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The Druid Way

Wandlore – The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool

December 20th, 2011

There are some books that you feel simply must have been written, but a search reveals that they exist only in the world of your hopes and desires. But every so often you discover that one really does exist – and Alferian’s Wandlore is one of these books. It is quite simply the most comprehensive book about magical wands that you will ever find. It covers the history, design and magical theory underpinning the use and construction of wands, and includes detailed instructions on how to make them, complete with drawings and colour photographs. To have a look at the wands made by the book’s author see www.bardwood.com


‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

December 9th, 2011

From the BBC website:

Nick Ravenscroft visited the derelict house near the mysterious Pendle Hill

Engineers have said they were “stunned” to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, during a construction project in Lancashire.

The cottage was discovered near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill.

Archaeologists brought in by United Utilities to survey the area found the building under a grass mound.

Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches.

The building contained a sealed room, with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall.

Read more on the BBC site here.

Mother Trees Connect the Forest

December 8th, 2011

No wonder the tree is such a potent symbol for Druids. Professor Suzanne Simard shares her latest research regarding forest ecosystems here. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2, as all trees are interconnected with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees in this fascinating, real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration.

Video from KarmaTube

Blossom to Fruit

December 1st, 2011

I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible.
To loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
To live
So that which came to me as seed,
goes to the next as blossom.
And that which came to me as a
goes on as fruit.

Dawna Markova