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The still centre.

Outside, in the dark, the air is finally still.  Like rich swathes of fabric, the darkness hangs around me, enfolding me, wrapping me in its exquisite embrace.  I sit, breathing in the night air, the smell of cedar and dew wet grass filling me with pure awen.  The last of the crickets are singing in the remnant of summer’s growth, owls hooting softly in the distance and underneath the beech tree near Caia’s grave I let the songs of the night wash over me in waves of indigo and black.

The quiet is shattered by the call of a stag just on the other side of the hedge. Calling to the does, he is in full rut, looking for the ladies in the shelter of the night.  He is maybe four feet away, and his bark and rumbles excite me with the power that he is emanating in following his soul’s truth.  I can hear the slight shuffle of leaves and grass beneath his hooves as he paces up the track and then back down towards the nature reserve and farmer’s fields.

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The Blessing of Samhain... If You Dare...

Here in the UK, the weather has turned and the colder air sweeps down from the North. Nights are longer, as the sun jumps along the horizon with each rising and setting, heading further and further towards the south.  Trees are changing colours, and plants are beginning to die back, the green fading into golden and tawny hues, foliage less dense and earth beginning to peek through the underbrush. 

The tide of Samhain has begun, when, after the autumn equinox we prepare for the darkness to come.  The balance has been tipped, and we have tipped with it, our internal clocks trying to adjust to new temperatures and light levels.  Often, we try to establish our centre, attempting to find some foothold or handhold in the coming darkness, our egos crying out the great rallying cry of “I AM!”  The darkness, however, knows the folly of this, and smiles as it creeps ever closer.

In the darkness there are no guidelines. There are no boundaries. There is no up or down, no left or right. There is only impenetrable night, a sweet release from the constraints of the known. 

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    Witches rule the darkness.
Autumn Equinox and Serpent Energies of Albion

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  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Thank you all so much for your kind words. x
  • Nornoriel Lokason
    Nornoriel Lokason says #
    Very well said, thank you.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Excellently put. Whenever I encounter an arrogant Religionist who belittles others - both their intelligence and the depth of thei
  • Daniel Papworth
    Daniel Papworth says #
    Strong resonances in my own (Christ) tradition with this post. "Then he took a little child and put it among them; and...said to t
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Good to see someone pointing this out.

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Nemetona and Sanctuary

Sometimes one has to retreat from the world, in order to better understand it.  Finding sanctuary, a sacred space where we can open our souls without fear, where we can simply be, is a glorious experience. It happens a lot less than we need in our lives, in my opinion.

A goddess of sanctuary, Nemetona is an elusive deity.  Not much is written or recorded about her in Classical texts or history.  Just the barest hints and place names, some tribe names and a couple of inscriptions.  Who is this goddess to whom we can bare our souls, in complete soul truth, knowing that we are held?

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  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Hi Ted - many thanks for your kind words, though I'm not all that sure that I qualify as a Wise Woman Yes, I know Danu - she is
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Something similar happened in Sedona, Arizona in 1987 in "celebration" of the Harmonic Convergence. So many thousands of people of

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  • Thesseli
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    This is one of the reasons I'm interested in Feri -- gender and gender roles are fluid, and you're not restricted by yours to any

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