Snow in the Woods
And the moon through the trees
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-
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…
As Remembrance Sunday draws to a close the veil descends and we can leave behind our thoughts of the beloved dead; remembrances and rituals that began at Samhain and begin to look forward again. And enjoy the wonderful winter season ahead xxxx
On our visit to the woods last week for some dark moon crafting we lit our fire and set up a circle under this beautiful tree
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.
We’re really sorry but as of Beltane 2013 we can no longer take any new members into the coven.
It takes at least a year to integrate anyone new into the group and we just can’t take anyone else at the moment.
We may be open to new applications after Samhain 2013.
Blackthorn’s Yule altar in the woods and our High Priestess
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.