This regal lady is telling us to be brave and confident. She tells us to stop worrying about what people will think and to be our unapologetic authentic selves.

Be strong. Be bold. Be confident. Let your creative mind guide you. Unleash your creativity.

That doesn’t just mean writing, painting, crocheting, etc. It could simply mean you create a new reality for yourself.

Whatever you feel called to do over the coming weeks, know that the Queen of Wands is encouraging you to go boldly forward.

Thursday thought. 21/01/21

Deep breath……inhale…..exhale……

It’s been a pretty full on week here at suepk HQ – we’ve had everything from busy schedules with work, to a multitude of family appointments, to missed deliveries and delays with deliveries. It’s been stressful that’s for sure. But, today I’m letting it all go and flow as it will.

Thursday’s Thought – 14/01/21

We are almost half way through the first month of a brand new year, and boy do I feel like it’s been a tough one already.

Mercury is in the shadow period it encounters right before retrograding, yep, we’ve got that coming up at the end of the month.

We’ve just had the New Moon (early hours of Wednesday morning for us in the UK), so there’s the energies still rolling on from that.

There’s a whole host of other planets creating a storm right now too, so it’s no wonder we are all feeling the energy bouncing around us and shaking everything up.

That’s why we need to care for and nurture ourselves. As the quote says, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Whatever you choose to do for yourself over the next few days, be gentle with yourself and others too. We are all feeling it right now.

❤️

Thankful Thursday – 31/12/20.

It’s the last day of the year.

What a year!

I know I’ve said this a lot lately, but we need to focus on the positive in our lives. Whatever your thoughts on manifestation and positive thinking, it makes so much sense to focus on the good in our lives.

So, for one last time this year, make a list of everything you have to be thankful for. The aim is to focus on the good you have encountered this year, replacing the negative thoughts that we all have focused on way too much this year.