Author Archives: Ryan

Thoughts from the North

I recently went for a weekend to Tromso, in Northern Norway, some 200 miles North of the Arctic Circle. It was, as can be expected, dark and cold. But in that darkness and cold, there was beauty. The city itself … Continue reading

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Tending the soil

I came back from Druid College in October wanting to “do all the things”: all the meditation, nature awareness exercises, essays, explorations and more and be a kick-ass awesome Druid. Then Michaelmas Term hit. I work in a university, and … Continue reading

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Five awesome female Druids

Druidry in general has a pretty good gender balance, but the popular perception of what a Druid is tends to look a bit more like Getafix from the Asterix comics: an old bloke with a long beard. Not that there’s … Continue reading

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Samhain

The fun and festivities of Hallowe’en may be over, the costumed demons and ghosts returning to the world of the living after eating way too much chocolate, but the Pagan festival of Samhain carries on. Traditionally, this celebration, one of … Continue reading

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The Wild Hunt: a poem for Samhain

The dead do not return, they never left. Tonight they rise, riding through the fog of your subconscious fears. They gather, they march, they scream and shout. Unquiet dead, unrestful, unremembered. See them now: The victims of war, of hate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Australian Druidry

Australian Druidry: Connecting with the Sacred Landscape. Julie Brett. Moon Books, 2017 I was really intrigued when I first came across this book, one of the short Pagan Portals series. While I am a UK-based northern hemisphere Pagan, I am … Continue reading

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Man, I feel like a…what now?

The other day, on Facebook, I saw a meme about men. Specifically, it was (rightly) making fun of the idea that a man “wants to feel like a man”, and that women should somehow facilitate this for them. Nonsense, obviously, … Continue reading

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