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…

The Problem is the Solution

We are living in difficult times. Understandably, there’s a lot of fear and anxiety at the moment – fear for our own health, the health of our loved ones, possible loss of income, and uncertainty as to what the future will hold. My heart goes out to all those who are struggling with the horrible…

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…

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…