The sun sits still for three days from today.
A time for stillness, reflection, and silence.
The Starlings say it best.
Blessings on this winter Solstice...
On the 7th October a whole community of people from Glastonbury and beyond
got together to celebrate the successes of Frack Free Movements,
and to raise money to support them in solidarity.
3 bands: Bex (formly of Ten Ton Tongue), an incredible guitarist that had all the children up dancing; Invisible Gem, a folk trio with an epic violinist; and Seize the Day, who formed during the '90s road protests and are still going strong, singing about all things real!
This little video will show how much Seize the Day rocked the night away... to an incredible crowd with an electric energy...
''I will never rest, until all oppression is ended...''
Our Friends of the Earth group were wonderful. selling Frack Off pants, vegan Frack-Jacks, cards that open with a 'BANG' to show how the Earth reacts to fracking, and t-shirts designed by our very own Carla, who began the Glastonbury Friends of the Earth group back in February.
We had a representative from Frack Free Somerset there, and reps from the Avalon Community Energy group, a local energy co-op. We ran a very successful raffle, and had a speaker who had come from Preston New Road, the anti-fracking protector site, to deliver a very special message. Our charismatic compere, Ronny, got the crowd going with his Australian personality: he was part of the frack free Lock-The-Gate movement at Bentley, which the movie The Bentley Effect was created about.
In total we raised a whopping £1285.82 for the protectors at Preston New Road anti-fracking site in Lancashire. And through the raffle and sales we raised £337 for the Glastonbury Friends of the Earth group, to allow us to continue raising awareness of the dangers of fracking and what we can do about it.
The main thing when it comes to fighting the fracking industry
is to remember what we are fighting FOR...
our safe water, our clean air, our health, our environment
and our COMMUNITY.
The fundraiser reminded me how much of a wonderful community we have in Glastonbury,
the energy of change was truly upon us on Saturday night: long may that continue.
Thank you for standing up and dancing with us!
I created a video about nature and humanity seen in
the architecture and art of Wells Cathedral.
I work in a very beautiful place, please enjoy these images.
Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, celebrating this day in 1789.
The day that the population rose up, beginning the French Revolution,
overthrowing corrupt King Louis XVII and his wife Marie Antoinette,
and storming the Bastille Prison to free it's prisoners...
Vive Le France!!
Here is a video I created about one of my favourite countries on Earth, and all it's beauty...
Happy Bastille Day!
I have the best of blessings that my parents live in a beautiful part of the world, Brittany in France. Here are some of the reasons we love it so much...
I had such a fantastic day yesterday at the Seedy Sunday Seed Swap in Glastonbury. I was part of the organisation of the event, mostly doing the social media, and volunteered all day .
It was a great success and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and it's plant-y mayhem!
We had many stalls, selling eco-friendly products, crafts and plants. Promotions tables included Friends of the Earth, Wildlife Trust Somerset and composting champions. We had foraged soup and plenty of homemade cakes to keep us going.
We heard talks from Carol Stone about How to Save your Seeds, Charles Dowding on No-Dig Gardening, and Steph Hafferty on Potions from the Garden. And a movie showing by Paul Stamets on how mushrooms will save the planet!
Outside we had mushroom log inoculation, willow basket weaving and fence making, activities with the Forest School, and a musical bike (the speaker powered by peddle!) There were also onion bhajis being cooked by biochar.
And of course, the Seed Swap itself, which was very successful. I myself got some seeds, so now its time to get planting!
Enjoy the photos...
I went to a fantastic talk at the Avalon Rooms in Glastonbury, by archaeologist Peter Knight.
He has written many books including work on West Kennet Long Barrow near Avebury,
and on Symbolism taken from paganism by Christianity.
But tonight he gave a talk to promote his book Dartmoor Mindscapes, talking about
Dartmoor, Southern England's last wilderness.
Peter has explored Dartmoor on foot in many weathers, saying that he can walk the same route many times, but every time is unique, every time there is something new. And he has found many new, previously undocumented features.
One thing he noticed is that many of the ancient stone circles and rows point to one of the many Dartmoor tors. There are alignments all over the place! And he noticed that the ancient sites were usually placed in the exact spot where the most tors could be seen. 50 metres away one or other of the tors may drop out of sight behind a rolling hill.
