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In the footsteps of Dion Fortune (part 2)

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

There is a very material link to Dion Fortune at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. In 1924 she established a sanctuary for pilgrimage and magical work in an old orchard there, close to the Chalice Well. Chalice Orchard, as she named the site with its cluster of hastily-erected huts, was at the heart of her

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In the footsteps of Dion Fortune (part 1)

Sep 6th, 2018 | By

This beginning isn’t entirely pertinent to the rest of the story, but almost three decades ago I was drinking with my soon-to-be life partner, in the George and Pilgrims hotel on Glastonbury High Street when we said, “One day, we should stay here for a couple of nights”. Fast forward to the penultimate weekend in

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Some thoughts on performance art as public ritual

Aug 10th, 2018 | By

There’s an intricate relationship between art (by which I mean all the arts – dance, poetry, et al, not simply painting) and magic. It’s beyond the scope of one blog post to delve too deeply into that relationship, given that it has so many aspects, but I’m fairly sure that any readers I may have

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The tree of tradition

Jun 1st, 2018 | By

The core of my own training in the magical arts has been, in the main, through a specific and quite localised branch of Traditional Witchcraft. It seems to be that particular word, “traditional”, which brings about the most intense questioning whenever I’m trying to explain this. Does it mean that I’m part of some genealogy

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The Hawk and the Crow

May 15th, 2018 | By

In my guise as a storyteller, I’ve recently started working to develop retellings of several longer tales. One of the themes that caught my interest, when I began thinking about doing this, is that of the Loathly Lady. While her best known appearance is within Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in the Wife of Bath’s tale, there

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The Goddess also hunts

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

In Her most familiar guise, the classical goddess Diana appears as the huntress. More often than not, She is portrayed as a lithe and athletic young woman, carrying her bow in one hand and accompanied by her hunting dogs. Yet in our modern age this is an aspect of the Goddess that is rarely recognised,

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The Goddess in camouflage

Jan 11th, 2018 | By

I was on a brief visit to Aylesford Priory some time ago, when my attention was drawn to a large statue of the Virgin Mary, shown in her role as Our Lady of the Assumption, and to the fact that she is depicted standing upon a crescent moon. The Priory is interesting in itself, and

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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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A brief introduction

Dec 11th, 2017 | By

I feel that I should start my blog posts here, really, with a brief introduction. I’m a very long way from being famous, or even notorious, even within Pagan circles, but I’m going to be popping up here on a more or less regular basis (and possibly for a long time), so at some point

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