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A Hut I Call My Own

A Hut I Call My Own

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by Erica McGilp ~ In July, 2001, I wrote a small article for Touchstone called, “A Personal Space – An Idea on how to achieve it!” Now, nearly 2 years later, I find myself still enjoying that small shed at the bottom of my garden. Initially, the idea was just to have a place where…

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A Mythic History of Ogham

A Mythic History of Ogham

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by Judith Dillon ~  There exists an occult and sacred alphabet which the Hebrews attributed to Enoch, the Egyptians to Thoth or Mercurius Trismegistus, the Greeks to Cadmus and Palamedes. This alphabet, which was known to the Pythagoreans, is composed of absolute ideas attached to signs and numbers. – Eliphas Levi, La Clef des Grands…

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An Animistic Approach to Dealing with Neurotic Disorders

An Animistic Approach to Dealing with Neurotic Disorders

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by Vivienne Manouge ~  We fear perdition at every death, and death at every birth. – Máire, a spirit guide. Neurosis exists before birth. That which incarnates through birth as a human being or animal is complex and extensive, and its consciousness of itself as an evolving being is more or less well articulated, or more…

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An Astrological Portrait of Dion Fortune

An Astrological Portrait of Dion Fortune

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by Sarah Furho ~ Dion Fortune was an extraordinary esoteric teacher, occultist and novelist who evolved a system for connecting to other planes of existence through her study of human consciousness. She began as a pioneer in the field of psychoanalysis, and later delved into the mysteries of the human mind through occultism. She created…

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An Oaken Daydream

An Oaken Daydream

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by Em Metz ~  Love has always been my foremost inspiration in the beautiful journey of my life, deepening my understanding of what I truly am with every passing season.  As I near the end my life’s spring, the uplifting sunlight of my summer has already begun shining into this gentle transition.  The sun has…

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Ancestors of Tradition

Ancestors of Tradition

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  In Druidry, often the  ancestors are honoured from three different spheres that can overlap each other. These spheres are the ancestors of blood, who share our bloodlines; the ancestors of place, with whom we now share our physical space; and ancestors of tradition, those who have practiced in the…

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Anglo-Celtic Medicine Ways – The Shamanism of Pre-Christian Britain

Anglo-Celtic Medicine Ways – The Shamanism of Pre-Christian Britain

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by Dr Kennan Elkman Taylor ~  First, a few words about the terms used in the title of this essay: Anglo-Celtic is often used to refer to the diaspora from Britain into lands like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Being an adoptive Australian who was born in and spent his formative years…

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Beltane Pilgrimage

Beltane Pilgrimage

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by Grymalkyn ~  08.00 … Wednesday morning, 30th April, on the trek from Hereford to Padstow. We stopped for lunch at a 14th century pub – The George at Hatherleigh – which was a monastery before it was a pub. From there we took across country to Holsworthy and Bude, on the North Cornish coast,…

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Bicycling Druids

Bicycling Druids

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by Tracy Glomski ~  The turning of the seasons, the wheeling of the heavens, the many flowerings of the soul: we live in a Universe that is replete with cycles. As a Druid, I am often in a state of wonder at the sheer profusion of turnings and returnings that I encounter in nature. One…

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Celtic Buddhism

Celtic Buddhism

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by Andrew Peers ~  Seated at a heavy wooden table in front of the old presbytery window, I can look away from the village onto green fields and stately mature oak trees. It is autumn and their leaves are turning yellow and orange. This village in Gelderland lies in an area particularly associated with oaks.…

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Constructing the New Society – ‘Eight Steps’

Constructing the New Society – ‘Eight Steps’

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by Julian Rose ~  We who engage in postulating solutions to the dominant issues of this time, use much energy speculating on unknown outcomes. But how much energy do we use in laying the ground for a future of our own making? How much time do we give to devising the template for the new…

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Dark Magic

Dark Magic

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“Druidcraft can be seen as both a spiritual path and a path of magic” said Philip Carr-Gomm in Druidcraft and it was Dion Fortune who said: “Magick is the art of causing changes in consciousness in conformity with the Will”.

