Archive for December 2017

Winter Solstice Video Link from Newgrange

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

Although I live in Ireland I am sadly the other end of the country from the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange where hundreds gather for the sunrise of Winter Solstice. Those few lucky people enough to be able to enter the tomb gather in the darkness to await the rays of the sun which light up

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The Holiday Tree

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

This might look like a Christmas tree and most people who call to us would say that’s what it is but if they look closely they will see that it really isn’t. Ok, we have lights, a few baubles and the odd Santa but almost all of the decorations on our tree have been brought

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International Film Festivals

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

Yes I am still in Trivandrum, the capital of the communist state of Kerala, at the wonderful International Film Festival. International film festivals transport you to places where possibly you could never visit, and into the lives of people whose languages you would take years to learn, to situations you dream of, offering you a

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Arrow Moon and Horse-Man Moon

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

A song for the new moon in Sagittarius Arrow tipped with fire Sparks the moon. Out of the shadow-woods steps the horse, Or is it man? Dark shaggy fur hangs loose on supple limbs Dark curling mane hides the face But under them, what is that which hides? Curving, delicate, lying on her back The

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Belinda Carlisle – Wilder Shores Music Review

Dec 15th, 2017 | By

Belinda Carlisle, yes that Belinda Carlisle, has released a new CD featuring songs in Hindi and English. Wilder Shores is not her first New Age release, but the first that I heard. She blew me away with this one. Having grown up listening to her music with The Go-Gos (she started her music career with

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Robin Song

Dec 15th, 2017 | By

Midwinter is a time when robins give us their dawn and dusk songs. It’s wonderful to hear as the days get shorter and shorter and the time of Sun Return drawn near. I listen every day, open my bedroom window whatever the weather and however cold it is just to be enchanted. And sometimes this

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Magical food: Cake and cookies

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
magical food rachel patterson

Magical food: Cake and cookies Cake Well I just had to mention cake didn’t I? Cakes have featured throughout history for centuries and have often been used in ritual, for celebrations or rites of passage.  Cakes were offered to the gods or eaten at ceremonies to appease them or encourage good harvests or even to

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Leonora Carrington: not lost, but found

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

I spent most of Wednesday evening, this week, catching up on television that I’d missed over the preceding weekend. Now I don’t wish to bore people with my taste in viewing, but I’m mentioning this because there’s one particular programme I want to write about. Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist is an hour-long documentary exploring

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International Film Festival of Kerala IFFK

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

IFFK is organised by the Kerala Communist Party in Trivandrum, who make sure that it is the biggest international film festival in India. Trivandrum is right down in the southernmost tip of India, so the warmest place in India this time of the year. Held in fourteen cinemas that seat a total of 8,000 people,

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Learn Candle Magic in Central London

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
Candle Magic

Lucya Starza writes… I’m running a workshop on practical candle magic at Treadwell’s Bookshop on Sunday 14 January 2018. The class runs from 1pm to 3pm, all materials are supplied, it is only £20 per person and you get to take an enchanted candle or two home with you. The candle magic workshop covers material from

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