Wind and Rain


The forecast was for strong winds and heavy rain on Wednesday night so we

visited the most exposed of our woodland circles to experience

 the  elements and reconnect with the spirits of the place.

The rain didn’t arrive till well after midnight and the wind was howling – magic.







Joining Blackthorn in 2015

Happy 2015. We are now accepting applications for membership of Blackthorn. We will be starting our next introduction group on Wednesday May 13th this year.  We have found the perfect venue at Earth Spirit Healing Gardens in Stalybridge and plan on meeting up there once a month with other occasional outside circles, usually on Wednesday evening.  This will take place for six months ending at Samhain 2015.  After you have completed six months with the introductory group you may be invited to apply to join the coven.

A few things to consider if you would like to join us-

  • We are an outside group so whatever the weather you will find us out in the woods at night sometimes staying until  after midnight. If this doesn’t appeal to you then neither will Blackthorn.
  • The average age of the group is 46.
  • You will need to be capable of carrying ritual stuff and walking through woodland in the dark.
  • We meet up most weeks usually midweek and sometimes, to fit in with Sabbat celebrations, at the weekend. Commitment to this is very important to us.
  • If, after reading this, you still want to join us then we would be delighted to hear from you! Please email and we will send you more details.




Rain, rain and more rain


It’s not been a very good winter for an outdoor magical group!

The ground is muddy and soggy and every time we go out it’s raining.

Now we don’t mind getting a bit wet and we love the crisp cold winter nights but wading through mud and lighting fires in puddles is where we have to draw the line.

So our last two rituals have been inside, listening to the rain and wind crash against the windows.

It’s very different being inside. Not better, not worse just different.

Instead of being surrounded by the elements and open spaces there is a feeling of being surrounded by the ‘unseen’.

Meditations flow more easily as there are less distractions. But it’s not as edgy.

So as Imbolc draws near we are hoping for a cold dry night so we can venture out again and reconnect with the woods and the land.

First we have a night in the pub meeting some interesting people on Wednesday…


Training Group

Thanks to all those who have made inquiries, sent emails and requests to join Blackthorn. We are currently answering them all – and there are quite a lot – so apologies if you are still waiting to hear from us, we hope to complete the replies by the end of today.

These are all now done so we can sink back into the dark time of the year, look forward to our Samhain celebrations and enjoy.


Summer 2013

At last we had some warm weather for our trips to the woods. We went on various walks and explorations looking at flowers, trees and different woods and hills.




We spent Midsummer overnight in a fantastic dark wood and then watched the sunrise – which was misty and drizzly as always!
















Yule 2012


Blackthorn’s Yule altar in the woods and our High Priestess

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Circle of light welcoming the returning sun


We celebrated Yule late at night in the woods, deciding not to stay out overnight as we did last year.

The sunrise was the usual vague lightening of the sky and the weather unseasonably warm. A circle of light surrounded us as we celebrated the slow awakening deep within the earth and within ourselves.

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