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Author Snapshot Interview: Steve Andrews

I asked a bunch, or should that perhaps be a 'bibliography' of authors...whatever the collective noun for a group of authors is...a few quick snapshot questions.

This week is...STEVE ANDREWS (aka The Bard of Ely)

1. What or who inspires you the most and why?

The natural world is what inspires me the most because of all its amazing complexities and incredibly beautiful forms. I connected with nature when I was a little boy and consider myself very lucky that I did. 

2. Do you have any set daily spiritual practices?

Not that I think of in that way, but I could view my daily walks in the countryside as ‘spiritual.’

3. What is your favourite subject to write about and why?

Probably butterflies, and I write about them so much because they play such a big part in my life. I live in Portugal and rear Swallowtails and Monarchs, and I like to try and inspire other people to help the butterflies too. 

4. Do you have a sacred or spiritual place/area (anywhere in the world) that you feel connected to?

I will answer Avebury because I have missed it a lot since I have been living abroad, since the end of 2004. Before that I used to attend the Gorsedds on every one of the eight seasonal festival dates on the Pagan and Druid calendar. I try to visit Avebury whenever I come back to the UK and last year was very pleased to do a book-signing session at The Henge Shop. Fellow author Kit Berry was also there at the time, and I was accompanied by my friend, the poet Mab Jones from Cardiff. It was the weekend of the Beltane gorsedd and I managed to play a few songs in the gathering in the Stones too. It was great to be back. My Druid friend and fellow Bard,  Cliff Carr, kindly loaned me his guitar and I sang my song Kingfisher, which has the line:”Queen of the Summer, Queen of the May, be my queen of every day, I’ll be your Kingfisher.” 

5. Where do you work your magic/practice your faith? Do you have a special room or area set aside?

My connection is with nature and it is in the natural world that I see magic. This means I can find that connection and magic wherever I happen to be.

6. What book/talk/article of yours are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of my Pagan Portals book Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets, because I give a unique look at herbalism and astrology and explain how the herbalists of old, like Nicolas Culpeper, had a system with which they could assign a herb to be ruled by a specific planetary ruler and deity. For example, Mars, the god of war, ruled over the Dragon Tree, with its sword-shaped leaves and blood red resin. Venus, the goddess of love, ruled over the Rose. 

List of books published, so far:

Herbs of the Northern Shaman

Pagan Portals: Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets

Herbs of the Southern Shaman

(all published by Moon Books)


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