Fiery, Wild Days of Summer

Fiery times For the Celts and Druids the Holly is associated with June; it holds the fire that lights the hot Summer days. The Ogham Alphabet is based on tree symbols and the word for holly, ‘tinne’, represents the letter ‘t’. It is said that our word tinder is derived from ‘tinne’. The wood of…

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Ready for Valentine Day

St Valentine was a martyr, dying a martyr’s death. Other than that, the facts of the person (there’s also the possibility that the saint was a woman) are open to conjecture. there were lots of people named Valentine because, well, it was a very popular name for around six hundred years as ‘“Valentinus” signified being…

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Winter Solstice 2019

In 2019 Winter Solstice falls on 22nd December marking, for the Ancient Celts, the journey from this year to the next, from this world to the next. On this longest night of the year the rebirth of the Sun was celebrated and the Norse goddess Frigga spun the fates at her spinning wheel: the celebrations…

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What Price? – a poem on the greatest sacrifice

Thirty pieces of silver was all it cost:   What price to Him? the bloodied crown of thorns, the scarlet robe;   What price to Him? His body and His blood so freely given to men who would deny their Lord, their Christ;   What price to Him? falsely tried – a travesty of justice…

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No ifs, ands, or buts: a poem on Faith

Faith’s not hard when your ten quid’s riding the odds-on favourite and not some sixteen-to-one outsider, unknown, unseen – a name with no form. But when faith’s to be pinned to some one-in-dozens messiah – a vagrant who performed magic in exchange for a bed a healer who had little time for the sick who…

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