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The Old Bearded Man

The Old Bearded Man stands crooked in the fields. Born at the time of the Winter Solstice he has felt love, and has been loved. Now his beloved stands before him, the razor-edge of her sickle catching the light of the Summer Sun. They stand like this

Thinking About – Perfection and Wholeness

When I was searching for a spiritual path the idea of perfection wasn't something that influenced my choice. I guess if it was I would have chosen Buddhism over Druidry and Paganism. Self-development is obviously a life-long quest and we learn throughout our lives, but the quest

The Witch of Neuerburg

I spent this past weekend in a castle in Germany near the Germany/Luxembourg border where the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids held their annual International camp. About 100 members from all over Europe (plus an Australian and an American) gathered for ritual, celebration, music and community

Sumer is Icumen In

It's the 1st May today. A glorious date for sure. This morning Morris sides all over the country were out for the sunrise to dance up the Sun and the land was filled with the glorious sound of Morris bells. A tradition celebrated in my song Forgotten, Never

Thinking About – Science and Religion

There are a few discussions happening on Facebook about science and religion and whether they can exist together, or whether science will make religion/spirituality redundant. I'm very happy that many of the born-again Atheists that, after reading The God Delusion, went on evangelical campaigns to convert the

Thinking About – What makes a site sacred

Since the Spring Equinox of 2000 the group I help facilitate, the Anderida Gorsedd, has held open rituals at the Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex. Eight rituals a year, rain, snow or sunshine for 15 years. 119 rituals held under the watchful gaze of that hill

The Power of Initiation

I was sitting alone in a darkened room. It was the Spring Equinox 1995. Outside, somewhere in the house, I could hear movement. I'd chosen this. I kept reminding myself that I had chosen this. Born June 16th 1965 and my whole life had been leading to

By |2016-10-14T11:00:42+01:00November 13th, 2014|Categories: druidry, paganism|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

And the Wheel Turns

So Samhain, the festival at least, is done for another year. It was an odd one here in the south of England. The 31st and 1st were the warmest 'Hallowe'ens' on record with 21 degree temperatures. It was strange being outside in a T shirt for Samhain,

Visiting an Old Green Friend

The Path Yesterday I visited a woods I hadn't been to in about 14 years. In the 90s it was a really sacred place to me. I worked at an industrial estate just down the road (the industrial estate was in the countryside. One of

A Pilgrimage to Herne’s Forest

The tree had lived for at least 600 years having fallen from its parent as an acorn whilst England was in the grip of the Black Death. It knew the land before combustion engines when all around was silent, but for the falling hooves of passing horses.

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