Showing posts from August, 2018

The Enigmatic Lady Of The Woods

As well as meeting for pub moots and online moots, this summer we have been regularly getting together for a walk through the countryside usually to a place of interest such as Sittingbourne Wooden Henge or more recently to The Lady Of The Woods Statue at Otterden and of course we usually find a nice pub for a refreshing beverage or two. An Idyllic Country Scene The lovely Jenny  from Pagan Federation Disabilities team asked me if I would do a sort of audio blog about our latest escapade as part of the Pagan Federation Lammas Online Festival…so here it is! I had to wait a bit to publish this but luckily you don't get to hear my dulcet tones.... So this is the story of our quest to find The Lady of The Woods. A few weekends ago our intrepid band of heroes and heroines, met at a lovely old Pub - The Harrow, high above Lenham on the North Downs and yet again put their slightly misplaced trust in my sense of direction….   I have a bit of a track record of getting los

Simple Smudge Sticks

I thought I'd share the information sheet I made for the workshop with you, just in case anyone is getting as obsessed with DIY smudge sticks as me! Gather a good handful of herbs, flowers and some foliage like the ones described below, keeping all the stalks to one end.  Don't worry about them being wet or green, they are easier to work with like that.  Sometimes I use bamboo leaves as an outer layer. Measure a piece of twine/string that is safe to burn to about 5 times the length of your bundle. Use an elastic band to secure the stalk end of your smudge stick. You can remove it or cut it out later. Fold the twine in half and make a loop about an inch or two long to hang it with.  Secure the looped part of the twine round the back of the elastic band end, tie and re-tie very firmly. Take the twine and cross over from behind all the way down the body of the smudgestick at regular intervals so that you form a criss-cross diamond pattern. Pull  the twine as hard as p