I’m very much Generation X, someone brought up in the 1970s and all that goes with it! I was born and brought up in what is now South London. I spent my formative years learning about the natural world at the hands of my beloved family. London had amazing parks, museums and galleries that taught me about the natural world and we holidayed with my Somerset relatives, where I immersed myself in the wildness of Exmoor.
At the age of 9 we moved to Somerset and I spent the next 7 years soaking up this Exmoor wildness until I left home at 16 and went to live in Kent. The wild power of Exmoor has never left me and it’s still a big part of my spiritual practice today.
A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with ADHD. This has allowed me to reframe my entire life (past, present and future) and shown me the things I ACTUALLY need versus the things society said I needed. I finally know how to care for my neurodivergent nervous system, my brain’s unique wiring and my specific sensitivities. *Does happy dance* It also explains why I’ve done so much studying and walked so many paths!
Over the last 40+ years, I’ve walked or studied a variety of spiritual paths such as Traditional Witchcraft, Druidry, Wicca, New Orleans Voodoo and Anglo-Saxon magic. I’ve fallen in love with the Wild Woman and the Wise Woman. I’ve had the privilege of practicing divination, healing, spellcraft, meditation and magical herbalism. I’ve been lucky to have had some incredible teachers and mentors along the way. Even after all these years – there is still so much to learn!
I love the world of mysticism and world of the sacred. There is so much beauty in these ways of being and seeing. I see the sacred in everything from the tiniest pollen grain to the wildest raging thunderstorm. One of my happiest places as a teenager was sitting in a particular oak tree, on Exmoor. I would watch the moorland life go on around me and become hypnotised by it. Foxes, rabbits, adders, deer, bees, Exmoor ponies, dragonflies, crows, squirrels – the list seemed endless. It felt like a wild place. To me, it was sacred.
My love for the plant kingdom has only grown stronger with age. Back in the mists of time, I studied one of the Flower Essence systems (Dr Bach’s Flower Remedies) and qualified as a practitioner a few years later. This was the springboard for my love of plants. I feel very strongly that all the cures we could ever need are held within the plant kingdom. Sadly, we are obliterating our plants more and more. I live in hope that we will come to our senses one day soon and repair what we have damaged.
I am also a huge believer in the power of the elements to keep us healthier, happier and more in tune with ourselves and the world around us. So much can be soothed, cleared or healed from connecting to the natural world of water, fire, air and earth. With the expansion of modern paganism, it might sound a bit basic to focus on the four elements – but our interaction with them can be as simple or as complex as we need it to be.
In other words…
- In tarot terms, I’d be half Queen of Wands, half Queen of Pentacles.
- If I was an animal…I’d be a Clydesdale horse.
- If I was a plant, I’d be a deeply scented rose – love to smell good, will bloom in most places, just watch where you put your hands…
- In Myers Briggs, I’m an ENTP – The Inventor Type
- In astrology I’m a Sagittarian, Virgo, Aquarian mix – Friendly, Optimistic, Loves to Learn, Yearns to be super-organised, Bit of an outlier, Trips over a lot.
- If I was a colour, I’d be the whole damn rainbow (could NOT choose just one colour!)….ok,ok, I choose red, hehe!
- If I was a song, I’d be “Bring Me Sunshine” (If you don’t love Morecambe and Wise, I can’t relate)
- If I was a car, I’d be an original bright red VW Camper Van – alarming tendency to overheat, LOVES to explore – as long as I don’t have to go uphill.