Under an Evil Star: A Cosy Chat with Author, Jane Holland

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Under an Evil Star is a thriller based on horary astrology. What led you to choose this as a topic?

Since astrology is such a big part of my daily life, I wanted to extend that into my fiction. But how? Last year, eager to write for radio, I listened to Alastair Jessiman’s great radio plays about a Scottish psychic, The Sensitive, and kept thinking throughout, I need to use my esoteric knowledge in my fiction in the same way. Then I hit on the idea of making an astrologer my main character. But obviously, you need to know who the villain is to study their birth chart. But with horary, a much wider field of possibilities becomes open to you.

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Mabon thoughts from pagan photographer Kim Griffin

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Slowly a dying hush like a blanket of mist falls across a sleepy earth. The descending darkness embraces the great mother and sleep calls her whispering on an autumn breeze. Trees bow down as she passes a last blaze of finery and coppery gold leaves slip gently floating to the ground a patchwork of a fading summer.

The best time of the year for me is autumn . A time to go inwards and reflect on the past year – roaring fires and darkness. Evenings lit by glowing candles and reading ghost stories. Walking in a silent woodland leaves crunching underfoot and the smell of the earth’s sleep. Spindly spiky boughs over head ghost-like against grey skies, always beautiful, somehow more evocative than summer.

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Cosy Chat with Intuitive Photographer, Kim Griffin

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I’m delighted to welcome Kim J Griffin of 2ndSightPics to join me by the fire for a cosy chat. Kim brings her paganism and deep love of nature to her photography, and produces beautiful pictures that really highlight the magic in nature. She has entranced me with her images, so I was really excited when she agreed to come for a chat. Here we talk about the connection between intuition and creativity, as well as paganism, nature and the environment.

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