The first image that came to mind when I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle was this picture from the Summer Solstice of 2014. Using sparklers, found ubiquitously at big box stores around that time of year here in the States, and very low shutter speeds, we drew (after many, many, many attempts) a circle of light containing the Awen symbol.
The coming week will be amazing!
The Eadhadh/Poplar (Aspen) Ogham few
Considering the Yule season and that the winter solstice (known in the Druidic tradition as Alban Arthan) occurs this week, Eadhadh is a most fitting and auspicious few to have drawn…
As the first of what I will attempt to make a weekly post, I drew for the first time from the new set of ogham staves that I have been working on. The wood for these hand-carved oak staves was naturally harvested in the grove where we celebrate the summer solstice ritual. It seems fitting to use them for the first time in the week in which the winter solstice will be celebrated; the process of harvesting and creating these staves was a long process that is now emerging within the movement of the earth as a dialogue between the solstices.
In the tension between these two opposites…
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As most people that have encountered a Border Collie know, these are working dogs, and they are very focused on the task at hand when they’re in “working mode”. While Cliareach Filleadh held the ever-important Frisbee to focus her attention, I attempted to to get a decent shot of her working pose, straight body line with ears perked and one paw poised. There are, of course, always some small movements that live subjects make like blinking and fidgeting, and active breeds like the Border Collie are especially guilty, even in a working pose. And so resulted the top photo of her sneaky little licker, perfectly capturing “oops” for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops! by the Daily Post.
Before introducing some of the concepts of archetypal astrology, I would like to briefly announce The DruidEye – a partnership offering druidic and shamanic divination services and handcrafted ritual objects and divination tools. You can find us at our website druideye.com or at our shop at etsy.com/shop/TheDruidEye We have also started a new blog dedicated to the DruidEye… not much there yet, but some links to a couple of posts are below. Be sure to follow us there for updates…
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now, as promised… an introduction to archetypal astrology:
After the previous two winters being particularly nasty, with record amounts of snow and record cold temperatures, there was an intensified feeling of dread over this area of Michigan about the snow that arrived last night and is continuing through today. Continue reading
For honoring the Spring Equinox, we painted eggs and, after drawing an Ogham few, wrote our Ogham letter onto our offering egg as a way of bringing the gifts of that Ogham out into the greening world.
Post prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio by The Daily Post.