Guest Blogs

Searching for a Snowdrop

Feb 7th, 2017 | By

by Mabh Savage I keep looking, I really do. I’m so used to seeing the snowdrops just before Imbolc, that it pains me that I haven’t found one yet. I feel like I need to see one before sunset on the first of February, as spring can’t really be approaching if the little fair maids

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Exmoor with Elen Sentier

Nov 30th, 2016 | By

Elen Sentier’s teaching work often takes her out to Exmoor. The beautiful photos in this blog came from Elen Sentier, Julie Wood, Jackie Stewart and Fiona Dove.                     Find out about Elen Sentier’s books here – Find out more about the 5 day Exmoor workshop here –

A Dark Gathering in Boscastle!

Nov 23rd, 2016 | By

Elen Sentier looks back at a fantastic Samhain gathering… Wow! What a happening! Old folk traditions came together at Boscastle in North Cornwall on Saturday 29th October this year and the results were completely magical. Three Morris sides came to give us their dancing, music and songs – Beltane Border Morris from Dartmoor, Wytchwood from

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Samhain inspiration

Oct 31st, 2016 | By

Samhain inspiration from Druid author Ellen Evert Hopman. Samhain, Lá Samhna, Calan Gaeof (October 31, November 11 old style) Make offerings to a sacred fire; dry herbs, whiskey, butter, ghee. Make offerings of rosemary (memories) to the fire. Leave a dish of the feast for the ancestors. Pour red wine, honey, cider or milk in

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Autumn Pickings

Sep 21st, 2016 | By

By Mabh Savage I saw a crow carrying a hedgehog today. The hedgehog was dead, crushed by a car whose driver was oblivious to its small, spiky presence. Maybe that driver was in a hurry, or didn’t see, or simply didn’t care. The crow waited for a gap in the traffic, and, just a few

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Burning Questions

Sep 9th, 2016 | By

By Imelda Almqvist How can we keep magic alive with children whose parents can or will not feed and encourage this, while honouring different perspectives and religions?! From the earliest days of me running a shamanic program for children in London, UK, the most heart-breaking scenario (occurring at regular intervals) has been: a child wants

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5 Methods of Spiritual Cleansing in 5 Minutes (Or Less)

Aug 26th, 2016 | By

By David Salisbury As spiritual and esoteric people, we often like to think that we’re constantly creating a positive and empowering environment for ourselves and our kin. While that could be true most of the time, there are few among us who can keep every little scrap of toxic energy at bay all of the

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Jun 21st, 2016 | By

By Elen Sentier Going down, going down going down … The sun rises to his highest arc in the sky and then stands still, meaning appears to rise at the same point on the horizon for three days. Then his arc diminishes as he begins the journey down into the belly of the Earth. The Earth is bright, fecund,

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Bee Goddesses

Jun 19th, 2016 | By

Summer is well and truly underway in the UK and the warm, sunny days have brought out a variety of stunning butterflies, insects and most importantly the busy bumble bees. The humble bumble has been revered for thousands of years and should be just as significant to us today. Honey was sacred and considered the

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The Dragon Tree

Jun 13th, 2016 | By

The strange Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) which grows in Tenerife and the Canary Islands, is a herb governed by Mars, according to ancient herbalists like Nicholas Culpeper. The astrological and planetary rulers of herbs have corresponding characteristics to look out for. For example, Mars was the god of War, so herbs governed by the Red

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