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 →

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 →

Non Serviam

One of the key teachings in Druidry, at least as I have learned it, is that Druidry is at its foundation a path of service. I'm not so sure... Service has always been a concept I struggle with. From the strict Catholicism of my youth, service was drilled into me as a duty. It meant... Continue Reading →

The Season of Letting Go

The temperatures are still hovering around the level expected for late summer during the day, but in the early mornings and evenings there is a chill in the air. The first leaves are turning yellow and orange, and beginning to fall. The old willow tree in the garden is well into its shedding, scattering small... Continue Reading →

Harvest Moon

The full moon nearest the Autumn Equinox is known in folklore as the Harvest Moon (sometimes also called the Hunter's Moon). The earliest recorded use of the term "Harvest Moon" is from 1706, but it is almost certainly an earlier name. This year's Harvest Moon was especially close to the Equinox, due to the Equinox... Continue Reading →

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