The wassailing, or blessing of the fruit trees, involves drinking and singing to the health of the trees in the hope that they will provide a bountiful harvest in the autumn. Much noise is made in order to scare away any malign influences from the trees. This ancient custom is still practised across the country … Continue reading Wassail, all over this land
Those that know me or have read my blog posts, will know that I do like the old tales. The old stories and myths have a magic about them regardless of what "path" they come from. They are the stories of our ancestors, the stories of our land, parables that we can still learn from. … Continue reading They're just stories of course..
So the Sun returns a new day dawns. The wheel has turned, the year has ended , a new one just begun. A decade has passed and a new one starts. Some things remain the same but everything changes. I have been thinking about tradition recently, I touched on it in my last blog but … Continue reading Its traditional…
So, we approach the Winter Solstice again. I have for the past twelve months been posting a note about the changes to the world around me as I cycle to work. I have once again quite literally cycled through the seasons of the year. So what have I learnt as I have been observing the … Continue reading Cycling through the cycles
Those of my friends who know about the Sussex Bonfire tradition will be shouting "Burn Him!" when they read the title of his blog. We have a wonderful Bonfire Season here in Sussex. Of course Bonfire night is not a Sussex tradition, its a national thing. most towns up and down the country hold some … Continue reading What shall we do with him?…
Here is the latest blog detailing the local changes in my landscape as the wheel turns again.So we have reached Samhain and seven eights of the year gone (or 87% if you prefer) By the next turn at Winter Solstice I will have written about the full year. The change since the autumn Equinox, has … Continue reading Samhain
A Samhain feast with DadThe Samhain feastA Samhain Dab with Fred So it will be Halloween soon, and all manner of people will be dressing up as ghosts and ghouls and revelling in the spooky scary stuff. Myself include.Of course for many pagans this is also Samhain, a feast of the ancestors, a time when … Continue reading Who you gonna call..?
Thoughts on the element of Air I started this blog as a place to share my thoughts on various spiritual things as I follow a modern pagan path. However every now and again I need to write about something that has happened that is not intrinsically pagan. I have just had one of the best … Continue reading Jump – you might as well jump..
So the wheel turns again.. three quarters of the way round now and we reach the Autumn Equinox. I could call it Alban Elfed, the name given to this time in the 18th Century by the Druid revival. I could refer to this time as Mabon.. the term first coined by Aiden Kelly in the … Continue reading Autumn Equinox
A standing in stone in County Cork, Ireland.. A friend commented on one of my facebook posts to the effect of " you like your bit of solitude don't you?" And yes, I had to admit that I do. My solo walks along the South Downs Way over the past three years have Been just … Continue reading Solitude standing