mythology

Y Mabinogi – Welcome, Arawn

Every Monday morning I have a ritual. I go to my studio/workspace, light some incense, sit quietly, then shuffle a Tarot deck asking the question, "What are the trends I should be aware of in my life this coming week?" I continue to shuffle the deck, focussing on the question until it feels right, I

Y Mabinogi – The Verve, Sawing, the Awen, and Autumn

Time for an update on the new album. The first words were written in May when me and Cerri travelled to Wales and hired a beautiful cottage. I wrote of the experience here and during that week the Awen flowed freely as words fell onto the page. My next album will be a retelling of

Y Mabinogi – Annwn

It's time to turn my gaze towards the Otherworld. The subject of the next song in Y Mabinogi is Annwn. Pwyll steps through the portal into that Otherworld, in the guise of Arawn, a King of that land. This is the point when the next song is sung. As with the first song I'll be

Thinking About – Ghosts

Something different today. I love a good ghost story. If I think back my earliest encounter with the ghost story was probably Scooby Do, and when I was really small some of those stories used to scare me. The weird thing was I enjoyed being scared, at least of things on the TV. I think

The Old Bearded Man – Spoken Word

Yesterday I was asked by my pals at the Folkcast podcast to create an audio spoken word piece for one of their forthcoming seasonal shows. The piece they asked for was one of my recent posts - The Old Bearded Man - based on the myth of the dying and resurrecting Corn God. Well, of

The Bones of Albion – Our Stories and our Songs

A year or so ago a friend of mine mine recommended that I watch a film. It was called Dreamkeeper, and is the tale of a Native American Grandfather, travelling to a tribal gathering, being driven there by his teenage grandson. The grandson has been seduced by the modern age, and is in trouble with

A Celtic Creation Story – Audio

I love creation stories and sometimes feel sad that time has not left us a Celtic creation story. We know that the tribes of Iron Age Europe held the three realms of Land, Sky and Sea as sacred so I wanted my story to focus on them. Don, Llyr and Beli Mawr being the Gods

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A Tale for Lughnasadh

The long days of Summer are beginning to draw in as we make our way towards Autumn. The first harvest is being collected as the golden fields give up their gift of abundance and John Barcleycorn is cut down at the knee. I always have mixed emotions at Lughnasadh. On one hand this festival is

Blessings of the Sun Reborn!

On December 21st in the northern hemisphere the Sun begins its Winter Solstice. For three days he will rise at the same spot, and travel the same arc in the sky, but on the 25th that arc will take its first visible rise, and the days will begin to get longer once more. So although

The First Part, of the First Branch, of the Mabinogion

My good friends Gary and Ruth at the Celtic Myth Podshow are currently dramatising the Four Branches of the Mabinogion on their wonderful show. In this first section I play Arawn, the King of Annwn, and Cerri plays his wife. I think Gary and Ruth have done a great job with this dramatisation and I

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