We Got 3 Million Views!!!!

“Use the wings of the flying Universe,
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”

~ Dejan Stojanovic

 

Goodness!

Somehow in the past few days we have reached a new magical number.

Three million views.

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It’s a long way from when I started this blog, thinking no-one would ever read it, and being ecstatic when my daily readership hit two figures. (Eleven. I got eleven readers in one day!!!)

So, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for the gift of friendship. Thanks for the beautiful community that you have helped to create. Thanks for sharing the journey with me, and for being with me through the good times and life’s challenges too.

You’re the reason I get up every morning and keep writing.

You’re in my daily thoughts, my prayers and my meditations as I think about how best to serve you, to help you, to share with you.

You’ve become family, and I’m so very grateful to have you in my life.

Sending you the very biggest hugs and love,

and a celebratory cupcake with magical healing powers too. Cos cupcakes!

❤ Nicole xoxo

Celebration Cupcakes Recipe – Because We Hit 2 Million Views!

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“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.”
~ Ashley Ormon

 

Sometime last Friday Cauldrons and Cupcakes hit two million views.

Two million views is cause for celebration. And we did. With cupcakes, of course!

Dear Readers, thank you so much for all of the love, support and community that you’ve blessed us with since my very first blog post. It’s true to say that often the reason I have hauled myself out of bed on my less-than-best lyme days was to spend some time with you. ❤

This cupcake recipe is easy to make, moist, and can be endlessly varied. It was given to me many years ago by the mother of a boy I dated at high school. Because they were his favourite, so she thought I should know how to make them! I’ve given two of my favourite variations below. One is a Strawberries and Cream Cupcake, and one is for a Choc-Caramel Deluxe Cupcake. So easy. So yum. So party!

Let the celebration begin!!!

Bert, hopeful for cupcakes!

Bert, hopeful for cupcakes!

Cupcake Ingredients (Makes 12 large cupcakes):

3 eggs, 1/2 cup (125g) softened butter (Trust me, this recipe works so much better if the butter is soft), 3/4 cup castor sugar (superfine sugar), 1/2 cup whole milk, 1 and 1/2 cups self-raising flour (self rising), 1/2 cup custard powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 2 tablespoons cocoa and 1 extra tablespoon of milk put aside.

*Note – this mixture doubles easily to make 24 cupcakes. The cupcakes will also freeze well, uniced.

Method:

Preheat your oven to moderate (160 degree celcius fan-forced or 180 degree oven – 350 degrees fahrenheit). Place twelve paper cupcake liners into a cupcake or muffin tin. (This helps them to hold their shape.)

Sift flour and custard powder together. Dump all ingredients except cocoa and extra milk into a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until combined and then  on medium speed for four minutes or until the mixture changes colour and becomes thick and creamy.

Spoon 1/2 of the mixture into the first 6 papers. Now add the cocoa and extra milk to the cake batter, mix well and then add to final six cupcake papers.

Bake in oven for twelve to fifteen minutes, depending on speed of oven. Cupcake will spring back when lightly pressed in centre. Do not overbake or they will become dry.

Cool cakes and remove paper liners.

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Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes:

Ingredients – one cup of slightly sweetened whipped cream, strawberry jam, fresh strawberries.

*Note: I used 1 cup of thickened cream, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and 2 tablespoons of icing sugar to make 2 cups of slightly sweetened whipped cream. If you’re a cream nut feel free to use a little more.

Method – Using a sharp knife cut a circular piece from the top of each cake. Then remove some of the core of the cake to make a well, being careful not to go too close to the edge or to break the cake.

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Dice two or three strawberries (more if very small) and add to half a cup of cream. Mix well. Add a small spoonful of jam to the bottom of each cupcake well. Then fill to just above the top each cake with the strawberry cream filling.

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Finish each cake by adding the remaining whipped cream. Cut the small circular piece of cake into two wings, press into cream and add a few slices of strawberry to garnish.

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Choc-Caramel Deluxe Cupcakes:

Ingredients – one cup of slightly sweetened whipped cream, one can of Top ‘n’ Fill Caramel, one to two tablespoons of soft brown sugar, fresh raspberries

Method – Prepare cupcakes as above, by slicing off tops and making well. Fill well with caramel. Add brown sugar to whipped cream and beat well until combined. Top cakes with whipped cream, the cupcake lid cut into ‘wings’ and a fresh raspberry. If inclined, sprinkle a little extra brown sugar on cream.

