Elen Sentir

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

[continue reading…]

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

[continue reading…]

Playing with the Ferlies

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

Looking forward to a fun weekend in Pewsey, I’ve been invited to speak at the Gatekeeper Conference on Sat morning so am talking about playing with the ferlies. those of you who know the old song, Thomas the Rhymer, will remember ferlies from there; it’s a Scottish name for the faer folk. They come in

[continue reading…]

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 – http://www.moon-books.net/authors/elen-sentier Find out more about the 5 day Exmoor workshop here – http://elensentier.co.uk/awenydd-training__trashed/about-the-apprenticeship/

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

[continue reading…]


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,

[continue reading…]

Trees of the Goddess – Yew and Guelder Rose

Nov 10th, 2015 | By

12th Month 28 Oct – 24 Nov by Elen Sentier Yew Yew is the tree of death and rebirth. Samhain is the turning of the year. It’s the time when the old year goes down to die and the new year is conceived … not born yet, that happens at Midwinter, but Samhain is the

[continue reading…]

Trees of the Goddess – Ivy

Oct 26th, 2015 | By

By Elen Sentier Ivy Ivy’s name, Hedera helix, comes partly from the ancient Greek word, helix, meaning to twist and turn, to spiral, and ivy does this so beautifully. It’s not a parasite; its short, root-like growths which form the climbing stems are for support only; its own root system is below ground and supplies

[continue reading…]

Trees of the Goddess: 10th Month

Sep 4th, 2015 | By

Poplar Poplar is the shield-maker’s tree, the tree of the elders, the wize-ards and cunning folk. The watchwords for Poplar are I am the shield to every head Many of us feel we do need a shield in everyday life which can be a battle in itself. Poplar can teach us how to make and

[continue reading…]

Tree Calendar – 4th Month

Feb 26th, 2015 | By

by Elen Sentier Onn: Gorse – Spring Equinox Gorse is about rebirth, Spring Equinox, the time of balance at the beginning of the year. The goddess gives us the words I am the blaze on every hill Equinoxes are the other side of the Solstices. Where the solstice is about extremes of dark and light

[continue reading…]