Last weekend was a very social and nice time for the Open Circle. Four of us met informally for a fire and bbq on Friday evening. The weather was dry and not too windy so the fire was a really nice experience. We barbecued some chicken and lots of vegetables and had them with some wine and cider. We spent the evening chatting about upcoming festivals and other summer events amongst other topics. After our guests left it started getting dark. We drew a few random sigils around the fire and finished our cider contemplating the glowing coal resembling a city viewed from the air at night. When we finished it began raining.
On Saturday we met for a lovely lunch at Leakeys Bookshop. I highly recommend whisky, honey and caraway cake and lapsong tea (if you like smoky flavours). After the lunch we strolled down to the Market Inn for a couple of pints. There we could have a look at my new purchase from Leakeys, a wonderful book ‘Birds’ by Katrina Cook portraying 150 pictures of ornithological art. Birds have been playing an important role in my Spirituality and Magick and this find was truly irresistible.
When we were on our way home we found an injured bird. We couldn’t leave him lying there in the rain exposed to attacks from cats and other birds. We took him home. I had to carry him in my hands and it was still breathing after we left him in a basket full of hay. We called the SSPCA, hopeful that they will be able to help, but before they had a chance to arrive the bird died. We buried him in our garden and marked the place with some stones. We gave him some grain for his travel to the netherworld. I felt it was important to assist this bird in his death. I hope we eased the suffering and let him pass away in peace.