Improving my Earthiness

I’m in a phase of assessing myself and my elemental qualities. Throughout my practice I go through periods of feeling closer to a single elements and this changes frequently but its usually just the one element.

I’ve recently been through a long firey period which has been hard going. I’ve been very emotional and burning myself out, the constant rain cloud above me has been dampening my spirits too. So I’ve come to need to ground myself and create a balance of the elements within me.

Starting with Earth I’m assessing how earthy I am and how I can improve on this. I’m a keen gardener and walker, I’m vegetarian and eat healthy, I like to think I’m practical and methodical in my approach to things. The things I need to improve is exercising more, buy less plastic, recycle more, and be more conscious through daily practice of my energy and the energies affecting me.

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My favourite trees in Avebury

Writing a blog helps to write it coherently and keep a plan in motion, I’d be interested to know how other people’s elemental affinities are, where they change or are set?

Peace and blessed be!
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Awen and Crochet

One concept in Druidry is that of Awen, the elixer of creativity, the three drops of Ceridwen’s cauldron Gwion Bach tasted which started his journey to become Taliesin – the master bard.

On a druidic path it is important to foster creativity and encourage development in your art. Many choose the traditional Bardic route of story telling or of poetry, however the way I choose to do this is through Crochet.

Its one of those things that seemed to come to me naturally and over the years I’ve grown more confident about my ability to feel comfortable in sharing it with people.

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(My triple moon fairisle jumper)

I use Crochet all the time in my spirituality. I find it very meditative. It keeps my hands busy and leaves my mind free to either focus on the monotony and counting of stitches to relax, or to wander in thought. One of the main things I use it for is pre-ritual I create unique colour themed circles, usually to place candles on, which puts me in a meditative state before the ritual, give me a personalised focus point during, and I have a unique altar piece which I can remember each ritual by at the end of it.

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Or sometimes I make squares…

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I also make things for particular days, like for my Alban Eilir ceremony I made a couple of seasonal altar pieces…

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Its a part of my path which is important to me and I thoroughly enjoy doing it! I’m working on a plain white netting style scarf/shawl thing at the moment, its a very monotonous stitch which on rainy days like to today allows me to drift off in thought.

Peace and blessed be!
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Nwyfre – What it means to me…

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To me, Nwyfre is the constant stream of life energy flowing through every person, creature, tree, and stone. It is the current which travels along the web of life, the unifying energy which connects us all.

Nwyfre is also the energy of directed will. “Energy flows where attention goes” is a very good way of demonstrating how we can feel Nwyfre. During any ritual when you cast of circle or call the quarters, you focus your will to do this and the Nwyfre flows along your intention to bring it into being. Another example chakras or energy body meditations, where we focus our attention on certain parts of our body, or whole body, to heal ourselves. During the focus we feel energy gathering at the specific place, this is Nwyfre responding to our will.

The word Nwyfre originally meant “sky” and referred to the winds but Iolo Morganwg took it for this druidic meaning and I think its easy to see why. The sky is a limitless expanse containing the sun and the rain, both essential to life; and the winds are powerful invisible force we can physically feel.

I recently discovered people have diiferent concepts of Nwyfre which inspired this. I’d be interested to hear others views.

Peace and Blessed be!

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Spirit of the Cow

Yesterdays storm didn’t break over me but I walked and walked in hope of it happening until I came across a field of cows. I’d gone out with the intention of really feeling the spirit of the storm and collect some storm water during a ritual but instead I sat with the spirit of cows.

What gentle creatures they are. I sat watching them, 3 young cows were very curious and approached me, they came within a few feet before a bull warned them off but it was then I started to connect with the spirit.

A spirit of great generousity, just think of all they provide, a nurturing mother, a protective father, a spirit of abundance and fertility honoured the world over.

In Egypt, Hathor is depicted as a Cow Goddess of joy, abundance, protection, and the great mother of the milky way. In Norse myth a cow sourced the four rivers of power which fed the giants who ruled the First World. And of course, in India the cow is the most sacred of animals, symbol of patience and holiness.

Such an important animal spirit in our lives, right there infront of us in what we eat, drink, wear, sit on… I honour the Spirit of Cow who is the provider of life, love, and virtue.

Peace and blessed be!
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A Drop of Awen

There is a storm brewing in the air, due to break in a few hours and as I sit thinking to myself, wondering how I shall mark the passing of the spirit of the storm when suddenly this compulsion to blog overcomes me. So after a small amount of blog researching I’m here.

I am a Pagan, a person following a personal Earth centred spirituality. More specifically than that I am walking a path of Druidry. Labels are a guideline not the whole of what I believe but broad enough for reference.

I’m not entirely sure why the compulsion to blog came or what I’ll be blogging about but one can’t ignore a drop of Awen when it hits you. I hope the drops keep coming.

The birds are quieting so I thinks its time to start walking to my usual place and await the storm.

Peace and Blessed be!
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