A Smorgasbord of Shells…

Who says that holiday souvenirs had to be boring?

Having been away to Wales this last week – with short spiritual journeys aplenty which I will write about separately – I collected quite a number of unusual shells at Portmeirion and Shell Island in Harlech.

As I had been looking to refresh my spiritual altar areas for a while, I decided to go to the local car boot sale this morning to look for receptacles in which to display the shells, and I was not disappointed…Just thought I’d quickly share to show it is possible to create beautiful memory-triggering things for your home with very little.


Pink plates were 50p for the two because of a chip in the centre of the larger plate, obviously not visible because of the shells and the smaller plate. Animal print candles were 50p for the set. Shells were obviously free!


Gold lotus bowl with stones inscribed with Chinese characters included was also 50p due to a chip on one edge which is now not visible behind the shells and which could easily be repaired with a small amount of gold paint or a good quality gold paint pen.

I have my creative moments. This was one of my better ones. 😉

More to come soon on why beachcombing is good for the soul, fae and folklore, and a sentimental journey around Welsh castle country.

~ Copyright Silverla StMichael 2013 ~

Symbols In The Snow

All of nature’s elements have an air of magick about them, should we choose to harness their unique energies. And prince among them is snow – the wondrous winter white-out that rubs everything out, provides a blank canvas and allows everything to start over again. For a short time, everything is beautiful. For a short time, everyone sees the world through child-like eyes once more. For a short time, we are given a glimpse of another dimension: a dimension where time seems to stand still, space seems infinite, and perceptions are shifted. Snow is as elusive as it is short-lived, so the best kind of snow magick is quick and takes little preparation.

My fascination with sacred shapes at present is what drove my idea of working magick should it snow, and today, thanks be to the universe, the opportunity finally presented itself. A beautiful blank canvas of snow covered our blank garden after a few hours of snowfall this morning, its beauty enhanced by dainty bird footprints as they rushed to replenish their energy and warmth at our feeding station.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’m hoping that my scribbling of sacred shapes in the snow will be as effective as it was quick. Any thick stick or baton of wood will do it. I chose a heart for love, a pentagram for protection, a six-pointed star for spirituality, a pound sign for abundance and a rainbow (which you can barely see) for luck. I trust that these energies will come flowing into my life all the faster!

You could of course scribe words in the snow, and don’t forget it’s an act of magick in itself going out and playing in the snow and awakening your inner child, or walking in the snow and soaking up that atmosphere of newness, being purified body and soul as the fresh air enters your lungs and pinks up your cheeks. Remember to feed your wildlife friends and to give them fresh water when all natural sources of water may be frozen, as honouring nature will always bring blessings to your door.

Copyright Silverla StMichael, January 2013

Symbols in the snow.

Birdie prints!

Birdie prints!