Lammas Camp: Grab Your Tickets!

Good folk, friends, peeps, mateys and bods. Summer is at its blistering (although slightly windy today) height, and we find ourselves barrelling exhilaratingly towards what scientists refer to as “The Bit With Lammas Camp In It”.

Are you planning to join us for Lammas Camp this year? ‘Course you are. It’s the event of the season. They all want to be there — celebs, Hollywood A-listers, rock stars, lords and ladies, barons, dukes and emperors… They all want in on this — but places are limited.

What are we to do?

Dinnae fash, as they say in ma dad’s auld haimtoun.

You — yes, you, you delicious seeker of wonders, you — have a chance to get in ahead of the crowd, and claim your place in the sun probably unless it thunders again but that’s fine too we’re nature lovers we can cope.

How to claim your place? Well, on the advice of the local constabulary, we’ve been advised that we can’t run another Hunger Games to winnow the applicants this year (oh, and by the way, whoever left the chakram behind after the last time, the police say we can’t have it back: they’re melting it down to turn into little statuettes of Sir Robert Peel for the annual divisional charity knick-knack sale).

Sorry to those who were looking forward to that. But this year we’ve found an even more effective approach, which we’re calling ‘tickets’. Basically, we have a number of specially designed pieces of paper, which you can buy, with money — no swordplay or mortal terror required — via the Morning Star Craft web page HERE. (Also, do consider buying sparkling dangly things from Morning Star Craft while you’re there.)

Get in quick. Stake your claim. There’s gold in them thar hills. That hill. There. Let’s all go and camp on it.

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Yule Blessings

Hail to you this Yuletide morning!

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The heart of Yule is evergreen, a time to hail the return of the sun.  These cold days provide us with the best the winter colours have to offer, soft greys, golds, muted browns and cool light from the winter sun, bringing delicate frosts, ice that crunches, red berries and colourful winter birds.

A time for wrapping up warm and taking care outside, but also a time to celebrate and anticipate the return of the light.  The Shortest Day is here! A time for lighting candles against the darkness, yule logs (either the kind you burn to keep warm, or the chocolate kind you eat.  Both are good :)) bright evergreen branches brought into the home, of holly, pine or mistletoe.  A time for celebrating with people, whether you call it Yule, Jul, Christmas or something else, most folks celebrate a midwinter festival of some kind.

Take care of yourself over these cold days, but also take care of your neighbours, watch over your community and offer to help those who might just need a little extra help through winter.

A Right Good Midwinter Knees-Up (Yule 2016)

Well, it’s coming up to that time of year, when it’s all dark and gloomy and cold, and it’s raining a lot, and, well, it’s 2016. And you might, under all those circumstances – especially that last one – be starting to feel as though the shine’s wearing off your day-to-day jollity and sparkliness.

What you need, dear reader, is a Right Good Midwinter Knees-Up to remind you that spring is just around the corner. Really. Earth only has to do another 188 million miles – even less by the time Yule comes around – and we’ll be welcoming the spring back.

While we wait, though, your friends at Chesterfield and Derbyshire Pagans will not be found wanting in the Midwinter Knees department, oh no they won’t.

(“Oh yes they will!”)

Oh NO, they WON’T. Now be said.

(“Boo! Hiss! Booooooo!”)

Bloody panto season.

Bring yourself along to Eyre Chapel on 17 December (2016), at 19:00 and enjoy frolics until midnight. There’ll be a ritual, along with music and drumming, even a spot of dancing if you’re feeling all rhythmically gyratory.

There’ll be a food share too, so consider bringing along a little something to throw into the mix if you can. (This isn’t a literal mix, by the way. It’s not like, bring sausage rolls and some iced buns and they’ll all get put in a blender or anything. That’d be odd.)

(Also, if you do bring stuff along, please do label whether it’s veggie-friendly or not.)

Also, also, also: if you dress up, you’ll have a chance to win tickets for the 2017 summer Lammas Camp. Worth a punt, I’d say.

If you’d like more information you can check out the Facebook page HERE.

 

Samhain Tidings

Hail to you and yours this Samhain morning!

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Dance the dance of the dying days, it’s time for the third harvest of this year, Samhain.  A time when livestock was traditionally culled to give meat for the winter and leave enough herd members to live on the limited stocks of feed until next Spring.

A time of ancestors and families, a time for grief and reflection over those who no longer walk with us.  Take time to honour those who are passed in your own way.  Write them a letter, buy them a beer, go to their favourite place and spend time.  Remember them as they were, and what they meant to you.  Wear something that reminds you of them, or connect with others that knew them and remember together.

Mabon Greetings!

Hail and welcome to the dark half of the year, with the second of the harvest festivals, Mabon.

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A time of rich colours, the last bursts of Summers glory fading into russets and reds, oranges and browns.  The Autumn Equinox is also known as the Harvest Home or Harvest Tide. The middle of the harvest season, a time for balance in all things.  A time to finish up new projects and begin planning for new things, and for the coming of the winter season.  A time of warm days and chill nights,  a time of acceptance that the land is slowly falling into sleep.  Try focussing on food that represents this season, apples, squash and pumpkins, bread and grains.  Offer a little back to the land in acknowledgement of what it has given you this year.

 

Lughs…Lunhg…Happy Lammas!

Hail to you and yours this Lughnasadh, may this Lammas be a bountiful harvest for you and your neighbours 🙂

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A time of the grain harvest, to see the fuits of your labours.  Not to sit back and rest, but to renew your focus and reap what you have spent the season creating.  A time of thankfullness to the land and all that worked in harmony with you to make this possible.  Find a little time today to thank those who worked alongside you and have enabled you to get to this point.  Not all of us can literally harvest grain that we have worked to produce, nor have the time or mad skills to bake bread in shape of a harvest sheaf, or make a corn dolly and offer it back to the land, but we to have time to be thankful for the good things in our lives, and to celebrate the turning of the wheel with everything in its timely place.

 

Solstice Greetings

Hail and welcome to you and yours on this, the Summer Solstice 2016 🙂

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A time of warmth and light, enabling you to recharge, reflect and feel at peace with the longest day of the year.  Find a little space today to think about the sun and all it brings us, celebrate the light within yourself and the light within others.  Think of who you choose to guide you through this life and what their light means to you.  if you are able, wear something bright in shades of yellow or orange to signify that bright goodness.  A time of intensity, renewal and great potential.  Be an inspirational light for someone today.

And wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, just remember:

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This has been a public safety announcement… thank you.

 

Now go enjoy the solstice!