Ecology

Mycological mythologies – or a rite-of-passage

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“Only you know where you’ll be when it happens. Drifting through a Wednesday counting emails in the office, bent over kale at the allotment, gearing up for the school-run dash through the rain.” Martin Shaw, Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia I return a lot to wilderness rite-of-passage guide and mythologist, Doctor Martin […]

Book Reviews

The Fear – The Dark is Rising

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“It was then, without warning, that the fear came.” Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Oh! The beautiful opening chapter of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, which I’m reading in a massive worldwide book group on Twitter,  has brought back all my inexplicable moments of nature fear – or just The Fear, as […]

Book Reviews

An Arthurian adventure awaits you – #TheDarkisReading

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Starting 20th December – worldwide reading of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper What could be more magical than reading (or re-reading as it is for me) one of the most imaginative and wonderful Arthurian children’s/YA novels ever written, starting when the book does, on Midwinter Eve?  (Midsummer Eve for us in the southern […]

Myth & folklore

Learning to talk with small gods

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Because although I still have a lot to learn, my valley is claiming me through small gods. whispering voices of sheoak the different rhythm of the feet of my chickens that tells me they are excited to follow me and makes me laugh out loud the sound of a blue-banded bee long before it can be seen that […]

Astronomy

Magpie, raising sky

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“According to the Mandalbingu people, a long time ago the sky was very close to the Earth and it was dark. Everyone had to crawl about the earth in darkness. The intelligent magpies decided that if they worked together they could raise the sky upwards to create more room for all. They did this by […]

Book Reviews

Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons

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Sometimes a piece of writing rustles and stirs the dry leaves that fall too quickly on the pathways of our bustling lives.  Like an inexplicable breath of floral-perfumed warm wind, in the harsh bite of a winters day. Rewilding you from inside. This is how it felt reading Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons. You […]

Learning & education

Wildness

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I read the opening chapters of Martin Shaw’s, A Branch from the Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness, at an altitude, speeding across the world in a jet plane. Perhaps days of sleep interruption and exhaustion caught up with me, I found myself in tears with the beauty, not only of Martin Shaw’s […]

Learning & education

The importance of content as a myth

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Myth means ‘no author’. The reason why certain stories land so deeply within us is because they’ve been passed like water over dark stones through many different communities and many different people’s lives who’ve all dealt with seemingly hopeless causes. So the images have a resonance that one person alone cannot muster, no matter how […]

Myth & folklore

Favourite little book nook

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I love this particular little corner of my bookshelf where my favourite books by Fiona Macleod live. When I walk past, even if I don’t have time to stop and read, sometimes I just stand and gaze at their spines along this shelf, as if it was a window with a view of the spines […]

Myth & folklore

Little Jack

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Well we once had a cow (that jumped over the moon) called Big Jack, but this is about Little Jack. Although I have less and less time over the years to indulge in my love of celtic history and mythology, I always find a little bit of time at this time of year to celebrate […]