Visiting these various tors, Peter noticed and photographed many intriguing rock features, such as faces of giants, dragons, pixies, and old women. He describes how people long ago, when they lived here, may have seen these features and taken for granted that these were actually giants, dragons and so on. The landscape literally gave people their myths and legends.
One thing he emphasised was that it matters not whether people did actually see things the way we do now (metaphorically not literally: the rocks have maybe weathered a few inches, but the shape would have been exactly the same in Neolithic times), what matters is how we experience the landscape now. There is nothing to say that the people then didn't feel the same magic and awe that we do now.
Peter recommends experimenting with 'how it feels to do something' in the landscape... lay under a rock in a tight space that looks as though it will fall on you; squeeze into a cave and drum your heart out; stand naked on top of a tor. Go on, dare you!
Find out more about Peter's talks, books, guided shamanic-style walks around Dartmoor, and more, visit his website: www.stoneseeker.net
Today Philip and I went to Frome, where there was a Potato day and Seed swap event at the Cheese and Grain. We were very impressed! A huge stall in the middle with many potato varieties, vegetable and flower seeds, and it was packed with people! The stalls around the outside included book, bread and flower sellers, compost champions for the Carymoor Environmental Trust, Share: the library of things in Frome (can borrow 'things' like tools, games, house stuff just like in a library), the Frome Food Assembly (local free-range, organic produce available to order online from many suppliers and collect weekly), and many other inspiring people to talk to!
We are organising our own Seedy Sunday Seed Swap on 19th March, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury 12-5pm. And we left the Frome version today feeling very inspired and excited to make it a great day!
Here's some piccies from today...
There is a little place near Totnes in Devon called Schumacher College,
and I just spent a month there beginning a masters degree in
Ecology and Spirituality.
It's difficult to put into words exactly what this month has done for me.
I think people go there expecting some big life-changing, wake-up moment, but for me it happened in little moments. One moment can lead to many, many more and if the first moment didn't exist, neither would the others.
The moment that Jenny (course participant and room-neighbour) told me to chose a room overlooking a particular tree, which led to an in-depth enquiry about human attachments to trees, which I wrote about for my assignment, and changed forever the way I think about human-nature interactions.
The moment I jumped in the River Dart and the kingfisher flew past me, and for the next week I was attracting flying things: a ladybird in the classroom, a crawly-winged bug on a leaf during a meditation, an insect during a talk in Totnes, a robin hopping around my feet in Dartington gardens.
The moment our lecturer Andy arrived, his premature twins still in hospital, and held his head up and did a fantastic job teaching us all, which led to me questioning how me doing this course would impact future generations, and me realising that my future babies were indeed alive and calling to me to create their bodies, quick!
The moment Satish Kumar (founder of the college) said ''celebrate not knowing'', and how this theme repeated throughout the course, that science tries to 'know' everything, and humanity simply can't know, the magic is in not knowing, and I feel myself relax into the knowledge that it's alright not to know, which is something I have struggled with my whole life, I always hated to admit not knowing.
The moment Stephan Harding asked us to touch trees and plants as if they can feel you back, and I started walking on the ground, and the ground started walking on me, and both my feet and the ground beneath me moved as one, forever moving forward, and I felt some sort of vertigo but a pleasant one, and I realised what an impact my every footstep makes.
The moment I felt such gratitude as Maria led me blind around the garden, placing leaves and moss in my hands, guiding me to touch a tree, and what joy there is in being given such a simple gift, and what delight there is in the anticipation before the gift is given, I felt like a child and want to share that feeling with the world.
The moment we watched the Pagan Morris Dancers, all in black with feathers in their hats, crashing their sticks together in a high-energy frenzy of movement, and we sang Wassail to the trees and put bread on the branches, and I thought to myself 'what an incredible country I am from' that these traditions still exist.
The moment of reaching the standing stone circle of Scorhill, and feeling like I belong to this land, and I am from this land, and however much travelling I may do, and however many countries I go to, there really is no place like home because I am from here, I have breathed here every moment since my conception, my blood is here, red like Dorothy's shoes.
The moment Martin Shaw, storyteller and mythologist, asked us ''where did you find yourself in the story I just told?'' and it was in the dance between the father and the fox, when generations of fathers and daughters danced together, stretching out behind them, and I realised how powerful a real story can be, how it can capture ones soul, lift it up and crash it down, how a story is a being in itself, with all the emotions and intricacies of you and I.
