Celtic Celebrations, Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh and Pachamama Raymi Blessings

Blessings to Mama Earth on Lughnasadh, Imbolc and Pachamama Raymi Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first of the three harvest festivals: Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-suh), also known as Lammas. In the Celtic (and Neopagan) Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three:  the First Harvest (aka First Fruit)… Continue reading Lughnasadh and Pachamama Raymi Blessings

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Celtic Celebrations, Celtic Mythology, Goddess

Honouring Cerridwen’s Feast Day on July 3rd

  Tomorrow, July 3rd, is the feast day of Cerridwen, the Celtic-Welsh Goddess of Rebirth and Transformation, associated with awen (poetic inspiration) and the Cauldrons of Knowledge, Vocation & Warming (known to some as the Cauldrons of Knowledge, Inspiration and Rebirth) and with the Dark Moon. As a Triple Goddess, she is also associated with… Continue reading Honouring Cerridwen’s Feast Day on July 3rd

Alternative & Holistic Health, Elements, Grandfather Sun, Healing

The Heart and Summer Fire

I love the changing of the seasons and what each brings to us in this beautiful cycle of life throughout the year . . .  from Spring's growth and fertility through to Summer's abundance, to Autumn's harvest and release, to Winter's rest, followed by the renewal of Spring again.. Summer is with us now and… Continue reading The Heart and Summer Fire

Goddess, Hedgewitch, Herbalism

The magick of the Linden tree

I am working diligently on my tree identification skills and this is where the phenology wheels (as discussed in our free Wisdom From Grandmother Moon course) are so useful: I can often identify trees at specific times (such as when they are blossoming or bearing their fruits or berries) but not in winter, etc. I’m hoping… Continue reading The magick of the Linden tree

Alternative & Holistic Health, Earth Medicine, Hedgewitch, Herbalism, Litha

Celebrating the Elder Tree

Each month, new header images are selected for this blog to reflect the activity and changes of Mama Earth around us. Today I honour the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra), which blossoms in many locations from late June into late July. Elder is a powerful tree, considered magical and holy by many cultures, as a source… Continue reading Celebrating the Elder Tree

Celtic Mythology, Herbalism, Magic

Celebrate International Fairy Day on June 24

Yes, June 24th is International Fairy Day!  Some think of a fairy as any magical creature but in the folklore of Britain and Ireland the range is less broad, encompassing various sprites, nature spirits — some with good intentions and some not quite-so-good! For me, International Fairy Day is a day to celebrate that heritage… Continue reading Celebrate International Fairy Day on June 24

Alternative & Holistic Health, Earth Medicine, Grandfather Sun, Lunar Cycles, Solstice

MidSummer & St John’s Day/ Fête de la Saint Jean-Baptiste

In many countries, MidSummer — which I, and others, celebrate on the Summer Solstice — is celebrated not on Solstice but on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist / St Jean-Baptiste, June 24th. Why? Solstice celebrations have infused their way into various faiths around the world, and many have feasts or celebrations of… Continue reading MidSummer & St John’s Day/ Fête de la Saint Jean-Baptiste