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We’re nearly at magical 2 Million!

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”
~ Angela N. Blount, Once Upon an Ever After

 

When I first started blogging, on December 11, 2011, I didn’t expect that anyone would read what I might post.

Cauldrons and Cupcakes was an experiment. An online journal in the true sense of the phrase ‘web log’. I’ve kept a journal since I was a small girl, and it seemed a natural extension to then create one using technology rather than a book and pencil.

Every day that I write a new entry, I sit in meditation for a moment, and then in prayer, and then I hold my community in my heart and ask ‘What do my readers most need to know right now? How can I best support them?’ Those simple questions have led to all manner of posts, some of which have taken me by surprise as much it might you.

My blog has evolved into this crazy kind of living memoir. My farm and my doggy family and my cows and my psychicness (LOL – awesome english, Nic!), my philosophy, the inside of my head and all those heapingly tender vulnerabilities, a snippet of my metaphysical and self-development teachings, simple recipes and my journey with lyme disease.

It’s a strange combination, I know. But it’s how I roll. My life is made up of the very ordinary, the ordinary made magical through love and gratitude, and the other kind of ordinary – the things that are commonplace for me as a psychic and channel.

As we edge towards the magical two million views mark, my sister has been constantly asking me if I’m going to have a party to celebrate (I love you, Simone!). And I think I will. A proper one, with cupcakes and gumboot dancing and pots of tea in the garden.

Of course there will also be presents. I’ve decided to put together a little gift pack that represents the themes of my blog. Won’t that be a crazy, joyful combo! And then, of course, I shall give that gift pack away to someone here in my beautiful community, to say Thank You for your love and support. More details on that in the next few days. 🙂

In the meantime, I’d love your feedback. Is there anything you’d like me to write about? Anything you’d like more of? Anything you’re just dying to know?

Because I’m here for you.

Thank you for being part of my life. Thank you for supporting me and my funny little blog.

Nicole ❤ xoxo

My first ever selfie, taken in the garden.  Later that day I learned to look at my arm as I snapped the shot. LOL!

My first ever selfie, taken in the garden. Later that day I learned to look up at my arm at the phone as I snapped the shot. LOL. My biggest secret? Under that glam coat I am wearing my pyjamas!

A Little Christmas Gift from Me!

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Image from playbuzz.com

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?”
~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

 

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog this year. As a token of my gratitude and appreciation I’ve created some little gifts, just for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I hope your Christmas is love-filled, magical and blessed with kindness.

But if it’s a difficult time for you right now, know that there’s a place here at my Christmas Table just for you. Please don’t ever feel alone. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

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Image from alpenio.com

PS: I’m taking a few days off from blogging to rest, relax and soak up some peace and quiet here at the farm. See you soon! 

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Image from tumblr

Now choose your gift…

1. Silver Gift

2. Calico Gift

3. Monster Gift

4. Flower Gift

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Image from ncre.com.au

5. Crossword Gift

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Image from craftsy.com

6. Gold Gift

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Image from galleryhip.com

7. Lace Gift

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Image from ecomovers.co.uk

8. Red Gift

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Image from hgtv.com

 

 

Open your gift here:

1. Silver Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is that  you come to a place of self love, such that you begin to expect and allow only loving and respectful relationships in your life. I’m wishing you self-confidence, healthy sharing, joyful unions and people who love you honestly and well. I’m wishing you an abundance of happiness. I’m wishing you goodness, love and trust from others, and from yourself.

2. Calico Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is a return to simplicity, flow and a life that holds meaning and nurture for you. I’m wishing you time for yourself, a life free of clutter and unnecessary time-wasters, and a deep reconnection to what really matters to you. I’m wishing you a reclaimed life, filled with all the things that light you up. I’m wishing you choices that honour YOU! This is my wish for you – your best year ever.

3. Monster Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of energy, of creativity and a sense of enthusiasm for life. I’m wishing you friendship, adventures, good times and new horizons. I’m wishing you opportunity, optimism, and the courage to live boldly in the face of glorious possibility. And most of all, I’m wishing you fun!

