Druid Site in Itchen Woods, Winchester. Dec. 2019.

Chris Bishop and I visited the Itchen Woods, Banjo enclosure today, with the intention of visiting a vortex-site which Chris had found during the summer. He had been walking in the woods whilst talking to me on messenger, and as he began to come close to the site, which he did not know was there, his head began to swim. At first, he had no idea why he was feeling that way, but I was picking up the information from the site as we spoke, (in terms of energy, there is no distance), so it was as if I was there with him.

I received impressions, and he did also, and we discovered that it was a vortex site, like a small chakra point. These vortex points are often associated with either Spring, Summer or Winter; and this one was a Winter site, which means it is more active during the winter. What was interesting about this site was that it was a male – fertility site. These sites are usually active during the winter months.  It is as if, when the female creative energies are going into the quietness of winter, the male creation energies are becoming more active.

Most creation on this planet depends on the male and female energy, and vortex points are no different. Winchester is predominantly a male energy, with its female counterpart in St. Catherine’s Hill. The energies work together, via the Itchen River, to create a balanced area. We have mostly worked with female-energy sites, such as at Coldridge Woods and Fosbury, etc. and only large male fertility sites, such as those in in Winchester.

As I was in Egypt during Chris’s discovery of this site, we decided we would visit when I got back in the UK, so, as I am now back, today we went exploring. We parked up at the old oak tree at the entrance trackway to Old Alresford. Chris couldn’t quite remember how to get to the site exactly, because he was there during the summer. Everything looks different in the winter! So, he led me to where he thought it was, having taken many detours on the way, and slowly, as we got closer, we began to feel the familiar light-headedness and tingly scalp sensations we usually feel when at an energy-point. Because there were no visible signs of a settlement, we have to trust our other senses to guide us there.

I began to receive impressions, which for me come as images into my head. I heard a man welcome me, which is also how I know we are at a place which is significant, energy-wise. As we got closer to the site, I saw him. He was dressed as a druidic-character and he was standing on a small mound beyond the hedge that bordered the woods. The druids were an Iron-Age priesthood so he was showing me the time-frame; the sites were Iron-Age. We already knew the Banjo enclosure was Iron-Age as Banjo enclosures were introduced during that time period, (approx.500 BC).

We walked to where the energy felt strongest, but it was still some distance from the man, but now a woman had joined him. They appeared to be waiting patiently for us, while we tuned into the energy of the site. The site itself is a winter-vortex, as we had already ascertained, which made sense, as the Druids worked with male-fertility. Think golden sickles and mistletoe!

The place where these two ancestors were standing was some distance from the vortex energy, so we had to find a way to get into the open field beyond. But first, we tuned in, received some private information, then Chris found a hole in the fence where we could get into the field. We walked straight to where the couple was standing and didn’t stop until we were standing in their energy. This felt important. I was in the woman’s energy and Chris was in the Druid’s. The woman was a short, dark-haired woman, dressed in a woven, long red woollen skirt and an indigo tunic of the same fabric. The druid was dressed in creamy-white, as you’d imagine.

Once we stood in their ‘place’, which also felt significant, we were each given a gift. I was given a skein of wool, and Chris was given information on how to grow food. They shared their knowledge of the abundance of the winter season. It was not always about spring and summer. Holly gives its berries in winter, evergreen trees, mistletoe, all were available in the winter. We were shown how they survived during the winter, what vegetables to grow in that season, etc.

They showed us the role that each person had in the home: the women wove during the long, dark winter nights, making and preparing clothes and blankets; the men looked after the food growing in their small enclosures and took care of the animal’s needs, etc.

Then they gave us a tumble of hot berry-drink, telling us as they did, how they preserved the berries in autumn to drink as warming drinks in winter, implying that we should do the same! The berries gave them important vitamins that kept them healthy during the darker winter months.

Before we left, the woman gave us each a handful of warm chestnuts. They didn’t grow in her day, but she said we should eat more of them. Naturally, I googled sweet chestnuts when I got home and discovered how nutritious they are!

Once we felt complete, we said our goodbyes and decided to go the Itchen Banjo enclosure. Walking away from them, it felt like we were saying a long farewell, as if we were going on a very long journey.

It was only when we got to the Banjo Enclosure, which was only a short distance away, that we began to understand why they were giving us that information. It all made sense later – as it often does…

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