As the wheel of the year turned again at the end of September, through the festival of Mabon, the leaves have started to change. Nature has a lesson for us every day, and more obviously, every season. Autumn's lesson is that of letting go...
This fire festival marking the start of summer is themed by sexuality and fertility. Its traditional focus is very cisheteronormative ~ on fertility, associated wombs, eggs and sperm, but that is not the only relevance and representation of Beltane ~ join me in looking at this festival through a queer lens…
I wrote this poem for International Women’s Day. My pledge is to call out gendered actions and assumptions. I support IWD as a queer feminist; someone who supports the importance of eradicating the gender bias, whilst honouring the space in between this binary model. As long as patriarchy and sexism take up space in our communities, women-only spaces and women-centred campaigns are needed, and women’s equality is a necessary fight. I support International Women’s Day, taking action towards a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, where difference is valued and celebrated. For women’s equality and for equality across all genders.
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I’ve been vegan for about eight years now. My ‘why’ was purely a matter of someone telling me they were vegan, which planted a seed ~ I have always been veggie; I was brought up so, and had always supported animal rights since childhood. When I reflected after that conversation, I realised how readily available all the ingredients were, and how there wasn’t any real reason I wasn’t vegan. So I decided to change it, and that was that. Now it’s really important to me that my business is also vegan.
The hectic winter season is underway ~ where society pulls us into chaotic rhythms of social after social, late nights, challenging nutritional input, and go-do-now mentality. Meanwhile, our natural rhythms ~ as always role modelled by nature ~ are ones of hibernation, guided by the lengthy periods of darkness, and frost.
The Great Big Green Week has begun! This week sees communities across the UK join forces in support, celebrating ways to take action to tackle climate change, and to protect green spaces, and promote the importance of these things, raising their profile both within the community and for local and national leaders.
The season is changing. There’s a drop in temperature; a new edge on the air that catches before the sun rises, and when the clouds are down. The sun is doing its early sinking, liminal lingering thing. It seems to say ‘I’m leaving.’
The nights are drawing in, and the mornings reluctant to break. A shift. One that might not be noticed from a life indoors, perhaps too subtle to notice from within a city’s walls. As a nation we are statistically spending more time outside. Or, at least we were, when that was our respite from a year of the same four walls. We had a year that, whilst distinctly more digital, was also much more ‘natural.’
Beltane; the Celtic and pagan fire festival of 1st May, otherwise known as May Day. This ancient festival occurs at the peak of spring, as summer begins. The themes are earth, fire, and fertility - everything in nature is abundant with life, vitality and energy. This time is about conception and potential; time to manifest ideas and dreams, taking action.
It started with shells. Wandering the beach, a small sandlark, bucket in hand, was how I remember a lot of my time spent as a small child. I think two years old is the first photo my parents have of me engaged in this pursuit - probably quite a common one for most children growing up in coastal regions. It soon escalated to sea glass and then to pebbles, and branched out from the beach to moorland and mountains - wherever there are pebbles to be found, I can be found there admiring them. It's an issue with sticks too, but that's a separate story.
Lockdown = loss of: control, socialising, structure, positivity, freedom, things to look forward to
Lockdown = extra: anxiety, confusion, restriction, unknown, uncertainty
I was very aware that I was lucky to have extra time on my hands this year, due to the pandemic. I was also aware, however, that without structure I can start to spiral downhill very quickly.
Author - Zoe Copeland, MFHT
With a background in education, sports coaching and mental health, Zoe began to explore more holistic avenues of helping people with a particular focus on where the mind and body meet. Zoe began her bodywork training in Sports Massage and has since studied other massage theories and techniques, as well as Reiki, to provide a holistic approach to each treatment. With specific training in women's health, trauma and scars, she has developed an intuitive practice which leaves you feeling a positive change in your body and mind after every appointment.