Reaping what we sow

"Truth is the harvest scythe. What is sown shall be your bread." - The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Lughnasadh, or Lammas, celebrated around 1 August in the Northern hemisphere, is a festival of the harvest. It is time both to celebrate the bounty of the fields and to reflect on what it is we... Continue Reading →

Book review: Bird Therapy

Harkness, Joe. Bird Therapy. Unbound, 2019. "Stripping back my senses to engage with the simplistic beauty of nature has fostered an intrisically mindful approach to every moment spent outdoors. These times of connection and reflection have given me opportunities to understand myself and my thoughts in non-judgemental and restorative environments" - Joe Harkness. Bird Therapy... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 25

Has it been a week already? Time again for my little snuffle in the Pagan forest, to see what treats I can find this week: Tadhg over at Tadhg Talks has an excellent two-part post on Looking Afresh at What we Take for Granted: Clouds. These posts reflect on how noticing and learning about everyday... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 24: Summer Solstice edition

Blessings of the Summer Solstice to you all! Here in the Northern hemisphere, we have reached the longest day, the hinge and turning point of the year, which is one of the most significant festivals for modern Pagans around the world. Those in the Southern hemisphere are celebrating the Winter Solstice today, of course, so... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 21

Ah, the joys(?) of being struck down with a cold and having nothing to do but read stuff on t'internet. What have I found this week? Firstly, it's Hedgehog Awareness Week, so it's absolutely a good time to think about how we can help this most iconic of prickly creature, who are suffering a huge... Continue Reading →

Messing about in boats

"There's nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" - Ratty, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. There's a reason for my silence of late, and it's a good one. I took a self-imposed social media retreat: no blogging, no Tweeting, even no sharing photos of my... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 17

Another weekly snuffle through the undergrowth of the Pagan interwebs to bring forth the delights of Friday Foraging! This week: Julia Penelope at The Wandering Witch on Patheos discusses something that I have long found problematic but didn't quite have the words to express: the use of the term "Shaman" to mean any "indigenous" and/or... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 15

A snuffle in the undergrowth - is it a badger? A fox? Nope, just me with another Friday Foraging! In no particular order, here we go: Country Living magazine has a feature on "Witch markings", those strangely beautiful graffiti sigils found in medieval and early-modern barns, churches and rural buildings: 6 things you need to... Continue Reading →

Leave the lawn alone

A recent global scientific review has painted a bleak picture of biodiversity loss, especially in regard to insects. Some 40% of insect species are in decline, with a third endangered. Insects may be small, but they are profoundly significant to ecosystems. From pollinating plants that we and other animals depend on for food, to being... Continue Reading →

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