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Spring 2015-P4 – Dark Shadows at Dale

The next stop on our Easterly journey was to another place that we had visited only once before – Dale Hermitage. The hermitage is a rock-cut chamber scoured from the sandstone above the village of Dale Abbey. The abbey of the village name if a scant ruin now, and the hermitage is much more energetically interesting.

As we walked through the wood the chill wind reminded us that last time we had visited it was Beltane and much warmer than today. We walked swiftly seeking out the sanctuary of the hermit’s shelter, yet I had time to stop at some new rabbit holes in order to pick up three small white quartz pebbles that caught my attention. We are just rock-shifters, after all.

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Descend steeply to Dale Hermitage

The Hermitage feels too nice to have Underworld qualities, despite being down some steep steps. Inside it relatively light and airy. We had lunch, took photos and milled around. It was like we were waiting for something to happen, or afraid to start something! I casually asked Kal why the place was considered sacred. Kal looked at me as though to say “Read The Flaming Manual!” and pointed me to the nearby information sign. Didn’t I have legs? I was just being lazy, so I went to read the sign.

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It’s a sign, I tell you! A miraculous sign!

The information sign told me that the Hermit of the Hermitage was guided by the appearance of Virgin Mary. Given what I had been reading recently this could just as easily have been Bride/Brigit. That’s a long discussion for another time.

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12 Beltane 2014 – Tarot Reflected

You may remember that before we went to Brittany I had done a tarot reading to divine to which aspects of the journey I might need to be pay special attention. Having reflected on those cards and the events that happened, I feel I can now reveal the three “missing” interpretations that I deliberately left out from the original reading.

There were three questions that I posed in the tarot draw before we left. The one which I left un-finished was:

  • What are they three key events to be aware of? The cards were Death – Chariot – Hermit

Let’s see how they fit now that I am back!

  1. Death – change

For me, this card in a draw of this nature symbolises the movement between phases of the Wheel of the Year. Therefore, in this context the Death card governs the change from Spring Equinox to Beltane – from Spring to Summer. Obviously, this is a key event in the work we were doing.

If I was to try to isolate one event which was symbolised by this card it would be the discoveries at the burial chambers of Barnenez. The finding of the stag antler symbol which could be traced back to links with our own lands was an unusual event. The number of synchronous signs which accompanied this work also indicated that something special was happening. And so it was. We were also forming a new friendship with our druid kin in Brittany.

2. Chariot – determination

“You may travel (even locally) to places that can help increase your spiritual awareness and you will be in a mode where you learn a lot quite quickly about spiritual matters.” (source:

You will see that this fits in with the remainder of the draw too. However, how does determination and increasing spiritual awareness relate to the events of our visit? Well, I really could have picked almost any incident to illustrate this. The one which comes to mind, which requires determination, is the climbing of the hill to reach the rock on top of a ridge above Broceliande Forest. I had to put all fear aside in order to achieve this, and I was amply rewarded for doing so. Much was learned about dealing with the Faery folk in a short space of time.

3. Hermit – withdrawal and socialising

“Honor the need that you may be having to withdraw to a degree from ordinary life – It won’t last forever. You will soon be feeling much more social, so don’t push yourself now to be around a lot of people unless it is absolutely necessary.” (source:

The Brittany trip was a complete withdrawal from ordinary life! For a few days Kal and I were plunged deep into the world of Faery, passing through portals to spend time in their presence. When we arrived back in Britain we felt like we were only just returning to normality. As for feeling more social – on returning I started the Hedge Druids United Facebook page, and began to keep in touch with Oona and Caillu. In addition, my feet didn’t touch the ground socially! I have barely had a single weekend that hasn’t involved a strong element of socialising!

So, which specific event would I pinpoint as being the moment that I was drawn out of my hermitude? I think I have to go back to Kerzerho for this one. When I found that the site’s aligned stones made a Kinship Engine, projecting feelings of togetherness out to their island neighbours, and then straight after that I was invited into the secret world of Faery in the Faery Glade, that was the crowning moment when I realised the power of togetherness. The togetherness of like-minded people, and the union of druid and faery through natural magick. This must be balanced with the desire for solitude to enable deep working.

