Eve of Pagan Pride Anglia

Well, after a LOONG planning time, and much organisation behind the scenes, tomorrow’s the day. So if you’re in the area, or fancy coming along from further afield, here is the running order for the first Pagan Pride Anglia festival.

 

A message from the Pagan Pride Anglia team.

 

Hello everyone!

We are so excited to see you all tomorrow! Just a note to say that the team is logging off now to prepare for a VERY early start tomorrow.

Please keep chanting WARM AND DRY and let’s see if we can ensure favourable weather for tomorrow! But if it’s not looking great in the morning, don’t worry. We have plans to shift the event further into the ampitheatre for additional protection from the elements. Unless we post here to the contrary, the event will go ahead and we plan to have an amazing festival with you all!

This event has been two years in the making and we are so grateful to all the traders, performers, and public who’ve offered their support. Please have a safe journey to us, and we look forward to a wondeful day.

 

 

 

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The event is free. All welcome. Hope to see you there 🙂

 

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Just a reminder….

Meez always look for the magic

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To Dance under the Moon

Silvered serene moon, shining amongst the trees. Casting her cool feminine light upon the land below. A brightness at midnight, casting shadows as strong as any noontide hour.

A tug at the heart and a call to dance, to bask in her soft glow, allow it to fill us with joy, with laughter…. with calmness.

To leap and sway, to chant and delight, to absorb that powerful energy, take into our own being, that endless, boundless, knowing, intuitive Power. Allow it to fill us, consume us, compel us…

To dance as one with the Moon. Hidden, yet stripped emotionally bare. Tide of body obeying tide of moon, dancing to reveal inner secrets, laid open for all to see, yet She who Sees is One with She stripped bare. The Goddess hears silent calls directly from the heart, no words are beautiful enough to convey that inner draw, intuition is all that is required this night.

Intuition to guide, intuition to heal. Intuition to take us beyond ourselves, and set our feet upon paths undreamed of, except on nights like this, when Soul and Spirit are free, to dance under the moon. And commune with She.

Dance dear reader, see where it leads you, follow your moonlit path in trust that your journey shall be wondrous!

Blessed Be!

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Solstice Sunrise

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Midsummer’s Eve

The night when, if you sleep at all, it’s with the smell of woodsmoke, wild flowers and incense permeating your hair. Ears ringing with the calls of the Circle, the crackling song of the fire, and the half heard music of the Fae.

Dance under a waxing moon, then dream the dreams of Enchantment and Prophesy, until it is time to rise to greet the Sun on Midsummer’s morning.

Dream well this night!

A Blessed Midsummer to you all

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Behind the times – again

Good news is that the diary is now all sorted and back running as it should. Again if you have a pagan friendly event local to Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire UK and would like it listed, please contact me through the FB page 🙂

Time has got away from me this month, and I’m late in listing on the diary. My apologies. I am currently ‘enjoying’ an enforced lay off from work due to injury, and in the midst of doing battle with the local NHS – Never having been through anything like this before it’s been a revelation. My sympathies and love go out to anyone having to do this on a daily basis, a few weeks has been enough for me! Hope everyone out there is doing ok, the last New Moon was a bit of a wild energy wasn’t it! Not the easiest.

In the meantime, sharing this interview from The Centre for Pagan Studies.

We are very excited to share our latest interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone which details a lot about their spiritual journey before they met and after they met, thanks to our volunteer Richard Levy who compiled the questions. Read it here – its fascinating https://centreforpaganstudies.blogspot.com.es/…/interview-w…

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Interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone For the Centre For Pagan…
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Diary issues

EDIT – and sorted. I guess we’ll never know why it did that!

For some reason when I checked the site last night, having updated it twelve hours ago, the diary is showing dates from january. I have NO idea how this has happened and am working on fixing it. Normal service will resume asap. My apologies guys.

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Apparently I’m doing something right…

This happened……..

Mention

 

I am absolutely amazed, and humbled. I write to share thoughts, ideas, and to provide a contact point and resource for the local pagan community, the blog has come from my somewhat scattered musings, to better planned and written articles, and now incorporating local resource information for both Seekers and experienced practitioners alike.

