Fire Dance by Julia C R Gray Many of us look forward to celebrating Summer Solstice — by whatever name or tradition calls to us, such as MidSummer, Samhradh (Irish), Litha, Alban Hefin — which this year (2020) arrives on June 20th at 21:44 UTC in the Northern Hemisphere. And, of course, those in the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating… Continue reading Harness the energy of Summer Solstice
An impromptu Summer Solstice celebration at Spanish Banks Beanch in Vancouver. For my Celtic ancestors, the Summer Solstice was celebrated as Samhradh (MidSummer), as for them Summer began at Bealtaine around May 1st, and continued until the First Harvest of Lúnasa in early August. It was one of four solar festivals — two equinoxes and… Continue reading How will you celebrate Solstice?
Some call this the Full Flower Moon, others the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. I like to name the moons based on how Mama Earth is manifesting around me and each month the name reveals itself to me in the days leading up to the Full Moon. Scorpio is a Fixed sign,… Continue reading Lunar Bealtaine and the Full Moon in Scorpio
Today, Tuesday February 25th, is the last day of Shrovetide in the Christian church, and is known by many names in various traditions, such as: Fat Tuesday, as one consumed all the fats in the larder (meat, butter, cream, cheese, eggs, etc.) before the beginning of Lent the next day Mardi Gras, in French, also… Continue reading Celebrating Fat Tuesday aka Pancake Tuesday
I love how so many cultures and faiths celebrate the seasons of Mama Earth and Father Sky in their religious and spiritual holidays. Many have holy days and festivals associated with the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, the Summer and Winter Solstices, and many of these are rooted in the practices of their ancestors, some grown… Continue reading Happy New Year to the Trees
Ah, the Full Moon. I look forward to this each lunar month even though it is the New Moon that often resonates more strongly for me. Perhaps it's the new moon association with deep intuitive energy that captures my imagination. Full Moons are action moons. Manifesting moons. Releasing moons. And each has a place in… Continue reading Connect to your Inspiration at the Leo Full Moon at Imbolg
This weekend many of us celebrated Imbolg, which is rooted in old traditions from Northern Europe honouring the shift from deep winter to early spring, that time when seeds are awakened by the magic of light and the turning of the seasons, and start to push through the soil into the light. And so it… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: What seeds are you planting?
Imbolg and Lá Fhéile Bríde (St Brigid’s Day) will soon be here, celebrating early spring, and the goddess Brighid and St Brigid. Brighid lights the fires of the hearth, inspiration, and the forge, and is the patron of both the healing arts (and childbirth), the creative arts and the sacred wells. Let Brighid inspire your… Continue reading On Imbolg Eve, let Brighid inspire your creativity
Jump into this course in our new Wheel of the Year series, and learn how to create your own celebrations, ceremonies, incenses and craft sacred objects for Imbolc 2020, and journey to Brighid's Forge where you will connect with your Inner Cauldrons and their wisdom, receive a spirit gift from Brighid, and (in a separate… Continue reading Early Bird ends today 16-JAN for Imbolc Course
Now that the 12 Days of Solstice are complete, I share some thoughts on the magic and Wisdom of Solstice: Choice. Throughout the 12 Days, I focus on meditation and release (and usually with a closing Fire Ritual a Release to honour Father Sun) to complete the calendar year and create a fertile ground for… Continue reading Reflections on the #12DaysOfSolstice2019: Choice