Mrs Darley's Pagan Whispers

A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality & Traditions of the Year


If you’ve ever longed to greet the summer solstice sunrise with drums and honeyed toast, dance in the magick of May Eve, or become lost in the mists of an Imbolc dawn, then this book could be the answer to your quest.
This revised and expanded edition of the first in the Mrs Darley series, ‘Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers’, takes you on a seasonal journey around the Pagan wheel of the year, just as the author experienced when she lived next door to the  wise Mrs Darley on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall during the 1990’s.

 Against the mysterious and haunting backdrop of Cornish moorland, the author found not only the gateway that would lead her towards following a more meaningful spiritual path, but also the courage to engage with many aspects of life which she thought were long since lost to her.

‘Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers,' explores  our spiritual and religious history, all of which is interwoven throughout each chapter with tales of the enchanting Mrs Darley.


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5 Star Reviews on Amazon:

'Mrs Darley's Pagan Whispers is one of those rare books that not only provides factual information on the well known Pagan festivals but manages to get under your skin with the title character. Mrs Darley is someone I would have loved as my next door neighbour as she hands out some wonderful insights whilst always retaining a certain amout of mystery, keeping her tantalisingly at arms length. A great read for all practising and future Pagans.' (By Selene 2008) 

'As a relatively new pagan of a couple of years, had been looking for a good book on the festivals, and found exactly what i was looking for in this book. concise but interesting histories about each festival and i loved the tales of the mysterious mrs darley. Read from cover to cover, would certainly recommend it.' (By Claira 25-1-12)

'That title might sound like a contradiction in terms but this really is a great book if you are 'Pagan curious' and want to find out a little more. I bought this to read whilst on holiday in Cornwall, which is where some of it is set. It is a really well written book, full of humour but also jam packed with interesting bits of information, presented in a clear and intelligent way. I find the whole subject of Paganism, which is based around interaction with the natural world, very inspiring but as someone who works in an academic field I can find some books a bridge too far. This, however, was a complete delight, so much so that I found myself reading sections out loud to my husband, who enjoyed hearing about the links between the moon, the weather, nature, gods and goddessses, Pagan and Christian festivals etc as much as I did, and believe me, this really is not his 'thing'. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in Paganism, primarily people who are new to some of the ideas, as it is a fabulous introduction. However, it is also, quite simply, a really enjoyable read. If you need a 'down to earth' Paganism book, this is it! '(By B Cox 3-1-2012) 

'I absolutely adore this book! It is packed with useful information regarding the festivals, written in an easy to read and understand format. It is interspersed by the wonderful interactions that the author had with her neighbour, the bewitching Mrs Darley. A humerous and esay to digest book about the wheel of the year which would appeal to anyone :) (By Mrs. S. L. Bull on 12 April 2012)

Review from the Druid Network

'Having had a dreadful year myself and not looking forward to winter and the darkness to top it all off one is reminded that there is a pattern and a plan to all that has been throughout this book.
For a 'novice' in all things Pagan but one with a definite calling, this is a comforting introduction, touching in it's simplicity, based in the life of one with a day job, immersed in the rat-race with a longing not be part of it, which anyone who picks the book up can utterly relate to.
Based on the Wheel of the Year it announces it's purpose on the cover as 'a celebration of the Pagan Festivals, sacred days, spirituality and traditions of the year' with a simple historical explanation of how they came about and a non-judgmental account of how they became Christianised.
With touching insights into the author's neighbour, who became her mentor in all things Pagan, the book allows the reader to realise how he or she can also enter the Wheel of the Year in a workaday environment and share the appreciation that Mrs Darley, via Carole Carlton, imparts to give us confidence that celebration is achievable by us all with little effort.'
 (By Anna Thomas-Holland 2011) 

Reviews from 'Goodreads'

'As someone who has only just begun to 'dabble' in Paganism, I found this book invaluable. The factual info was easy to read and understand, but Mrs Darley really brought things to life. Poetry made me think too and the ideas for celebrating the different festivals were nice and simple. Worth a read.' (By Caroline Wilson 2010)

'Very well written introduction to the neo-pagan calender, constructed around semi-fictionalised accounts of events on Bodmin Moor. '(By Lee Broderick 2-1-11)


October brings us not only an interesting night sky, but also calls us to celebrate one of the most important Pagan festivals.
  On the 5th, the full Wine Moon lights our skies - the Moon thought to be blessed by the gods, whilst the 19th heralds the birth of the new Blood Moon, when the gods were asked to strengthen the blood of the tribe before the winter closed in.
The Orionids meteor shower makes for a night time treat on the 21st, as approximately 20 meteors per hour could be visible in the south east after midnight.
On Saturday 29th, our clocks fall backwards as summertime comes to an end and dark evenings once again close in.
On 31st, the Pagan festival of Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year, bids a final goodbye to summer and honours those who have walked the Earth plane before us.
As we enter the cauldron of closings, may we give thanks for the year that is past and for those who once shared our lives, lay to rest that which no longer serves and finally emerge refreshed, to welcome in the new.