Marking the Thresholds

Coming of age rituals in many forms have been celebrated by people the world over since ancient times, though in our increasingly secular society they seem to have gradually received less attention. I’ve written before here about my belief that humans have a need for ritual and story in our lives, to build connection with…

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…

One Health – not just a romantic concept

We Pagans have always said that what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves, that humans are an intrinsic part of nature and not separate from it. It’s easy to dismiss this idea as just a romantic arcadian notion, as humans become ever more estranged from the natural world living in cities, surrounded…

Hold The Line

Today is not an easy day in the UK. It’s incredibly hard to face the prospect of such a far right government and the human suffering that will inevitably follow. My heart especially goes out to those from the rest of the EU now living here, whose future must seem so uncertain, and to those…

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…

The Courage to Be Seen

When I was new to Paganism, shockingly (well, it’s shocking to me) just over 20 years ago, it was the norm to be quite secretive about it. Rumours were rife at that time about people who’d been accused of ‘satanic rituals’ by social services, to devastating effect, and most books on the subject advised you…

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…