Archive for March 2013

April Poems

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Lorna Smithers is a poet and philosophy postgraduate living in Penwortham in Lancashire. Her practice as a Bard involves communing with the land, spirits of place and local and personal deities, and sharing inspiration in her communities locally and on-line. Her poem ‘Proud of Preston,’ an address to the city by Belisama, the goddess of the

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Books for April

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

The Deep Heart of Withcraft, David Salisbury The elements, the guardians, the spirits and gods; these are all things beginner Witches are taught about and trained to work with. We learn about correspondence and how to associate symbols with their mysteries. But what are the real mysteries behind the symbols? What lives at the very

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 3

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

3 – The Hallows                                      À l’horizon lointain is paradise,                                     abest silentium, le cor éclate –                                     – et meurt, Columba mused, but Kentigern                                     replied, renaît et se prolonge.  Edwin Morgan  LANGUAGE HAD evolved as a form of social communication by about 250,000 years ago.  Our closest living relatives – the apes –

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Pagan Simplicity

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Recently I made a vow to give up at least one day of media in the form of television, radio, telephone and internet.  It had to be a day when I was home alone, to force me to relearn how I spend my time.  It has, literally, changed my life in just a few short

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Pagan People – Nimue Brown talks to Emma Restall Orr

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) is one of the most well-known Druids worldwide. She worked for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids and was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for nearly ten years. In 2002 founded the international Druid Network which, by gaining status as a religious charity in 2010, changed the

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Trance Matters – Part 2

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

In the first part of this topic on trance, I wrote little about what trance is and why I believe it is one of the most undervalued and underused tools in modern witchcraft today. As promised, this post will feature some methods of trance that are used both widely and seldom. I think one of

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April

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

One thing I am, and always have been, very good at is resisting, digging my heels in, being stubborn and refusing to do anything I didn’t want to and years the thing I resisted doing most was writing a book.  Anyone who ever read for me saw a book and when I first worked with

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Being a Reconstructionist Druid; a Contradiction in Terms

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Nothing is more useful in paganism or can cause more confusion than labels, and both of those apply in equal measure to the word “Druid”. Labels, of course, serve an important purpose in connecting to people’s schema and helping to give an instant understanding of what you’re talking about or trying to convey; they create

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April

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

“The April rain, the April rain, Comes slanting down in fitful showers, Then from the furrow shoots the grain, And banks are fledged with nestling flowers; And in grey shawl and woodland bowers The cuckoo through the April rain Calls once again.” – Mathilde Blind, April Rain  April showers, well its the first thing that

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An Interview with a ‘Dudeist’ Priest & Magic Man

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

One of the most positive aspects of my more recent spiritual travels has been the discovery of a movie; initially a “failed” movie which went on to become a cult film. I’m referring to The Big Lebowski from those trend setting movie-makers The Coen Brothers. Starring one of my very favourite actors, Jeff Bridges, the

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