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Death, Vortigen’s Tower, The Horned One & Morgan Le Fey

Death, Vortigen’s Tower, The Horned One & Morgan Le Fey

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by Fiona Dowson ~  How can tarot possibly relate to Druid practice? Isn’t tarot the end-of-the-pier fortune telling for the gullible? Sadly, it can be but cut through the veneer of tall, dark, handsome strangers and you find an amazing way of connecting to spirit, your higher self, the ancestors. Tarot is endlessly flexible. From…

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Deep Paganism

Deep Paganism

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  As Pagans I feel that we naturally tend towards a worldview that is less anthropocentric, especially if we follow an animistic path.  Our love of nature, whether it is the world around us, or human nature, or both leads us on a journey that can take us outside of…

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Druidism and the Way of the Dan

Druidism and the Way of the Dan

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by Jason Kirkey ~  Druidism, whatever else we would like to think of it as, is a social structure of the past. It existed within ancient Celtic society, serving a very specific role. As the original Celtic social structures that supported it began to disappear and transform, druidism also began to either disappear or transform.…

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Druidry and Fracking

Druidry and Fracking

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by Stuart Jeffery ~  I find it hard to believe that many people interested in an Earth centred spirituality are not aware of what ‘fracking’ is, but there are some who may not understand why those of us who campaign against it do so with such vigour. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of…

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Druidry and the Yamas

Druidry and the Yamas

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by Maria Ede-Weaving ~  One of the joys of Druidry, particularly the kind that is practiced within OBOD, is that it allows room to explore the approaches of other paths. Many within OBOD blend their Druidry with other practices; Christians and Wiccans have found a home here and through OBOD’s involvement with the One Tree…

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Druids in Ancient America?

Druids in Ancient America?

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by Debra L. Lewis ~  Ogham-Like Rock Etchings Found in Colorado When I learned history, Columbus discovered America. Later, my daughters learned that the Vikings arrived on these shores 500 years prior to Columbus. A few years ago, I heard that ancient Celts possibly wandered America’s heartland and left Ogham marks on a cave in…

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Ethics and Pantheism

Ethics and Pantheism

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by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  In a recent article published in Paganism 101 – An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, Emma Restall Orr wrote about Pagan ethics, and how they can be achieved and viable through a religion that has no single central authority or god figure. Using nature as the inspiration for…

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Finding My Sacred Grove

Finding My Sacred Grove

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by Alastaire MacArthur ~  I have been walking among the hills, forests and woodlands of West Sussex for many years, in fact since 1958 when I was eight years old. (Oh, blast – now you all know how old I am..! LOL) My favourite place has been North Stoke Cliffs near the River Arun, about…

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Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frig – The Art Of Gratitude

Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frig – The Art Of Gratitude

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by Maria Ede-Weaving ~  If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you; it will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart ~ Today has been glorious. Here in Scotland the spring has come late – the winter relentlessly long. I sat with a coffee in the garden, the sun’s heat upon…

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Flash of Light – Awaking and Muddling Through

Flash of Light – Awaking and Muddling Through

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by Hennie Van Geel ~  It was in 1971, I was 14 years old and it slowly became part of me. What? The light I saw shining around and through the bodies of people I met. At first I didn’t pay all that much attention to this light, but one evening I saw a body of…

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Forgotten Legacy: Fifty Years after ‘Silent Spring’

Forgotten Legacy: Fifty Years after ‘Silent Spring’

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by Luke Eastwood ~  This year (2012) is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s seminal work ‘Silent Spring’, published first in the USA in 1962. This was the first book of its kind – an outspoken, powerfully argued and well researched condemnation of the reckless use of pesticides in modern agriculture, in…

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Funerals and Ancestry – Traces of Pagan Traditions in a German Village

Funerals and Ancestry – Traces of Pagan Traditions in a German Village

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by Barbara Stühlmeyer ~  The story I want to share happened in the 1980. We had just moved to a wonderful tiny village in northern Germany not too far from the University we were studying. We had a charming old cottage with a fitting number of rooms for our instruments and books, a lovely garden…

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