The Faerytale Apothecary

The Faerytale Apothecary

Increasingly our world demands more and more of us, not just our time but our essence, the core of who we are. What if there was another way to be? What if there was a remedy, a tincture of stories that could encourage us to take just a moment back, to close our eyes and remember when we sensed what was around us with awe and wonder, when we could smell and taste the magicks in the air. And what if in this stoppedness, this holding, we were also able to hear the whisperings, the longings of our hearts?

What then?

All Episodes

A Small Samhain Story

Oct 31

4 min 6 sec

An Autumn inspired story of surprising support and thought.

Oct 12

6 min 49 sec

A story shared with love and hope for this 2021 Summer Solstice X

Jun 20

10 min 29 sec

Inspired by the Fierce Grace Collective

May 24

11 min 41 sec

I choose to leave these as I witness them - a direct transmission. Not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 22

10 min 34 sec

I choose to leave these as I witness them - a direct transmission. Not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

1 min 39 sec

I choose to leave these as I witness them - a direct transmission. Not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

11 min 13 sec

New Year New Moon Oracle. It refers to going back, for me this is the Samhain Oracle. I choose to leave these as I witness them, not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

3 min 3 sec

The Post-Christmas Tree Angel who had a Moon for a halo rather than a Sun. A direct transmission without editing or censoring. I choose to leave these as I witness them, not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

10 min 36 sec

Oracle Tale for the Winter Solstice Cycle. I choose to leave these as I witness them, not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

12 min 42 sec

I choose to leave these as I witness them, not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

9 min 20 sec

I choose to leave these as I witness them, not edited or adapted or changed but direct and raw and flowing, often complete with sounds of everydayness, which feels how it should be... To find out more about them visit: https://faerytaleapothecary.wixsite.com/sacredstories/menstruum

May 12

11 min 24 sec

Pondering on the personal stories of others we carry within us and then tell ourselves, particularly those of the dead and people we have never met.

May 9

8 min 39 sec

I'm not sure which woke me in the early hours of the morning, this dream or rather this story or the storm. All I know is it is a tale that demands to be told. Again and again and again, it loops infinitely till perhaps I/we hear its message. I doesn't offer any satisfactory answers but at least it may have us asking the right questions. This is an unedited recording, straight after it found me in the betwixt and between of sleep and wake.

Mar 27

8 min 31 sec

A few of my thoughts on and my reading of The Emperor's New Clothes - a story by Hans Christian Andersen that seems written for our times.

Mar 14

13 min 40 sec

A commonplace kind of special is the story of life in a tree in a city and what we don't always pay attention to, how we hoodwink ourselves but how everything can always come out right in the end, just in time for tea!

Feb 10

7 min 51 sec

Exploring briefly the idea of having just one key, Chiron and Bluebeard

Jan 13

6 min 34 sec

Blue clothing replaces a blue beard, whilst a bunch of keys becomes one missing key...

Jan 13

11 min 3 sec

A Winter Solstice Invitation

Dec 2020

2 min 27 sec

Riffing on recognising the enchantment that can exist in our everyday life when it is mirrored back to us by a fairy tale.

Nov 2020

5 min 1 sec

I asked a friend to pick a random page number from the Virago Book of Witches and agreed to read whatever story it related to. It was this story, a story that instantly felt magic and power filled. What I loved too was the story held two very strong references to the day we had spent together just hours earlier. Oracle Stories - I recommend them! Just pick up any collection of tales and open at random. What do you need to hear right now?

Nov 2020

24 min 39 sec

Witch by The Faerytale Apothecary

Nov 2020

1 min 53 sec

The story of the Lindworm is an old Norwegian Foktale that I have felt tap me on the shoulder over the last couple of weeks, with a curious nudge. "How would you see me differently if my genders were switched?" it asked " what would I taste like if the Queen were a King and the sons were daughters?" Well?

Oct 2020

14 min 31 sec

A Stone Council Story that is one I am especially fond of.

Oct 2020

14 min 5 sec

What if the King continually offering the Princess as Prize in fairytales could be read as the death of patriachy giving way to the restoration of the Sacred Inner Marriage; the trials of the Poor Suitor the Courtship of Yin and Yang? How would that reconcile our view of the way women are treated in these stories?

