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Sharing this again because Nuclear Radiation is the gift that just keeps giving! Reactor No4; about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, and the Sustainable, Clean, Green and Life-Friendly alternatives ~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBgyNFapDRE
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Consider the Bees, plant Bee-Friendly Wild Flower Seeds ( http://beefriendlyseeds.com/) in time for spring ~
Why is it Important to Plant Seeds for Bees?
Bees are wonderful, hard working creatures that are responsible for pollinating 70% of our fruit and vegetables. All through the warmer months the bees pollinate simply, quietly, efficiently and naturally, helping boost crop yields whether on large farms or a domestic vegetable patch.
But they are in danger!  As you may have heard, in recent years there has been a worrying collapse in the bee population.  It’s thought that in the UK and US, bee numbers have fallen by about 50% in the last 25 years...
( http://beefriendlyseeds.com/)
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Reconnect with the golden light of the divine, become a tree with
The Wizards Treeing Exercise;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z88RydOdlZY
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Featuring Robin Goodfellow, my new animation The Claife Crier is a ghost story from Windemere in the Lake District that I have rewritten to a more magical theme.....
The Claife Crier
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As the New Year approaches, The Wiccan New Year that is ( Samhain 31 Oct/1st Nov) , some may like to explore my Pagan Calendar - a collection of Pagan festival themed machinima animations celebrating our sacred days ~
http://apagancalendar.weebly.com/index.html
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Heavy Metal Druidic Bard Gwydion (Goo-Eed-Yon) Caer Wydion - the Celtic Bard born of the Trees, at 'the Castle of Gwydion' which was the traditional Welsh name for the Milky Way ie under the Stars ~

Gwydion here recites a verse from the Cad Goddeu or The Battle Of The Trees, In this section he is declaring his magical lineage and shared spiritual existence with the underlaying forces below and beyond nature, he is a poetic shaman of the highest order. Gwydion Caer Wydion
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Carrying a message of peace and reconciliation to People and Druids of every persuasion, 'The Druid's Parable' from 'The Second Epistle of Robert Larson' which he offered to counsel tolerance and variation among warring branches of the 'Reformed Druids' (USA)  during their ideological and structural conflicts of 1976.
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Pagan Tales https://suite.io/celestial-elf/2h33rr
Animations celebrating the Festivals of the Seasons and the Ancient Traditions ~
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Enjoy 'The Legend of Two Wolves' - my new animation as adapted and narrated by C. Mikkal Smith. The tale of Two Wolves is an old Cherokee story with a powerful psychological and spiritual medicine to initiate the listener into life-wisdom. The form of this  'medicine story' is a sacred "fire talk", a heart-to-heart talk around a sacred fire with the aim of transmitting heart-centered and earth-honoring wisdom for living as a whole person. 
The Legend Of Two Wolves
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Whilst we wait for #Ragnarok   enjoy my machinima animation
Mead of Poetry
Also known as Mead of Suttungr, this is a mythical beverage that whomsoever drinks 'becomes a skald or scholar' able to recite any information and solve any question. The drink is a vivid metaphor for poetic inspiration, often associated with Odin the God of 'possession' via berserker rage or poetic inspiration.
May The Gods be with you ~
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To share virtual reality and mmorp machinima films with a pagan theme, orientation and story. A home for Pagan geeks, and machinima enthusiasts. Please respect the purpose of this group, as non-related postings risk immediate deletion and/or membership de-listing without further notice. Further - to avoid fillibustering or similar grandstanding, we ask that only one film be submitted at a time and that it is of moderate to PG standards, thank you for your understanding. What is Machinima? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machinima What is (Modern) Paganism ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_paganism We love Free Speech, Religious Freedom, Cultural Diversity, Creative Risk Taking, Constructive Criticism, Nature - Environmental Awareness & a willingness to create the world that you wish to live in. Blessed Be the Pagan Free ~

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Looking forward to a marvellous March Equinox this year amidst two other celestial events: a total Solar Eclipse, Friday, March 20, 2015 and a New SuperMoon. Over the UK the eclipse will begin at 8.45am and the Moon will be nearest the middle of the Sun at 9.31am, by 10.41am it will be over.

Eostre, or #Ostara   is an Germanic pagan goddess whose festival falls on the March Equinox (March 20th) because this marks beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere, in the southern hemisphere this is at September. It has been suggested by some that the later celebration of 'Easter' (the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March ie the Vernal Equinox) gets its name from Eostre...

Ostara / Eostre, is the Goddess of fertility - could this be where we get the word 'Estrogen'?. Her two symbols were the cosmic egg and the mad march hare, latterly abducted and morphed into the 'Easter' rabbit. Ancient beliefs held that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new-beginnings and good fortune. As the symbol of Eostre, the hare also represents fertility and fecundity and so symbolizes of the rebirth of life under the new Spring.

For the coming and auspicious Eostra, blessings to you ~
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In support of International Year of Soils 2015 and to raise awareness of Earthworms in the Uk which are under threat as New Zealand Flatworms Invade, The English Worm;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAeAL9ReOO8&feature=youtu.be
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Flight of the Shamanic Santa - featuring a modern day Santa Claus taking a Shamanic flight to the higher realms to seek help for the troubles that beset the Earth today.

