Archive for September 2014

Year of the Goddess – Niamh

Sep 30th, 2014 | By

Niamh (pronounced Neeve) of the Golden Hair, brightness and radiance is a maiden goddess, daughter of Mannanan the Celtic God of the sea.   Niamh chose to marry a mortal man called Oisin and she took him with her to Tir-nan-Og, the Celtic Otherworld.   Tir-nan-Og is a timeless place and humans that visit and stay

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Moon Book folk and the Pagan Federation

Sep 28th, 2014 | By

At more than forty years of age, the Pagan Federation is a highly influential, longstanding Pagan organisation. With its network of moots and activists, rare is the longstanding Pagan in the UK who hasn’t had some contact with them over the years. It will come as little surprise then, that many Moon Books authors have histories

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Penwortham Fairy Funeral

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

by Lorna Smithers Penwortham Fairy Funeral is a legend based around Castle Hill, a site of religious and formerly military importance in my home town of Penwortham. This article presents the original version and its later developments in the context of their placement in the landscape and discusses their origin and meaning. The Fairy Funeral

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Stopping the Clock, Losing the Calendar

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft Chapter 3, by Mabh Savage Celtic Triad: Three sorrows that are better than joy: the heaviness of a herd feeding on mast, the heaviness of a ripe field, the heaviness of a wood under mast. When does the Celtic year start? And more importantly, does it matter? To the first question

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Poetic inspiration on the Ribble

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Resident poet Lorna Smithers shares a place that inspires her… The River Ribble The Ribble is a 75 mile long river that flows from Gavel Gap in North Yorkshire to its estuary in West Lancashire, where it joins the Irish Sea. It runs between my home town of Penwortham and the city of Preston. With

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Hekate: A Devotional

Sep 20th, 2014 | By

By Vivienne Moss     Introduction   Into the Storm   Hekate: Have I not reason, beldams as you are, Saucy and overbold? How did you dare To trade and traffic with Macbeth In riddles and affairs of death; And, I, the mistress of your charms, The close contriver of all harms, Was never called

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Working with myths

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

by Nimue Brown One of the things that makes a truly archetypal story so powerful is that you can change a lot of the superficial details and it still holds up. There’s something in the essence of the story that can bear being stripped of its original details, and will still make sense. It enables

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September poetry

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers               Reaping Moon Gathering poetry from fading light and seeds from meadow flowers, cutting down swathes, curved edges of the scythes sweeping and all the grasses falling. When I was soil the seeds were in my eyes, lying down in the dreaming as the world around

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Yvonne Ryves Interview

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

When I set out to interview Moon Books author Yvonne Ryves, I’ll admit I didn’t know a great deal about her. The trouble with the modern book world is that authors who are not enthusiastic self-promoters can be harder to spot and find out about. This, however, is one of the reasons for doing interviews,

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author inspiration: The high temple

Sep 12th, 2014 | By

Laura Perry shares inspiration… This is a photo I took of the largest step-pyramid temple at the Maya sacred site of Lamanai in Belize. I traveled to Belize hoping to explore some of the places I had seen in snatches of dreams and visions. This particular step pyramid inspired a full-on vision in the middle

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