While we in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Bealtainne, and the start of the Light Half of the Year, those in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating Samhain, and the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year. Samhain Blessings to those in the Southern Hemisphere! The precise cross-quarter date between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter… Continue reading Samhain Blessings
I had an interesting conversation recently with my father-in-law, a man of science and a former professor, now retired. He asked me how my writing was coming along with respect to this course. I mentioned that I was struggling somewhat with this month's theme. "Why?" he asked. I shared that in previous courses, virtually all… Continue reading Lunar Month Theme, 04-May to 03-June: Embracing Potential
In a recent blog post (Forgiveness and Release at Samhain), I shared some thoughts on the veils associated with Samhain, which marks the New Year in the Celtic / Pagan Wheel of the Year. We often talk about the veils between the physical world and the Otherworld being so thin at this time, allowing us… Continue reading Moonday Musings: The Veils of Samhain
Samhain is coming . . . ! Samhain is for me the most powerful point in the Wheel of the Year. It marks the beginning of a new turn of the Wheel, and the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year. It is a time when the veil between our physical world and… Continue reading Forgiveness and Release at Samhain
As we approach Samhain here in the Northern Hemisphere — a time to honour our ancestors and those who have passed in this turn of the Wheel of the Year — I like to give gratitude for what my ancestors have given me: their resilience, their DNA, their gifts, their histories, their talents, their culture,… Continue reading Moonday Musings: What will survive of us is love
At this time of Samhain, An Cailleach — the Crone of Winter — reminds me to curb my innate tendency to fill my days with “stuff”, and to acknowledge that there is value and wisdom — and a true need — to embrace the soft gentle time of Winter rest... to accept that it is also productive time when we reflect, release, rest, reset, rebirth and, in the words of John O'Donohue, as we entrain with “kindness of rhythm in your journey”. It’s part of our natural cycle in the Wheel of the Year.
This year’s Samhain has been both complex and profound for me and I wondered if I am alone in this, or if others are also feeling a deeper pull, a call for a deeper and longer reflective period, and a greater need for renewal and new beginnings. I began my celebration at “traditional” Samhain at… Continue reading A yearning for reflection at Samhain