Wisdom from the Dark Elves and the Light Elves

ROSEMARY TAYLOR is a shamanic practitioner who specialises in the Northern Tradition of the Eddas and Runes. Here she writes about her experiences with the spirits who were known as the Elves in the Old Norse myths. In the Old Norse Eddas, we are told about “Other Places in Heaven”: “There are many magnificent places…

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An Esoteric Guide to the Four Holy Hills of Avalon

You will need to understand a little basic magic or alchemy to appreciate the elemental energies that govern a diamond-shaped area of Britain of more than 100 square miles known as Avalon. But don’t worry because it is easy. It’s just about how the four energetic elements – fire, water, earth and air – interact…

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Nature spirits, bee shamans and ‘shrooms

You will be already familiar with nature spirits from illustrations of tiny fairies and pixies sitting on toadstools and mushrooms. You may not have realised, though, that there is a hidden message in these works of art. It is a metaphor for our true Elders, the Underlords and the Overlords of the green mantle of…

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True Easter or Oestre – why Spring is “early” this year

Down here in Somerset, many of the birds are pairing and nesting, while the creamy curds of the May blossoms are already out on the boughs on the faery thorns. People are happily chirping away about the joys of an early Spring. However, that the season should be “early” is no random coincidence. If the…

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The Near Death Experience and the Ecstasy of the Heart

We are all familiar now with the famous Tunnel that we’ve heard about from those who have returned from the Realms of the Dead and recounted to us their near death experiences. But another common factor in these accounts, and yet one that is little reported, is the overwhelmingly ecstatic feeling of love that surrounds…

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St Cuthbert and the Spirit of Sovereignty

The magic of the Sovereignty of the Land has long been hidden from us by many means, screens and schemes, and one way of preventing us from dis-covering it has been to change the meaning of words. For instance, let us consider the word ‘history’. ‘History’ actually comes from the 12th century Norman ‘histoire’, which…

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How to Heal Narcissistic Personality Disorder – the Wounded Healer

When she was just a young girl, my mother was the first to get to her dead father who had died of a heart attack in the outside loo, and had fallen against the door. Mum was the only one small enough to be able to crawl under the door and then, with her little…

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Stories in the Stars – how to reincarnate into your own life

If asked to describe,  in just seven words, the major gift you would glean from my book, Stories in the Stars, I would answer: “how to reincarnate into your own life.” That may seem a strange response, but please read on to find out why.

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The Language of the Birds

I’ve just been watching the birds on the feeders in my garden. I have two bird feeders and there are also two nests in my garden – one of robins and the other of house sparrows. And what I realised today, for the first time, is that the robins all like to eat on one…

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We CAN be heroes – and for more than one day

Our loss of the wisdom possessed by our earliest ancestors is why we can be ensnared so easily in misunderstandings about our past. When we believe, as we have been schooled to, that man today is the crowning achievement of a creation that has slowly evolved from knuckle-dragging cavemen, it is then a logical next…

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The Grail Mysteries, Lesson 4: Enchanted Healing at the Gates of Dawn

In the last article, Lesson 3, Forging our own faery sword of truth, we discussed the metaphorical meaning of the Three of Swords, and I used an example from the Fey Tarot in which a male faery is rising from the sea with the dawn breaking just behind him. Dawn is a major character in…

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