Solstice celebrations are in full swing here at the Lilly residence, but I wanted to take a second to share some exciting news with you about a new writing project I’m involved with!
I’m really pleased and honored to be able to announce that I am now officially the Wild Earth feature editor for Aontacht Magazine! It’s going to be a lot of fun joining the editorial and production team of such an awesome magazine, and I’m thrilled to have yet another excuse to work with writers in the Druid community who are “walking their talk” and connecting with the Earth and the natural world in authentic, creative ways — and of course, to do a bit of writing of my own!
My first contribution appears in the most recent issue of Aontacht, which you can download for free on the Druidic Dawn website. The piece is called “Seven Wonders of the Natural World – In Your Own Backyard,” and in it I share a little bit about the winners of the New7Wonders campaign and the themes of diversity, depth, balance and mystery that these exotic sites exemplify — plus, how we can discover those wonders of nature everywhere, not just in far-away places but also in our own neighborhoods and local landscapes.
There are also a lot of other great articles and features in this issue, including an excellent interview with New Zealand Druid Pamela Meekings-Stewart, and a fascinating exploration of the traditional four directions and their correspondences by Simon Danser, who takes a whole new approach and even manages to work in some theoretical physics. There’s also some poetry, a few book reviews, an article on the historical significance of mistletoe and a cool overview of therapeutic uses for lavender essential oil.
And yes, it’s totally free, thanks to the generosity and support of members of Druidic Dawn, the non-profit organization that sponsors the magazine. You can view the most recent issue of Aontacht Magazine on their website, or download it as a high-quality .pdf file (6.73 MB). (There’s also an archive page where you can find all of Aontacht‘s past issues, going all the way back to 2008.)
The word “aontach” (pronounced AYN-tahkht) comes from Irish gaelic and means “unity,” and Aontacht Magazine focuses on Celtic and Druid spiritual traditions all over the world, guided by their motto: “creating unity through community.” In his annual review, OBOD’s chief Philip Carr-Gomm described Aontacht as the most active online Druid magazine out there, and the magazine has a broad readership base that include many different orders and organizations in both the northern and southern hemispheres. It also embraces an interfaith approach that welcomes articles on Celtic polytheism, Celtic Reconstructionism, Revival and Neopagan Druidry, and Celtic Christianity too.
Aontacht Magazine comes out four times a year, on the solstices and equinoxes, and each issue has a theme. This past issue’s theme was “Storytelling” — and we’re currently looking for submissions for the next issue inspired by the theme “Sacred Places.” As the Wild Earth feature editor, part of my job is finding quality essays and articles from other writers that explore the overlap of Celtic spirituality and earth-centered consciousness.
So if you’re a Druid or Celtic polytheist, consider this a call for submissions! There’s more information in Aontacht‘s submission guidelines, and you can email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you mention in your email if you would like your piece considered for the Wild Earth feature.
And hey, if you’re not a Celtic polytheist or Druid but you still want to share your insights and experiences about walking an earth-centered Pagan path, don’t forget that I’m still the editor and blog administrator of No Unsacred Place, a project of the Pagan Newswire Collective! You can send guest post submissions for NUP my way by checking out the submission guidelines and emailing email@example.com.