For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Samhain has just passed, marking the end of one journey and the beginning of a new spiral journey in the Wheel of the Year. For many of us, this is a time to look back at where we have been in the last year — what we… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Begin anywhere
Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash We learn history in many ways — from school textbooks, non-fiction scholarly works, novels, television, documentaries and films, the nightly news and more — and some of those sources may even be accurate. But what of cultural lore and traditions, and family history? In the past, these stories were shared at family… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: the magic of storytelling
Aligning with the transformational energies of the New Moon in Scorpio and our internal alchemy.
Today I share these beautiful words from poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), which reflect my feelings and experiences at this time of year. I too embrace the liminal times, and this liminal time — the transition from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice that we call Samhain. It is the sunset of the year,… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Embracing liminal times
Bobbing for apples, and making a rowan red thread cross At Samhain, whenever I celebrate it, I often turn to the traditions of my youth and bring in new ones each year, inspired by the season and my earth-based spirituality. Some of these are strictly just for fun! I celebrate all the possible Samhain dates… Continue reading Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain
When Nature plants an acorn, it yields its potential — its destiny — as a magnificent oak, its growth tempered only by the amount of sun, rain, and nutrients. But what of we humans? What other factors may be in play? Our beliefs — and that of others — can shape who we are, and… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Be like the acorn
New Moon Blessings! The Super New Moon on October 16th arrives at 19:31 UTC in the sign of Libra, a Cardinal sign signifying initiation, and is aligned with the element Air, such a cerebral sign. Air can bring change and inspiration, a gentle refreshing breeze or knock us down with heavy gusts! Air is life, death… Continue reading New Moon in Libra: Right Relationship
The Full Moon is a powerful time each month for me, as Seanmháthair Gealach — Grandmother Moon in Irish — shifts from the rising action-oriented waxing energies of the Divine Masculine toward the waning reflective intuitive energies of the Divine Feminine. It is a good time to re-assess, course correct and release whatever no longer… Continue reading Full Moon Release Ritual with Fire
Photo by Conscious Design on Unsplash My meditation practice has evolved over time as I learned (and continue to learn!) what works for me — the when, where, how such as the time of day and amount of time, sitting vs laying down, and my mindset as I begin. For me, one of the challenges was the tendency… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Meditation as healing
Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash Earlier today, I read an article from The Toronto Star, shared by a friend on Facebook. The article was a huge eye-opener for me — a paradigm shift — especially on this Autumn Equinox as we contemplate the wisdom grown and harvested since the Spring Equinox, and offer gratitude for that harvest.… Continue reading Living large or embracing a smaller life?