Well, since my last entry on this blog page, much has happened. We have seen Lughnasadh come and go, and Alban Elfed(the autumn equinox) also come and go. We are now heading towards Samhain(Halloween). You'll notice that these old festivals are very important to me. Being a practising pagan druid, they are important markers in the year, and follow nature as it the wheel turns through the seasons.
I have been watching with interest over the last few years, the plans to build a high speed railway through the English countryside. Let me say that this blog is not here with the intention of getting political, however now that construction has started on this project, I am firmly against this extremely destructive project. The reason being, that huge old trees are being felled to make way for this construction. Nature reserves that many folk have nurtured and worked on for many years are being ripped up. People are losing homes, and livelihoods to this supposedly forward thinking project. As a druid it is against what I stand for, and so I have been involved in trying to protect the wildlife in ancient woodland to the north of Kenilworth in Warwickshire. A triad of protective rituals have been performed, and positive things have come from this. Animals have been seen moving away from the heavy industrial machinery up towards the areas where these rituals were performed, and to hopeful safety.
On a different note, the work of Aneurin Arthur is going to be added to this site as well. For those that don't know, Aneurin is my alter-ego, me in druid form so to speak. Just as novelists and writers create under a different name, so too will I. Aneurin Arthur is my given druid name. Not all druids have this, but mine was given. I am partly Welsh, and I live in the county of the bear. In old Welsh and ancient Brythonic, Arth translates to bear in English, Arthur means the bear. I grew up in Warwickshire, and the symbol of the Beauchamp family of the Earls of Warwick was the bear(The Neville's added the ragged staff in the mid 15th century). I am a solitary practitioner, which is often known as a "hedge druid". My art(in this guise) is only created when the inspiration or awen is strong. So from the hedges and woods of Warwickshire, until next month - stay safe and positive.
Yours truly in the role of local hedge druid at the "Acorns to oaks" protest walk, at Hilltop Farm near Cubbington, Warwickshire. (photo courtesy of Martina Irwin)