Spells keep our family together
Even my 10-year-old grandson casts spells!
Georgena Blything, 66, from Uzmaston, Pembrokeshire
Stroll past my cottage down a pretty country lane, and from the outside, you’d think everything was completely normal. Open the front door, though, and you’d trip up over a broomstick, find crystals and herbs for making spells. You see, my home is where my family coven practices our rituals.
I’m the High Priestess. The other coven members are my daughter Sherilee Blything, 42, a selfemployed cleaner; daughter-in-law Steph Blything, 42, a full-time mum; and Steph’s children Freeleigh, 19, and Raven, 11.
I share my home with my husband Steve. He’s the only one of the family who isn’t a witch!
Being a witch comes naturally to me. When I was four, my grandmother, who was also a witch, let me watch her mix herbal potions for people at her kitchen table.
When I was 35, I discovered I was a natural at reading the tarot cards
Five years later, I saw an advert in the local paper asking if people wanted to join a coven. Under the watchful eyes of this coven’s high priestess, I learnt about the phases of the moon and was taught how to cast spells safely. Now, I perform spells for free for everything from career issues to love although I do charge for healing and tarot readings.
As a family coven, we meet regularly to perform rituals on the main pagan festivals, or sabbats, such as Imbolc on 2 February and Samhain on 31 October plus the solstices, like the summer solstice on 21 June.
If it’s a dry night, we build a fire outside and I call in the four elements – earth, air, fire and water - for protection before casting the circle. Next, we all join hands and focus our intention. The circle contains the power of the ritual.
The ritual is the ‘message’ of energy that’s sent to the God and Goddess, and it changes depending on the time of year. We may call on departed loved ones for the autumn festival of the dead, Samhain, or thank the Goddess and God for the sun and growing crops on the summer solstice. The children are allowed at these sabbats because Steph and I consider them to contain