Luke Eastwood

Marking Time

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

I’m writing this just after the solstice. Usually I’d drop everything to make sure that I participate in a ceremony on or very close to the 8 Celtic festivals. As it happens this year some relations could only come at this time, that I hardly get to see. So I decided that I’d forgo the

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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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The world of work

Apr 10th, 2014 | By

I had my first taste of woofing recently (work on organic farms), which was a novel and interesting experience. The fellow who was woofing was a German lad, very nice and very capable, he stayed 2 weeks: with a room, food, loan of a bike and a bit of druidry lessons in exchange for some

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A time to fight

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

A theme that seems to be coming up a lot right now is the destruction and imbalance that humanity is making in the world. Two particular areas that druids seem to be getting down and dirty is the campaign to clean up Fukushima and the campaign against fracking. At the equinox it is a time

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Feb 5th, 2014 | By

It has been a rocky start to 2014 for many – chaos around the world, strange and unpredictable weather, and in Ireland at least, a wave of flu and cold hitting a huge number of people I know or know of. I’ve been ill myself, enough to take to the bed for a week, which

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Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Well it’s a new year, a new start, with all the hopes that it brings fresh in our minds. Of course, in various places around the world the new year starts at an entirely different time – a reminder that not everyone sees things in the same way or does things in the same way

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Dec 18th, 2013 | By

After a very long, warm summer and autumn in Ireland the north wind is finally upon us. This week the last of the leaves are starting to come down and I’m spending many hours at work clearing them up (they make great leaf-mulch compost). Despite the abrupt shortening of the days as we move ever

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Dealing with Death

Nov 1st, 2013 | By

In Ireland the month of November is called Samhain in the native tongue but it is also the name for Halloween. Today most people celebrate Halloween with ‘Trick or Treating’ and bonfires on 31st of October (5th of November in UK), not realising that these are modern forms of ancient religious celebrations associated with the

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The Importance Of Truth

Oct 2nd, 2013 | By

Recently I have had to deal with the problem of lying. In ten years of being involved in a druid grove I’ve witnessed no troubles with dishonesty, ego trippers etc, until very recently. The particular person involved is a very affable, likeable person who would have remained popular and widely accepted were it not for

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Autumnal Equinox

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

As we approach the autumnal equinox I am aware of the richness of this year’s harvest. This summer in Ireland has been exceptionally sunny and warm, with record-breaking temperatures and dry spells of the like that have not been seen in decades. In my own garden it has been a bumper year for fruit, strawberries

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