Reflecting on a quiet Samhain 2016 and remembering our pets

I celebrated Samhain quietly with my brother. The weather was dry and mild, and we pretty much spent the whole day outdoors; marking the end of the harvest season, eating seasonal food, reminiscing and remembering our pets. The daylight hours were spent preparing the garden for winter. I sanded and painted two sides of the shed…

Trees from the Ogham Alphabet: Rowan (Luis)

I’m studying the symbolism and mythology of trees because I want to reconnect with the natural world and reflect on certain aspects of my life. I’m using the Celtic Ogham Alphabet and its association to trees as a framework to stop me straying too far from my spiritual path (and ending up in the belly of a wolf)….

Synchronicity: Elder tree

Something strange happened and it’s been troubling me. I’m atheist, so I don’t find myself in church all that often. At the bottom of my road is a low church (small, community centre-type church) and one Saturday morning towards the end of September, I went along for the launch of their shoebox appeal for the Samaritan’s Purse….

Dream: Violet cloud

So, Saturday 8 October 2016 was the first WM Pagan Conference and it was bloody brilliant. There were speakers on a mix of subjects; a talk on artifacts used in spells, a practical workshop where we made a witch ladder (to help with intention), a Bardic poetry performance, a talk on the paranormal and an…

Synchronicity: Begin it now

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would…

Trees from the Ogham Alphabet: Ivy (Gort)

I’m studying the symbolism and mythology of trees because I want to reconnect with the natural world and reflect on certain aspects of my life. I’m using the Celtic Ogham Alphabet and its association to trees as a framework to stop me straying too far from my spiritual path (and ending up in the belly of a wolf)….

‘Trees’ from Wandering by Hermann Hesse

I’m sharing this beautiful reading of ‘Trees’ by Hermann Hesse as I’m using this text as a basis for my studies into our spiritual connection with trees. Trees are the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, In forests and groves. And even more, when they stand alone. In their highest boughs…

An Inner Harvest: Celebrating Mabon, Autumn Equinox 2016

To celebrate Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, I chose to compile an ‘inner harvest’ of all accomplishments since spring, along with a number of other things I’m grateful for. I’m meditating on balance as certain aspects of my life have been completely out of whack and I’ve really suffered the consequences. An ‘inner harvest’ can also be…

Grounding meditation: I need a good storm

Paying it forward: Overlaying storm sounds with ambient music creates a calming background to chill out to, a perfect grounding meditation or a meditation on nature. A grounding meditation can help if you’re feeling off-balance, flighty or have a build-up or excess of emotional energy you need to dissipate. I’ve used this particular meditation a few times…

Harvest Moon Butternut Squash & Veggie Sausage Risotto

To observe the Harvest Moon and celebrate the changing seasons, I’ve made a big pan of comfort food! I find Butternut Squash & Veggie Sausage Risotto an all round autumnal dish; in the UK squash are ready to harvest between September – October, the beautiful gold of the squash and red of the chillies are…