Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Getting to Know You with Annette Rochelle Aben

Learn more about our Sister of the Fey, Annette Rochelle Aben. Be prepared for lots of giggles! ❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to Getting to Know You where guests pick five questions that reveal a little more about their personality and background. This week my guest is Miss Personality as far as I am concerned. You don’t have to be in the same room with Annette Rochelle Aben to know that she is funny, compassionate, empathetic and generous. That all shines through in her blog posts, social media comments and radio podcasts. And as you will find out… it also shines bright as day in her interview.

Annette is also a talented poet and her latest release Haiku Perspective 2018 has achieved the distinction of becoming a best seller.

Before we look at the questions that Annette has decided to answer, here is the official biography.

Allow me to introduce myself, I am a writer, an author, a wordsmith and perhaps find myself to be more interesting than is necessary. So…

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My Babushka Matryoshka

I love Matryoshka dolls and this post is very interesting.

Celtic Soul Craft

I have always loved Matryoshka dolls. I’d love to tell you about the set I had in which I’d named every of the 25 little dolls and could tell you a story about each of their lives – but then that would be a complete fairy tale.

My mum just returned from Russia and brought me a set that contained four dolls. Matryoshka means little mother and refers to each of the dolls decreasing down to size with the smallest often refereed to as the baby of the set.

It might just be my eye and imagination but the smaller two in my set definitely seem older, not younger.  I get a sense of the two of the biggest and youngest dolls are the living ones, and as the dolls get smaller (as women often do in old age) we carry within us part of our grandmother, her mother and…

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An Orcadian Diary (3): Maeshowe – near life, far life

I’m re-blogging Steve’s series of Orkney posts, reason 1. because I’m from Orkney and so proud of it, reason 2. The wonderful descriptions he paints of the Neolithic remains.

Sun in Gemini

The strange feeling in my head began when the Historic Scotland guide said, “We can’t really call it a burial chamber as no bodies were ever found here…”

It wasn’t a headache, more of a lightness…. almost a prompting, an invitation… but for what?

I had been staring at a wolf carved in stone. The opening picture, taken later on that day, is of a jewellery copy of the ‘Maeshowe Dragon’, first etched into the stone of the Maeshowe chamber by visiting Vikings. It was dated to around AD 1150 – some two thousand years after the Neolithic settlements on Orkney were mysteriously abandoned.

Some say the dragon looks more like a wolf…

Orkney has an ancient civilisation. The origins of the sophisticated people who settled and farmed here here during the stone age – 5,000 years ago – are unclear. Their buildings were well constructed and remain in good…

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What Is My Moon Sign and What Does It Mean? – The Witch of Lupine Hollow


“I talk a lot about working with the cycles of the moon and the astrology of the moon, and offer custom moon sign readings in my shop, but up to now, I haven’t taken the time to spell out what moon signs really are and why they are important! Today we are going to explore how the moon may appear in your life and why it’s helpful to understand your relationship with her…”

Learn how to find out what your moon sign is – and what it all means!

Source: What Is My Moon Sign and What Does It Mean? – The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Merlinite And Magical Cats…

A lovely post from my dear friend Samantha Murdoch about Merlinite and Magical Cats!


31054970_229672977778117_8099424677979488256_nBig clue in the title here… this crystal is another one that is very much of two worlds, a duality to its nature that can show both light and dark, spiritual and physical.


Not unsurprisingly, given its name, it has a strong association with astral travel back to Arthurian times (haven’t tried this… no central heating…)

But seriously, it is a very powerful crystal to use in bringing balance and harmony into your life, using information from lives long ago to redress the balance in your present life.


Merlininte can heal hurt from past lives which is affecting your present state of being and has often been used in shamanic and ritual magic. It encourages an awareness of the spiritual and can be used to develop psychic skills. Whilst opening the mind to the concept of unity between body and soul it will also bring the quality of acceptance, you…

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10 Ways to Create a Witch’s Garden – Home for the Harvest

I’ve always wanted to create a witches brew or tea garden by growing herbs that I can dry for use during our long winters. Here are some fun and creative tips. ❤

Time to create a witch’s garden? Here’s how to start a witch garden, including general witch gardening tips and specific witch herbs and witchy plants. The witches herb garden is never done. Try these tips to make your own witchy garden!

Source: 10 Ways to Create a Witch’s Garden – Home for the Harvest

A fascinating look at an isolated community in Siberia.


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#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Posts – “Rainbow Child,” by MJ Mallon


This originally featured on Colleen Chesebro’s blog – Fairies Myths Magic Spotlight Guest Posts – Rainbow Child.

You can see the original post on Colleen’s blog here:

Colleen is on holiday so this is to wish her a very happy holiday full of rainbows, laughter and fun! xxx

A rainbow is a very precious sight, a multi-coloured arc that we only get to see rarely. It is rare like a special friend or a beautiful crystal.

This is my inspiration post dedicated to Colleen, Debby and all my lovely Sisters Of The Fey, blogging friends and Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club pals on Facebook.

Rainbow Child
By MJ Mallon

Young Aurora collected rainbows like other children collect shells and pretty trinkets. She learnt all there was to know about these wonders of reflection and refraction but longed to see a very special sight – a double rainbow with a second arc visible outside the primary arc. She’d heard an ancient legend that the only way to call such a rainbow forth would be to carry tourmaline on her, so she sought out a beautiful necklace with the finest tourmaline crystal embedded in its pendant.


