It seems sensible to go back to the very beginning when considering what kindled the ‘thirst’ in me, for spirit, for life; what started me on my current creative journey, especially in respect of Butterfly Raven.
At the age of majority, having ‘found’ (or been found by) my spiritual path, I set out to learn as much as I could about Earth spirituality, Earth energies, lay lines and ancient monuments – places of spiritual ‘power’ with which we can connect, so long as we are open and sensitive enough.
Together with a group of other like minded people, one day we visited Arbor Low stone circle in Derbyshire. It was probably the first place I can honestly say I felt the energies of the place. Over the course of several visits, spaced apart by various intervals of time, I felt the ‘mood’ of the Land in many different ways – sometimes calm and quiet, others dark and stormy, and on more than a few occasions, lost and longing.
Lost, longing, stormy – those were feelings I continued to perceive as I began to visit many more of England’s sacred sites; to interact with the energies there and the sense of place and history, right up until the politics of the alternative spiritual movement in the UK at that time forced a halt to my exploration, and I left the more open circles I had been present in, and began to keep myself to myself, and some time later, I left the country to join my beloved in the USA, and here I am still figuring out a way to connect with the natural energies.
But the feelings and the stories and living consciousness I felt at Britain’s ancient monuments has stayed with me, and has also come to me in several different ways, through books and movies and TV shows, and in memories and in dreams… and in some of the events that occur in Butterfly Raven – though that is a story and post for another day.
Among the authors I have enjoyed whose work touches on these areas are Charles de Lint, William Horwood, Marion Zimmer Bradley (now deceased), Storm Constantine, and Jules Watson. Check out their work, if you’d like to dive in.
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