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Desert dreaming

Desert dreaming

That sense of a landscape stripping you bare, allowing you no place to hide from whatever reality you’re inhabiting, requiring you to confront whatever it is that needs confronting in your life – that’s what I love about the desert. It takes no prisoners.

The land which loves us

The land which loves us

The truest and deepest way to weave ourselves back into the web of life on this planet, and the truest and deepest way to court the world soul which permeates it (and us), is to forge the truest and deepest relationship we can with the places where our feet are planted. Here and now. Today.

Embracing thorn

Embracing thorn

Earlier this year, herbalist and founder of the Plant Medicine School, Nikki Darrell, offered a workshop at the first of my annual HedgeWise festivals in the Burren, here in the west of Ireland. The workshop was about connecting with plants, and although this is work...

Angels and daimons – cultivating our inner imaginarium

Angels and daimons – cultivating our inner imaginarium

Imaginarium: a place dedicated to cultivating the imagination. And the practice of mythic imagination which I teach is premised on the fact that we all carry within us our own unique inner imaginarium, which in turn forms part of our own unique mythopoetic identity....

Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous Western roots. Some days, that seems like a big ask. But it’s been the focus of my work for a very long time now. It’s the reason why I wrote If Women Rose Rooted, where I had this to say: In our own Western societies we are seeing more calls...

Finding the gods in our places again

Finding the gods in our places again

A couple of decades ago, when I was once again delving deeply into my roots in psychology and mythology, I discovered the writings of Kathleen Raine. I'd long admired her as a poet, but hadn't really grasped the extent of her scholarship in the realms of the imaginal...

Hagitude

Hagitude

I'm 57 years old going on 58, and I keep waiting for my hair to turn grey. It refuses. Instead, the red in it which I always loved has simply faded to duller and darker. The same thing has happened to everyone on my father's side of the family with my colouring – but...

Life, lost and found

Life, lost and found

Maméan: 'Pass of the Birds'. Early this morning. Scrambling up a mountain, looking down on Loch an Dá Éan ('Lake of the Two Birds) or Loch an Tairbh ('the Bull's Lake') depending on the local folklore. I don't know any folklore about the two birds, but the bull is the...

Becoming the land’s apprentice

Becoming the land’s apprentice

Not so very long ago, I spent four years living on and working the land in one of the wildest, harshest and most remote parts of the UK: on the farthest western shore of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The place where the road ran out, and there was nowhere...

A Psyche the Size of Earth

A Psyche the Size of Earth

'A psyche the size of Earth.' I love that image. It's the title of an essay by James Hillman, the greatest of influences on my own psychological practice, which introduced the collection of articles Theodore Roszak, Allen Kanner and Mary Gomez collated for their book...

To the brave women of America, with love

To the brave women of America, with love

A month ago, I embarked on my first trip to America in eleven years, for a series of teaching and lecturing engagements. Those of you who are readers of my books will know that I lived in the USA for over five years, leaving at the end of 2001. And it was a strange...

The mythology of rape

The mythology of rape

It's been an interesting time to spend two and a half weeks in the USA – though of course it's hard to find a time that isn't interesting in one way or another these days. On this occasion, as I was travelling the country telling the old Celtic story of the Rape of...

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