Toadstool Hunting

in amongst the leaf litter
all over the woodland floor
are lots of little pixie homes
all waiting with open doors

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Equinox Blessings

the tribe gathers to the

sound of beating drums

wild energy rising higher as

equinox blessings dance

upon twilight air currents

and restless hearts balance

upon the turning wheel

standing poised in readiness

as they await the approaching

darkness and the secrets

held within the ancient tales of

the crone heard whispered

whilst wreathed in woodsmoke

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I spent last weekend at Equinox Festival, a hippy festival situated in the hollowed out hill of a former quarry at Chalk Farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds, that takes place every year on the nearest weekend to the Autumn Equinox. This was my second time at Equinox, though I also attended several times at the old site near Tattershall, back when it was still called Alchemy. It tends to be one of the highlights of my year. There’s a wonderful sense of community, with the same groups of people visiting year after year. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what walk of life you come from. All that matters is that you embrace the laid back atmosphere and focus on having fun. They call it ‘the gathering of the tribe’, and it definitely feels like that.

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend:

 

 

Earthed

curl bare toes in

damp grass

*

open mind

*

awaken senses to

petrichorous breezes

*

open heart

*

stride forwards in

defiance of rainclouds

*

open soul

Spirits of Nature

if you sit in silence

as breezes sway flowers

they will come to you

*

if you calm your mind

to a stream’s soothing flow

they will come to you

*

if you ground yourself

amongst labyrinths of roots

they will come to you

*

if you raise your face

for sunlight’s warm caress

they will come to you

*

the spirits of nature

are simply waiting for

you to come to them

Liminality

unlimited possibilities held
suspended
a question unanswered
balanced on the threshold between
past and future
life and death
love and hate
as potential joy and
unresisting passivity await
the swinging of a gate

The Spirit of the Fox

*

beware the creeping fox

wily foe

ready to pounce

*

embrace the creeping fox

cunning ally

swift to adapt

*

follow the persistent fox

wise mentor

advising patience

*

Owl Flight

glide
with piercing gaze
sheering through vapid illusion
as the night’s deep mysteries reveal
themselves within verdant
wells of feminine
intuition

Last week we visited Burnby Hall Gardens, in Yorkshire. It was a beautiful place. I particularly enjoyed wandering around the stumpery, where these pictures were all taken. The many unturned tree stumps, all covered in growth, provide a wonderful haven for wildlife.

I hadn’t actually intended to post on here today. I had to reload the app on my phone and when I logged in, my notifications informed me that today is my WordPress Anniversary. Yay! I’ve now had my blog for 5 years, though it’s changed somewhat in that time. And, yes, my posts have been a little scarce recently. But I couldn’t resist posting after finding that out.

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