Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Angus farm field to be transformed into Pagan worship site after planning application approved at Monikie

For many modern Pagans, the Green Man is used as a symbol of seasonal renewal and ecological awareness
For many modern Pagans, the Green Man is used as a symbol of seasonal renewal and ecological awareness

An Angus farm field will be transformed into a Pagan worship site.

The land on the edge of Monikie, just north of Dundee, could be used for eight seasonal festivals on the Pagan calendar.

There is a core of Pagan followers in the Tayside and Fife area but many continue to keep their beliefs private to avoid controversy.

Jan Steel at the site on the edge of Monikie.

Landowner Jan Steel said the certificate of lawfulness application to Angus Council was aimed at allowing herself and Pagan friends to follow their beliefs in peace and without fear they are “being watched” by others in the Angus village.

Angus Council has approved the temporary use application for “public worship or religious instruction, or the social or recreational activities of a religious body”.

A cycle of eight seasonal Pagan festivals, often known as the Wheel of the Year, begins with the Samhain Festival of the Dead on, or near, October 31.

It is followed by the winter solstice on December 21 and the Imbolic festival at the beginning of February to celebrate the awakening of earth from winter sleep.

Other key Pagan dates include the festival of Beltane running through the night of April 30 and into the morning of the following day, described as a celebration of sexuality and revelling in the joy of being alive.

Participants leap the Beltane fire and dance around the maypole to celebrate summer’s arrival.

A Scottish Pagan Federation spokesperson said: “We are pleased that information available on our website supported this planning application.

“Our officers also spoke with planning officials at Angus Council to confirm that they were aware of Pagan rights to practice.

“Although there is no legal requirement for Pagans to get planning permission to hold festivals on their own property, we understand the individual wished to do so and are pleased that their application has been successful.”

Mrs Steel had hoped to build a house on the field which has sat for more than 40 years, but it sits outside the Monikie development boundary.

Supporting information submitted sets out the eight festivals on the Pagan calendar but Mrs Steel said she doubted more than a handful of gatherings would be held during the year.

Pagans have no buildings set aside for worship and ceremonies take place in a variety of outdoor locations.

Aberlemno standing stones

Dunino Den, near St Andrews remains an area linked to the diverse religion.

Parts of Angus have also become a magnet for modern-day seekers of spiritual enlightenment.

Prominent sites include Aberlemno, between Forfar and Brechin,which is home to a notable collection of Pictish monuments.

A few miles to the west, Hunter’s Hill near Glamis boasts a mysterious ancient stone disguised as a larch, which features images of a four-winged angel, a bird-headed man and a wriggling serpent.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]