Spring Equinox, The Cailleach and our Way Back People

Spring Equinox, The Cailleach and our Way Back People

Already, we arrive at another of our markers in the solar cycle - the Spring Quarter Day that is the Vernal Equinox. Whilst researching Scottish folklore I find precious little that refers directly to this particular juncture. In K W Grant's Myth, Tradition and Story...

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Imbolc and the creative cycle

Imbolc and the creative cycle

It's easy to understand why in Scotland prior to 1600 CE the New Year wasn't celebrated until the end of March. The cold, short days and long, black nights of the Yuletide months are not practically conducive to energetic movement and lively social interaction. I have...

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Sharing some favourites of 2018 with you : Audiobooks

Sharing some favourites of 2018 with you : Audiobooks

Bedtime stories: I am a huge fan and the way I like them is in my ears, courtesy of technology. In contrast with my declining use of technology elsewhere this past year, I've been embracing the art of the audiobook in a big way. It's not new to me, but...

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The Samhain Threshold

The Samhain Threshold

Samhain, Samhuinn, Hallowe'en ... it's a major threshold in the solar cycle and has long been witnessed in this land I call home. My ancestors were a pastoral people and lived with a more direct connection to the natural cycle than our modern lives...

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I wrote this on the beach for you (and me)

I wrote this on the beach for you (and me)

Today I am sitting at the beach. The sun is shining brightly in an almost cloudless blue sky, the sea breeze is keeping us cool and the tide is heading out, pulling the water back towards the Isle of Arran, a long body of land in shadow front of us. Some kids are...

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Life Book 2018 Blog Hop and Give Away

Life Book 2018 Blog Hop and Give Away

Yes, it's been absolutely ages since I last wrote here in this space - I've been super occupied by selling my house and moving to a completely new area and an everything-except-the-external-walls renovation project! The dust hasn't quite settled, but it...

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Winter Solstice Mandala Ritual

Winter Solstice Mandala Ritual

Your Winter Solstice Mandala Ritual Guide   Winter Solstice is a magical time. It's when I'm happiest to be still and cosy in the shortest dark day after a brisk walk up in the woods on top of our local hill. Celebrating with a circle of loved ones is also...

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Alhambra Inspiration Giveaway

Alhambra Inspiration Giveaway

Why a giveaway from the Alhambra? Some places touch the body, some the soul and some the spirit. The province of Granada in Spain touched all three in me this summer  - and especially the jewel of the city of Granada, the Alhambra - that mishmash of architecture,...

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A Stage of Targets

A Stage of Targets

Target is the fifth stage of the Great Round of Mandala, and in Mandala Magic we study it during May. It's nearly July and here I am finally posting my entries. It seems that this year I just can't catch up with myself when it comes to recording my work. Oh my! In...

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This stage of Beginning

This stage of Beginning

It's all going on here - albeit at a comfortable pace! Lots of action on the domestic front as we implement this new phase of family life without a teenager ever-present. Evenings and weekends spent clearing out, cleaning up and redecorating. It's been a long time...

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Spiralling in and out of the Labyrinth

Spiralling in and out of the Labyrinth

Spiralling in and out of the Labyrinth It isn't that I didn't do the work for Stage Three of Mandala Magic - it's more that I didn't get around to recording the evidence of it! Returning from a short trip to Marrakesh at the end of February with the most hideous flu,...

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