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How Druidry Can Help Us in the Winter

February 24th, 2020

In this tea session I talk about the three Druid winter festivals and how they can help us deepen our experience of Winter. Rather than just sensing experiences and events as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, we can develop a more nuanced and deeper experience of life.

I read from the beautiful new book by Katherine May Wintering.

Crafting as a Path to a Deeper Engagement with Life

February 5th, 2020

I led a workshop last weekend on sacred plants in the Druid Tradition, and one of the participants is a craftswoman who makes shoes and other beautiful things. Here’s an inspiring film about her work!

Imbolc and Lughnasadh Blessings!

January 31st, 2020

Whether you are welcoming the first tender stirrings of spring or honouring the first harvest of grain, may your celebration, and life, be joyfully and abundantly blessed!

 

THE INSPIRATION FOR THE TAROT COURSE

January 30th, 2020

In this 2 minute clip from a chat I had with Tarot expert Steve Hounsome we talk about how the idea for creating a course on the Tarot came about. Over 100 people have taken the course now prior to its official launch on Saturday 1st Feb. Their feedback has been amazing. Here are just a few quotes:

“I just want to say what a fantastic experience this course has been. I loved the conversation between you and Steve at the end, and it is so true that not only is no knowledge or “book learning” of the Tarot necessary to do the course, but I would go a step further and say that this course gives a deeper “knowing” of the Tarot than any book ever could” JH, USA

“Already I am reaping the benefits in quite an extraordinary and magical way. I am now blessed with an incredible momentum in my life where previously I had felt woefully stuck.” SS, UK

You can find out more here

The Longing for Certain Places

January 28th, 2020

OBOD member Roma Johnson loves living in Princeton, New Jersey. But she also loves being in Scotland and spends a lot of time there each year. How can we best relate to a desire many of us have to be in two places? Watch this session of Tea with a Druid to find out!
Roma is a writer, poet and artist. Here is one of her works:

Of Chalk and Flint: A Way of Norfolk Magic

January 27th, 2020

Val Thomas has written a wonderful book Of Chalk and Flint: A Way of Norfolk Magic. Val’s book is a labour of love and beautifully produced! Whatever your magical path, there is much to inspire here. It is a book that can remind each of us to connect to our own Sacred local landscapes, through the natural world, story, myth and tradition, and the interweaving of these into a deeper enchantment.

Of Chalk and Flint: A Way of Norfolk Magic is a celebration of the county of Norfolk and its Nameless Tradition of magic and witchcraft. The spiritual energy which informs and powers this magic wells up from the land itself and from the Chalk and Flint which have shaped the landscape, its flora, its fauna, its culture and its history. This book therefore weaves a rich tapestry of herbs and creatures, of gods, dragons, Fair Ones and merfolk, of spells, rituals and seasonal devotions. It retells some of the old stories which shape the work of the Tradition and honours the ancestors who inspire it. Yet it is a book for the present moment, and shows how working closely with the land can be an integral and vibrant part of modern life. While the book is focused on Norfolk, the principles of the magic explored here are applicable anywhere in in the world. Thus, this book provides a valuable resource, both for those with an interest in Norfolk, and also for anyone seeking insights into natural magic, witchcraft and working with the power of the land.

In the following video by Jane Cox of Troy Books, Val Thomas talks about the book in various locations in Norfolk, including the Norfolk Broads. Check out the photo-bombing swans! To learn more and purchase a copy visit here.