Category Archives: Archaeology

The Cailleach at Sligo

This summer I visited Sligo on the Northwest coast of Ireland, looking for traces of the Cailleach, the crone of Irish legend. What I found there was a prehistoric ritual landscape of breathtaking scale, and finally an intimation of the Cailleach … Continue reading

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The House of the Old Man

Many years ago I read about an ancient shrine to the goddess hidden away in a remote highland glen. It was written about in Twilight of the Celtic Gods [1]: “This rocky shrine is in all probability connected with the pagan Celtic cult of the … Continue reading

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The Hosting of the Sidhe

I’ve enjoyed W B Yeats’ poems since I was a teenager, and recently I’ve been reading more about his magical life and his ambitions to found a mystical order based on the sacred places and spirits of Ireland.  So I decided to … Continue reading

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Bride’s Well in Glastonbury

The Victorian revival of Glastonbury as Avalon began here. A generation before Dion Fortune, a group of seekers played out a magical working in the landscape of Glastonbury, concealing and discovering a Holy Grail in the waters of an elusive … Continue reading

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Remembering the Ancestors

I gave this talk in the lead up to Samhain 2003. Opening Tonight is about remembering the ancestors. We remember them in the waters of life, flowing down the generations. We remember them in the body of the earth, from which we … Continue reading

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Caer Brân, a Cornish hillfort

Caer Brân is an Iron Age hillfort built on a Bronze Age site near Land’s end in Cornwall. Located on a hill in the centre of the Penwith peninsula, it has good views of the countryside and the sea surrounding it. … Continue reading

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The Three Realms

The blessing of heaven, cloud blessing, The blessing of earth, fruit blessing, The blessing of sea, fish blessing.¹ Groups of three crop up a lot in spiritual, religious and philosophical traditions. For example the Christian Trinity, the Three Pure Ones of Taoism, … Continue reading

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