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

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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

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

12 Days of Solstice: Crone Wisdom

It is said that the final three days of the #12DaysOfSolstice, in Celtic traditions, are dedicated to The Crone aspect of a woman’s life and to The Crone goddesses such as An Cailleach. This is the Winter goddess with whom I connect most strongly. The Crone represents so many aspects of our life, including our… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Crone Wisdom

Celtic Celebrations, Divination Techniques, Solstice

12 Days of Solstice: 12 Omens and the Wisdom of the North

A few years ago, I started to observe not just the 12 Days of Solstice (and/or Christmas) but also a lovely ritual and divination process for the new calendar year known as 12 Omens, a traditional Celtic practice from the people of Wales and Brittany (yes, a Celtic culture!). Who doesn't love a little bit… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: 12 Omens and the Wisdom of the North

Celtic Celebrations, Solstice

12 Days of Solstice: the Divine Union between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

In many cultures, Winter Solstice has been associated with the birth/rebirth of the gods of the Sun and Light, such as Mithras, the Oak King, Lugh, Frey, Heracles, Osiris. And even before the Divine Masculine association, goddesses such as the Roman Anastasia were celebrated (the alleged origins of Mother Night, aka “Matrum Noctem” in Latin)… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: the Divine Union between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine