Fire in the stones; full moon and lunar eclipse


I’m not big on rituals simply for the sake of them. Even after spending time as an OBOD bard working my way carefully and methodically through the rituals and ceremonies I happily abandoned them again as soon as I began working as an Ovate and felt it was right to do so. For me it’s much more important to work shamanically, connecting with the energies around me, the spirits of wherever I am, with myself and also with my allies and then to work spontaneously following any guidance I’m being given. In this way any ritual takes place as and when it feels right or necessary and not just because it is a particular time of the year or turn of the wheel.

Even though it is nearly a year since my stone circle was created during which time I have worked within it and held fires, since filling the space with wood chip and so ‘finishing it’, it has taken me a while to be ready to really work there again. Last month though, at full moon I at last was called there and also drawn to work with fire.

I set my fire pit in the stone lined area I had created in the centre of my stone circle, laid bundles of garden sage and rosemary amongst the flames and then I spent some time there working with the energy of the circle and the spirits of the place, releasing both into the fire and into the energy of the full moon. As this was my first fire there since placing the wood chip around the stones and I was more than a little concerned about setting light to the wood chip but I was careful of sparks and all was ok 🙂
Tonight is both a full moon and a lunar eclipse, just the kind of evening where it would be brilliant to light another fire in the fire pit and spend some time within the stones once again but today it has been raining and is expected to continue to do so. The sky is very overcast so I suspect the chances of seeing either moon or eclipse tonight are pretty much none existent. This though does not negate the power of either the moon nor the lunar eclipse.

I have not been drawn to visit and sit with fire in my stone circle tonight but this does not mean that I am not mindful of the energies around me, nor of the need to be aware of their effects. As with any full moon I will be aware of what I am ready to give up, what has come to an end and what I can release to make space for something new but tonight I will be doing so in a gentler way than when I work with the powerful transformative energy of fire and to balance the strong energies around at this particular full moon, will be working with the energy of water instead.

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My non existent bucket list

 

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I don’t have a bucket list and have no desire to do so in much the same way I don’t have lists for anything, oh except the vague shopping list that says things like fruit, veg, food, that is. If a bucket list had existed though, for the last ten years the top item on it would have read ‘Sleep in the stone circle at Avebury’, closely followed more recently by ‘Climb Glastonbury Tor’. Neither of these things would have been difficult to do when I lived in Hampshire, but having moved to Ireland some eighteen years ago, a journey, by car and either plane or boat plus a suitable amount of time was needed to reach them and so Avebury and Glastonbury have remained a distant dream. This year though found us with both the time and inclination to make the journey. The ferry was booked, the car loaded up and off we headed across land and sea to Avebury.

For the first night we stayed in a lovely B&B in East Kennet which gave us chance to visit the West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill on the way and the Sanctuary and part of the Ridgeway before  we left.

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I have no idea why I wanted to sleep in the stone circle at Avebury and even having done it I still don’t but as with most things I have learnt to trust my intuition, roll with it and know that it may all make sense in time. I have also learnt that everything happens when it is supposed to, so the fact it has taken me ten years to do this is perfectly ok. So after a really long wait I got to spend my birthday inside the stones, walking in them, connecting with them, listening to a Hang Drum being played within them and yes, even sleeping in them 🙂

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The following day it was time to fulfil my second ambition which was to climb Glastonbury Tor. When I was studying as a Bard with the OBOD I journeyed to a place that was my ‘Sacred Summit’ despite having never climbed it I recognised, in Non Ordinary Reality, the summit and the path immediately as being the Tor. This then was a chance to be there in Ordinary Reality too. Needless to say I also took the chance to walk between worlds while I was there 🙂

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Making the most of our time in Glastonbury we also visited the Abbey and before leaving the town I was able to spend time sitting peacefully reflecting beside the Chalice Well.

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