It’s indeed feeling like Summer’s fading-end as I write this to you. We’re already into Harvest season here in the Northern hemisphere and before we know it, Samhain and the Celtic New Year will be on us.
I wonder how it is for you but Summer is always the hardest season for me – the one that brings the greatest challenges mentally, emotionally, physically as so much comes to light in the psyche.
But this year, I do feeling the proper ripening of fruit from the past year’s intense labour – I recognise it in the quality, clarity and stabilising of my inner life and, at last, some significant shifts in my outer-life circumstances.
I’d like to share some of this process as I feel it could have some universal benefit for others who have or are going through a similar dismantling initiation as I have these past 5 years but it deserves a proper piece of writing, which I intend to sit down to over the coming month.
In the meantime, I do have some other updates for ya, which I hope you’ll enjoy!
Ancient-Future Re:Membering Fireside Council & Grief-Tending Recap
First of all, another deep bow of love and appreciation to those dear souls who attended this weekend residential event in July.
Truly, truly bless each one of you for setting aside your obvious and bountiful capacities and strengths to allow something far more vulnerable, authentic and unknowing to be witnessed, shared and experienced.
There is so much I could say about our time together but I think those of us who co-created this ceremonial gathering would probably agree that there are some deep sacred things that need to be held quietly, privately and tenderly between those who share them.
I think it’s true to say though that each of us recognised this work is far more necessary than our rational minds can ever really understand. Grief-tending is heart and soul work, and ultimately deep-spirit work that weaves and mends the tender relational threads between the unseen, ancestral and more-than-human worlds with this paradoxical human experience and what it means to be alive on the planet during these troubled times of collapse and transition.
I’m very much looking forward to sharing more of this quality of work, personal practice and community-making in the coming year. It offers a significant anchor whilst everything else increasingly destabilises. And I don’t see that changing any time soon considering our contemporary political, environmental and cultural demises that beg for profound and vital restructuring, inside and out.
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Summer Trip To Shetland
As some of you know, I’ve been on my #LostLinegaeTour of Shetland this past couple of weeks (I’m actually writing to you from the Lerwick ferry right now).
On reflection, the first week in Shetland simply provided me with a kind and silent coffin to climb into and psychically die/let-go after the recent months of life-intensity and hard, hard work (which has also included learning how to deeply relax in the face of adversity). I cannot recommend this watery land enough if you simply need an elementally-supported place to just BE.
I returned to Life in the second week and am so, so thankful for all the gifts that these incredible wild islands have shared with me – which I offer back 100-fold in blessings, praise and appreciation!
I’ve been experiencing an on-going tantrum and gnarly conflict with social media the past weeks and months, which I think has been aggravated even more by my bone-deep exhaustion and just reaching the end-of-the-line with my own, and therefore other people’s, opinioning and polarising (this also deserves a proper piece of writing, just to put the thing to bed).
So instead of posting my Shetland images, videos and words on social media, I’ve saved them up and created something that feels a bit more substantial as an offering and sharing with you.
I have so much video footage but I’ve managed to get a gist of my time here down to this 20-minute journey that I feel can share a sense of this amazing Northernly haven of rugged, rolling lands, water-spirits and stone-beings.
So, make yourself a cuppa and join me as I take you through my wee lens into the mythological beauty and wild nature of the Shetland Isles. This is especially for you if you enjoy gorgeous scenery and have an interest in Shetland, a bit of Norse history, primal geology, wild nature and a few appearances from yours truly…
I also made this playlist to accompany me on my Northern journey – and it really did serve as the soundtrack for my travels.
I soooo wish I could’ve used some of these tracks for my wee vid – but legalities and all that made it not-so.
You can listen to it below on Spotify (either through a free account that has ads or with the ad-free monthly subscription service). Unfortunately, Spotify is not great for the artists but this is the easiest way for me to “legally” share music with you.
So, if you like what you hear, remember to purchase and support our musicians!