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Thinking About – Rage and Contempt

Over the weekend I received an email asking me to dedicate a blog about dealing with 'excessive rage and contempt', and I'd like to start by thanking Charlie for asking me to write about this topic. Charlie continued to say that they thought they're not the only person dealing with

By | 2017-04-10T13:29:47+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: spirituality, Thinking About|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

Y Mabinogi – In Gratitude to the Christian Scribes

As I work my way through the process of creating this audiobook/musical/dramatised retelling of the First Branch of the Mabinogion I am becoming more and more thankful to the Christian scribe/s who wrote it all down. It's easy for me now to imagine those feet walking through

Spring. It’s here. Honest Guv.

Spring. It's here. Honest. The Equinox is just a few minutes away. I've always thought of the Solstices and Equinoxes as the beginning of the seasons, with the Fire Festivals being the height. So to me Spring begins today, and Beltane, with it's verdant greens and fertility

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 120

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 120 Heron Valley (Daughter Song) - Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillier - http://www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk The Life of Iolo Morganwg - Kristoffer Hughes - http://www.angleseydruidorder.co.uk The Mabon - Dreow Bennett - http://www.facebook.com/dreow.bennett Creatures and Demons - Lucy Ward - http://www.lucywardsings.com Wikka Woman - Inkubus Sukkubus

Y Mabinogi – Planes, Trains, and Film Scores

As I mentioned in my previous Y Mabinogi update, the spoken word sections of this project will be around an hour and a quarter long. I've produced the DruidCast podcast from my home studio since 2007 with no issues at all, but sitting in the quiet of

By | 2017-03-14T11:49:05+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Mabinogion, mythology|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Thinking About – Celebrancy

As a movement grows and matures it seeks to firm the foundations of its community, and one of the ways it can achieve this is by re-introducing lost rites of passage, and reclaiming those that have remained, but have seemingly lost their way. In the secularised West

Y Mabinogi – Pushing the Boundaries of those Comfort Zones

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll already know that my current recording project is quite different from anything I've attempted before. It is a spoken word, musical, and dramatic presentation of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. This has been something I've wanted to

By | 2017-02-28T13:13:03+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Mabinogion, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |18 Comments

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 119

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 119 Seven Gypsies - Stick in the Wheel - http://www.stickinthewheel.com Deep Awake - Presented by Timothy Freke at AnderidaFest 2017 - http://timfreke.com The Devil & the Feathery Wife - Mike Gulston - http://www.rowengulston.co.uk OBOD on social media - Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/druidry. Twitter -

By | 2017-02-20T15:52:11+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: DruidCast|0 Comments

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

Initiation and the Power of Transformation

Initiations can often be very powerful experiences. I was initiated into the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids on the Spring Equinox of 1995, having joined the Order in April 1994. I hadn't rushed in. I wanted to be sure I had found my home. I remember the

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