New Year’s Intentions

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them orselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first page is New Year's Day" - Edith Lovejoy Pierce. I hope you all had a restful and happy festive season, whatever you celebrate, and happy New Year to you... Continue Reading →

See You Next Year!

Blessings of the festive season to you, one and all, whatever you celebrate this time of year. I'm taking a proper break for once, so no blogging, no social media (well, ok, maybe sharing photos of the #HerbGerbs on Instagram as they open their Yule gifts), and more resting. I have lots of ideas for... Continue Reading →

Be More Kind

"Never be curel, never be cowardly...Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind". - The Doctor, "Twice Upon a Time". I'm not a wise old Druid. I'm quite far from any of those things. But just for today, let me pretend to... Continue Reading →

Awaiting Autumn

It's hot. In fact, my part of the country has had record-breaking temperatures, including the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK...ever. On a broader scale, the world is on fire. Literally, there are fires raging from the Amazon to the Arctic. This is the new normal, this is climate change revealed, and it's scary... Continue Reading →

Knowing when to cut

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." - William James. The early harvest is beginning to be gathered in from the fields around my village, with harvesters and tractors busily at work, and fields that were oceans of waving grain are now becoming stubble dotted with hay bales. The... Continue Reading →

Ecce Homo – a poem

When you look at me, do you see a man? Do my rough shapes coagulate in mock virility? These limbs, this chest, these hands, these lips; Dissolve and fall apart, I cannot hold. We are mostly empty space - The gaps between the atoms, the void Between the stars, the catch of Breath Before the... Continue Reading →

The joy of gerbils

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will no doubt have seen many, many photos of my beloved gerbils, Basil and Sage (#HerbGerbs!). These small creatures are a big part of my life, as were Thor and Loki before them (the OGs -Original Gerbils). Why gerbils? More through chance than design in the first instance. My... Continue Reading →

The importance of joy

Joy is never meaningless. Yes, the world is messed up right now, you don't need me to tell you that. Look at the news for five minutes and you will see a litany of horrors, each worse than the last. In such a world, at such a time, how dare we seek joy in frivolous... Continue Reading →

Solitary and community

I'm an introvert. Every psychological test, both formal with a therapist and self-reported online, has confirmed this, giving me extremely high (above 90%) scores for introversion. As such, my Druidry has always been a mostly solitary pursuit, sometimes accompanied by my partner who is on a similar Pagan path, but more often than not just... Continue Reading →

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