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Coleridge

How to Gain Enlightenment Fast

October 9th, 2021

Rocco, our keenest student on the Sophrology course, has just taken the Level Four course, and look at the result! He says the chakra colour meditation, with music by The Mind Orchestra, helped him the most, and you can hear it here: (the systems referred to relate to five areas of the body: 1: the head, 2: the neck, shoulders and upper arms, 3: The chest and upper back, 4: The midriff and stomach, 5: everything below the solar plexus). To follow in Rocco’s paw-steps click here!

The Taliesin Oracle by Simona Sanfilippo

October 1st, 2021


Earlier this year I was sent a beautiful, handcrafted Oracle set created by the talented illustrator Simona Sanfilippo. Entitled The Taliesin Oracle, I was excited to receive it. As you probably already know, Taliesin is a very important figure in Druidry, and it is always nice to have new spiritual tools that help deepen our understanding of the Taliesin Myth and the wisdom and guidance it offers. I was so deeply impressed by Simona’s Oracle and wanted to share it here.

There are 25 illustrated cards (plus a bonus), including the four Elements. The accompanying explanatory booklet – currently in Italian – binds legend and oracle, with general Celtic info, plus links to free extra web content.

Simona has taken extraordinary care in creating this stunning project, cutting the paper by hand and printing on satin cardboard. The conception, illustrations, texts, layout, deck bag and packaging are all Simona’s work and produced with such loving attention to detail.

Remember that if you have any questions about the deck, or would like to own your own copy, you can write to Simona at tissi76@gmail.com. You can discover more about how the project came together on her Instagram and Facebook Pageand more about Simona’s work on her Website.

Equinox Blessings!

September 21st, 2021

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…

Whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.

Joy is not made to be a crumb.

~ Mary Oliver

Wishing everyone a peaceful and blessed Equinox!

Tea with a Druid – Tea with Druids!

September 7th, 2021

Hello again! After a 6 week break a new series of Tea with a Druid/Tea with Druids is back, and here are some notes and links to topics mentioned:

Thanks to Matthew Kniseley for the great new intro film. His site is here.
Thanks to Charlie Roscoe for the music that accompanies this film, from the track Blessed Water in the Album Druid Circle. You can also hear this music in the meditation collection Sacred Nature.

The film I mention of the Chauvet cave paintings is The Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog.

The Hove amber cup  that I mention, and depicted left, dates from the Bronze Age. The blog I refer to can be found here.

Frank Owen’s books that I mention are: The Mist-Filled Path and The Spiral of Memory and Belonging, and then his more recent poetry collections are The Temple of Warm Harmony and The School of Soft Attention. All are easily discoverable online. Franks’s website is here.

This morning, Frank sent me a poem he has written, inspired by the Tea with Druids session last night. My apologies that the AI in this WordPress blog removes the formatting – in the original the poem ‘breathes’ with spaces between sections.
“Druid Spirit”
“Nature + Poetry = Peace”
–Philip Carr-Gomm
We can’t go back.
While it does help the soul
to think of our ancestors
feeling these same leanings,
we can’t go back.
We can make note
of their tracks.
We can memorize their names.
We can allow
our Traveling-Spirit
to drift into their stories
while sitting beside
a crackling hearth.
But, we can’t go back.
We can only drink deep
from our own
cauldron of longing —
resting in the sense
that our longing,
here and now,
is part of some
abiding, ancient flow
that connects us.
But, we can’t go back.
Have you ever hovered
at the forest’s edge
before stepping in;
that place
where the modern frenzy
drops away
and the healing green powers
start to embrace you?
Next time you find yourself
standing at such a threshold,
pause.
Breathe.
Open yourself
to the tradition
yet-to-be-formed
by your own spinning cells.
(c) 2021 / Frank “Hawk” Owen / hawkofthepines.com