Damh the Bard

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For a Love of Winter

I noticed this week just how quickly the year had flown by. One moment it seemed I was welcoming the Spring after the Beast from the East had left our shores. Smiling at the blooming Spring flowers, enjoying the Blackthorn, the Pussy Willow, the Mayflower, and what

By |2018-11-12T11:55:51+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Nature, spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |35 Comments

The Wheel Turns to Samhain Once More

Rainbow from the Long Man - Billie Wilson We had our Samhain open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington this past Sunday. According to the calendar date we were a little early, but as I spoke about in this recent blog post I don't

Y Mabinogi – The Second Branch – Open for pre-orders – Here’s the story of the album

So how did this all happen? The first thing to do was to delve into the scholarly work that had been done on the Second Branch of Y Mabinogi. The background research, the exploring, finding books old and new, the familiar thud as they fall through the

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 139

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 139 Forests - Willowolf - https://willowolf.bandcamp.com/releases Hallowe’en Song - Richard Tucker Talky Bit - The Use of Bones in Magic and Witchcraft - Gemma Gary - http://www.gemmagary.co.uk Troy books - http://www.troybooks.co.uk Children of the Sun - Willowolf - https://willowolf.bandcamp.com/releases Prologue (from Y Mabinogi

For the Love of Magic

I've always had a private love affair. We fell in love when I was at secondary school. I hunted her out in the library where she used to hang out. It was pretty exciting. To that very young Damh the things she showed me placed my feet

Thinking About – Where the Seasons Begin and End

I thought I'd open a can of worms today. Throw a hot potato in. You know, stir it up a bit. I don't normally go there but I think, in truth, there is no one correct answer to this so it really doesn't matter in the end

Thinking About – Samhain, Bones and the Ancestors

Samhain I still find it amazing how quickly after the Autumn Equinox the season takes hold. Maybe it's the angle of the Sun to the Earth but the shade of light blends with a touch of gold, whereas the Summer sunshine, to my eyes at least, sparkles

Thinking About – Doing Druidry/Being a Druid

When I put out the question to readers of the blog what would be the topics you would like me to write about it became obvious that this one was extremely popular. How you fit Druidic practices into daily life. This is a very important question and

By |2018-09-25T11:20:05+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: druidry, paganism, Thinking About|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

Fortean Paganism? Tell your Tale

In a recent blog post I asked if any of you had gone through any 'peak' or strange, unexplainable experiences as you have walked your spiritual path. I said at the time I didn't know quite what I would do with any of the responses but if

By |2018-09-24T12:41:02+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Fortean, paganism, Story|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Book Review – The Assembly of the Severed Head by Hugh Lupton

Ok. I'm a Mabinogion groupie. Pretty much any book that has been written about The Four Branches is either sitting on my shelf, or is on a wish list. The journey I'm currently going through, recording the Four Branches in story and song has only made my

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