About Sharon Blackie

Writer, psychologist, mythologist at The Hedge School.

Finding the gods in our places again

A couple of decades ago, when I was once again delving deeply into my roots in psychology and mythology, I discovered the writings of Kathleen Raine. I’d long admired her as a poet, but hadn’t really grasped the extent of her scholarship in the realms of the imaginal and the imagination – something I was [...]

2019-02-20T10:26:27+00:00February 20th, 2019|Article|8 Comments

Hagitude

I’m 57 years old going on 58, and I keep waiting for my hair to turn grey. It refuses. Instead, the red in it which I always loved has simply faded to duller and darker. The same thing has happened to everyone on my father’s side of the family with my colouring – but I’d [...]

2019-02-06T11:39:23+00:00February 6th, 2019|Article|59 Comments

Life, lost and found

Maméan: ‘Pass of the Birds’. Early this morning. Scrambling up a mountain, looking down on Loch an Dá Éan (‘Lake of the Two Birds) or Loch an Tairbh (‘the Bull’s Lake’) depending on the local folklore. I don’t know any folklore about the two birds, but the bull is the beautiful magical bull of Crow [...]

2018-11-18T13:17:29+00:00November 18th, 2018|Article|3 Comments

Becoming the land’s apprentice

Not so very long ago, I spent four years living on and working the land in one of the wildest, harshest and most remote parts of the UK: on the farthest western shore of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The place where the road ran out, and there was nowhere left to [...]

2018-12-11T05:59:39+00:00October 25th, 2018|Article|5 Comments