Self Loathing-It’s a thing, folks.

I read this article which I link to below and bang did alarm bells ring. It is clear, concise and best of all it provides us with easy solutions. It's not all about the reasons or the medical talk, it gives you answers. Please read and yep there are trigger warnings for the following: if … Continue reading Self Loathing-It’s a thing, folks.

Electronic Faeries

Neil Rushton’s extensive guide to sites regarding the Fey and he mentions our site too, thanks Neil

deadbutdreaming

During the past couple of years, there has been a burgeoning number of online sources discussing the faeries in all their guises. This perhaps represents a renewed interest in these supernatural entities that have been part of our culture for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. There appears to be an extended realisation that they have something important to add to our understanding of reality; whether it be through the lens of folklore or through a modernistic, esoteric view. There are many approaches to the subject matter. These range from the purely folkloric remit of discussing faeries as a fossilised remnant of our culture through to encompassing them into a phenomenology as extreme as alien abduction scenarios. Deadbutdreaming has always attempted to provide a holistic overview of what the faeries might be, but I am always reliant on, and grateful for, the excellent research and interpretations of others – folklorists, historians…

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Gods and Goddesses of Wales – a review

A very important book for learning all about the Gods and Goddess of Wales. For everyone.

Druid Life

June 2019 sees the release of Halo Quin’s Gods and Goddesses of Wales. This is a Pagan Portal – meaning it’s a short, introductory book. I read it a while ago – one of the many perks of my working life.

I very much like Halo as a human being. I’ve spent time with her at Druid Camp, she’s a warm, lovely person full of inspiration. She’s not identifying as a Druid – but honestly what she writes is just the sort of thing for a Druid starting out on their path. Welsh mythology has a central role in modern Druidry, but getting into it can be a bit of a struggle. This is an ideal beginner’s book, giving you very readable and relevant takes on those key myths and figures.

This is a relevant book for anyone interested in Welsh mythology or deities associated with the British Isles. It’s…

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Otter Lore

I came across this lovely article today in my Trees For Life newsletter. Otters were a huge part of my childhood as the burn (small river) beside our house in Orkney, had otters who made their home there. Several generations were born on the banks of the burn and I was lucky enough to see … Continue reading Otter Lore

Working Deeply with Water: Waters of the World Shrine and Sacred Waters

The Druid’s Garden with a post about working with water energy and recognising the sacredness of all water. Also includes a ritual for working with blessed water yourself.

The Druid's Garden

Primal Water from the Plant Spirit Oracle; tan paint is from Tanoma Iron Oxide! Primal Water from the Plant Spirit Oracle

In the druid tradition, water represents the west, the place of emotions and intuition, the place of our ancestors and of the honored dead. Water is often connected with the salmon of wisdom, the salmon who dwells in a sacred pool, offering his wisdom to those who seek him. Water may serve as a gateway to other worlds and as a tool for scrying. Water can be used as a tool understand flows of all kinds. You can study flowing water through observation, fishing, boating or swimming and connected with in order to help us understand deep insights.  Snow and ice can likewise, be used as spiritual tools.  Water-based animals like turtles, fish, salamanders, dragonflies or water-based plants like cattail, calamus, or lotus are powerful allies for spiritual work. Working deeply with water is part of several druid teachings and courses, and…

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On Dowsing or Water-Witching

A wonderful post from greenmagick regarding the art of dowsing. As a child, Tommy my uncle taught me how to dowse. He used it a lot for water and other things.

Green Magick

T1200 Tom demonstrates proper method of holding dowsing stick

Dowsing has always been on my list of things to do. It has been practiced for thousands of years, so I was pretty certain it was for real. By some stroke of luck, I met a dowser/water witch named Kris at an outdoor barbecue event a few years ago. We were exchanging information about what we did for a living, and after I handed her my Realtor business card, she handed me her business card. It had a hand illustrated, forked branch on it, with the quote, “The wish to reveal what the earth has hidden”. Kris was the person the drilling and pump contractors called to find water in the area. She was often called to travel to other communities for a fee plus mileage and per diem. It was a viable business for her.

We visited all evening, and really liked each other. I asked her if I…

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Druidry for the 21st Century: Plant-Based Spiritual Supplies and Global Demand

A crucial part of being a pagan/witch/spiritual seeker is knowing where your plants/herbs/roots come from.

The Druid's Garden

Can you even imagine druidry without plants or trees?  Plants and trees are some of our strongest allies for the work that we do, and are often connected to almost everything that we do spiritually. Plant spirits are teachers, guides, and allies.  From before we had recorded history in any culture, the plant spirits were there, growing with us, guiding us, healing us, and supporting us on our journey. Today’s modern druid practice continues that tradition: we burn plants for smoke cleansing, clearing, and helping to energize spaces. We use trees as part of divination and sacred rites. We use plants as healers, for magical healing and physical healing, and to connect with on deep levels.  Plants have long been friends of humans–and have long walked beside us, hand in hand, as we do our sacred work.  And today, we’ll explore ways we can offer that same kind of honor…

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Druidry for the 21st Century: Psychopomping the Anthropocene

A very poignant post about our world today and how many non-humans need help from those attuned, to pass over. This is a post that needs reading, sisters. ❤

The Druid's Garden

As an animist druid, I recognize the spirit of all beings.  I honor and interact with the spirits in the land, in the trees, in the animals and birds, in the insects, in the rivers, in the mountains. Animals die, plants die, insects die. Their spirits live on.  In the Anthropocene, even mountains die, they are removed for mining activities all along the Appalachians and in many other places.  Rivers die, and have been dying for centuries as we fill them with refuse. In the Anthropocene, many things die. What happens to that mountain’s spirit when the mountain is gone? What is happening now to the millions of non-human lives that are dying because of human activity? That’s the question we focus on today–as part of my druidry for the 21st century series.  Earlier posts in this series include Druidry for the 21st Century and Druidry in the age of…

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Reading Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition

A book to interest our readers and us.

Gnostalgia

I think that I may be a merfolk.

An accessible in-depth guide to Celtic water lore, including spells, rituals, water spirits, and merfolk

Let Annwyn Avalon, a practicing water witch herself, take you into the world of water magic. The water magic and lore in this book focuses on the Celtic tradition, but draws on other water magic traditions as well, and features rainwater, as well as lakes, rivers, oceans, canals, swamps, and other watery locations, together with the folk and magical customs that have been and are still practiced at these places. The book teaches the reader how to set up a water altar at home, how to connect with water spirits, and how to gather or create water witch tools. Readers are encouraged to visit local water sites but will also find an abundance of material to perform at home. Included are practical examples, visualizations, and exercises so…

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Living In A Paranormal World

Living In A Paranormal World-Part Two by Adele Marie Park In this article, I am talking with Jayne Mortimore who is a paranormal investigator in Paranormal Voice based in the UK. She will give insight into what a paranormal investigator does, why she personally chose to be one and exactly what the dangers are associated … Continue reading Living In A Paranormal World