Monthly Archives: October 2014

the dead can smite………

‘Fear not that sound like wind in the trees: It is only their call that comes on the breeze; Fear not the shudder that seems to pass: It is only the tread of their feet on the grass; Fear not the drip of the bough as you stoop: It is only the touch of their…

Natural Survival Dark Nights

The clocks have gone back in the UK and the nights are well and truly drawing in, so this is my quick natural guide to surviving those darker nights for those of you who (like me) still yearn for summer. This post is admittedly less exciting than Max Brooks Zombie Survival Guide – but I…

Ghost of a Fly

This is another poem I adore, that suits the Halloween mood. This was first published by Vachel Lindsay in The Congo and Other Poems 1914. You can’t but help love that ‘velvet-footed spider with a dress of rainbow dye’ The Spider and the Ghost of a Fly – Vachel Lindsay Once I loved a spider…

Shadow on the Stone

With Halloween just 10 days away, I wanted to share some of my favourite seasonal/spine tingling poetry. This is a poem by Thomas Hardy, one of my favourite authors/poets, his books and verse are full of references to nature and paganism. Who can forget Tess of the D’Urbervilles resigned capture at Stone Henge. Thomas Hardy…

Herbs for Samhain

Halloween/Samhain – also known as Hallowmas, Night Between Veils, All Souls Eve and All Hallows Eve is now widely celebrated across many cultures and in many diverse ways. Samhain as it is commonly called by Pagans/Wiccans is from the Gaelic ‘Summers End’ and is marked as a fire festival to honour ancestors and those that…