Image credit: Samantha Murdoch, used with her permission.

As soon as she placed the tourmaline around her neck, she felt an extraordinary sensation of blood pumping in her veins. It was so loud that she covered her ears with her hands and screwed her eyes tight. After a while, her nervous system settled, the pounding subsided, and she removed her hands. She heard an ancient voice speaking to her coming from the centre of the stone. The voice held a special quality in its tone. Each syllable that it spoke conjured up many vibrant colours in her mind.

‘Young Aurora. This tourmaline is yours now; it shines for you, rainbow child. It is a very special crystal which can be found in all imaginable colours because it is the only crystal to have travelled along a rainbow and as it travelled it collected the entire rainbow’s colours.’

Aurora smiled. The words reassured her, she sensed that the tourmaline would bring her face-to-face with her much desired double rainbow.

The next day, she stepped out into the garden. The air felt fresh and moist as it had been raining. The rain continued to fall carrying tiny little rainbow splashes of joy which landed leaving behind a multitude of colour and a twinkling sound. As the rain fell on her clothes, each item of her clothing turned bright and magnificent reflecting all the colours of the rainbow and many more besides: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. She looked up and saw the most magnificent double rainbow in the sky. Her hand went to her lips as she gasped in surprise. The tourmaline hummed a tune rich with happiness and exaltation.


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Aurora skipped in the garden, treading on the rainbow puddles that lay forming a pathway. Each puddle grew more brilliant as she hop-scotched further ahead. At the end of the puddles she came across a table and chair, she had never seen before. A rainbow parasol shielded the table, and a pristine white sheet of paper and a pen lay waiting for her untouched.

She sat down, picked up the pen, and heard the ancient voice again.
‘Aurora, you have found your double rainbow. Now write, child. Tourmaline will inspire your creativity. Today, write from your heart about your magnificent rainbow.’

Aurora’s eyes gleamed with excitement. She didn’t hesitate, she pressed the nib of the pen to the paper, but no words came, not one. She frowned and tried again. But, the pen drew no words forth. She knelt to the ground, dipped the nib of the pen in a puddle of a rainbow and pressed the anointed nib to the paper. At last the words flowed in a myriad of colours filling the white page with a colourful rainbow of verse.

Dear rainbow, so fine,
Your colours reversed,
Red on your inner side arc,
Double beauty, discovered.
Never leave me, dearest heart.
Parasol of light,
Rainbow of colours divine,
Warming my soul,
Sweet route to inspiration,
Hide me from pain and suffering.
Red, and yellow, blue,
Indigo and violet,
Many coloured dreams,
Such a beauty, shining joy,
Create with me, my rainbow friends.

She placed the pen down and felt an extraordinary lightness of spirit. She danced and danced, her skirt swirling around, unravelling and widening in an arc of spectacular colours as she moved. Soon, she had a curious crowd of onlookers. The shy hedgehog came out of his hiding place, followed by the birds, cats, butterflies, and even the reticent worms poked their heads out of the ground to join in with her happiness.

Such is the power of a double rainbow; it warms our hearts after the sky pours down its sadness in raindrops. We are refreshed and renewed, ready and willing to embrace new friends. Our new found friends will be our best friends, our rainbow friends, who will support us through dark times as well as the sunshine.

© Marjorie Mallon 2017

Thank you to my good friend Samantha Murdoch for her photograph of Tourmaline that she has kindly allowed me to share on this post taken by her son Alex Marlowe.

I discovered these interesting articles about Tourmaline:


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A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family mystery, a black cat, and music!

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Hope you enjoyed Rainbow Child. Do comment below I’d love to hear from you.

Much love,




About the Faerie Star


An excellent discussion of the Fairy Star and its meanings. Have a read and breathe in the magic… ❤

The Dream Faire

The septagram, or Faerie Star, is used instead of, or with, the Pentagram by many Faerie and Celtic-based traditions. The seven points represent the Sun, the Forest (or Wood), the Sea, Magic, the Moon, the Wind, and Connection (or Spirit).

Point 1: The Sun

This point closely mirrors the pentagram’s element of Fire (creative, passionate, energetic, enthusiastic, courageous, determined, daring, and faithful, but also proud, selfish, restless, jealous, angry, hateful, stubborn, greedy, and resentful), but is more focused on the role of the Sun as the procreator of life, the spark of regeneration, and the divine spark that burns within each of us. Like the pentacle, one of the elemental spirits is the Salamander, but also included are the Dragon and the Phoenix.

Colors: Gold, Orange, Yellow, Red, Pink, Purple, Crimson

Gemstones: Honey Calcite, Sunstone, Fire Opal, Fire Agate, Ruby, Obsidian, Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Amber, Bloodstone, Citrine, Diamond, Botswana…

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How to Use a Pendulum – Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy | Crystal Healing | Crystal Healer | Crystal Therapy | Certified Crystal Healer | Crystal Grids | Crystal Healing Course

The use of pendulums is a new concept for me. Of course, I turn to Hibiscus Moon to learn how. Click the link below to learn more. ❤

Something I’m often asked about is how to use a crystal pendulum so that’s what today’s blog and video are all about. You’ll learn how to properly ask the question and interpret the answers plus I’ve got a handy free download for you today too!

Source: How to Use a Pendulum – Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy | Crystal Healing | Crystal Healer | Crystal Therapy | Certified Crystal Healer | Crystal Grids | Crystal Healing Course