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Beltane Rites: A History

BELTANE is an ancient fire festival marking the point in Spring when Winter is finally defeated and the journey into Summer truly underway. The last vestiges of the dark half of the year were burned away in the Beltane fires, and Maypole dances whisked up a spirit of revelry and celebration. Of all the paganContinue reading “Beltane Rites: A History”

Christ and Cybele

In the ancient pagan world the arrival of Spring was time for ceremonies celebrating rebirth and renewal. Christianity followed this pattern with its Easter festival. Will Roscoe writes in Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love (published 2004): In late antiquity, the worship of Cybele and Attis was one of Christianity’s chief sourcesContinue reading “Christ and Cybele”

The Eternal Love of Diana

Diana was the name given to the people’s beloved Goddess, worshipped in Europe for over two millennia and still honoured by pagans today. The devotional love that she once inspired in the wider population reappeared in a very modern form as the almost cult-like reverence of Diana, Princess of Wales, who is back in theContinue reading “The Eternal Love of Diana”

Humanity’s Missing Mother

Since way back in prehistorical times humans have left behind evidence of a deep emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship with a feminine mother spirit which is noticeably lacking in the mainstream cultures and among the mass of the population around the planet today. For the majority of people in the confused and conflicted, frightened world,Continue reading “Humanity’s Missing Mother”

We Are the Old Ones

Human beings how lucky we are to be on this earth around this star in a solar system divinely designed to keep us blind to the rest of the cosmos and life on other worlds – until we are ready to accept what’s there to find; designed to keep us blind, as we evolve theContinue reading “We Are the Old Ones”

THE GENDER SPECTRUM

The idea that male and female are two distinct and separate genders, into one or other of which everybody is supposed to fit, is a very modern, patriarchal model that, although now widely spread through the world, has no basis or grounding in history, or in biological nor spiritual fact. It is high time weContinue reading “THE GENDER SPECTRUM”

The Great Maypole of London

“Depriv’d of Root, and Branch, and Rind, Yet Flow’rs I bear of ev’ry Kind: My Head, with Giddiness, goes round; And yet I firmly stand my Ground: All over naked I am seen, and Painted like and Indian Queen.” (Jonathon Swift, ‘The Maypole‘) The British quite naturally come in for plenty of criticism for theContinue reading “The Great Maypole of London”

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