Pagan Community, Pagan Service

Something for your consideration.

Druid Life

In a traditional community, it is normal for people to invest effort and resources in things that benefit others, safe in the knowledge that everyone else is doing it too and the aim is group survival. When we talk about Pagan communities, we don’t usually mean groups of people who are dependent on each other in an ongoing way. What we get instead are a mix of economically driven interactions, and volunteer interactions.

In a traditional community, entitlement is part of the mix. You are entitled to partake of other people’s successes, creativity and resources. They are entitled to partake of yours. This is fine – it creates flow where good things move from those who have plenty to those who are lacking. Everyone contributes what they can when they can, and you trust that it balances out, and you take pride in looking after those who cannot, for whatever…

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Editorial: The Blue-Black Stain


A few years ago, I lived next to a small bit of forest.   The place became my grove, my hiding place from the world, a place of raw nature and unmediated experience away from the city and the internet and people.

It became a place of ‘pure being,’ and damn I fucking loved that place. There, I could  ignore the really miserable conditions of city life. Capitalism didn’t matter there. Left/Right didn’t matter there. My rent payments and utility bills and job didn’t matter there.

The forest was Outside all that, a gate to the Other.

One day, it rained, so I hurried to the forest to go play in the stream. I loved that stream. I loved the spirits there– they always jabbing me for being too serious.  We’d play, or I’d play and feel them playing with me. In fact, that whole place was the only site…

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A commentary….

When I started The Crane Book of Wisdom blog, it was not to garner one hundred hits per day or to be an attention hog. If people come to my blog it is because the topics I post are of interest to them. And some have found my blog because of the tags I include with each post.


I started my blog to share what I know. And hopefully inspire others. Some of the posts I make are not of my own creation. I have recently received some criticism that I share too much without adding a personal note about the topic. The fact is, I do not add notes with the external links I post because I do want to write something that might be misconstrued by the reader.


Will I keep posting the links to my blog? Yes, I will. But I will not be sharing them as much as I have been. I will rely on word of mouth. And blog post shares that you, my readers, feel like sharing.


Nine Blessings!

Coligny Calendar

Dark Half                                                             Light Half

Somonios = October/November               Gaimonios = April/May

Dumannios = November/december        Simivisonios = May/June

Rivers = December/January                        Equos = June/July

Anaganios = January/February                  Elembivios = July/August

Ogronios = February/March                        Edrinios = August/September

Cutios = March/April                                    Cantlos – September/October

The Celtic Tree Calendar

Beith           Birch                    November

Luis              Rowan                December

Fearn           Alder                   January

Saille           Willow                February

Nuin             Ash                    March

Huathe        Hawthorn           April

Duir             Oak                     May

Tinne          Holly                    June

Coll             Hazel                   July

Quert         Apple                  ——————

Muin         Vine                    August

Gort          Ivy                      September

Ngetal      Reed                 October

Staif         Blackthorn      ——————

Ruis         Elder                  Last three days of October


Derg (modern ‘dearg’): Red (originally meant “bright, showy”)

Ruad (modern ‘rua’): Foxy-red; used exclusively of hair and fur (perhaps feathers); cannot be applied to inanimate objects.

Fland (modern ‘flann’): Scarlet; bright red verging on orange

Buide (modern bu/i): Yellow, shading into ochre and yellowish-brown (we get the word “bay”, as the colour of a horse, as a borrowing from Gaulish by way of French)

Donn: Middle shades of brown (applied to hair, fur or feathers)

Odur (modern ‘odhar’): Light brown (”   ”   “)

Ciar: Dark brown, verging on black (”   ”   “)

Gorm: (originally meant “like a bruise”) light or bright blue; rich or dark brown (if *not* applied to hair, etc)

Glas: Green (of growing things like leaves, grass, etc); dark blue (of water);

dark grey.

Uaine: Bright green (usually applied to inanimates)

Liath: Grey (usually applied to hair, etc, but can be applied to inanimates if

light grey)

Dubh: Black

B/an: White, but can also mean cream-colour or very light yellow

Find (modern ‘fionn’): Blond/yellow, if applied to hair, etc

Gel (modern ‘geal’): Pure white