Celtic Celebrations, Celtic Mythology, Equinox, Wheel of the Year

Equinox in the Celtic Wheel of the Year

There are endless debates on precisely how the Celts celebrated and observed the Wheel of the Year. This is a challenge for archaeologists, anthropologists and those aligned with what we know (or think we know!) of the Earth-based Celtic spirituality. Why? Much of the history of their practices comes through an oral tradition passed through… Continue reading Equinox in the Celtic Wheel of the Year

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Celtic Celebrations, Imbolc, Lughnasadh

The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

  On this cross-quarter day, Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere and Lughnasadh in the Southern Hemisphere, consider the commonality of these two festivals and how they might complement each other with their Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine aspects. For instance, the Celtic patrons of these celebrations — the goddess Brighid for Imbolc, and the god… Continue reading The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

Celtic Celebrations, Moon Mná, Wise Woman Bean Gealach

Celebrate your Herstories on Nollaig na mBan

Join your family, friends and SiStars in celebrating YOUR HerStory on 12th Night of Christmas, celebrated by my Celtic ancestors as Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Little Christmas in Irish Gaelic). For those of you not familiar with Women’s Little Christmas, it is a Celtic tradition from days of yore and is still celebrated in Ireland, the Isle of Man… Continue reading Celebrate your Herstories on Nollaig na mBan

Celtic Celebrations, Solstice, Wheel of the Year

The Wisdom of Solstice: Choice

Now that the 12 Days of Solstice are complete (see our previous post for a ritual on closing the 12 days), I share one more thought on the Wisdom of Solstice: Choice. This comes from today's meditation and practice. In addition to my closing ritual, I am contemplating the rhythm of life, and how necessary… Continue reading The Wisdom of Solstice: Choice

Celtic Celebrations, Solstice, Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Working with the Elements

Throughout the 12 Days of Solstice (a Fire celebration), I feel a profound connection not just to the Fire and Light of Father Sun but to all the Elements — Earth, Fire, Air and Water — and I use these in one final ritual for my 12 Days of Solstice, both a release and a… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Working with the Elements

Celtic Celebrations, Pagan, Solstice

12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

Wassailing Traditions My first awareness of wassailing — from the old Anglo-Saxon phrase Wæs þu hæl meaning “Drink and be healthy” — was as an alternative name for door-to-door carolling at Christmas. In exchange for a song, one was given some grog (essentially a mulled wine or cider) from the wassail bowl. The wassailing revellers… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

Celtic Celebrations, Crone Wisdom, Earth Medicine, Solstice, Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Winter Wisdom

As I was writing the previous post about the Wisdom of the Crone and the Winter goddess An Cailleach, I came across this beautiful poem by Joyce Rudd on what is for me the true essence of Winter Solstice . . . the deep reflection of Winter, our connection to its stillness, the solace and rest… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Winter Wisdom