Blog by Semele Xerri

Welcome to my blog, which contains my experiences of finding spiritual meaning and applying spirituality in my everyday and creative life, alongside professional healing and Tarot tips. I hope you find something to interest, encourage and inspire you here!

The perfect pattern of ebb and flow

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Spiritual living | Comments Off on The perfect pattern of ebb and flow

My recent time away on the Welsh coast reacquainted me with the perfection of the universe’s cycles and patterns. I unexpectedly witnessed the miracle of birth and new life in the plethora of seal pups hidden in quiet coves along the coastline. My heart was instantly tenderised by the breathtaking beauty of vigilant parents patrolling the waters and a seal Mum answering the strangely human call to feed her pup, dragging herself determinedly over sharp rocks and stones. At the same time I was very present to the fact that this joyful...

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What the alder said

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Poetry | Comments Off on What the alder said

I’ve always envisaged this poem as a children’s picture book. Maybe it will be one day… “Let’s visit my favourite tree,” said the girl. “Hhmph!” said the dog, through his favourite toy. They walked their favourite path to the stream.                                 *** “What’s it like to be a tree?” said the girl. “Listen,” said the alder. “Woof!” said the dog. *** “Listen,” said the alder. “Tell me what you know,” said the girl....

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Story planet

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Book reviews, Healing, Spiritual living | Comments Off on Story planet

I’ve written before about my early days of spirituality, when I really didn’t want to be grounded in my body. It felt too heavy and dense, too problematic and painful for this being who just wanted to float and fly in the light without the perceived weight of physicality and form. As a child, one of my main “escapes” was books – I loved and read widely and avidly, with a special passion for history, myth, legend and fantasy-based stories. What I know now, as a much older, wiser and happily-earthed adult, is that...

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Ask Me, freedom from coercive control

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Healing, Spiritual living | Comments Off on Ask Me, freedom from coercive control

For the last couple of days I’ve been on a pilot training course to become one of the first Ask Me Ambassadors, whose role is to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse within my community and to act as a signpost to practical, professional support for those within it who are seeking help. It’s a subject that is very dear to my heart, having experienced coercive control which involved psychological and emotional abuse within a relationship myself. We’ve come a long way since the days of so-called...

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If music be the food of love…

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Spiritual living | Comments Off on If music be the food of love…

For several months now I’ve been attending a weekly acoustic music session at a local hotel bar. It’s ironic that it took a friend a fair old while to persuade me to try it, and now I feel like it’s a core activity in my life. Music, and singing in particular, has always been soul food for me. Something happens when I raise my voice in song; it’s as if I enter a sort of trance state. I never feel closer to Source than when I’m lost in the music and something seems to be singing me rather than the other way...

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Retreat and (meno)pause

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Spiritual living | Comments Off on Retreat and (meno)pause

When I first decided to book myself a week of solo retreat, I had some interesting responses. Everything from “won’t you be afraid on your own?” (umm….no), and “won’t you feel lonely?” (are you serious? And I’m taking my dog with me!) through to “why would you want to do that?” Well as you know I’m progressing towards the Mystic phase of my life, becoming “she who holds her wise blood inside”*. At this point in the process, when my moon cycles began to appear less...

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Powered up

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Healing, Spiritual living | Comments Off on Powered up

Healing occurs in layers, and there’s always more to do. Even if you intend that you go straight to the root cause to clear something, which I always do these days, it may still take a while to filter that healing completely through all your bodies – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. As your consciousness expands and your self-awareness deepens, so you’re more able to access facets of an issue that have been buried and cleverly cloaked within you for a long time or even invoked by more recent knowledge and...

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Crafting ripples on the water

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Healing, Spiritual living | Comments Off on Crafting ripples on the water

I read a wonderful article recently about the different ways we can respond to the need for change we see around us in the world, and how each approach is just as valuable and indeed essential (you can read Sharon Blackie’s article here: Resistance: the Mythos and the Logos). As energy and lightworkers, which is what we are as soon as we are conscious of our spiritual self, we can do so much as individuals at a time when it’s all too easy to feel powerless. As well as any other action we may choose to take, we can simply live and...

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Freedom from the flames

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Spiritual living | Comments Off on Freedom from the flames

My spiritual path in recent years has been a solitary one, apart from one or two workshops and lots of selective reading. I love to read as it allows me to receive and digest information in my own time, assessing whether it resonates strongly enough to enhance my own practice and understanding. I confess, at heart I am a bit of a lone wolf. However, last year I made a momentous decision to join a nine month online women’s journey, where we would be sharing in great depth and vulnerability. I was drawn to the authenticity, integrity and...

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You’re the answer – reading for 2017

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Spiritual living, Tarot | Comments Off on You’re the answer – reading for 2017

For most of us 2016 was a challenging year of incredible highs and the deepest of lows. The intensity of the energetic shifts has been tough on our physical bodies as they have struggled to integrate the frequencies that our spirits have welcomed so warmly and easily. My sense was that for the last 12 months we’d been journeying through a transforming but sometimes searing fire and that the new year would offer some respite from this, so I was delighted to turn over the card for 2017. The card I drew is the Nine of Cups, which in my...

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