The other tarot cards seem ridiculously obvious now, and there’s no need for explanation of those. The tarot reading was once again useful, informative and accurate. We certainly did a lot of work, and it was exhausting, but it was our choice to do that. The outcome was most definitely a feeling of union – uniting with our kin, and with other kinds. Such an amazing journey, from which I have emerged a better person, but isn’t that what it’s all about in the end?


Summary 2013 – Lessons Learned Pt1

In the second of my year-end summary posts I am listing the most important things I have learned this year. I’ve arranged them in chronological order by month as this seems to show the development of the learning in the best way. There’s too much to read in one go, so I’ve split this into two posts. Part 1 is January to June/July. Part 2 will be the back half of the year.

One of my favourite phrases is “Every day is a school day.” It certainly feels like that walking this path of druidry and divination!



  • Learned that some pet energies can be grounded through respectful burial involving knowledge of their energetic links to humans (e.g. an owner)
  • Also found a spirit that is classically called an Incubus preying upon the vibrant energies of the three teenage girls in the house. Discovered that they can be ‘ensnared’ using a spiral-carved stone to confuse their pathway, and by changing the energy flows around the house to disrupt its patterns and portals.

Related posts: Exorcising an Incubus, Poltergeist Pet

Tarot Framework

  • Created a four-stage cross tarot layout coinciding with the Celtic festival dates, and drew from the Camelot Oracle to define the path, the champion and the challenges at those special dates. The result was a fantastic way to keep me on track with my progress!

Related posts: Arthurian Overview of 2013, Camelot Oracle

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Summary of the Year 2013 – Themes

Welcome to the first of three posts to summarise the adventures I’ve had this year. The first post will discuss the major themes of the year and my opinions on them. The second post will go into detail about the lessons I’ve learned and how I have developed as a result of those teachings. Finally, in the third post I will briefly mention some of the interesting but as yet unresolved aspects of my work – I’m calling these the “loose threads”.

I have to start by saying a big thank you to all our readers. As you may know, Kal and I log our adventures primarily so that we can use them as a record of our progression along this unusual esoteric spiritual path that we follow. However, we do recognise and indeed write for an audience of like-minded folk, and we are always humbled that you continue to be interested in our work. Good for you! We hope it’s helpful in some way towards your own journeys along the path.

Main themes this year:-

Arthurian Tarot framework

It seems like such an innocent thing to do – to do a tarot draw to help define the year’s work. I drew cards from my new Camelot Oracle deck – one for each Celtic Feast Day. A question and a challenge was defined for each Feast Day.

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The Camelot Oracle cover

The Camelot Oracle cover

  1. I chose my champion – the figure of Galahad. Purity, strength, The East
  2. At Imbolc I met Merlin, who offered me the tools I would need for the rest of the year – sword and shield. He reminded me that I must use emotion in magick – joy, love, respect.At Beltane I met Linet. She asked me how I see myself – as a hermit away from the world, or involved in it? I opted for the latter and began to turn myself outwards, accepting my druid life.
  3. At the Summer Solstice I worked on balance, working with sword and shield to define a balanced cross of Arthurian archetypes which could be drawn upon when working.
  4. At Lammas I was guided to a special place by K. I collected and offered the King of Faery the fruits of the land. We left that sacred space together. This was my challenge alone, but in harmony with other forces.
  5. At Samhain Merlin guided me to test my mortality against his master Blaise – by calling lightning and then by standing on the edge of a precipice. I faced East and answered the challenge – I was no longer in doubt about my work. It is my life.


A Merlin Year

Each year seems to have a pre-dominant (but not exclusive) energy form which I can interact with at special places. This year I would characterise as a Merlin year.

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Merlin - a sonless man we presume

  1. The first encounter was at Imbolc in Cumbria. As predicated by the tarot I met him at a well, and he revealed the symbols that would be my talismans for the year – the sword and shield.
  2. At the Solstice we met again in Somerset and then Cornwall as he revealed some aspects of the Arthurian energy formation. At Tintagel I encountered him in wren form in his namesake cave. His energy was used to call a water undine which could be used to irrigate my new garden.At Belas Knap Merlin quietened my surroundings so that I could meditate to find my next quest – calling lightening. Later, he would be the star of a vision that showed me how to make lightening appear. Sadly, I failed to do that.
  3. Finally, Merlin helped me to face his master Blaise in a test of life and death.

