Tarot for the Year 2016

Tarot for the Year 2016

As has become a regular ritual I have done a tarot reading to give me some guidance as to some of the possible parameters for my spiritual questing for the coming year. I used the Camelot Oracle tarot cards again,. I felt that this would give me a a link to the past – a semblance of stability, similarity, and continuity. I am still in recovery from Kal’s demise, so in addition to the deck’s familiarity it gives a firm link with place by having a fixed layout for the cards to be placed upon. I felt l needed that fixed quality, that link with Albion, and the Earth. Here were the eight cards drawn for each of the Celtic points of the year, and the one to represent the characteristic of the year too. I was going to offer a provisional full...

Crosses for the Bride

Crosses for the Bride

In preparation for Imbolc I wanted to construct something similar to what I had seen at other sacred sites related to the goddess Brigid – a wooden cross. I decided to make two crosses – one for me and one for my friend Julia, who would be accompanying me for my Imbolc outing. My concept was to create a symbolic union of two opposing forces – Holly and Oak. These woods symbolize Winter and Summer respectively (see the tales of the battle of the Holly and Oak King). The obvious place to go for me was Delamere Forest – a huge expanse of mostly pine forest, yet it retained some of its deciduous tree species too. I couldn’t remember ever seeing any holly, but I was sure there was plenty of oak in the forest. Once there I began the...

Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015

Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015

At this quiet time of the year posts relating to outings are few and far between. So, in lieu of new work here’s the final part of my summary of the year. In this post I will make an attempt to interpret the tarot reading that I did at the start of 2015, and see how that relates to what actually happened during the year. Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015 The tarot for the year covered the eight significant yearly dates of Festivals, Equinoxes and Solstices. The draw was:- Imbolc – Bors at The Wells Bors is a signifier of the adventuring spirit which returns back home having achieved his aims, and being satisfied with that. Very much the epitome of Kal this year. Did some work with death-eating skills, got a dread feeling, and then visited...

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 2

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 2

In the second part of the summary of my work done in 2015 I will mention the quests that I undertook. Quests and Progress Here is a list of the quests that I undertook this year with a link to the posts that discuss them. Quite a diversity! And knocked into a chaotic spiral after Lammas, I feel. WINTER SOLSTICE to IMBOLC My new spirit guide will teach me the language of the winds, which can be learned through contemplation of the wind, or by listening to the rustle of trees. To align myself with The Great Bear – to follow Arthur – and to understand the qualities of NORTH. Great Bear quest Arrows point to Arthur Axis of Time IMBOLC to SPRING To understand the process of germination – To prepare the soil in my garden energetically for germination...

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 1

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 1

I was quite hesitant about producing “the usual” summary of the year. It has clearly not been a normal year. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the first half was good, but the second half took a much more dark and difficult turn. I’m not used to that. In all the years I have been reporting on my druidic life the challenges have always been ones of motivation, problem-solving and spiritual doubt. This year “life”, or rather “death”, stepped in a took hold of the reins for a while. The power of The Crone has been almost overwhelming in the dark half of the year. Nevertheless, I want to fulfil my expectations of producing a summary of where things have been going over this year. It can be a valuable tool for...

Passing the Violet Flame

Passing the Violet Flame

Not all my stories are epics divided up into shorter snippets. Here’s a snippet from my druidic spiritual life that is just a slice in time when the next stage of my work gets enacted. If you remember from previous posts (St Germain) I had been invited to pass on The Violet Flame, which is an energy that is linked with the ascended master St Germain, and which I associate with the Crown Chakra energies. For me it symbolises a deeper spiritual connection. The Violet Flame can act as a means to unblock that can inhibit the free flow of this celestial or spiritual connection. This blog has a good explanation of how to heal the crown chakra: Earth Energy Healings I was having a spa day – massage, jacuzzi, swimming, relaxing. Having left it until the last...

Winter Solstice 2015 P3 – Spirit of the Lakes

Winter Solstice 2015 P3 – Spirit of the Lakes

In the final part of my Winter Solstice story I will be revealing a conversation that I had with a spirit of the land, and I feel that it may be a little controversial. It will certainly push some buttons for some. Believe me that my only intention is to reveal the communication. The content is not an opinion – it is a message. Please read this post in that context. My friend JK and I reunited within Castlerigg stone circle, having done our own work in isolation. Now we intended to work together on some land healing. Given the recent floods in the area this seemed like an appropriate topic for our intentions. To heal the land and offer it energy for healing. So much water had fallen already. Could we prevent more human misery by intervening? I connected...

Winter Solstice 2015 P2 – Storms and Crows

Winter Solstice 2015 P2 – Storms and Crows

The night was turbulent. A storm raged harshly all night keeping is awake for most of it as it. The motorhome was rocked violently, but held steadfast as it took the brunt of the westerly wind which slammed against it. As the Winter Solstice arrived at 4:40am I was awoken by a particularly strong strike from the gale outside. I texted my friend who intended to arrive that morning to warn him that the journey may be fraught. Little did I know that for many residents they were already flooded out for a third time in a month as a result of the storm’s fury. I was excited at the idea of finding a new quest to do, at potentially delivering my prepared ritual to anyone who appeared for the morning, and finally for attempting to do some healing on this flooded...

Winter Solstice 2015 P1 – Flooded with Moonlight

Winter Solstice 2015 P1 – Flooded with Moonlight

I had a vision. Months ago I saw myself standing in Castlerigg stone circle at the Winter Solstice. I was striding into the centre of the circle, staff in hand, dressed in full druid robes and I had a beard – the kind of beard you can hide snacks in. I was then leading a ritual for the gathered throng – a ritual to give thanks for the year and to usher in the new one. That was the vision. I had grown the beard over the next few months while I began to make this vision a reality. I decorated my staff, and bought some olive green robes from Morocco. Finally, with days to go I crafted a ritual for everyone who was present to follow. Some friends from my meditation group were planning to come along too. It was shaping up nicely. The best laid schemes...

Saint Germain and the Violet Flame

Saint Germain and the Violet Flame

Some healing work from my shamanic friend Debra had managed to clear what I can only call “a dark blue limit“. It was some form of limitation – a spiritual barrier – and her work with me had caused the dark inky blueness to be released. I felt like this had opened me up to “the next stage”, although I didn’t know what that was. Then I began to piece it together from my reading of the work of The Compte De St Germain. I have worked through the following list of books in the last few weeks:- St Germain: Master Alchemist by Elizabeth Clare Prophet The Count of Saint-Germain: Mystic and Philosopher by Isabel Cooper-Oakley The Most Holy Trinosophia of the Comte de Saint Germain by Manly P.Hall I was exploring my new quest,...