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Absorbing Orion at Lud’s Church

This is the first of a three-part tale which was introduced in The Three Stars of Fertility. My Spring Equinox task has been to place myself at sacred sites that are currently reflecting the energies of three stars whose emanations will transform my energetic structure, change my aura, in such a way as to enable me to have the ability to promote the growth of plants. This is the first site visit, and as you might expect it was filled with wonderful coincidences and magickal happenings that convinced me that I was on the right path. This first episode takes place one early morning at Lud’s Church just on the edge of the Shropshire and Derbyshire border.

For some reason I had to get there early. I awoke unexpectedly early for me and had everything already packed and ready, so I began the drive into the Derbyshire hills above Macclesfield which were at least an hour away from home. I arrived and parked in the car park just outside of Gradbach village, on the way to the Scout Camp that is along the small road that follows the River Dane.

As I walked alone, enjoying the fresh sunlight and the sound of birds still making themselves heard in a variety of songs, I breathed in the air and drank in the beautiful countryside. Soon I had to ford the narrow Black Brook that crosses the path up to the rock formation that is Lud’s Church. At the foot of the long path up the hillside is a great beech tree to whom I have learned to pay my respects. I visited the tree and told him of my purpose, and asked if I might continue with his blessing. I felt that he was both intrigued as to what I might do, and delighted that I had bothered to ask permission. Maybe trees only reflect back what we wish to feel – who knows – but those were my feelings and they made the climb up the hill easier and I walked taller.

The guardian tree of Luds Church

The Cleansing

As has become my preference recently I next needed to find a space within which I could cleanse myself of my worldly energies – the kind of detritus that builds up around you as you shield yourself from wi-fi, radio, electrical waves of all frequencies and colours that stick to your energetic body like stains to a shirt. It is my experience that the ‘cleaner’ you enter a sacred site the more intense is your experience and the easier the communion or communication.

For this cleansing I went to sit atop the rocky outcrop that forms two small ravines at the top of the Dane Valley, and which gives an uninterrupted view over the whole valley towards Turn Edge. With the sun low and in my eyes it was easy to begin to enter a trance. I set up some magick-working crystals around me, lit some incense to scent the air and give thanks to the fire element, and then began to open my five principal chakras using my special vowel-based vocal technique.

Soon I felt the sun empowering me, filling me with its divine light as it streamed in through my energy body, and then I mentally cleansed myself and put up a light protective shield around me, which is now my regular practise whenever I enter any sacred site. The shield prevents unwanted or unhelpful energies from entering, but allows anything which is deemed to be of use to me. I am not the one who decides that, by the way. I leave such decisions to Nature herself. With the cleansing done I made my way slightly further up to Lud’s Church itself to see what awaited me.

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Dowsing Day at Gawsworth Hall – 23rd April 2011

To coincide with St.George’s Day Gawsworth Hall are running their annual dowsing day, and I will be hosting the day along with my good friend Michael Clowes. This stunning old Cheshire hall and gardens provides the perfect setting for a day’s discussion and practical dowsing sessions interspersed with Gawsworth’s famous catering in the form of teas, coffees, cakes and sandwiches. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate dowser the course will go through a history of dowsing, its practical uses, techniques for getting started, and discussions about the many avenues in which dowsing can take the practitioner. Beginners get to learn their new skills in practical sessions in the Gawsworth rose gardens, and intermediate dowsers can hone their skills with a variety of different dowsing implements to test their skills.

Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire

In the afternoon there is discussion of the more esoteric aspects of dowsing including topics such as colour dowsing, spirit forms, divination and earth acupuncture. This is followed by another practical session in the grounds where a series of fun tasks are set to test your skills suitable to you level of ability. For booking, prices and general information please visit the web site at: or ring 01260 223456.

Come enjoy a lovely day out in the countryside and learn something fun, intruiging and exciting – it may change your life!



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