Category Archives: Magical Life

The Company of Nine – An ancient template for women’s magic

Guest Post by Cherry Gilchrist We, who come among the dead as far as to the very Goddess, nine girls, maidens, lovely in our dancing, in bright loveliness of folded woven-work, with fine-sawn necklaces of ivory, shine, brilliant to the dead … Continue reading

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The Red Spear of Lyra

A little bit of space amazingness: it seems that our recent interstellar visitor has an unusual shape – long and thin as in this artist’s reconstruction. The interstellar object, named ‘Oumuamua (Hawaiian for scout) came from the direction of the … Continue reading

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Vine Month

According to the Celtic Tree calendar today is the first day of Vine month, and the grapes on my little vine are ripening, whilst the birds and I keep a watchful eye! There are quite a few vineyards nearby, and … Continue reading

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Worshipping Space

A friend asked me the other day what I worshipped in nature – was it trees, rivers, mountains for example? I’m not quite sure about ‘worship’, but thinking for a while, I went for space – that unthinkably huge collection … Continue reading

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Healing Dreams

I recently had major surgery, and during the early days of recovery I experienced a lot of dreaming which I think was to do with the healing process. I want to briefly describe two of these dreams. The first dream … Continue reading

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Why do children believe in magic while adults don’t?

Originally posted on Lyn's blog:
Wayland does magic with the boys Yesterday Wayland and I did our Mabinogion workshop again, at a rural primary school near Hay in Wales.  We tell the children we have been sent by the…

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The Living Mountain

Nan Shepherd was a Scottish writer and hill-walker, who described her experience of the Cairngorms as a kind of meditative participation in the landscape. Last night I watched a beautiful and moving BBC TV documentary about her, and one of … Continue reading

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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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