It’s nice to be noticed tho 🙂

Thank you to anyone who ever wonders over here to my piece of the internet and reads what I have to say. I don’t have detailed information on who reads, but I do see numbers, which hold at a stead stream, a fact that continues to amaze me. This might give me the kick I need to expand the blog the way I keep intending to, with info and more articles, and hopefully guest spots and interviews (those of you who know me in real life, be warned!)  Brightest Blessings on your path, and maybe one day we will meet in real life.

 

BB

 

 

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For Christina

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Somehow, in the great burgeoning joy of Beltane, and the merry dance of energies around May, we forget the cold touch of death, so far removed to’that ‘other side’ of the year. May is a time of brightness and joy, dance and mirth. Not death, not the sudden soul destroying change that is so very permanent. Surely death’s cold fingers cannot reach out and touch  us in this joyful early summer dance?

This year, for one family at least, it is a time of grief, and loss and mourning.

When a moot* is founded, some random people find themselves in a room, connected by only one thing, a sharing of the draw of the path we all follow. The knowledge that there is something ‘other’ out there. It does not matter if we are Pagans, Witches, Druids, Lightworkers, follow a Ceremonial path, or are just curious, we all feel that draw, and often that need for connection with others who don’t think that dancing up the Sun at Beltane is ‘silly’ and who understand that staring at a full moon from a dark unlit garden, getting drenched in dew,  is perfectly normal!

The Bedfordshire Pagan Moot at the Half Moon pub is such a moot, and those who run it are so welcoming that it starts to feel like one big happy family, coming together to share knowledge, make those connections and celebrate the seasons. As a family we share news and companionship alongside the pagan discussion, we catch up with people’s lives over a drink and at least two sets of tarot cards. Even though we don’t see each other beyond that one afternooon in a month, we start to make the connections to each other, to recognise each other as people we will be continuing to share space with, learn more about, learn from. We start to recognise each other’s strengths, what upsets us, what inspires us. We start to form friendships.

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Queenie (left) and Christina

Christina was one such person, one look at her almost elfin face, her sparkling but wise eyes, and you could tell that she was a bubbly person, the life and soul. Her strongly held views were often different than others around her, but they always came from a place of love and acceptance, and a firm belief in the inner good of everyone. They were respected because of it.

She would amuse us with her stories of a sometimes chaotic life, making us laugh. She would chat with everyone and offer her ideas and her input with confidence and enthusiasm, and through it she always kept one eye on her little ones. A home schooler, she was devoted to her family, always doing her best, no matter the struggles she faced. She would put others before herself so frequently, always offering support where she felt it was needed, especially if the support involved children.

The Bedford Moot has only been going since September 2017, and Christina was one of the founding members, it’s easy to see how her enthusiasm would energise all around her. We only got to know her for a short time, but even in that short time we learned of her joy of life, her love for her family, and her enthusiasm for Tarot. She leaves behind two lovely children, aged ten and twelve, who are going to miss their Mum so badly.

No one can imagine what they and her family are going through. Everyone at the Bedford Moot offers their deepest condolences. Even in our small community her loss has been felt deeply.  She inspired in life, and that she has touched many people shows through in the tributes paid to her page on facebook. What is clear is that she was very much loved by all who knew her.

Queenie posted on the Moot site

It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of our dear friend, Christina, and co-founder of The Bedfordshire Pagan Moot. The news came as a great shock, and our thoughts are with her family and especially her two young children. At our next moot meeting in June, we will be doing a small remembrance for her. She will be sadly missed by us all. RIP our beautiful Sister. )O( x

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Christina on the left at the Imbolc Moot

I think Queenie speaks for us all.
Walk in Beauty, Christina. Walk with Persephone.
Blessed Be.
*Moot definition – a gathering of like minded people, often in a pub but sometimes in other venues. The idea being to get to know the local community, meet and greet, listen to talks on various pagan subjects and otherwise spend time with like minded people.
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