Dis-illusion

Is there any "there" there? Beyond the fabulous polyester robes and cool Instagram filtered altars, the artisanal candles made from petroleum and paraffin, the exotic crystals gouged out of the living Earth in some strip-mined hellscape, the endless bleached-paper books repeating variations on the same theme, the server farms powering blogpost bickering... Where is the... Continue Reading →

Just a moment: a poem

Too much, too fast, too soon, too now; Wildfires burn, each spark a story. The rising tide will overwhelm us all; A flood of meaning, meaningless amidst the noise. Gaze into it, it gazes back, A void of fire and fury, all is fear, The fear of dying, fear of failure, fear of being found... Continue Reading →

Listening to your body

I recently came down with a cold, which I'm currently fighting off (I have a hot lemon tea next to me as I write this, on the sofa, under a blanket...you get the idea). This has led to a period of what I think of as "enforced rest", where all you can do is sit... Continue Reading →

The magic of hearth and home

As the nights draw in, and the air grows chill, creatures are preparing for the winter; gathering food, building their nests and dens, settling in for hibernation. While the demands of work in our hectic modern capitalist treadmill of a society don't afford us humans the ability to rest over the winter, the dark evenings... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 9

After a bit of a mental-health break, Friday Foraging is back, so let's get into it. Mark Green at Atheopaganism reposted an old blogpost in a recent Facebook discussion where I asked what the point of doing ritual and Pagan practice is when the world is in such a state. Mark's post, Living in Dark... Continue Reading →

Samhain: We mourn, and we rise

A tweet I saw yesterday asked if, with the world being as terrifying as it is, we need a holiday this year designated to be scary. It's an idea I sympathise with. The world is indeed scary right now, and the combination of fear, grief and overwhelming despair has left me pretty much paralysed for... Continue Reading →

Thor and Loki, 2015-2018

After writing in my last post that Loki, my pet gerbil, was poorly and old, he passed away peacefully in his sleep the other day. I saw him in the morning and gave him some cuddles, then when I came home from work he was lying in his gerbilarium, looking like he was asleep, but... Continue Reading →

I’m not OK

This week has not been an easy one. Mentally, physically and spiritually I've been in a slump. It started off well, with beginning Year 2 of Druid College at the weekend, which was awesome. That first dedication ritual around a huge and ancient oak tree on a windy hilltop field, blessed with a running hare... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 8

A brief forage this week, but let's get into it! Dana at The Druid's Garden has an utterly brilliant post called What Can Druidry Offer in Dark Times? If you only read one article this week, make it this one. In a world that seems broken, Dana shows how traditionally Druidic practices: the Bardic arts,... Continue Reading →

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