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we are the blossoms "

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

March 24th, 2011

When I was asked to write about 50 sites for the book Sacred Places (being republished in a new edition in August) I decided to include an entry on the famous Lascaux cave in France. As I researched it, to my amazement I discovered there was a far older cave with even more beautiful artwork in it – the Chauvet cave. Being discovered more recently it was less well-known and so I wrote about that instead. Now the film director Werner Herzog has created his first 3D film that focuses on it: Cave of Forgotten Dreams. You can read an Arts Desk review of it here. And here is the trailer:

The Glastonbury Thorn Lives!

March 24th, 2011
The Glastonbury Thorn

A cousin of the Wearyall Hill Thorn in Glastonbury High Street

Last Winter someone vandalised the Holy Thorn on Wearyall Hill. Luckily they were unable to fell it due to the protective guard around it. Now news has just come in that it has sprouted and local residents are planning a celebration. This is the message I received: “The Wirral thorn is alive, and has sprouted – on the feast of Joseph of Arimathea, no less!
There will be a celebration at the tree at 5.30 pm today – the eighth and last day of his feast which ends at sunset.
Bring your music, your songs, your staffs and your mead – Christian, Druid and all!”

Follow the Heron

March 24th, 2011

In this song, Karine Polwart sings “the back of the Winter is broken…” and it certainly feels that way. Ever since the Spring Equinox a few days ago we’ve been having glorious sunny weather, and here is a beautiful song ‘Follow the Heron Home’ to celebrate this. I was introduced to this by listening to a ‘Desert Island Discs’ style interview with OBOD tutor James Nichol on Stroud FM – a fascinating hour long conversation about his spiritual journey peppered with great music. The interview will be going up on the OBOD website soon (in the Druidry & Dharma section).