4. Flower Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is emotional healing, emotional balance and a strengthening of your intuition. I’m wishing for you a great sense of being grounded in love, and a deep appreciation of what nurtures and uplifts you. I’m wishing you boundaries and healthy choices. I’m wishing you happiness and self-acceptance. I’m wishing for you a bright new beginning, perfectly suited to you and coloured with love.

5. Crossword Gift – Oh sweetheart… How much you underestimate yourself! In 2015 my wish is that you become brave enough to put your ideas, your wisdom and your own unique energy out into the world. I wish for you inspiration, strong support, wise mentors and a healthy dose of “I can do it”. It’s time. The world is waiting. Be brave, and start! I know you’ll be wonderful.

6. Gold Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year filled with spiritual connection, divine inspiration, miracles, breakthroughs and a satisfying return to flow. I’m calling on all of the Guides, Angels and Ancestors to support you in realizing your dreams. I’m wishing you signs, progress and incredible turn-arounds. Know that it can be so!

7. Lace Gift – For 2015 my wish for you  is healing, connection to nature and an unfolding connection to nature’s gifts. I’m wishing you vibrant health. I’m wishing you community and a tribe to call your own. I’m wishing you authenticity and a deep love of self and life.  I’m wishing you vitality and an inner glow so bright that everyone notices your new sparkle!

8. Red Gift – This is a magical gift to bestow abundance upon you. For 2015 I’m wishing you a deep sense of emotional satisfaction, financial flow and a rich and abiding gratitude for the blessings in your life. I’m wishing you ease, I’m wishing you enough and plenty to spare, I’m wishing you a sense of true security in love and in life.

 

The Winner of the Chlorite Phantom Quartz

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“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.”
~ Christian Morgenstern

 

I’m so happy to announce that the winner of this beautiful little Chlorite Phantom Quartz Crystal is:

Pauline Longdon 

Congratulations, Pauline! I know you’ll take good care of her, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures together.

For those of you who entered but didn’t win, thank you for supporting my blog! It means so much to me that you are here, sharing the journey, and being part of my community.

Stay tuned over the next few months as I give away a few more special stones from my personal collection.

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In other news, Ben is feeling much better and so is Harry. My biggest issue will be keeping both of them quiet during their recoveries now that we are back at the farm.

Now I’m off to water my vegetable garden before the heat of the day, harvest my cherry tomato glut, and plan out some kitchen time. I feel the yearn to cook!

PS – It’s so good to be home!!!

A Christmas Gift for You!

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” 
~ Amy Carmichael

 

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank you for supporting me and my blog this year, so I’ve created some gifts for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Now choose your gift…

1. Red Gift

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Image from wallpaperstock

2. Flower Gift

3. Silver Gift

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Image from v3wall

4. Brown Gift

5. Cartoon Gift

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Image from Enviro Dad

6. Gold Gift

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Image from Wallibs

7. Holly Gift

8. Pink Gift

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Image from Splash of Something

 

Open your gift here:

1. Red Gift – My wish for you in 2014 is that  you find time for the pursuit and application of knowledge – whether for self-interest, your career or to help yourself or others.  Perhaps you need to study, or maybe it is time to go apply your skills and knowledge in the world. I’m wishing you confidence, persistence, clarity and focus. You can do it!

2. Flower Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is reconnection to creativity, and for you to enjoy some regular relaxing time with hobbies such as music, cooking, craft, gardening, restoring or making things. I’m wishing you time to wander around in your imagination. I’m also wishing you time to connect with the creativity of others by reading books, watching movies, going to concerts or exhibitions, and joining groups.

3. Silver Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of faith, a return of hope and for you to come to a place of calm and inner peace. I’m wishing you spiritual connection, whatever that means for you, and a sense of belonging in this world. I’m wishing for you a soulful journey of joyful self-discovery. I’m wishing you a sense of deep value of self and life.

4. Brown Gift – My wish for you is that you will find a sense of sanctuary – in relationships, in your home and surroundings, and within yourself. I’m wishing you a return to balance, and some time for yourself and what matters most to you. I’m wishing that you draw to you everything you need for healing and restoration of harmony and flow in your life. I’m wishing you health, vitality and optimism.

