Deer….

Had a great photo shoot at the weekend- some pics have been added to the photo page. Walking through a forest at five am is a beautiful thing for a Sunday morning. Even more special on the day of Friggablot.

The best thing about it was meeting a group of deer which at first were on the path right in front of me and of course shot off into the woods the moment they saw me. I later encountered them once more when I went off the paths and through the thick wooded areas. There I found around six of them, but every time I raised my camera they got spooked and shot further away. I guess it’s instinct to run from a human pointing something at them.

I realised two things at that time- the beauty of these animals but also the skill which it would have taken our ancestors to hunt and kill one of these flighty and fast animals. If feeding my family that week depended on me killing one of those deer at that time then we would be starving right now.

I have nothing against hunting to feed yourself- Ullr decrees that we should eat which we hunt. Hunting for sport and wasting the kill is awful- joe many fox hunters actually eat a fox once their dogs had destroyed it? No- hunt which you will eat, kill quick and clean and thank the wights of the land for the provision of food.

Will I ever take up hunting- I don’t know is the answer. I’d love to hunt with a bow but that is not permitted in England. In the mean time I will have to accept that if I could take a good photo of a deer then chances are I could have got a good shot off. My experience with guns is limited but I have always been an ok shot.

Frigga showed me the beauty of the earth once more and Ullr hav me appreciation for the skill of hunters.

Assorted thoughts

Been a short while- so time for a quick update…

Added a couple more pictures (of Cannock Chase) to the Photos of Midgard section. Weather patterns are making it hard to get good pics as every time I get the chance the weather is not perfect!

Have odd feelings about this summer. I don’t know if something great or terrible is going to happen- just really nervous as we head towards Midsummer. I will have to ask the Runes I guess.

Interesting times we live in- the financial peril faced across the world was always likely when we have economies built around gold reserves that don’t physically exists (there are a lot of I.O.U. notes in gold reserves). I believe that the gods have left us more and more alone as we have matured as a people- maybe that will change with the difficulties we seem to have gotten ourselves into- fiscal, environmental, social, moral and religious… We are like the teenagers given dad’s credit card, car keys and told we have the house to ourselves for two weeks- mankind has run riot over the last few hundred years and there is a big hangover coming!

Planning some trips this weekend- will keep you posted.

Planning my visits to pagan sites in Britain

Currently, I am planning my visits to various sites of pagan interest for both religious and photography reasons. The plan is to undertake a small your of Britain over three days starting and finishing in the west midlands where I live. Apart from a visit to my ancestral home in rostherne- I have no concrete planned locations. Any ideas of what may be worth visiting?

Still searching for a non- folkish heathen group in England…

A flicker of hope comes like a light at the end of the tunnel- turns out to be a freight train coming your way! Or nothing….

After a previous post on my search for a non- folkish heathen group, a flurry of hits to the blog and I received an email from a member of such a group that also happened to be near to myself.

“great!” I thought as the member of the group offered to answer any questions I had and suggested the group may be what I am searching for. I replied asking more about the group, but alas I received no reply…

“mmmmm….” thinks I, taking it at the least as assign that this group is still functioning unlike some I have attempted to contact. On to their website and email the admin as perthe instructions there for those that wish to ask questions or join the group…

2 weeks and no reply from the admin… I consign myself that I am destined to walk this path alone with one eye on the road and one on the horizon for any like minded groups…

Herbs for magick

Set of various herbs for spell and incense use has been ordered today and will be with me tomorrow.

This is the final piece of knowledge for me to ascertain with regards to forming my magickal tool kit as a Vitki- Runes, Galdr, Crystals and Herbs.

Had my daughter at home today after spending a night in hysterics at her ear pain- a rather excited child visiting the doctor today told me the pain had eased! Anyway, as something nice to do together we planted my new herb garden in 3 large pots by the back door. She loved it!

Can’t wait for my herbs to arrive and my little farm to sprout. When I know what I’m doing I will post a guide to herbs and incense on the pages of this blog.

Burn bright and proud.