Equinox 2018 poem

Happy Equinox, everyone. May Winter’s pall make way for Spring’s more inviting shawl.

As it looked through the haze
The Sun saw it then;
The seed was a seed no more,
But with Spring’s eyes
It had shed its disguise
And was coming at last
To full bloom.
Out at last
From Winter’s gloom.

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2018


Shared: Tattooing in Ancient Nubia by Nile Scribes

This is an interesting read for anyone interested in Ancient Egyptian and Nubian history, as well as those interested in tattoos in general. The article is short but talks about different styles, symbolism, tools and pigments used.

Egyptologists previously believed that tattoos carried a fertility or erotic significance and applied only to women in ancient Egypt — a belief that is now challenged by these new findings. Friedman points out that the wild bull was a symbol of male potency in ancient Egypt… They suggest that ‘Gebelein Woman’s’ tattoos, on the other hand, may indicate “ceremonial or ritual” involvement based on their similarities to motifs on Predynastic ceramics, figurines, and a tattoo from the late New Kingdom (1,539-1,077 BC).

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Shrine for a beloved pet

My beloved Orlando passed away five years ago and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. He was a beautiful soul, full of character, and when I became ill at 17 he became my rock. We became so much closer after that, and he pretty much devoted himself to my care. Whenever he was in the house he would come to spend time with me, whether in my room or on my bed. We had a special bond that I will never forget and I like to honour that.

Although he appears in my Ancestor shrine I wanted to create something a little more personal. Where we are currently has wide windowsills, and since Orlando used to love gazing out of my bedroom window at the world below I thought it a fitting place for a shrine for him. I bought the ornament a long time ago because it looked like him, and so I decided to get it out again (it had been packed away) and place it with two of my photos. In January mum let me become custodian of Orlando’s ashes, so I placed them with the photos and ornament and now the shrine feels more complete. I am also thinking of making some memorial prayer beads, with a bead for each year of his life.


Creating a shrine for beloved pets is a really lovely way to honour them and their place in your life. I thoroughly recommend it.


(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2018

Deck Review: The Ancient Egyptian Tarot by Clive Barrett


I wanted to do something a bit different, so I’ve decided to write my very first deck review. Clive Barrett’s Ancient Egyptian Tarot was the first ever set of divination cards I bought, way back in 2005/2006. I have a couple of other tarot decks but these are the ones I connect to the most.

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot is illustrated by artist Clive Barrett, and the artwork is beautifully detailed. Each card is filled with Egyptian symbolism and numerous elements and ‘extras’ that really help to add depth to a reading. The suits are Wands, Swords, Cups and Disks. The court cards are King, Queen, Prince and Princess.

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Thank you

A little thank you to my readers 🌻

One hundred people to be thankful for,
One hundred people who share
A love for the Gods at their core.
One hundred people out there.

One hundred people I’m grateful to,
One hundred people who love
And honour Those above.
One hundred people strong and true.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk