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…

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…

Finding The Flow of Awen

What is the awen? To cut a very complex story recklessly short, it is sometimes translated as ‘the flowing spirit’. Awen is a Celtic or Druidic term for that mystical quality of inspiration, be it poetic, magickal or artistic. The Druidic awen symbol features three rays, which are sometimes considered to be rays of light,…

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 do women matter in conservation?

When I told my MVetSci supervisor that for my Masters degree dissertation I wanted to look at the importance of consciously factoring women into conservation planning, they initially looked at me askance. ‘Isn’t that… sociology?’ But no, I told them, factoring women into planning doesn’t just impact on the women involved, it actually affects conservation…

Protesting is Priestessing – This is what democracy looks like…

Show me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like… Is protesting part of priestessing? This week we’ve been out on the streets to defend democracy as an unelected elite with no majority tries to shut down the British parliament to prevent their efforts to stop the UK crashing out of the EU…

Earth Activist Training – Food for the Soul

The circle is open, but unbroken… I’ve just returned from a two week intensive Earth Activist Training course on an ecovillage in Germany, and it was indeed intensive… The course incorporated a full 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate but had an added focus on social permaculture, spirituality and activism in defence of this beautiful planet….

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…