5. Cartoon Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year of adventure, filled with new opportunities in relationships and life. I’m wishing you outings and fun. I’m wishing you the courage to say ‘yes’ to what your heart wants and ‘no’ to the things that don’t interest you. I’m wishing that at the end of 2014 you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come and feel proud and pleased with where you are at!

6. Gold Gift – Oh goodness, my darling! If I were a Fairy Godmother I would tap your head with my magical wand and grant that fervent wish you hold in your heart. That’s my wish for you this year – that you have successful beginnings or outcomes for your cherished dreams, whatever they may be.

7. Holly Gift – In 2014 my wish for you is that you find your tribe – that your heart swells with deepened relationships, new friends and people who truly ‘get’ you. I’m wishing you real friendship, good times, enlightened conversations, mentors and helpful people. I’m wishing for you the sorts of connections that make you feel safe to share and glad to be alive, with a strong sense of love, fellowship and community.

8. Pink Gift – You have just unwrapped a wish for love. In the coming year I’m wishing you real healing of old hurts (including lack of self-love). I’m wishing you tonnes of rest and massive self-care to bring you back to your blossoming best. I’m wishing you a truly satisfying relationship with yourself, with the Divine or someone special – whatever it is you know you are most in need of right now. You are enough. You are worthy. You are loved.

'Sound of a wish' by ilmungo - flickr

‘Sound of a wish’ by ilmungo – flickr

Magical Leaf Oracle – A Reading for Nurture and Guidance

Leaf Collage Portrait by raerae92

Leaf Collage Portrait by raerae92

“and the leaves were telling secrets to the wind.” 

~ Peter Mulvey

Nature is one place I always find nurture and inspiration. So today I’ve used nature, and that potent symbol of life and growth – the leaf – to gift you clarity and reassurance about where you’re at right now.

Each leaf also comes with suggestions for crystals and activities to support you energetically, emotionally and physically.

Instructions for using today’s post

Scroll down through the following magical leaf images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your magical leaf, scroll further down for your message, designed to help you feel guided and nurtured.

I hope you enjoy today’s offering.  I deeply enjoyed putting it together for you, and it is shared with much love.

Perhaps you might even consider heading outdoors to find a magical leaf or two yourself!

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let Nature Guide You…

1. New Growth

2. Rich Awakenings

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Image from bhmpics

3. Hidden Treasure

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Image by Nicole Cody

4. Vibrant Striving

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Image from Wikipedia

5. Sanctuary

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Image by Devil and Egg

6. Foundations

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Image by Nicole Cody

7. Life Force

8. Purple Cloud

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Image from flickie

♥ The Guidance and Nurturing Gift of each Leaf ♥

Each magical leaf has a message for you. I have also selected crystals to best support the message and energies of your leaf.  You could wear or hold a crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here)

The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

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1.  New Growth – Becoming more of what’s aligned to your Highest Good. Now is a great time to begin any plans for expanding, learning and becoming. All forms of study are encouraged and it’s vital that you gather to you a supportive community as you grow and transform. An excellent time for beginning new ventures and creating positive change. Keep annoying and negative people at arm’s length, or tune them out altogether. Focus on where YOU want to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.   Best Crystals – Green Chrysoprase, Fluorite   Power Word – GROWTH   Magical Healing Environment – Uplifting company, libraries, workshops, and time alone with your journal and a pen  Make this all about you, and about connecting with people and places that support this upgraded version of yourself. Go new places, try new things, break your old patterns and routines.

2.  Rich Awakenings – Confidence, clarity and direction. This is a time for blossomings. A time for you to emerge from the cocoon and begin weaving your own special brand of magic in the world. A time for truly owning your talents and gifts. Make a plan and be bold enough to then invest energy in that plan. It’s time to get yourself out there – working, teaching, talking, healing. You’re no beginner anymore. Let’s do this! Best Crystals – Any Jasper and Bloodstone  Power Word – SELF AWARENESS  Magical Healing Environment – Your Office, Studio or favourite Thinking Space  Time to be getting those good ideas down on paper, and developing products, services, renovations, businesses or whatever else is tickling your fancy.

