Pause

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves". - Mary Oliver, Wild Geese. Our society creates expectations to be productive. Even in a crisis... Continue Reading →

Elemental self-care

The four classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water are a foundation of many modern Pagan paths, Druidry included. Within ritual, we often call out to these elements to honour them and make offerings to them. Representations of the elements often sit upon our altars, in the form of stones and candles, water and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Feeding the roots

"The strength of a tree lies in its roots, not its branches" - Dutch proverb. It's January, and the branches of deciduous trees are bare of leaves. On a casual glance, they can seem dead. But we know that isn't the case, we know from experience and understanding that the trees will soon be putting... Continue Reading →

I’m still here

2018 has been a hell of a year. I suffer from depression, and this year has been a really consistently low one for my mental health. Of course the year has had highlights (seeing my favourite bands, going to new places) and achievements (completing year one of Druid College), but on the whole 2018 has... 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 →

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 →

This is Me

Yesterday marked World Mental Health Day, and today marks National Coming Out Day, which are two pretty major "days" to have in rapid succession. I have depression and anxiety, I always have and chances are I always will. Some of this is biochemical, to do with the way my brain processes seratonin, and some of... Continue Reading →

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