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and is not intent on arriving "

Lao Tzu

Equinox Blessings!

March 21st, 2023

Wishing everyone a joyful Equinox ~ Spring and Autumn Blessings! /|\

Simon Emmerson: A Tribute

March 16th, 2023

Simon Emmerson, the central figure in the shades in this photo, a Grammy award-winning record producer, Honorary Bard of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, a guitarist, DJ, musical director at Lush, and founder of the bands Afro-Celts & Imagined Village, died this week. On 13th March, after a long period of illness, Simon began his Great Adventure, heading home to the Summerlands, the Isles of the Blessed, as the Otherworld is sometimes called in Druidry.

I’ve known Simon for years, meeting him first in London, then on an OBOD retreat on Iona, and then numerous times over the years, most recently at the Lush HQ in Poole, working on one of their spa treatments before the pandemic, and then more recently still when we talked about his career on a Tea with a Druid broadcast. You can find that here, and on that post you’ll find links to other conversations with him.

Simon had a big heart, a wide range of interests, a highly developed social and political consciousness, and will be greatly missed by his Druid friends and within the wider world of music, and of course within his family. Dear Simon, May your Journey to the Blessed Isles be swift and sure! All our love, and many many blessings of deep peace to you!

Here are two photos a fellow Honorary Bard and member of the Afro-Celts, the harpist Myrdhin, has just sent over.

Myrddhin & Simon Emmerson October 96 London

Festival ART ROCK de St-Brieuc (Brittany) May 1997. Photo by Jean Pierre Corbel


March 8th, 2023

Join me in spending a week in one of the world’s top well-being resorts with daily personal well-being sessions, incredible food, gorgeous surroundings, and at the same time improve your sleep quality. Here’s what the resort says:

Three pillars support optimal physical and mental health: exercise, diet and sleep. If you can get these three right you’re well on your way to building up your health.

Spending time at the Bodyholiday in April this year can help you with all three: you’ll get fabulous, healthy nutrition, a myriad of opportunities for exercise, and from 11 to 18 April we’ll have Philip Carr-Gomm as our resident sleep psychologist, who will be available for individual consultations, and will be teaching two classes a day, in which he’ll take you through an easy to follow six-point program that combines techniques and insights drawn from sleep science with thirteen different ways to help you drift off into sleep. You’ll learn about the best ways to optimise your night-time, about how you can avoid sleep procrastination, night-time worries and ruminating, and you’ll learn about many of the ways people have found to help them sleep soundly. You’ll explore the cures for parasomnias like sleep-walking and talking, the upsides and downsides of using sleep medications, alcohol, cannabis and CBD. And you’ll come away with an understanding and practice of the most effective ways to improve your night’s rest, together with possibilities for ongoing support and a comprehensive resource guide.

Philip’s book, The Gift of The Night: A Six Step Program for Better Sleep, due out in November, has been praised as “a brilliant, important and inspiring book that will be so helpful to so many people,” by Dr Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Imperial College London’s psilocybin trial, and has been highly recommended by Peter Mobbs, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Life Sciences and Pre-clinical Medicine at University College London.   For more information click here.

And see here.

Emerging Purpose

February 27th, 2023

A painting for Lughnasadh by artist Jamie Reid, held aloft by John Marchant of the John Marchant Gallery Brighton

I’ve been interviewed for rather a lot of podcasts recently, so it feels a bit of an overkill to mention yet another one, but I have to say that being interviewed for this podcast was one of the most enjoyable of these experiences  – perhaps because Greg and I had worked together for a year on the integration programme for some of the participants of the Imperial College psilocybin trial researching its effects on depression, so we knew each other. Perhaps because we were chatting in his comfortable Brighton flat, rather than over zoom. Perhaps because he breaks up our chat with cool music. Whatever – I think you will enjoy this conversation too. We cover using the Tarot, what it means to feel scattered and how it’s ok, how being an amateur and a generalist has its gifts, and what value talking about our purpose might – or might not – have.

Find it on Apple podcasts here.

Soundcloud here.

Spotify here.

Sitting by the Fire

February 24th, 2023

The presentation on Jamie Reid’s artwork that I refer to in this Tea:

The Tarot Chakra Journey: Work with the Chakras ~ Deepen your Knowledge of Tarot

February 22nd, 2023

I was delighted to work with Steve Hounsome on our Transformation Through Tarot Course. Given that students really enjoyed the material, we decided to offer a second course that explored working with Tarot and the Chakra system in tandem, with a view to enhancing knowledge of both of these wonderful esoteric systems as tools for deep personal transformation.

The course is multi-media, using video, audio and text, with specially created meditations with fabulous music from the Mind Orchestra. The course is presented in nine lessons released weekly, plus an extra bonus course with access to seven Tarot meditations. Students can ask questions about their work at any time during the course.

As with the Lessons in Magic and Transformation Though Tarot Course, Tarot Chakra Journey also includes membership of The Private Magicians’ Club – a wonderful online resource and community for the Magical spiritual seeker and Tarot enthusiast. In the warm and friendly atmosphere of the club, myself, Steve, Penny Billington and guests host live online sessions of meditation, exploration and discussion.

If you feel you would like to explore these two fascinating systems more deeply, click here for course fees, details and enrollment.

The Tarot Chakra Journey taught me so much about these esoteric arts, and even more about myself. I grew so much from this course. I started out knowing nothing about Chakras and very little about Tarot, and now I will continue to explore and learn more.  The handouts were informative, and the meditations and exercises were thought-provoking and enlightening. Philip Carr-Gomm and Steve Hounsome are knowledgeable, encouraging, and down-to-earth, from Steve’s helpful introductions, to Philip’s soothing meditations. I became much more focused on my life journey as a result of this course, and I will retake it again and again to test my progress. Also, I will use the bonus meditations again and again!” ~ Tracy R, Ohio, USA