Somewhere in the moonlight…

P1250388We had watched the sun go down in flames. There was the inevitable frisson of excitement as I waited in the lane. Above, the clouds were fringed with moonlight; here though, there was only shadowed silence. Not far away a crowd had formed waiting… yet I stood alone in the night… a child again, watching for magic. A flare of light behind me… an answering flare far in front… and then  drums marking the heartbeat of darkness. It seemed I wasn’t alone after all…

P1250422Others had gathered, knowing what was to come. Or so they thought… Every year the Foxes dance for the Hunter’s Moon in Langsett. Every year they are surrounded by those who come to share a momentary and primal magic that crosses the borders between the worlds with sound and movement, led by the Silver Fox who carries the Staff and the light.

P1250426This year, there was something different… others who lurked in the shadows. They too watched and waited. White-faced and spectral, following the dancing flames of the Foxes.  Few saw them in the shadows… all eyes were turned toward the procession that approached the dancing ground.

P1250431I joined the crowd as their banner passed… ‘Esto ferox…’; they would need that tonight it seemed. Prowling and wary, the hounds followed in silence behind them…

P1250437Hooded figures, furtive… half seen in the torchlight and the wavering shadows, slinking into the edges of night, waiting for their chance to steal the forest throne.

P1250452On the dancing ground, one battle had already been fought and Crow chased from the clearing. Another, it seemed, was about to commence and Fox, Vixen and Cub joined in flame to dance beneath the moon.

P1250467Too small to see above the towering watchers, I retired to my eyrie, joining my companion to watch from on high as the intricate dance unfolded and a challenged was issued… accepted… and lost.

P1250474The strength of Old Fox had failed, his throne was forfeit and the bone-faced hounds ruled the night, mocking as they watched the dance woven before them beneath the stars.

P1250661Yet there is a magic in the Hunter’s Moon… a power of renewal known only to those who bathe in its light. Those who weave the dance… they know. Old Fox was not alone…

P1250710Wrought of moonlight and magic, Young Fox rose from the shadows to reclaim the night… the hounds, defeated, slunk away and the flames leaped in celebration.

P1250737Where do they come from?
They come out of the night…
Where do they go to?
Back to the night they return…
They dance in the dark to pipe and drum and fiddle
They dance in the dark with fire and brandished flame…
No-one knows who they are…

P1250740You may find them in the darkness when the seasons turn. You may hear the pipe and the drum calling when the flames leap high beneath the moon…

P1250744But unless the Silver Fox admits you to their ranks, you will only ever know them as Mister Fox…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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34 Responses to Somewhere in the moonlight…

  1. Oh my! Love this.
    I wish I could be there too. I would’ve been so excited joining in the rituals.
    This is very interesting, indeed. 🙂

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  2. Atmospheric thrills

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  3. Wow! What an exciting night. I loved the photos and could almost hear the drumbeat. 🙂

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  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    What a fabulous colorful evening. It feels like you did a nice job of bringing the energy of the evening to this post between your narrative and fiery photographs. Well done! 🙂

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  5. Wow, that looks like a fab event Sue, gotta look more into this, and great shots aswell shooting in those lighting conditions aint an easy task 🙂

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  8. Mary Smith says:

    Fabulous pics, fascinating story.

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  9. Now THAT is a party worth going to.

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  10. Darcy says:

    Interesting and timely additions… 😉

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  11. Ali Isaac says:

    Very exciting! I’d love to see them!

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