As the Lion Roars

June 22, 2016


The woodland had a thick layer of dampness as we wound our way along the deer path to our ceremonial site. It had been a day of sunshine, smiles, connection and of course the usual crafting we always enjoy together on our Wander the Wheel days.

Today we were working with the energies of the summer solstice, to harness our own inner power.

As we approached the circular spot under the sycamore we felt welcome once more. This woodland always gives us exactly what we need, and today was no different.

Only six weeks before we had been maypole dancing here, and how much had changed even in that short space of time. The bluebells were gone, replaced by unfurling ferns and long green grasses. The tree canopy was thick now, the oak, beech, rowan and sycamore in their fullness, giving out everything that they had to give.

solstice mandala

Today we were working with the carnivore animals, and we each clutched in our hands a hand painted mask adorned with leaves as ears, manes and feathers. Badger, cheetah, leopard, wolf, black panther, barn owl, crow, wild boar, had all answered our call and joined us to share their individual qualities to help each of us on our paths.

Nature joined in our celebration, with roe deer roaming within our sights, and baby crow looking down upon us from his nest.

Solstice fireThe fire ceremony completed our day and as we departed I turned to watch the dying embers close down our sacred space.

Such a special time held with intention here in Anglezarke. Such a gift of a place, and a gift of connected souls.

Would you like to join us for one of our future gatherings?

Our next few Wander the Wheel days are:

Saturday 23rd July – Finding Your Way. Working with the energies of Lammas, this day is perfect if you are looking for some focus and direction in your life right now. Please click here for more information.

Saturday 17th September – Making Time. Immersing in the Autumn Equinox energies we will be exploring how to make more space and time in our lives for the things which are most important to us. Please click here for more information.

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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