Who the hell is Sidhe? – Fairy Faith and Animism in Scotland. A Challenge to Divinity

This post has been a long time in the coming. I can only apologise for that, I have been busy researching for a new book that explores these issues in more detail. I was asked to discuss the idea of the Sidhe or Síth in Scottish culture. During research for the upcoming publication many ideas…

Stand off at Dakota Access Pipeline

A Gaelic response in support to Water is life. Water is sacred.

  I am a wind on the sea I am a wave of the ocean I am the roar of the sea, I am a powerful ox, I am a hawk on a cliff, I am a dewdrop in the sunshine, I am a boar for valor, I am a salmon in pools, I am…

Folk magic, witchcraft, whats the difference ?

We get asked “what is a Folk Practitioner?” on many occasions. we also get asked What is the difference between what you do and what a witch does? Are you religious? Do you worship a lord and lady or speak to the de’il? Do you follow the immanent and emanant mysteries of your gods? Do…

A graveyard of our ancestors

From Dead to Deity – How did the Celtic dead become gods?

I‘m sitting on a train.  It’s like a liminal space, I’m not moving but rushing forward at the same time. Travelling through the amazing Scottish landscape, it’s always a joy.  Even though a brown, white and green dusk coloured blur beyond the window. The sound of the train, the rock of its carriage, always makes my mind drift.  It gets…

St Andrews sarcophagus supposedly made for Nechtan

The good, the dead, and the fairy – Animism and ancestors in Scottish folklore.

Winter time is always a time for me to ponder on those who have passed. Their missing faces from the celebration table hit pretty hard at this time of year. I don’t mean to be maudlin but its a reality that we will all encounter at some point. It got me thinking, as this is…