Middleworld journey on the Moors

December 14, 2015

Ten of us shared a weekend together at our The Quest retreat earlier in the autumn in Derbyshire. Here is a special moment we shared out on the moors…

As we approached the stone circle the late afternoon Samhain sun clung low on the horizon. It’s golden rays kissing the brown moorland grass and dried bracken to create a golden shimmer of deep oranges.

It was a perfectly still autumn afternoon. We arrived later than we had planned, after feasting on a hearty lunch and chatting over hot cups of tea. It was as if nature had held on and waited for us.

We each took our place in the circle leaning against a stone. Jason drummed as we journeyed. our intention was to seek answers to a specific question we had posed about our own individual quest in life.


Stag and Hind were drawn to the beat of the drums and circled us, pausing every few yards to take us in. As we came out of the journey, filled with insights gifted from the Spirit of Place, Stag stood on the horizon and bellowed to his herd of Hinds surrounding him. Raven flew past, calling, followed a few moments later by his partner. Purposefully passing by us, only to be repeated a few minutes later, closer this time to ensure they had a second look. Then we were joined by Hound, shakily moving to each of us in turn, giving us his message, his medicine.

So what did all of these magical encounters, these signs in nature mean for us?

It was a weekend of balancing the male and the female in our own questing. It was a weekend of drawing on the feminine aspects of intuition and feelings, and combining this with the male qualities of logic and drive. Stag embodies the male energy of protection, and Hind of nurturing.

Raven is a messenger and carrier of the mysteries, and Hound guards the gates to the underworld, a place of death and rebirth, symbolic of great transformation. This was Samhain, one of the most potent times of the year for connection work with the Otherworlds, and a time of natural death and rebirth in the natural cycle of the wheel of the year.

All these animals were brought to us by the energy of the stone circle, this ancient temple revered by our ancestors. To lie there leaning against the old stones, looking out over to the sun set, with Stag bellowing on the horizon, was a really special moment. A Middleworld journey, especially put on for us that afternoon, as a gift from nature.

 It seems that our times out at these special sacred sites, with contacted souls working with intention is so powerful. We have many more goof times planned for next year, so if you are drawn to joining us do keep an eye on our workshops & events page.


Next years residential retreats so far:

We have designed two weekend retreats next Spring, up in Roburndale in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, in a beautiful cottage set in 80 acres of ancient woodland.

If you are looking for space and support in bringing about change in your life then do take a look to see what we will be getting up to by clicking here for Ignite the Spark in February, and here for Spring into Life in April.

Next years day long workshops: Wander the Wheel

Starting at Imbolc in early February we will be holding a celebration at every sabbat in the land close to our home on the edge of the West Pennine Moors. It’s an opportunity to Wander the Wheel of the year together, and work with the energies of each season to bring about inner and outer transformation.  For more information please click here.

About the Author


Nicola Smalley is an edge-dweller, shamanic practitioner and writer living in Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, England.
Following a career in corporate sustainability, she now runs The Way of the Buzzard with her husband Jason. Her passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.

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