2016 Summary of the Year

2016 Summary of the Year

In this post I want to bring together some of the themes of the year, and associate key posts with those themes. Together they forms a description of my spiritual year for 2016. THEME 1 – Taliesin: bardic work, light, awen and courage. IMBOLC: Brigid at Derbyshire sites such as Gawton’s Well. I experienced the re-kindling of my spiritual flame. I felt the bursting of an embryonic bag of light using the awen of Taliesin – this powered me to begin to write my first book. I discovered the courage to get back into spiritual work after Kal’s death. Imbolc 2016 P1 Bursting the Bag of Light AUTUMN: Taliesin and the Uneasy Chair or Cadair Idris. This was another ‘bardic episode’ where the awen flowed, and poetry emerged. Not for a long...

Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015

Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015

At this quiet time of the year posts relating to outings are few and far between. So, in lieu of new work here’s the final part of my summary of the year. In this post I will make an attempt to interpret the tarot reading that I did at the start of 2015, and see how that relates to what actually happened during the year. Interpreting the Tarot for the Year 2015 The tarot for the year covered the eight significant yearly dates of Festivals, Equinoxes and Solstices. The draw was:- Imbolc – Bors at The Wells Bors is a signifier of the adventuring spirit which returns back home having achieved his aims, and being satisfied with that. Very much the epitome of Kal this year. Did some work with death-eating skills, got a dread feeling, and then visited...

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 2

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 2

In the second part of the summary of my work done in 2015 I will mention the quests that I undertook. Quests and Progress Here is a list of the quests that I undertook this year with a link to the posts that discuss them. Quite a diversity! And knocked into a chaotic spiral after Lammas, I feel. WINTER SOLSTICE to IMBOLC My new spirit guide will teach me the language of the winds, which can be learned through contemplation of the wind, or by listening to the rustle of trees. To align myself with The Great Bear – to follow Arthur – and to understand the qualities of NORTH. Great Bear quest Arrows point to Arthur Axis of Time IMBOLC to SPRING To understand the process of germination – To prepare the soil in my garden energetically for germination...

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 1

Summary of the Year 2015 Part 1

I was quite hesitant about producing “the usual” summary of the year. It has clearly not been a normal year. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the first half was good, but the second half took a much more dark and difficult turn. I’m not used to that. In all the years I have been reporting on my druidic life the challenges have always been ones of motivation, problem-solving and spiritual doubt. This year “life”, or rather “death”, stepped in a took hold of the reins for a while. The power of The Crone has been almost overwhelming in the dark half of the year. Nevertheless, I want to fulfil my expectations of producing a summary of where things have been going over this year. It can be a valuable tool for...

Summary of the Year 2014 – Chris

Taking a leaf from Kal’s book I will summarise my year in terms of the quests that I have been involved with. The year had many more facets than this, but I think the quests are the important factors, as they form a developmental framework for my druidry work. They show the progress of my spiritual quest. Ultimately, for me, that’s what this blog is about. I will put the quests into a chronological order, but also show how they relate to the tarot reading that I did at the start of the year. I quickly lost sight of this as I began to work, but now I have re-visited it to see just how the reading relates to the activities of the year. TAROT FOR THE YEAR My tarot reading for the year was done using the Tree Angel Oracle deck. This seems appropriate, as...

2014 a kind of round up

I want to start this roundup of the year by looking over the edge so to speak into next year. Let’s start with the Element Quest. The Element Quest Earlier this year I was set on a quest that had me collecting Four Elements. At first the quest seemed easy enough until I was told that each element had to be collected from another shore. This led to a trip to Brittany to collect the Earth Element. Then at Beltane we visited Ireland where I was able to collect the element of Water. A couple of weeks ago, I returned from Egypt with the element of Fire. What remains is the element of Water which I have come to understand will be collected in Florence, Italy. The Wand Quest Now we’re talking. This quest was given to me years ago in the Wizards Wood quite...