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What's New?

Take a look at our new Craft Items page, which gives you access to all sorts of bespoke goodies, from hallmarked jewellery to flower arrangements, all made by us to your design.

We've started adding stories from the Mabinogion - first one, Lleu Llaw Gyffes has been added, but there are more on the way.

Look out, too, for the Troubadours of Albion Witches Brouhaha, an activism group set up to help uphold our values.  Join up here.

The Witches Brouhaha section on the website has been moved to the Elements' pages, under Fire.

Then again, if your tastes don't run to the cutting edge of politics, try our 'blog pages.  Still fiery enough to burn fluffies, but they won't singe your seat!

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

ElementsWelcome to our Elements pages.

Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the four majickal elements.

These are the stations by which we know our Craft; they are the seasons, the phases of the moon, the north, the east, the south and the west and much else besides.

They are also metaphorical and we, in this section, now explore the various aspects and points of interest in the idiom of those points.

Of course, if you want in-depth information, that's possible too - you only have to ask...

 Here, in accordance with the principles of majick (please note: we do not practice magic - stage illusion, except perhaps as hobbies - or magick - the Crowley-inspired sensationalism of the Wiccans), we represent what we are about, through history and stories, mythology and practical subjects.

The element of Earth is for practical matters; as Craft, practicality is a cornerstone for our ways of living. It is the what and the how. Expect, therefore, much practical help in terms of doing stuff, from baking cakes to building round-houses and all else besides. Whilst some things may not be essentially practical in the modern day, they would have been life-saving skills to our ancestors, and so are honoured here.

The element of Air represents intellect, thought, discussion; it is the why.  Expect, therefore much discourse on history, ideas, thoughts and the like. Life in Britain in pre-Roman times was far from the brutish existence historical convention might suggest - nor was the period immediately after Roman occupation as dark as its sobriquet paints it. Also discussed are the oft-overlooked venerable sports, martial-arts and national dress of the Britons, and much more besides. Intellect, thought and discussion, then, would be well in keeping with the ways of our ancestors.

Fire is for action. It has no question, for action needs none.  We have much to do, and by the powers of our ancestors we'll do it. Whether it be upholding the good name of Paganism and forcing our enemies to afford us the same respect as demanded by minorities ethnic and religious, or getting the unedited historical truth taught as part of the curriculum, or saving - or even buying and restoring - ancient monuments, we are ready; the fire courses through our veins. We are eager.

Lastly, water is the element of emotion. It encompasses all of Rudyard Kipling's six honest servingmen, who also serve all true journalists.  Here is probably the strongest of elements, and here also is where we will find the stories. Ancient British culture was founded on stories, 'round the hearth, where we passed on heroic deeds and knowledge needed for the furtherance of the tribe. And this is where we get our myths and legends which add so much colour to our past. Here we pick apart the meaning of, for example, the Lady and the Lake (as per Arthurian legend, as opposed the otherworldly creature of Llyn-y-fan Fach), and the meanings in fairy stories.

Thus it is we cast our circle round, around our sacred past so far as we can con it. Of course, while much of what we say is conjecture, hearsay or downright guesswork (for instance, how do we extricate the stories of our ancestors from the tales so thoughtfully syncreted into the Christian canon?), we also seek to use fact as far as possible.

Welcome, then, to our world.