Imbolc with Mister Fox

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The Silver Fox banished the night-dark wings of Crow and called forth flame from the night. Holding aloft the staff one final time, the fire leaped magically to light the banner…

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The crowd came closer, seeking the light and warmth of the braziers, called by the music…and strangely garbed… And behind them, the victorious Giant… the Green Man…

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As the flames grew, we saw that another of his kind held the banner…and in the shadows the Foxes prowled, waiting their chance to regain their place…

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…for here, the snow-faced dogs of winter still held sway. But not for long… the drums and pipes called to the Foxes…

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…and the battle was joined, red and white, as the flames leaped and the rain fell… But the Green Man looked on… his was the victory this night.

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The drums marked their footsteps and every blow and feint… a deep heartbeat, the cadence of the earth itself…as the pipes played the dance…

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Then came the challenge… As the Old Dog strutted in arrogance, a flash of green broke the night and, as if materialising from the hope of spring, Young Fox appeared…

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Matched and mirrored they dance in the dark… the Dog tires, beaten by the youth of the Fox and the spring in his step… and the Dog slinks away to lick his wounds, which Young Fox claims his rightful place at the centre of the Foxes…

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They dance the victory… a story mirrored in the land and the stars of the night sky.. a story older than time… danced to a tune forgotten by Man, yet which runs as deep in the blood as ever it did…

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We watch, breathless… smiling… dancing with the beat of the drum…storing up the music to carry away with us as the dance ends with a final flourish and the Foxes fade into the night… Until next time….

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Want to know more about Charles James Fox and the mysterious Red Book of Langsett? Visit Mr Fox’s Earth… or join us in April when it is rumoured that the Foxes will dance for the Foliate Man… or…

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read Mister Fox: The Legend

and Mister Fox and the Demon Dogs

available via Amazon worldwide

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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 and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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17 Responses to Imbolc with Mister Fox

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    I will have to move this one up my TR pile…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Love this, Sue. The production is so dramatic with the red fire and masks against the black of night. The pictures are mesmerizing and I can imagine the drumbeat. Is the event narrated or all in pantomime? It looks wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Like a scene out of antiquity!


  4. adeleulnais says:

    Beautiful my heart was racing looking at the pics and reading the words.

    Liked by 1 person

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