Holding Fire

A good read for those wanting to do a fire ritual, fire safety and that while fire can be fearful, it MUST be RESPECTED also.

EarthSpirit Voices

by Sarah Lyn

Last May, I stood in a field during a large community ritual, swathed from head to toe in gloves and sunglasses and hat and veil. I was fully protected from the sun. I was standing in the field. That was a feat for me.

Just six months earlier I had been in a freak accident. I had been on fire. I almost died. I almost lost my legs. I was in a coma. I woke up. I have fought every day since for my strides back towards independence.

Strands of a web were rolled out, followed by calls for those who would hold specific energies for the community, both in ritual and in the world-at-large after. These people were invited to come and hold the end of a strand.

They called for those who would hold Fire for the community. I was the most surprised when…

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It’s been 50 years. And what have Pagans accomplished?

A look back at the past… and the present.

The Allergic Pagan

Happy Birthday Paganism!

Contemporary Paganism, as it exists today, began with the Counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Religious studies scholar, Sarah Pike dates the origins of contemporary Paganism to 1967, the year that Frederick Adams incorporated Feraferia and the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn was founded. That same year, the Church of All Worlds filed for incorporation as a the first Pagan “church”.

Which means that this year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of contemporary Paganism! So let’s look back at what we have accomplished over the past five decades.

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Creativity and risk

An interesting post worth the read. It is a post about creativity, risk and it is as every bit inflective as it is reflective of the author.

Druid Life

There can be no real creativity without taking risks. Of course, there are a lot of good things a person can do who doesn’t want to take risks as well. Study, practice, developing skills, learning about relevant things – this doesn’t have to feel risky not least because we never have to share it.

There is a school of thought that says we should create purely for ourselves, driven by our own passion and inspiration and to hell with what anyone else thinks. Many creators we now think of as great were not valued in their own lifetimes. There’s another school of thought that says a piece is not complete until it has an audience and that the audience is co-creator of the finished work. Without someone to interact with a piece, an important part is missing. This is more how I feel about things.

When we set out to…

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Smoking The House Clean

A good, interesting read… Enjoy and share far and wide.

The Weekly Druid

RauchpfandlNow that even the calendar that is based on the Romans’ reckoning of the year has let us know that a new year is upon us (Celts and others may have celebrated that already at the Winter Solstice), we are all busy with resolutions and plans for the time to come.

But before we venture out to try this new diet, to really go running every day, to hunt down the all-promising job, or to finally take on this home improvement project, we could stop for a moment and contemplate how to clean the house – literally and figuratively. Let’s clear out the old clutter from the past year, all that stuffthat may hold us back, even make us give up on our resolutions.

Fortunately, our ancestors came up with some ideas already in ye olden days, and we don’t have to re-invent the wheel. In the Alps, our…

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Wishing Stone Ritual on New Year’s Eve

A New Years Ritual started by a mother and son in ireland. thought I would share here. Enjoy!

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

New Year’s Eve is looming so the casting of wishing stones is very much on my mind. Many of you will have read about this ritual that son, Harry, and I started a good few years ago now out at Newtown Cove here in Tramore.

We wanted to say goodbye to the old year but let the sea, which is so precious to us, know of our wishes for the coming year. It was a magical occasion, picking our stones by torchlight; they had to be stones that were the right shape, colour/s and texture for us; and than throwing them with all our might into the waves. We didn’t share our wishes ~ these were between us and the ocean.

cropped-s21 Newtown Cove, Tramore, Co. Waterford

Over the years, it’s become part of our New Year’s Eve and we like to share it with people who would like us to cast a wishing…

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