Saturday, 31 January 2015

Threads

Gwyn ap Nudd

Gods on occasion turn up in your life. In my case with Gwyn.I was invited to attend a 2nd degree initiation with a coven that a former coven-mate and close friend has joined. I was then invited to go with them to a conference the following day for initiates in Stroud, obviously I went as they were a fantastic group of people. Part of the conference involved a talk with a pathworking and during that I kept getting hassled by a disembodied stags skull which would go away and kept floating into my field of vision. I pushed him away and it wasn't until later that he turned up again and made it clear who he was.  This wasn't the first time he was going to crop up in my life over the following months, including around the time I asked to join that coven too.

This winter everything has come together; threads in my own life, projects I have been researching, in other people’s lives and practices and all weaving together around Gwyn. 

Rigantona

I somewhat regularly travel westwards on the national rail line and every time make an event of seeing the White Horse on Uffington hill about 10 minutes before arriving at or passing through Swindon. Every time this happens - rain may clear, mists may lift and I can't recall ever missing seeing Her on that hill. In the run-up to Calan Gaeaf, I took a new step and joined with a new coven in Wiltshire which has meant travelling up that way every 2 weeks on that same train line past Uffington. I havent seen the White Horse a single time in the past 4 months and had a strong sense that for the time being - particularly over winter - she is away or not ‘there’. This isn't the first time I had had this impression; there is to me a distinct waxing and waning of the god’s presence in my life. and now, as the first bulbs start appearing and the days are perceptibly longer and lighter and the very land is beginning to return to life. Leading on to..

Apocalyptic Witchcraft

I mentioned this a post or two ago. I have gone back and begun reading the book again and this time I’m not quite so reactive to some of the things that set me on edge about it when I first read it. The core message I am taking out from it is one of environmentalism and working against the structures in place which aid degradation of the land which is so innately bound to the gods I worship. Any action I have been involved in before now has been either involvement with campaigns or ‘real world’ action, this book is really suggesting we as witches start taking steps in the ‘other’ ways we know of, because so far, not enough is being done. Which leads me on to..

The Wild Hunt

I don't recall why exactly, but the Wild Hunt is something I have been researching and trying to piece together in terms of pre-folkloric incarnations and relationship to the Gods. It was right as I was researching the Hunt that Gwyn started getting my attention and Gwyn as we know is one of the leaders of the Hunt. The triad of Gwyn, the Wild Hunt and  witchcraft are forming in my mind and for now I am seeing what light that constellation will shine. The time of the Hunt and Gwyn as it’s leader is coming to and and Gwyn will return to the forests, to the cave under the hill and that is where i am going to find him whilst the Mare is riding out.

4 comments:

Lorna Smithers said...

Some fascinating thoughts here, particularly concerning the 'weave' of Brigantia, Gwyn and Rigantona. The above are presences in my life. Rigantona is noteable by her absence, which is very strange considering I used to work with horses and my relationship with a white spirit mare...

'The core message I am taking out from it is one of environmentalism and working against the structures in place which aid degradation of the land which is so innately bound to the gods I worship.'

Yes... deconstruction has always been a part of my life, firstly post modern philosophy, but now grass roots environmental and arts movements. My involvement in Interfaith, which I have recently given up took me away from these areas which I feel a pull to get back to...

Only just realised you've started blogging again here, hence I've not visited or commented. Will add it to my blog roll on 'From Peneverdant.'

Lorna Smithers said...

Something justs struck me in relation to your stag's skull vision and the environment. My performance group 'Guests of the Earth' took their name from a quote based on 'The Stag' card in 'The Wildwood Tarot.'

'We are guests of the Earth, not its masters. And, like ill-mannered children at a banquet offered freely by a generous and forgiving host, we have behaved badly and are in danger of spoiling the gathering for everyone...'

Lee said...

"Lorna Smithers said...
Something justs struck me in relation to your stag's skull vision and the environment. My performance group 'Guests of the Earth' took their name from a quote based on 'The Stag' card in 'The Wildwood Tarot.' "

See...threads everywhere, all weaving in and out :)

I really like that quote, entirely apt.

I will try to blog more often from now on, I think it shouldn't be too difficult.

Lorna Smithers said...

And... if you scroll down on this post to the second lot of pics you will see Nick Williams (a member of Guests) performing 'The White Stag' before a pair of antlers and me beside him with an aurochs skull after performing my piece. Very honoured to perform before and for the genii loci of our land...

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