The moments my mind was blown through incredible lectures,
like that of Rupert Sheldrake and many others.
The moment I first tasted the incredible food that is served every day.
The moment I went to see my power animal, the turtle Leo,
and we went on a shamanic adventure together.
The moments in the woods, in the library, in the Old Postern building, in Totnes town.
The moments with the wonderful people on the course and facilitating it, the Swiss, the Belgian, the Spaniard, the Brazilians, the Hong Kongese, the Brits, the German and the South African.
And I know that throughout my life I will keep finding little moments that link back to these first moments at Schumacher.
Many ideas, beliefs, emotions and thoughts have taken root in me over the past month.
You may call Schumacher an academic college, a spiritual institution,
a beautiful place to live and study,
but what is it really?
In essence: it's a place for the future to take root.
I had an astrology reading with Astrologer and Life Purpose tutor Sue Fletcher, who you can read about in this article. Here is my fascinating reading... I wanted to show you to give you more of an idea about me and my life! Enjoy...
I was born at 0 degrees in the sun sign Pisces and with my moon at 0 degrees in Gemini, meaning if I was born half a day earlier I would have been completely different in both aspects. I entered the world at the exact moment I was supposed to!
I have a huge amount of water in my chart, with both my sun and moon, 4 planets and Pluto all in water signs. This indicates a strong spiritual element, and all the things Pisces stand for. I can connect easily to the higher realms. Before this reading I sent Sue a story I had written about a past life, which helped me to heal a lot of issues with one of my friends. Sue felt the story was channelled, and believes I should be doing more of this kind of thing with my life. (Read this story here and tell me what you think!)
Jupiter was the original ruler of Pisces before Neptune was discovered in 1846 when it was decided to use Neptune from then on. So I have a strong connection with Jupiter, and my sun sign Pisces is next to it in the chart. This indicates an interest in higher knowledge, religion and travel. I was meant to travel, and will continue to do so throughout my lifetime.
Sue then says to me ''I don't want to make you big-headed but you are very special.'' I have come here to do something very special and specific, and she can see this in my chart. The sun, Jupiter and Venus are in my 9th House, which Sue interprets that I will be some kind of guru. She says at my age this will be difficult to take on board and sounds a bit bizarre, but this is how it will be.
I have a lot of planets in mutable, which means I am happy to go with the flow, which is great, but sometimes I need a kick up the backside to do something! My Mars is mutable, meaning what I do has to speak to me otherwise I won't do it. If it doesn't 'switch me on' I find it hard to get motivated.
I was born in a quarter moon, meaning my future is already set in stone. I will forge ahead, I am already on the path and won't come away from it. The 10th House is about my career: Mercury is in detriment there which means my career will not be 'normal' but will be alternative, and communication will be part of my career path. Jupiter is very strong indicating a healing profession, or expanding other people's perception as a teacher or guru.
My Jupiter trines the Moon, suggesting a deep respect for everything, particularly the earth, as the moon rules earth energies. Sue believes this is my connection to crystals and the earth energies that come with them. (To see my crystal artwork click here.) I also have a deep respect for all things motherly and feminine and have a wealth of emotion.
Jupiter means for me wisdom, ethical values and a search for meaning. The moon means for me emotional values, instincts, physical nourishment and fertility. The Moon-Jupiter archetype is 'The Wise Queen'. My Jupiter-Sun connection indicates travel, success, a deep interest in the world and why I am here. It also means I am humble and reliable!
My Venus is next to Mercury in the 9th House, meaning the ability for writing. My Moon is trine Venus meaning I am capable of deep, genuine love and devotion, and have great empathy for others. All this together shows great powers of the soul, the ability to help and mother people, and healing and transforming others.
My Pluto is in Scorpio suggesting bringing secret knowledge into light. Where Pluto is also indicates the ability to hypnotise large groups of people! I am a high powered person with leadership qualities, capable of mobilising the powers of soul, influencing other people and accompany others through the depths of life.
The sun progresses through life, and for me began in the 9th House, indicating philosophical influences as a child (true- I loved mythology and ancient history as a child). At age 9 the sun moved into the 10th House, and it is still there. It will move into the 11th House in 2030 when I am 44 years old. From now until then I will be sorting out my career. When it moves into the 11th House I will begin transforming groups of people in some way. It will stay this way until I am 91 and it moves into the 12th House. The North Node is what we should be doing in this lifetime, and this is in the 11th House of Groups. This is what I have come to do.
