Category Archives: Magical Life

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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The Music of What Happens

In the Tales of the Boyhood of Fionn¹, there is an interesting debate among Fionn and his friends as to what was the finest music in the world: “Tell us that,” said Fionn turning to Oisi’n [pronounced Usheen] “The cuckoo calling … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Giant of Cribarth

This summer I went to visit some sites in the upper Tawe Valley in South Wales. I was interested in following up some hints left by a druid about the Valley of the Ancients – “the most holy pagan site … Continue reading

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Samhain

Something I wrote some years ago now… It’s 8pm and I’m on my way to a Samhain celebration in suburban London. The main wave of candy-seeking children has now passed, but a few gangs of witches and skeletons still walk, … Continue reading

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