long man of wilmington

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

In Sync with the Wheel

I stood in circle on the flat hill just below the Long Man of Wilmington yesterday with about 60 other people to celebrate the first harvest of Lughnasadh. The Weald stretched out below and the land was a tapestry of green and gold, whilst a combine harvester

Reflection tells us to live our lives, now.

Samhain has come and gone and the Season of Mists is well and truly upon us. Here in Sussex many of the tallest trees are already bare and the leaves of the others are fading from green to gold. If you're a regular reader of my blog

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 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 – More on Sacred Sites

It was the Anderida Gorsedd moot last night, a talking stick moot where we choose a topic for discussion and then pass the Talking Beer Mat around the table, each expressing our thoughts on the topic. Always deep, always very thought provoking. Last night we chose Sacred

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

Re-enchanting the World

I was listening to the latest episode of T. Thorn Coyle's podcast Elemental Castings during which she spoke of the way that Paganism(s) can 're-enchant the world'. For me this has been at the very heart of my Journey since I was a small child. I was

Free Audio – The Colloquy of the Oak and Holly King

Just before the last Winter solstice I was asked by the people at Folkcast if I would contribute something from a Druidic perspective to the Folklore and Traditions of the Winter Solstice section of their December podcast. I thought hard about what I could offer. Cerri and

The Wheel of the Year – Valid or Not?

I sometimes watch with confusion the conversations that develop on social sites like Facebook and Twitter over some of the things we do as modern Pagans. One of the topics that seems to get regularly dissected is the Wheel of the Year and the way it is

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