Archive for January 2014

Pagan Portals – Zen Druidry, by Joanna Vander Hoeven

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

The best dishes are the ones that leave you wanting more, and Joanna’s book is like a perfect hors d’oeuvres. She shows you how well the two paths can weave together, and if someone were to ask me what books I’d recommend to those interested in combining Buddhism and Druidry, I’d say: start with Zen

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January Poems

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

January….the constraints of winter are upon us….gets me thinking in more ‘constrained’ poetic forms….like the Japanese Haiku and Tanka with their three and five line formats and their 5-7-5 and 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per line………or maybe it’s just too cold to think of long poems!! HAIKU Fox track in damp earth, A plethora of feathers Where

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January Poems

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

My name is Hennie van Geel. I am a Dutch man, 56 years of age, married, father to 3 adult sons, grandfather to 2 granddaughters. I have always been a Pagan, I only discovered that there was a word for it in the ’80ies. I am a Druid of the Order of Bards, Ovates and

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Earth

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

When I was thinking about my blog for this month the idea of blogging about journeying was in my mind so, what better way to start than by journeying for insight into journeying.  Well it would have been good, except when I did so I was advised to blog about the Earth. I thought the

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Studentship

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

When receiving instruction from a spiritual/shamanic teacher, it is important to place one’s self in the most effective state of consciousness to receive the depth of the teaching. This is because, unlike subjects which which can be communicated through words, numbers, diagrams and the like, there are many spiritual teachings which can only be passed

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Pagan People – Nimue Brown Talks to Paul Mitchell

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

For those of you who have not encountered Paul Mitchell, you could start by imagining what Billy Bragg would sound like if he took up Druidry. Well known on the UK Druid scene as both a solo performer and part of the folk-rock band Mad Magdalen, Paul is about as far from gentle, tinkly new

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The Grail; Relic of an Ancient Religion – Chapter 12

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

12 – The Waste Land (ricorso) They came for our land, for what grew or could be grown on it, for the resources in it, and for our clean air and pure water. They stole those things from us … and now … they’ve come for the very last of our possessions; now they want

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Chapter 8 – The Green Lord and The Tower

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

“So you’re going to keep it then?” “Yes Sophia, I am.” There, she’d said it. Ronnie felt an overwhelming sense of relief as the huge weight slipped off her shoulders. Decisions could be very empowering. Sophia carefully wiped the cloth along the leather straps of Kismet’s bridle and thought for a moment, “Well, if you’re

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Half Moon and the Holly King

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Half bitten moon cries a waning scream Her severed pieces are brought by the stream to the cavernous lair of the holly king who grinds his axe on a sharpening stone preparing his block for the gore of heroes. Silent and pensive he waits in his cave. The moon arrives and his blood red eyes

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Honouring Gwyn ap Nudd

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

On the Winter Solstice, a post for Winter’s King. Samhain has passed. We’re in the dead season. The wild hunt rides the passageways of time and spirit paths lie open. Communities gather and ancestors draw close. Here I feel called to honour Gwyn ap Nudd by telling the story of how he became my muse

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