Archive for May 2014

Nature Mystics – Elizabeth von Arnim

May 30th, 2014 | By

Like most of the women writers in this series, Elizabeth von Arnim is largely unknown to contemporary readers. This is in vibrant contrast to the very successful writing career she enjoyed during her own lifetime. However, more recently her name has popped up in several places, leading to a mini-resurgence. A copy of her book,

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Chapter Eleven ~ Wobbly Weekends and Snowdrops

May 27th, 2014 | By

Minerva smiled at the Two of Cups as she turned it over, savouring the magical moment. “Good lord Minerva… is there ever a time you don’t turn to those cards?” said David fastening his dog collar. “Just checking in with them…” Minerva planted a kiss on his ruffled hair and noticed his pony tail had

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May Poems

May 10th, 2014 | 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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May Poems

May 10th, 2014 | By

May….blossoms already and the wheel turns onward. The journey and the dream continue. The first piece this month is one of a set of eight……the others are things seen and dreamt. BELTANE This path leads To the birthing of the thorn. On still cool mornings, Sunlight turns the mist To cloth of gold. A stream

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Druid Politics (with a small p)

May 10th, 2014 | By

Some people say that religion and politics don’t mix and in the modern world religious organisations and their leaders tend not to get involved in politics. Sometimes they like to make some form of social commentary but they rarely go out on a limb and directly confront the political and social actions of governments. Like

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Messages from Hare

May 5th, 2014 | By

The other week when we were sat in the lounge the security light over our porch came on. This usually means that some creature has set it off by wandering across its path, a hedgehog or a spider or our neighbour’s dog perhaps. This time though when we went to look we discovered a young

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Transitions: Water and Earth

May 5th, 2014 | By

We now arrive at the final intersection of elements in this four-part series. The Borderlands, or places where the elements meet, are potent places of possibility where we can explore the intersection of elemental energies. As we conclude our trip around the circle, we reach the transition between Water and Earth. Water’s dreamy fluidity gradually

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Truth, Honour, Service

May 5th, 2014 | By

Druidry can be summed up in three words – truth, honour and service.  Yet these words can be very vague – what do they mean to the Druid? Truth is not just figurative and literal truth.  There are other dimensions to the word when we see it in accordance with our views of the world

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