Sep 2020

7 min 50 sec

A reading of the myth of Ishtar and her descent into the Underworld in seek of her lost love. But the Underworld is the realm of her dark sister Ereshkigal and she is not best pleased to see her sister of the Heavens.

Aug 2020

13 min 57 sec

Do we have our myths the wrong way around? Are our heroes and heroines not descending from the human realm into the Underworld but is the human realm actually already the Underworld? And how do we get our tarred and feathered selves out again?

Aug 2020

7 min 29 sec

What does it feel like to say the word Giant? How does it want to move about our being? Where does it take us when we seek them out in the landscape?

Jul 2020

4 min 45 sec

Where exactly do the stories that make up our being originate, how many of the tales we carry around are not even technically ours, if not where do they come from and what do we do about it?

Jun 2020

5 min 49 sec

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

Jun 2020

21 min 8 sec

Riffing on the idea of fairy tales as more than simply gorgeous bedtime stories for children but as deeply therapeutic containers for adults and teaching tales for all.

May 2020

6 min 20 sec

The beautiful story of Thumbelina from Hans Christian Andersen.

May 2020

26 min 2 sec

A New Moon Riffing on how Myth can support us in these difficult times with a reminder of repeating cycles, of journeying into the unknown and making it out again.

Apr 2020

6 min 59 sec

A reading of the Juniper Tree as first written down by the Brothers Grimm. Every night at 10pm on Facebook Live I am reading from a collection of Brothers Grimm folk and fairy tales, this one really stuck in my mind and I wanted to record it for here. It has so many strong shamanic themes running through it, it seemed to me that it is a fantastic example of how not all stories are as they seem, that some perhaps carry Spirit Teachings, a very special kind of medicine all their own.

Apr 2020

18 min 3 sec

Inspired by the work of Nancy Mellon, a telling of the traditional Chinese folk tale Princess Kwan-Yin offered up in support of the lungs and associate meridians. This version of the story is from A Chinese Wonder Book written by Norman Hinsdale Pitman

Mar 2020

17 min 11 sec

Riffing on how our own and others personal stories can support us at this time and how to reconcile the discomfort of the ones that live in us.

Mar 2020

10 min 23 sec

A small simple story of hope as featured on BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol.

Mar 2020

4 min 46 sec

What would it be like to listen to the stories our bodies hold within? How is movement not passivity the key to finding more about ourselves, and a way to access our memories?

Feb 2020

7 min 8 sec

A piece created for the Imbolc new moon, the Lunar New Year and Burns Night inspired by taking my head for a walk on some land in East Sussex. 02022020

Feb 2020

2 min 11 sec

Riffing on what could it mean to trust a story

Jan 2020

7 min 37 sec

It’s an interesting conversation...fairytales...how much have we got it wrong? How much have we twisted them to fit our own agendas over the centuries? What if they were never morality tales at all but teaching tales, what would be the difference? What if every single Being we meet in them actually exists or has existed just as we do but in the Unseen Realms? That there stories are valid, as vital as our own? How would our relationship to them change? How differently would we treat them? What if Rumplestiltskin was never the bad guy but a wronged guy? How would that change things?

Nov 2019

9 min 26 sec

A reading of the Brothers Grimm version of the story of Rumplestiltskin

Nov 2019

3 min 46 sec

One of three short shudders of story for Samhain. Always carry remember your torch...

Oct 2019

1 min 26 sec

One of three short shudders of story for Samhain. Be careful how you relate to work colleagues...

Oct 2019

1 min 29 sec

One of three short shudders of story for Samhain. Be sure to check you know what your keys are for...

Oct 2019

2 min 17 sec

Riffing on what exactly Story as Medicine might mean

Oct 2019

6 min 41 sec

A September New Moon Audio Blog... We don't tell stories, stories tell us. And stories can change us if we let them, take us in unexpected directions, take us beyond the assumptions of what we think we know and show us a world of wonder and possibilities.

Sep 2019

5 min 44 sec

What does it mean for me to work with Story in a Ceremonial Way? The first of a few little recordings exploring this question.

Aug 2019

2 min 35 sec

Late night thoughts of the beauty on what it is to be loved.

May 2019

3 min 40 sec

An introduction to the Faerytale Apothecary.

May 2019

3 min 59 sec