Archive for October 2013

Pagan People – Nimue Brown talks to Barbara Meiklejohn-Free

Oct 16th, 2013 | By

Known widely as The Highland Seer, Barbara Meiklejohn-Free was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, where the ancient tradition still survives. She has worked with many of the indigenous cultures from around the world, including North and South America, and now after forty years of practice has integrated the ancient ways of

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October Poems

Oct 16th, 2013 | By

Lorna Smithers is a poet and philosophy postgraduate living in Penwortham in Lancashire. She writes poetry inspired by the Bardic Tradition about nature, local history and British mythology and performs regularly in around Preston. In 2012 she won the Preston Guild Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published in The Dawntreader, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and

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October Poems

Oct 16th, 2013 | By

Arietta Bryant is a Mother, Wife, Artist and Wiccan High Priestess. She has been using poetry as a creative outlet since childhood (Mostly as a way to get out of writing essays at school) and as an adult, she now incorporates original poetry into many of her religious and magickal workings.She lives in Hampshire, England,

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October Poems

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

As the wheel turns, the days grow colder, the nights grow longer and shadows pervade our inner and outer landscapes. Darkness brings with it the desire for introspection, reflection and contemplation of our own shadow selves. Samhain reminds us of the deep descent into the underworld, of the thinning veil, of the influence of ancestors,

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Hecate’s way

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

Hecate’s way On a dark and stormy night. Scentless fields are in shade Hecate’s darkness gracing the land. Should I play her maid? I wish that I could be insane. Are you lightening the fairies flight? You work with the wind I raise my eyes to your darken sight. Hecate, you are the mysteries unknown.

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October Poems

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

Martin Pallot has been writing poetry since the early eighties, mainly inspired by myth, folklore, nature and my pagan beliefs. October…..the season of mists etc. is well upon us….a time to think about home and hearth and the passing of long and fire lit evenings.  A time when the search for food becomes more difficult for

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How the Role of the Shaman has Evolved

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

In the early hunter-gatherer cultures, there is substantial evidence to suggest that the shaman’s role covered a lot of territory. The shaman was the healer, the seer, priest, storyteller, judge and even war leader at times. As society became more settled, moving to agriculture and cities, there was more excess food to support those who

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Samhain

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

As the wheel of the year turns this month, I am preparing to visit the time of year known where I currently live as Samhain, by others as All Hallows’ Eve and by everyone else, young and old alike as Halloween. I don’t know about anyone else but for me time is flying. Maybe its

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Nature Mystics – Thomas Hardy

Oct 10th, 2013 | By

‘Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain,’ wrote Thomas Hardy in The Mayor of Casterbridge. This probably sums up what most people think of Hardy’s works, born from the much wailing and gnashing of teeth that often come from studying the books at school. Invariably in Hardy, there is love

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Chapter Five ~ Juniper Berries and The Vicar

Oct 9th, 2013 | By

Graveyards are not the best lit of places, especially at night. Seeing in the dark is not easy and can cause problems. This was something Minerva and Isis had not anticipated as they surveyed the contents of their graveyard pickings the night before. “It said Juniper berries Minerva… Are you sure that’s what these are?”

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