Inspired by The Epic of King Gesar, a Siberian Tenger legend. In Siberian Shamanic 'Tengerism', the world is believed to be alive with spirits, the plants, animals, rocks, mountains and water are all believed to have souls, and these nature spirits must be respected, in order for people to remain in the balance with all of them. Balance is regarded as the crucial factor in keeping harmony within individuals, the community, and the environment. When things get out of balance, there are harmful effects, and this is when the Shaman is called on for help..

Santa Claus' Shamanic Gift to you, lies not in the fraught or hopeful exchange of gifts or toys, but in celebrating our individual health and community health and well being, priceless gifts from Divine Nature:The gifts, of perception and awareness, that allow us to witness the beauty of this life and its many wonders, of seeing the solstice sun, or hearing joy in the voices of our children and friends, of love.....
So when the jolly Shaman gifts you with his blessings this year, remember that the Nature which expresses itself in endless galaxies of light and wonder, also celebrates its existence in you and through you, that is his real gift.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvqddVCwBU
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Its nearly time......
Samhain Song
#Samhain (pronounced ˈsɑːwɪn/ sow-in) celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November- or Halloween, which name developed from All Hallows Eve as the night preceeded All Saints Day in the later Catholic ritual calendar.

The veil is thin between the worlds of the living and dead, this is a liminal time, when the supernatural spirits, fairies and elves ( Aes Sídhe pronounced 'ees shee') could more easily come into our world. Most scholars see these as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. It was believed that the Sidhe needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink were left for them.

Death holds no fear for pagans as we understand that death and birth are intertwined. Our goddesses and gods all represent aspects of the cycle of birth, growth, death, and regeneration. Just as every good gardener knows that fertility is born out of decay, every fallen leaf feeds the roots of growing trees - so each spirit that passes to the Summerlands or beyond enriches the hearts and lives of their family and friends along the way. In this spirit the dead at Samhain revisit their homes. Feasts are held at which the souls of dead kin are invited and a place set at the table for them. Single candles are also lit in a window to guide these spirits home.

Mumming and guising were traditionally a part of this festival, involving people going door-to-door in costume or in disguise, often reciting verses in exchange for food - perhaps originating the Halloween trick or treat tradition. The costumes worn may have been either a way of imitating, or disguising oneself from, the Aes Sídhe.

In the late 19th century, Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer (sic) suggested that this was the Celtic New Year, a view upheld by other scholars and the wider pagan community, many of whom call Samhain The Witches New Year, because of its powerful associations.

As at Beltane, bonfires are lit to protect the community - the Bone-Fire is lit and the whole community takes hands to dance both sunwise and anti-sunwise as it blazes. As the fires wane, some run through the fields with burning embers, throwing them into the air and dancing over them as they glow on the ground. There may also be a leaping competition across the remains of the fire, reminiscent of the Beltane festival. When this is finished, the people return home where in groups they tell tales, duck for apples, share the feast and practised divination with nuts and apples (more details here http://tinyurl.com/n45o4ge ).
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Autumn is a magical time and if you are very astute you may see the Faeries of the Forest among the #FaerieTrees Triad of Oak, Ash, and Thorn. The Faerie Trees
However, Britain's Oak, Ash, and Thorn are under unprecedented threat from new pests + diseases. Help identify these problems with this App ( http://bit.ly/HEnNAE ).

Original Poem Oak & Ash & Thorn - The Faerie Trees c. Celestial Elf 2013 ( http://bit.ly/194SIMt )
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As this week temperatures soar in the Uk, we need something to cool us down and I think my collaboration with Lisa Thiel, 'The Mermaid Queen' fits the bill;
The Mermaid Queen - Lisa Thiel
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Earth Lore https://suite.io/celestial-elf/2h23rr
Environmental animations raising awareness of the decline of trees, butterflys and bees etc ~
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Enjoy my new animation, 'Gwydion Caer Wydion'
meaning Gwydion, Born of the Trees, at 'the Castle of Gwydion' which was the traditional Welsh name for the Milky Way.

Gwydion fab Dôn is a magician, hero and trickster of Welsh mythology, appearing most prominently in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, which focuses largely on his relationship with his young nephew, Lleu Llaw Gyffes. He also appears prominently in the Welsh Triads, the Book of Taliesin and the Stanzas of the Graves.

Here we hear Gwydion recite a verse from the Cad Goddeu or The Battle Of The Trees, in the Book of Taliesin, a book of poems that was written down in the Middle Ages but written much earlier by the magical bard Taliesin whose name means "Radiant Brow".
The Cad Goddeu itself details a mythological conflict fought between the sons of Dôn and the forces of Annwn, the Welsh Otherworld.

In the section of the poem narrated here, Gwydion is declaring his magical lineage and shared spiritual existence with the divine
Gwydion Caer Wydion
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Now storms are past we give thanks with Lisa Thiel's beautiful song and my animation, enjoy The Mermaid Queen - Lisa Thiel
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A modern analogy for these Genetically Modified times, where the Scientists of Infinite Growth and Endless Capital Returns proclaim themselves a God given right to transform nature in search of stakeholder profits. Dr Frankenstein's Dream;
Dr Frankenstein's Dream

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' http://bit.ly/1gPZnkH
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