It has been far to long I considered as I found myself stepping out of my body into my little valley of the spirit world. I walked down the hill the green grass still wet with dew, the path the same I have walked many times before. At the base of the hill I crossed the bridge over the stream and went on to the ring of standing stones that marked the temple. The usual central fire was not blazing but instead was merely smoldering. The ancient wise who normally is there was not. I looked about. I called for my guide the stag, but he too did not respond. Not sure what to do, I walked to where the stream opened up into a small pond near the temple. I squatted along the shore looking deeply into the water and for a brief moment caught sight of a salmon, which upon making eke contact with me quickly darted to the black depths. I was very alone. I placed my finger tips onto the water and felt the cold. I stood, walked back to the ring of stones, the fall leaves crunching under foot. Once there, I stood caught in the stillness, only to have it shattered a moment later by the flutter of wings and the landing of a large raven across the way from me. I greeted the bird, only to have it skin-turn. There before stood the Morrigan. I gave her a very respect full greeting. It was returned and she proceeded to tell me that this was her season, that she had taken the throne. She also told me that stag was not there for at this moment, he was being hunted. I was taken aback at the news, but before I could think overly much I found myself racing into the woods to save him. I couldn't help but notice the irony of it all considering that I myself have been the hunter of several deer. After a short distance I realized that I had no idea where he was, or where to find him. Then the raven flew ahead of me, and I some how knew to follow, so I did. The Morrigan lead me to where I could find my old friend and I was able to stop the hunters. Then the Morrigan again appeared to me as a woman and she said unto me "you have saved him from death this time, but you can not always save your friends". With that she again turned to the raven and flew away. I watched her go, my fingers gently combing through the stags fur, and considered her message and the lesson in all this. Once she was gone a globe of brightness appeared before me and the stag and it coalessed into Lugh. We spoke but a little about recent events in my life and about my challenges in nursing school. He was very supportive and assured me that I would get through it, but had to keep studying hard. He reminded me that "you are the light bringer". With that he told me it was time to return. I mounted stag, and he took me back to the gateway. I dismounted and hugged stag and spoke with him for a time to reconnect. Then I said goodbye and stepped back through the gate. Looking down at my self sitting before my shrine, I stepped into my body, sat down, and closing my spirit walk, opened my eyes.