Category: Animism

Bringing Forgotten Deities Back to Life

Cernunnos as featured on the Gunderstrupp Cauldron. Photo by https://natmus.dk

When I write an article on an ancient British deity it is always done with great difficulty. I want to give you an insight into the process I go through when writing about ancient British deities.


An Authentic British Spiritual Path

Callanish stone circle

What does it mean to attempt walking an ancient path within modern British culture?


Earth my Body – A Pagan Responsibility to the Natural World

A power station spewing smoke into the air

We can as a community begin to heal the world for tomorrow…


Magical Seeds: Acorns, Sycamore, Conkers, Chestnuts, Hazel Nuts & Rosehips

rachel patterson

The offspring of plants and trees and each one has the potential for new beginnings…
If you are out and about and you find seeds on the ground do collect one or two but leave some for Mother Nature to do her thing.  However, if there are plenty then they can be really useful in spell work.


A Focus on Deity: Cernunnos, the Antlered One

The horned or antlered deity is perhaps the most beloved and iconic within modern Paganism, and the various forms of this ancient deity, which extend back far beyond the rising of agriculture or the taming of the horse, remain a constant inspiration.


Beautiful bounty of berries

The hedgerows are full to bursting with berries at this time of year.  Blackberries you can eat straight from the bush (but not if you are near a main road, probably best to avoid those ones), elderberries can be made into syrups, cordials and of course…wine.  And hawthorn berries are excellent to work magic with.


Making a local connection

wyldwood, wyld witch, rachel patterson

For me, it is about connecting to the land around you.   I don’t live in a tumble-down cottage in the middle of the woods (seriously none of the takeaways deliver…), I do in fact live on the edge of a city.  But the land around me and beneath my feet is ancient.  It has a house on now (obviously) and had dwellings on it before, going back for a very long time.  And the land holds those memories.  There is not only the element of earth beneath our feet but also the history of our ancestors.


Sacred Beasts: The Wolf

Perhaps the most evocative of animals within Paganism, and one that either captures the heart, or leaves it full of dread, is the wolf. For some a symbol of wild power and freedom, for others an agent of darkness and……


A Focus on Deity: Taranis, the Thunderer

Photo of dramatic clouds and lightning by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash

In the first of our series of articles to focus on deities within Paganism, I examine the thunderer. It is my intention to set a mood in which we can journey through time as we meet, engage with and learn about this powerful divine being which sits at the head of many ancient pantheons.

Now come……


Tlingit Shamanic Drumming and Drum Construction

This article was written by Dr. Will Connor for Wyldspirit issue 3 (the September 2014 edition of the Wyldwood Radio e-zine)

Whilst researching instrument construction as part of my post-bac degree in Ethnomusicology from North Carolina State University, I had the great pleasure and honour of studying music with Elders of the Tlingit……