Bathing under the Northern Lights

May 17, 2024

The meteor caught my attention first. A trail of light culminating in a firework breakup high in the atmosphere. The best I’ve ever seen. As the crescent moon set I knew it was going to be a night of wonder and awe.

It was now nearing midnight and I’d chosen New Biggin Fell as my venue of choice. This remote landscape was a particular favourite of mine and I’m getting to know it quite well. In fact I recorded much of the Medicine Walk course for our Mystery School members on this limestone land and was building a strong connection with the place and those who inhabited the realms here.

Donning my head torch I stumbled my way up the grassy track to find a spot away from the country lane. I wanted a clear panoramic view so that I could experience the show that pulsed and throbbed from horizon the horizon above me.

Settling myself, I lay back on a hillock for a few minutes, my field of view pure dark sky. A portal had formed, a magenta and green rimmed tunnel that sucked me upwards and inwards until I felt as if I was floating elsewhere… nowhere… everywhere.

Releasing myself from the unearthly grasp I came back to ground, sensing that all those lives around me were immersing in the same journey of immersion. The limestone rocks, sheep, craggy hawthorns and whoever ‘others’ had come to bear witness to this exceedingly rare event.

I caught a few shots with my camera and my phone before setting the camera to take two thousand consecutive images which I would later hope to fashion into a movie, a memory of the moment shared with the fell and those who caretake this land.

I share the minute or so film here with you now in the hope you too may get a sense of ‘being there’.

About the Author


Jason has been a visual storyteller all of his life and follows an animistic, shamanic path from his ancestral lands of Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors.
Formerly a professional photographer and film maker he now uses his art to help others fall in love with the land that little bit more.

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    1. Thank you James. Yes, I’m experimenting with making my own sound tracks using software synths. I’m glad you approve.

  1. Wow! Seeing the Northern Lights is an amazing experience. Ethereal, mesmerising, so magical. Just watching your film I could feel myself being drawn into their beauty, their allure and other worldly presence.
    Great photography and words, Thank you for taking the time and effort to capture and share your film.

  2. It is amazing to experience these spectacular light shows. Loved your film and it captured them beautifully so thank you for sharing it. I didn't see this show this time around unfortunately but have experienced them a few times in Scotland. Nature does have its own beautiful way of rewarding us with its magic. I often wonder what effects it has on the earth and ourselves when we are bathed in such colours. My thoughts are that we take these colours into our chakra points and they align us to whatever healing we need at some level. The earth itself needs as much healing love as is possible. Maybe these magical lights will light up where darkness hides. However I feel the soul is nourished just watching them, and spirits lifted into the beams of light to join with the joyous energy.

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful insights here Jewels. Yes, definitely something to ponder on. I appreciate your kind comments too.

  3. Amazing Jason 😍 I was experiencing it where we were in Essex and I can't describe how it made me feel. Excited overwhelmed awestruck and tearful all at once. ❤️ Thank you for your film we took pictures but no film ❤️

  4. Wow, that was so awesome Jason. Thank you. Not enough appropriate words really, perhaps an awed silence is better.

  5. Thank you so much for this post Jason. The photos are spectacular and also the video. I have to live vacariously through others who can get out as I am unable to due to illness. That you described your hike up to your perfect spot in the landscape and that you have a profound relationship with the landscape, and our planet's place in the heavens and all the unseen made my experience of your post truly nourishing. Thank you for your service to others. Rose

    1. Linda I’m pleased that my efforts at sharing the beauty of our land helps you to connect with the nature of our place. This is my overarching intention and it’s good to hear you sense this. Thank you.

  6. 🤩🙏Thank You🙏🤩Thank You🙏 Thank You🙏🤩
    I think your films have much more to them than just ‘a photographer taking photos for people to wow over’ because you can hear and feel the land, and all Natures glories speak to you, and it shines through in your films. This is special on many levels Jason x amazing

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