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Bright Night
Introduction A
bright night is a phenomenon, lost due to artificial lighting,
whereby the sky is producing about ten times as much light as the
stars alone. To be appreciated it must occur on a clear, moonless
night. The landscape is clearly visible and you...
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Nerthus Procession
Introduction While in the railway station of  Sao Bento in Porto in  Portugal I became aware
that one of the tiled panels depicted a procession of the Virgin Mary
high atop a cart drawn by four oxen (see photo). I have also
established that in order to have...
Nerthus Procession
Nerthus Procession
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60s / Now
Here's a bit of fun that I have come up with to compare the 60's with the present 60s / Now Make love not war / make lie, go to
war. Love
and peace / accuse and fake news. Tune
in, turn on, drop out / work hard, work overtime, keep job. Aspire
to transcend ...
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The Fairy Ring
Introduction On
31 st July I met a friend and we went to Saint James Park
to have a picnic, choosing to sit within a perfect fairy circle, of
about nine feet diameter, containing 'Fairy Ring C hampignon ' Shortly later three ravens came all as in the poem. ...
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The Gates of Tomorrow
Introduction The poem is set in early Anglo-Saxon England at the liminal moment before dawn. (Liminal moments were greatly favoured for magical acts and gathering of medicinal plants). The gatherering of litchen from standing stones is inferred from the pra...
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The Hawthorn
The Hawthorn in the city yard For a better view: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5215533,-0.0954266,3a,75y,118.77h,105.15t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stBpACKT2y-w3yurezg4Mmg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Introduction This
noble tree of many years bringing life to a small corn...
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The Elf Service
Introduction This poem looks at the usefulness of Early Saxon elves (ie before the conversion to Christianity) and touches on how various kinds of elves might have performed as 'good spirits'. Elves are powerful beings who would exercise their power in orde...
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Tigath Galdor
I have found 6 variations  of the Tigath gardor (charm) referred  to in a theses by Edward Thomas Pettit which I list below as they may be of interest. This charm which would have been sung over a sick  person  was used in Anglo-Saxon times as part of a mag...
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Introduction The 23rd June 2016 had much significance, it was both Mid Summer's Eve – a night when the fairies are about and pookas lead people astray (Puck being the Shakespearean incarnation of these of these characters). It was also a Thursday – the day ...
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