The Pressure to Break Free

From a certain perspective it looks like the world is going mad, but perhaps there’s something else going on. This is what happens when our true nature is subverted. We’re socialised into being less than who we really are, but deep in the shadows, the soul fights to break free, and when it finally does, the effects can be devastating.

This extract from The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein seems more relevant than ever, with the recent upheavals of Brexit and Trump. We’ve been running away from the truth for a long time and it’s finally catching up with us. The collective shadow has erupted and all the darkness we’ve denied is spewing forth. A soul denied can be the most destructive force on earth… Continue reading “The Pressure to Break Free”

Things are changing around here

The intrepid among you may have noticed a few changes around these parts lately. New content has appeared as if by magic (imported, actually, but we can pretend) and visitor numbers have gone up. So if you’re new to this corner of the internet: hello and welcome!

The new posts come from my old astrology blog: Stealing Fire from the Gods. I haven’t been able to update it for ages, and along with my other blogs and trying to write a book, it was all getting a bit unmanageable. So I’m streamlining. Continue reading “Things are changing around here”

A Brief History of Astrology

Nobody knows when astrology first started, although the study of the stars and cycles of time goes back into prehistory. The first lunar calendar, which was etched into a bone, dates to 32,000 BCE. And there are cave paintings at Lascaux that date to around 17,000 BCE which some say depict the earliest constellations, although this is hard to prove.

The most famous ancient monument aligned to the heavens is Stonehenge, which was built to track the movements of the sun and the moon. But a Mesolithic calendar dated to around 8,000 BCE was found more recently in Scotland which predates Stonehenge by 5,000 years. Continue reading “A Brief History of Astrology”

Scriptwriting Competitions for Screenplays & Stage Plays

Scriptwriting Competition List for 2017. Updated: 1 Dec 2016 International and UK competitions for screenwriters and playwrights – updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for these comps personally, but if you have experience of any of them, I’d love to hear from you. Good luck! Continue reading “Scriptwriting Competitions for Screenplays & Stage Plays”

Novel Writing Competitions for Children & Young Adults

Writing Competition List for 2017. Updated: 1 Dec 2016 International competitions for unpublished or self-published fiction for children and young adults, plus a couple for UK residents only. Updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for any of these comps personally, but if you have experience of them, I’d love to hear from you. Good luck! Continue reading “Novel Writing Competitions for Children & Young Adults”

Novel Writing Competitions 2017

Novel Writing Competition List for 2017. Updated: 1 Dec 2016 These competitions are for unpublished or self-published novels and novellas for international writers, plus a couple for UK residents only. It’s a long list, updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for any of these comps personally, but if you have experience of them, I’d love to hear from you. Good luck! Continue reading “Novel Writing Competitions 2017”

Time to Wake Up: Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest – bodhisattva in action – is back with her new album Let Them Eat Chaos, an epic poem set to music. The poem is a call for us to wake up and smell the perfect coffee for what it is, and a commentary on how we live in a world in crisis – the distractions, desperation, and joys of being alive. Here’s a video of the blistering performance she recorded for the BBC, a furious and compassionate cry for empathy and love in alienated times.

Continue reading “Time to Wake Up: Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest”