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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

Stillness. And the Night of Misrule.

Although our house it still full of builders I can feel Autumn's blessed peace approaching. I have two more gigs this year, Witchfest International at the Brighton Centre in November, and Tenbury Mistletoe Festival in December, then no more gigs until the PF Devon and Cornwall conference in March. It has been another great year of

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: druidry, Nature|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

And the Wheel Forever Turns

Close the door keep out the storm, Far Away, Far Away... It's nearly here. In two weeks time the major Sabbat of Samhain will arrive, bringing with it dark evenings and opening the door to the cold of Winter. Lanterns will be lit and placed in windows. Faerie Bells will ring and doors and windows

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

Y Mabinogi – A Story of Invocation

I was at an OBOD camp back in 1997. It was a Samhain camp and the evening was cold, crisp and the sky was clear. The camp was on a farm far away from the big towns of the South West so the stars shone bright above. All day we had been preparing for the

Y Mabinogi – Stories in the Land

Following on from my last article I've now returned to Sussex after a fabulous adventure in North Wales. My plan was for a working holiday, communing with some of the sites from the Four Branches, and taking a couple of days to write more of the spoken word section of the First Branch, and the

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Mabinogion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

Y Mabinogi – Taliesin and Merlin

So the Journey has truly begun. The Four Branches of the Mabinogion are each a part of the Matter of Britain. They live within the very rocks, mud, and water of this ancient island, but they were born in the mid-western peninsula currently known as Wales. If these tales have the antiquity many of us

Y Mabinogi – Strange Things

It's true. It seems the moment I realised that I was only to focus on exploring and writing the story and songs for the First Branch of the Mabinogion (as I wrote about in this recent article) strange things began to happen. Dreams, strange synchronistic occurrences, big aha! moments, the melody to songs forming seemingly

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Mabinogion, music|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

Y Mabinogi – Let’s talk about History

As many of you know by now my latest project is a spoken word, song and music album telling the tales within the Four Branches of the Mabinogion. Originally I thought this would be one double album, but I've very quickly realised that, in order to give these four intertwined tales the room to breathe

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: druidry, Mabinogion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |15 Comments

Thinking About – Travelling Gods

Over the years I've had many discussions with friends and seen quite a few talks about the nature of the Gods. One of these is the idea of local deities. For instance in a recent edition of the Down at the Crossroads podcast (thoroughly recommended if you've not heard it) Chris and his guests discussed

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