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About A Misanthropic Bear

Intermittent posting of random touchstones, memories and events. This wasn't meant to be what it would become... But then, is it ever?

Solstice of the Moon: Circle of Timeless Light

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Stars over Scotland. Image: Pixabay A few stars twinkled above Inverurie as our group gathered for dinner. It wasn’t even raining much. That probably explains why, some time after nine o’clock, when the moonless…

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Solstice of the Moon: Switching the Lights On

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We had returned to Easter Aquhorthies for a second visit. It was still raining, but this time the sky was much brighter than the iron-grey deluge of the day before and there was already…

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Solstice of the Moon: Stone of the Maiden

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Once upon a time… twelve or thirteen hundred years ago… there lived a fair maiden. She was, it is told, the daughter of the Laird of Balquhain. She was betrothed and very soon to…

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Solstice of the Moon: Unfamiliar Territory

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It is raining again and about to get worse. You are in a suburban green space between neat-gardened houses, the last place you would expect to find an ancient treasure… and you are confronted…

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Solstice of the Moon: Circles of Pain

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The weather was beginning to regain its composure, but it was still being temperamental enough to lustrate the companions exploring the mysteries of an ancient landscape. Our next site was not far distant and…

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Solstice of the Moon: Circle of Peace

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Our first stop next day was a place where mysterious stones, a Celtic saint and a link to one of the best-known legends of the British Isles all come together in a village churchyard.…

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Solstice of the Moon (Part 3)

Day Two (Continued) Following a rather delicious soup stop, we headed off for some light refreshment in the form of Symbol Stones. These mysterious artefacts of the Picts, with their admixture of Christian and Pagan symbolism, remain largely unexplained due … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: The Field of Prayer

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Easter Aquhorthies. Image: Paul Allison CCA2.0 There were many merry meetings in Inverurie, bringing a golden glow to the afternoon that belied the grisaille of rain and wet stone. We were greeted outside our…

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Solstice of the Moon (Part 2)

Day Two Mettle tested and hardly dried, we head off to Midmar; a site rather polluted and dulled by the intrusion of “modern” death rites. The energies here are “slacker”. More turgid. I couldn’t handle the swirling vortices and back … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon (Part 1)

Day One The forecast wasn’t all that bad but, heading South, the signs didn’t bode well. The showers seemed to be clumping together, somewhat; and by the time everyone had gathered at the initial meeting place, the gaps between clumps … Continue reading

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