New Spirit Guide

This year saw the transition from Theodora to ‘Ash’. Luckily this occurred early on in the year and I have had the privilege to work with Ash for most of this year. It has been interesting to move from a one-way relationship with Theodora to a two-way relationship with Ash.

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 Spirit Guides presence
  1. It was quite shock to find at the start of the year that my first spirit guide had departed. The move was inevitable, and I sought a new guide suitable for my current work.
  2. In Cumbria I found a stone circle where I could call such a guide. He had been waiting for me to do that. A psychic friend had said he was waiting.
  3. Later in the year I found out more about him – he was with me to learn about how subtle energy works on Earth.
  4. For me, he was here to show me how to gain bardic skills such as story-telling, especially through dream work.

Sword and Shield

Once I had been gifted the knowledge that I should discover two magickal tools called The Sword and The Shield I set about finding them. The adventures took me several months but were instructional and incredible adventures into The Otherworld. This work took me up until the Summer Solstice to complete.

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  1. Sword of Will (Galahad) and Shield of Faith (Nimue) were the magickal tools that Merlin revealed to me at the start of the year.
  2. The Lady of the Lake delivered the Sword of Will to me after my courage was tested in a threefold way.
  3. The Shield is formed via a special stone charged by the energies of Valle Crucis abbey.
  4. The Sword is evoked through Seeking The Stag (a physical exertion in full freedom), and The Shield is created by ‘challenging’ my Spirit Guide to create it for me.
  5. The Shield became a new quest – to create The Perfect Shield – and I learned how to create this energy form inside Thor’s Cave.

Ancestor artefacts

Ancestors are a much-neglected subject for me – until I visited Ireland last year. Now I have begun to retrieve the special and particular knowledge and energies that connect me to the land of my ancestors, and with every new piece of research or ever task I am guided to do I find that I have a deeper relationship than I realised. This is a topic of increasing importance and power for me.

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 Torc of the Hawk - National Museum - Dublin - October 2013 (15) (Large)
  1. It began last year in Ireland when I visited the lands associated with my father’s family. In Roscommon I was guided to find The Eel Sword – a slimy piece of wood through which I downloaded my ancestral history. It climaxed with a psychic battle to win the right to take the ancestral title, and a coronation ceremony to symbolically seal the deal.
  2. This year I was informed that there were two more ancestral artefacts that I needed to obtain in order to become fully endowed with the full energetic inheritance of my family line: The Torc of the Hawk, and The Blood Ring.
  3. I found the Torc – it is in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. I visited the place and extracted the ancestral energy from the torc, and now I need to put that into a new torc in order to preserve it.
  4. My next quest, possibly for next year, is to find and retrieve the energies from The Blood Ring – whatever and wherever that is.

Taking possession of sites

Finding out that Bran is Arthur in welsh form was a profound insight for me. It linked the energy forms that I had practical experience of to those I had grown up learning about. Suddenly my relationship with Bran became more treasured. In the spirit of this new relationship I was guided to a deeper connection to the sacred sites around Llangollen Valley through their relationship with the stars above them.

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Corvus the Crow constellation centred on Corwen

  1. Just as I had dismissed the idea of landscape zodiacs it was revealed to me by Bran that there is a living link between the constellations and the sacred sites created by the megalith builders.
  2. I worked my way around each of the sites associated with the constellation Corvus (The Crow) – a symbol associated with Bran himself.
  3. At each site I was shown how to ‘take possession’ of the site, thereby reclaiming it for the work of druidry, and creating a link between living druidry and ancient the ancient knowledge.
  4. As a finale I brought my new yew staff back to Dinas Bran to have it initiated by Bran.

Living as a Druid

As part of The Doubtful Path revealed by the tarot this year I knew I would be challenged and have to decide how I would react. It has not been easy for me to come to terms with the idea of being a modern druid. Sometimes I have indeed doubted this concept and taken criticism to heart, allowing it to affect how I present myself in the world. This year I would begin to come to terms with druidry, and how I appear to people, taking s stand for what I believe through experience rather than fantasy.

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Dale Hermitage in Hermit's Wood.

