Occult Walk


Yesterday we went on an occult walk in London. The guide Deliane is a trained guide and priestess.

She has really researched the occult history of London. She started off with James VI (I of England) time and went gradually forward to Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardener.

We learnt a lot about London, especially Cleopatra’s Needle, which is said to be the most cursed spot in London with numerous people committing suicide at that spot.
The only criticism I have to make is that several walking tours could have been done over various parts of London. For example, Eliphas Levi (who was not mentioned) was resident in Gower Street in London.

Getting Out


While I don’t hold with only observing the natural world and not reading books, it’s good to get out and about in nature and be able to identify some of the species you read about.

It would be good to be able to identify all local species; but this takes time, practice and a lot of looking at books. Plus some seemingly “wild” plants are garden escapes like Honesty and Oregon Grape, which I spent a lot of time trying to find in books about wild plants.

A friend came round yesterday and we walked through the woods to the pub. He’s seriously sporty, so for him it was a pleasant stroll, whereas for us it was a bit more of a challenge.

Just going through the old wood and seeing all the different shapes of trees which you don’t get where woods have been managed (this one wasn’t for a long time) was beautiful and something you cannot observe in books, where they show the bog-standard shape of the tree.

There are quite a few wild cherry trees and I was going to come back and harvest the fruit but it’s really bitter this summer; possibly not enough sun or something at the moment, so I’ll try again next year.

Critical Thinking


A good friend of mine has become Pagan. In another religion, this would be met with rejoicing, but Paganism is less bothered with converts and followers.

The problem is that this otherwise intelligent, university-educated person has opened her mind and let her brains fall out. In other words, she has gone to the fluffy side.

Unfortunately 80% of what is out there in the Pagan world is not worth the time spent to read it.

This is one of the reasons that we must always be questioning and thinking about what we read.