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Welcome to Mrs Darley's Blog

This blogspot has been created especially for those who wish to share their ideas and thoughts about the natural world as the year turns and the ancient Pagan festivals that were once celebrated by our ancestors.

Poetry, prose craft work, ancient cure craft and general thoughts and feelings on how the change in the weather and seasons makes you feel are all encouraged and welcomed.

Mrs Darley was my once next door neighbour when I lived amongst the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall back in the early 1990's. Her charismatic ways and unending wisdom lead me on a journey of self discovery as I spiralled ever further into her magical world.

She has since become the central character in the 'Mrs Darley' series of books.

Mrs Darley's Pagan Whispers

Mrs Darley's Moon Mysteries

Mrs Darley's Pagan Elements

Mrs Darley's Pagan Healing Wisdom






Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Old Festival of Beltane


Before the introduction of the Gregorian calander in 1752 there were 11 extra days in the year, which made the old fertility festival of Beltane appear on the 12th May rather than the 1st as we know it today. When the calander reforms took place there were riots in the streets, especially in Bristol where people considered themselves deprived of 11 days of life!

As this is the closest weekend to that date and it is also the time of the new moon in Taurus, the sign of sexuality, earthiness and sensual pursuits, perhaps it is time to make this weekend one of sharing if you are with a partner, or one of self indulgence if you are spending it alone.

Whatever you do, it gives us an opportunity for a second celebration of a festival that is fun, indulgent and loving. Enjoy!

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