3.  Hidden Treasure – Inner Gifts To Be Expressed.  Sometimes the blessings in our life and the key to where we can flourish and shine were right here inside us all along. Stop looking outside of yourself. What things have you always enjoyed? What are the things people ask you to help them with, or to advise on? What do you already know? What ideas and half-completed projects can be taken out and polished up? What simple idea can you run with right now? You are more than you give yourself credit for. Time to see yourself in a new way.   Best Crystals – Peacock Ore (Bornite or Chalcopyrite) or Rutilated Quartz  Power Word – SELF EXPRESSION ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Reconnecting with your life history.  Photo albums, journals, old course notes, places you used to live, favourite people, favourite haunts, favourite music and activities from your past, bookshops and places that remind you of your best self.

4.  Vibrant Striving – Positive Self Nurture. This is a time in your life for focusing on health, vitality, fitness, fertility and well-being. You may also have gifts in this area to share with others. Detox your body and detox your environment. It’s time to heal, to energise and revitalise. Welcome movement, fresh air, sunshine, lots of good clean water and laughter into your life. Do all you can to feel and look fantastic. If you’re called to it, work on helping others shine with vibrant health too.  Best Crystals – Clear Quartz or Citrine  Power Word – VITALITY  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Healers, gyms, swimming pools, the ocean, yoga classes, farmers’ markets – whatever nourishes your body and your soul  Choose foods and activities that fill you with energy and that help you to be all that you can be.

5.  Sanctuary – Cocooning ourselves in love Retreat from the hurry and bustle of the world. Take a pillow, a book, some treats, a loved one – whatever works for you. Create a space where you can rest and feel safe, pampered and secluded, Rest allows time for our subconscious to incubate new ideas and bold plans, but the rest must come before the regeneration can happen. No more overgiving. Set clear boundaries. Make yourself unavailable. Unplug for a while.   Best Crystals – Rose Quartz and Mangano Calcite  Power Word – NURTURE  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere restful that allows you freedom, safety and solitude. Weekends at home, weekends away, pillow time, hammocks, vacations, health retreats and a little TLC or romance. Or both!

6.  Foundations – Realising your own strength  I know times have been hard recently, but things are turning around. Expect solutions and breakthroughs. Expect to turn the corner. Expect Divine Intervention, and help from loved ones, ancestors, friends and benevolent strangers. You are building the foundation of a strong new life. One founded on integrity and wisdom. The hard road was worth it. Keep working towards your dreams, and don’t give up. Trust!  Best Crystals – Smoky Quartz and Black Tourmaline  Power Word – SUCCESS   Magical Healing Environment – Meditation, quiet time and reflection.  Long walks, time in nature or at a favourite coffee shop. Time to think, to connect, to honour the path. Time to recharge and be still.

7.  Life Force – That energy which connects all things  This is a time of synchronicity, of powerful new connections and relationships, of magical moments and unexpected unfoldings. A time for meeting people or making decisions that profoundly affect your future. A time when you may well feel as if part of your life or your actions are being guided by an unseen hand. It’s important to honour that intuition and flow.  Be open to new possibilities and directions. Be prepared for all you know to be turned upside down so that it can be made better than you could have imagined. Be brave. Say YES to life and to love. Best Crystals – Moss or Tree Agate or a Herkimer Diamond  Power Word – FLOW   Magical Healing Environment – Being in the moment.  Wherever you are, be there. Whomever you are with, give them your undivided attention. Make every task a meditation. BE present. BE aware. Remember to breathe. 🙂

8.  Purple Cloud – Spiritual connection, community and belonging  It’s time to find your tribe. That might be energy from the spiritual realms, or new friends who live in your neighbourhood. It could be an online community or an interest group.  When we have an interest, a passion, a dream – it’s always better to surround ourselves with others who are just as excited about that same thing. Darling, don’t do this alone!!!  Be a friend and mentor to others. Invite friends and mentors into your own life. Sharing creates its own kind of magic  Best Crystals – Amethyst and Sodalite   Power Word – CONNECTION  Magical Healing Environment – Wherever your tribe might hang out.  University, garden club, art classes, dance studio, meditation group, writers’ group, choir, charity group, environmental group, church, spiritual space, on horses or surfboards,