i am expecting some of my newer readers to wonder why on earth a pagan would choose to go to an old christian church at imbolc?
well, the church, high on a hill, is built within a big round earth work, and the yew has been dated to over 1,000 years old and i, and others believe, as is usual with many old churches, that the original site was either a small settlement or a sacred place for the ancestors of this area.
i have always been drawn to this place and since moving back here after ten years of roaming dorset i find the pull to go up there even stronger than before.
but i only ever go there when i am called and yesterday it was strong despite the freezing weather.
it is really peaceful there, and to me it has nothing to do with it being a graveyard and a sanctified area~that has no meaning for me in a religious sense.
the peace is deeper, taking me out of this time, further back, to a time before christianity claimed it as its own