Discovering Brides Mound – People and Place

In the last post we looked at the many legends surrounding Brides Mound in Glastonbury.  Now I’d like to look at how people interact with this special place. How do people celebrate the land, and connect to the living mythical landscape?  How do the enduring legends contribute to the sense of the land as sacred,…

Discovering Brides Mound – Legends and Lore

To the west of the town of Glastonbury in South West Somerset, tucked between Wearyall Hill and the River Brue, lies an unassuming hill known as Brides Mound. Once hailed as the Western ‘Gateway to Avalon’ [1] the ancient entrance to the sacred islands, visitors to the spot now must make their way behind an…

A chat with the Author of River Magic

Those who are not new to the Earth Spirals blog will know that I think stories are wildly important, for they have the power to shape and change our view of the world. So it’s great to see new Pagan authors out there. I was delighted to sit down for a virtual chat with M…

Light the Bel-Fires!

Wishing you all a merry Beltane, feel the sap rising within you ready to burst forth in renewed creativity and passion! Brighid of the Flames  She rises from the flames as the hypnotic drums beat their passion into the night Born of the Bel-fire, emergent yet ancient Women’s wisdom of a thousand generations calling Her…

Brighid – A Celtic Artemis?

As Imbolc beckons, Pagans everywhere prepare to celebrate the Goddess Brighid and the quickening of life in the womb of the earth. As a newly initiated Priestess of Brighid, and fizzing with the creativity she inspires, I thought I would share some thoughts about her that I’ve been mulling over for some time. Brighid is…

Almost a Priestess…

This weekend was the last training weekend of our two year journey to become Priestesses of Brighid. It’s gone so fast and yet as I sat in circle with my sisters for the last time before our initiation weekend in January, I was realising how much we’ve all changed, and how far we’ve come. I…

Into the dark… Blessed Samhain

And so we come to Samhain, or ‘Summer’s end’, the witches new year and the time when the veil between the worlds is thin… Now is the time when the Celtic Goddess Brighid, She who was the spring maiden at Imbolc, and the abundant mother at harvest time, shows Her crone face and transforms into…

Enriching Activism with the Sacred Feminine

This weekend I ran my first Earth Spirals workshop – Enriching Activism with the Sacred Feminine. And it was beautiful. I wanted to bring a group of women together to forge connections in sisterhood, to empower and support each other. I also wanted it to be very accessible to people who perhaps have little or…

Why an Earth Priestess?

Stories are important. The stories we tell ourselves about human nature and the earth we live on shape our reality, and the way that we interact with everything around us. The old story of human separation from nature, the idea of the earth as a dead, mechanistic set of resources to be plundered and used…