For once I got my research into the festival finished, but only just before the festival so it didn’t leave me much time to prepare.

I was going to do a May bush which is used to ward off fairies on Beltane and try and catch the May dew to wash my face with it, but were unable to organise these in time.

Instead I did my ritual and took the day off.

I was also going watch Doctor Who and The Daemons as it’s based at Beltane and is pagany, but we didn’t have the episodes on DVD.

This is an example of a festival which just didn’t happen.


To do, to Dare and to Keep Silent Part 1

Some people will have heard this maxim for a witch, as it’s oft quoted on the net. I thought I’d take some time to think about it and write my thoughts here.

The first part of this triad is “to do”. As most people have worked out, it’s getting off your backside and doing things.

I have known a lot of solitary pagans/witches who say something like “I just went out for a walk to celebrate the last festival”. There are things that stop us from practicing witchcraft and paganism and relegate us to the armchair. Illness, family problems and getting married are some of the things that can stop us practicing. I have known a lot of people who do not have a good reason and still don’t celebrate.

It doesn’t take much to do a small ritual indoors or outdoors that taken ten minutes for a festival. It’s only by doing things that we progress in this craft and actually get there. As I wrote in my previous post, it’s like cooking : you can read all the books in the world, but you don’t know anything until you actually try to do it.