Neo-paganism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Its focus is on a nature-based relationship between people and the environment. Pagan traditions are earth-based. Pagan rituals remind people they a part of the natural environment not apart from it. During a pagan ritual, the participants call on the ancient deities and reconnect with the changing of the seasons.
Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went