Rick (aka Witcherman) first came under the protective boughs of the Oak Tree when he was four years-old. However it was not until 16 years later, one autumn afternoon while walking through Swithland Wood in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire, that he was able to hear the actual voice of the trees. A love affair with the natural ancient woodlands of Charnwood was born that day, which still exists over 30 years later.
About the same time Rick also began studying ancient Irish history and mythology, focusing mainly on the Iron Age and was especially enamoured by the Táin Bó Cuailnge, The Cattle Raid of Cooley; a typical Irish tale that combined magic, myth, history and ancient tradition. Since that time Rick has expanded his reading material to include the art forms of Early Mediaeval Britain and Ireland, Druidry, and the ancient peoples who inhabited Britain during the First Millennium A.C.E.
Concurrently Rick began a long literary passion for writing poetry, directly inspired by his interaction with nature, mythology and romance. Often he had to juggle the time allotted to poetry with yet another passion for creating art and design inspired by such masterpieces as the illuminated manuscripts The Book of Kells and The Lindisfarne Gospels. All the while holding down a job working up to 12 hour shifts a day as a machine operator!
By 2000 Rick, now using the online name Candlesprite, was actively taking part in Pagan forums when the Internet was still in its infancy, and before long became a regular article contributor and Assistant Manager of the MSN Group Murias, where he remained until MSN Groups were discontinued 2007. Murias was open to pagans of all Paths but concentrated primarily, but not exclusively, on Druid Traditions.
Between 2001-2003 Rick also worked as a contributor and Assistant Editor for the popular Pagan E-Zine Echoed Voices, which had amongst its cyber-pages interviews with Pagan celebrities Philip Carr-Gomm, Emma Restall-Orr and Anna Franklin. It was after the interview with Emma that Rick came into contact with the wider, vibrant Pagan and Druid community which existed in Charnwood and Leicester. Since that time Rick has been expanding his knowledge of the history of British Druidry, Wicca, witchcraft, and the magical traditions and uses of both.
Between 2006-07 Rick and his partner Mary wrote the four-part satirical short story Diary of a Sacred Tree, which was successfully published in both Witchtower and Anna Franklin’s Silver Wheel. Rick has also performed workshops on Bardic Poetry and taken his Wand-Making talk to pagans in Canada.
In 2006 Rick started Witcher’s Wands and began producing wands and staffs for magical use. He sources his wood from the sustainable woodlands of Charnwood Forest and favours lengths of wood with natural honeysuckle twists. The artwork which accompanies the Ogham Divination card set utilises many of his hand-made wands within its designs.
Rick has penned numerous, so-far unpublished, novels; all working with historical, magical and spiritual themes and combining thirty years of knowledge and experience into the narrative. He hopes to publish his first novel within the next year or so.
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