News Summary October 2017

Members

We have another 12 members join since the last newsletter, bringing our membership to 86. Our exclusive members group now has 47 members, but our main page has just topped 400 members, which is amazing for an Order that is just a few months old. We also have a new Astrology group on Facebook for those interested in Celtic Astrology. I think part of the success is the upsurge of interest in the Celts and the Wolf as a symbol of rewilding resonates with many of us.

It is good, though, to share feedback from members of the Order.

Loki Loraine Groves had this to say “Thank you for my first lesson, having pondered on it after I finished reading it, I have come to the conclusion that for now, I appear to have a bit of vate, bard and druid in my current practice, though I have no doubt, as I evolve one of them will become the most prominent.”

If you would like to receive lessons and become a member please contact us. Members have exclusive access to our new Facebook group, which you can join by sending a join request and answering the question.

Future secured for Shropshire wolf sanctuary (shared by Murray Stead)

A Shropshire-based wolf conservation centre is planning to create a sustainable future thanks to help from a group of businesses.

Wolf Watch UK was set-up by Tony Haighway when he rescued two wolves from a zoo in Southam, Warwickshire, which was closing.

The sanctuary, which is dedicated to the rescue, welfare and conservation of displaced wolves from captivity across Europe, is based in 100 acres of remote woodland in deepest Shropshire with Tony and his partner, Eva Dutton, and their team of dedicated volunteers looking after the animals.

Plans have been drawn-up by the Roger Coy Partnership Architects in Eydon, Northamptonshire, to construct a holiday lodge and educational facility, with Severn Oak Timber Frames in Lightmoor, Telford, manufacturing and building the structure for free and ListersGeo in Slapton, Towcester, Northamptonshire, providing the geotechnical expertise.

Saving the ancient seaweed-eating sheep of North Ronaldsay (shared by Murray Stead)

A campaign to save the unique seaweed-eating sheep of North Ronaldsay and to restore the historic 13-mile dyke which protects the rare breed has been stepped up.

Around 2,500 North Ronaldsay sheep inhabit the shoreline of Orkney’s most northerly isle and survive solely on the kelp churned up by the sea.

The 13-mile dyke which keeps the sheep on the shoreline is falling down – putting the future of the breed at risk.

Islanders are leading a campaign to restore the dyke and preserve the flock which is owned by around a dozen North Ronaldsay residents.

The dyke not only contains the sheep from other breeds but keeps them away from grass on the island given their special diet has made them vulnerable to copper.

Principles of rewilding

Rewilding Britain have published four principles of rewilding. As an Order we provide materials without cost, but if people do want to make a contribution, we ask that you send donations to rewilding charities, or wolf conservation projects. Rewilding Britain is one of the main charities we support.

Rewilding is all about people and natural processes working at scale for the long-term.

We define rewilding according to four key principles. These principles guide our approach to rewilding: –

1. People, communities and livelihoods are key

2. Natural processes drive outcomes

3. Working at nature’s scale is essential

4. Benefits are secured for the long-term

Iron Age skeletal remains discovered on Irish coast after Storm Ophelia

SKELETAL remains believed to date back to the Iron Age have been uncovered on the east coast of Ireland.

The remains, found at Forlorn Point near Kilmore Quay in Co Wexford, are believed to be over 1,500 years old, according to the State Pathologist.

The discovery of the complete human skeleton was made just one day after Storm Ophelia raged across Ireland.

Samhain

To find the origin of Halloween, you have to look to the festival of Samhain in Ireland’s Celtic past.

Samhain had three distinct elements. Firstly, it was an important fire festival, celebrated over the evening of 31 October and throughout the following day.

The flames of old fires had to be extinguished and ceremonially re-lit by druids.

It was also a festival not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of casting out the old and moving into the new.

To our pagan ancestors it marked the end of the pastoral cycle – a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the long winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields and selected for slaughter or breeding.

But it was also, as the last day of the year, the time when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the Otherworld and were visible to mankind.

On the Sequanii calendar found in Coligny the month of Samonios (which corresponds with the Irish Gaelic month of Samhain) has three special days marked after the mid month (which would be full moon) which indicates that it was originally a lunar commemoration prior to the enforced Roman calendar. So whatever day(s) you choose to commemorate or celebrate Samhain may your year ahead by blessed.

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