  1. My vision from the tarot was “A person turning into a place”. Me becoming a hermit at a hermitage! The choice was offered by Linet – The Scolding Lady – and I chose to turn out into the world and face it as a druid. Time to open up and accept my fate.
  2. On Anglesey I was challenged to accept herb lore as a new pathway of learning
  3. Various forms of healing have been utilised: direct earth healing, remote healing and spirit release.
  4. Doing more house dowsing work to help people afraid of their own homes
  5. Taking part in political campaigns and charities related to druidic subjects (e.g. trees and land preservation)
  6. Supporting The National Trust, English Heritage and The Woodland Trust

Interactions with Faery

One of the aspects revealed to me at the start of the year was that I needed a re-balancing towards more masculine energies. I was becoming too comfortable in the female energies. This year saw me moving towards embracing the masculine aspects of my life, testing myself physically, mentally and spiritually.

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  1. In the second half of the year I became embroiled in a relationship with the ultimate symbol of masculinity – Gwyn Ap Nudd – The Stag – Cernunnos – Herne the Hunter – King of the Faery.
  2. At Glastonbury I discovered a portal on the Tor which could connect me with Gwyn.
  3. I learned about an energy technique called The Cone of Power – a vortex that would connect me to Gwyn Ap Nudd directly without the need for a portal.
  4. I was quested to Seek The Stag, and I found him in a deep forest.
  5. I was invited to meet Gwyn, and a special and secret place was revealed to me. Kal and I visited it at Lammas and I gifted the glory of the land to Gwyn.
  6. In a perverse twist of fate my staff was lost and I was shown a new one almost immediately – The Stag Staff – a yew staff with an antlered crown atop it.
  7. The culmination of my year was running Hellrunner wearing a 25lb pack – a feat so difficult that I needed to be at the peak of physical fitness. For me, this was the ultimate expression of masculinity.
  8. I now feel I have re-balanced myself in terms of male and female. Grrrr! 😉


Each year Kal and I say the same thing to each other: “Could next year possibly be any better than this year?”. Each year we have moved father, made more progress, and matured in our work and our relationships with those around us. We have grown in every way, and it is all thanks to following this path of development that I call “Hedge Druidry”, and which Kal called “Edge Wizardry”.

We therefore go into the Quiet Time now in buoyant mood, looking to learn all our year’s lessons, and developing the passion to go further that will make next year even more incredible. Will you be there to read about it? Are you making your own shining path through life? Breathe deeply of it all. Fill your lungs with adventure!


Imbolc 2012 Part 3 Lud’s church

Luds Church Entrance

As told in part two, the Green Knight who seemed to be laying out the path I should follow had got me to Luds Church and then vanished (no, not in a puff of smoke). So I was left sitting in the near zero temperature outside the steps that led to Luds Church. How was I to prepare myself? For what kind of encounter? Protection? Cleansing? (No, that I had already done). What then? I pondered this as Gwas and Mike came up and began their work.

Some intuitive dowsing concluded that all I needed was to light a few sticks of incense, clear my mind of distractions and step into the green gorge. Last I was here was at sunset with a ground that was slippery and treacherous. This time was completely different, it was dry, sunny and fresh. All the ingredients of Imbolc.

With no hurry I mad my way through the gorge open to revelation and intuition. My footsteps seemed guided as I was led around and over some of the muddier patches (A good sign for me as I often end up with wet feet). At one point the rod twirled in my hand and I stopped. Was I supposed to meditate here? Yes. I leant against the wall of the gorge and closed my eyes.

My thoughts were on the knights quest. Was that quest over? Did I succeed or fail? Was I to continue on it. With simple flashes of insight I was shown that my quest was nearing completion but required a pilgrimage from south to north. I was also told that I had this one chance to complete this quest for knighthood. You may wonder how I was shown this, well an image and thought was brought to mind. That of a recent story in the paper about a knight being stripped of his knighthood. Warning heeded!

knight stripped Fred Goodwin

With these rather glad (and hopeful) tidings I continued on through the church. Near the other side of the gorge I was directed upwards and out into a snow-covered glade. It immediately reminded me of a scene from the old Kung Fu TV series where Cain, having received the burning Tiger and Dragon tattoos falls upon fresh cold snow.

 I felt the need to do another meditation and stood in silence by the exit with the snow in front of me. It was here that I got another profound image and message. The message was simply…

  • Bring wisdom from the dark and share it in the light”

With this message I also had a vision of the Tarot Hermit Card upside down. This seemed to conclude my experiences at Lud’s church for that day at least. So much so that I was not allowed to return in and look for Gwas and Mike.

Kal Malik on the final leg of the Knights Quest

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