When I was 29 years old the sun moved into Aries, and I became more assertive and more like an Aries! And I will go into Taurus when I am 59 years old in 2045. For the next 30 years I will be more aggressive, determined, into getting projects done and wanting to win!
The moon phases progress faster, taking 30 years to go around the chart. So we can have 3 phases in a lifetime. I was born in the first quarter moon, had a new moon age 19 (the first time I got involved in charity work- a very Piscean pastime!), and my next new moon will come in 2035 when I am 49. This is a most significant time of our lives as this is a time to start something new and plant new seeds. We have 4 years to do this until our earth is full and no more can be planted. Then on the full moon 15 years later is the time to reap what you sow!
The second new moon (age 49 for me) is the most significant as we already have life experience and know what we want to achieve. A person can plant weeds so it is important to plant the right things! At age 48 I also have a Jupiter return, indicating new beginnings. So 48-49 will be a very significant time for me.
Chiron is a half man half beast, whose mother abandoned him because he was born ugly. Where Chiron is in our birth chart is where we are wounded. He is in my 12th House, which is to do with healing, indicating healing work or working with dreams. He is square to Venus, which Sue interprets as a heavy-duty past life karmic pressure to do with gender identity. This resonated with me hugely when Sue said this, for many things that have happened in my life.
In esoteric teachings we are taught that in each lifetime we chose a gender identity, which balances our polarities. As we become more evolved we must experience both sexes. Chiron and Venus in this area of my birth chart indicates this stress: maybe I have had a lot of male past lives and am now trying to cope with being female!
Chiron is opposite Mars, which is the sacred warrior archetype. This is very powerful and not really understood in our culture. It shows a great compassion for the oppressed, wanting to fight injustices and finding the power of the sacred. It is difficult to work with this archetype and it is easily misunderstood by my nearest and dearest, meaning I find it difficult to fully be myself around them. But it's meant to be! Chiron is also opposite Saturn, again showing I am a great fighter for humanitarian causes.
Sue then did a Referenciale reading for me, using tarot cards based on my birth date. The 19 card (born on the 19th) is the Sun: this is what I present to the world. My quest is the High Priestess who has a book of secret knowledge. My Mission is the Hermit, who holds a lantern. All this indicates shining the light on the world and bringing secret knowledge into consciousness. My Gift is in birthing projects and going around the world with them. My life is about evolving and evolution.
My blocks are the Emperor, to do with authority issues and men trying to be authoritarian over me. Also the number 15, which is about finding it difficult to stand in my own power or allowing people to manipulate me. My ancestral card is number 7: the Chariot. This is what I have come to change for myself and my ancestors: stopping and starting things, stagnating, energy blocks and having a lack of energy. Other things I lack are: a lack of earth, meaning I find it difficult to get excited about day-to-day life; lack of cardinal, meaning I sometimes miss opportunities or find it hard to take advantage of them; and a lack of focus meaning staying on course may be difficult.
Saturn squaring Venus means I undervalue myself, and if I am in an emotionally draining situation I stay there when I shouldn't. Saturn conjunct Mars means I care what others think, I sometimes have inertia and can't do anything, my energy and assertiveness goes. I have extreme swings in confidence, fear of failure, and a defeatist attitude. All of this is of course untrue but I can feel it, meaning these things are blocking my success.
Sue then finishes by telling me that I am here to do a job, I will be guided and will help others in a charity way or by standing up in front of people in group situations. I will be led, I am already on the path, I just have to continue. I connect to higher realms, my information is God-given and I just have to listen!
Sue and I believe we were drawn together, and this can be seen in our birth charts too. She is Virgo rising and Pisces descendant, meaning she needs more Pisces energy. She says I can teach her about spirituality, fantasy and connecting to higher realms, and she can teach me about paying the bills! What I lack is the earth element, and she says I need to spend more time with Capricorns. At the time I didn't think too much of this, then a few days later I met my new man- and he's Capricorn!
See: it's all in the stars!
To discover more about Sue Fletcher please read my article about her:
Sue Fletcher Life Purpose Tutor
To book your own Astrology reading see her website: www.astrologysue.com