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Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi

Starting at dusk tonight, July 31st, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first of the three harvest festivals: Lúnasa, aka Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-suh), and Lammas. In the Celtic/Neopagan Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three:  the First Harvest (aka First Fruit) of Lúnasa on the traditional date of August 1st, the Second Harvest… Continue reading Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi

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Lúnasa Origins and Lore

Image sourced via Canva Pro I'm so looking forward to celebrating Lúnasa, and will be celebrating on the traditional date of August 1st . . . and likely on "true" Lúnasa too, the precise midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, which this year falls on August 7th at 12:36 UTC (per archaeoastronomy.com).… Continue reading Lúnasa Origins and Lore

Courses & Workshops, Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

Solstice is coming: step into the threshold

Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash Solstice arrives Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 09:13 UTC 5:13 am EDT, 2:13 am PDT, 7:13 pm AEST, 2:43 pm IST At these threshold times, liminal times, such as these so close to Solstice, I often find myself experiencing the transition and transformation much like this: neither in one… Continue reading Solstice is coming: step into the threshold

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Bealtaine and Samhain are coming!

Arriving at sunset on April 30th in Celtic traditions Inspiration from the bards I love these words from John O'Donohue's poem Beannacht / Blessing: May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.… Continue reading Bealtaine and Samhain are coming!

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For a new beginning

Awaken your spirit to adventure; Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, For your soul senses the world that awaits you. John O'Donohue continues to inspire me. The quote above is the last stanza in his poem For a New Beginning, published in To… Continue reading For a new beginning

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Autumn Equinox Blessings!

Autumn Equinox Blessings March 20 @ 15:33 UTC Southern Hemisphere In Autumn, I look to the trees to inspire me. Letting go and releasing is such a gentle process for them. They send their energy — their sap — down to their roots to be nourished tenderly by Mama Earth. As the leaves and needles… Continue reading Autumn Equinox Blessings!

Lunar Cycles, Soul Work, Wheel of the Year

March Soul Work Theme: Wholeness from Duality

The precise theme for our Soul Work in March has been ebbing and flowing in my mind, and that perhaps that itself is a portent of the theme and how it may require fluidity and flow throughout the month. There are so many energetic influences in March, such as the flowing creative energy of the… Continue reading March Soul Work Theme: Wholeness from Duality

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My emerging Spring

I have been losing myself in poetry recently, going back to some of my favourite poems from earlier times, sinking into the words and seeing them through my increasingly older eyes. Last night, I read “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” by Dylan Thomas, published in “18 Poems” in 1934, shared… Continue reading My emerging Spring

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Brighid and her birds

The image to the left is "Brigid Swan Maiden" by Wendy Andrew, PaintingDreams.co.uk. The words below accompany the image. Brigid Swan Maiden wakes the sleeping winter world. Her flame sparks new beginnings and inspiration. A time to make plans. Over time, Imbolg and the goddess Brighid have become associated with the Swan (Eala in Irish).  Was that… Continue reading Brighid and her birds

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Imbolg, divination and groundhogs

Photo by Matthew Bornhorst on Unsplash Groundhog Day, traditionally celebrated on February 2nd, may have its roots in earlier traditions including Imbolg. Let's explore! Each festival in the Wheel of the Year has some sort of divination practice associated with it, perhaps because the veils between the realms were always considered to be thinnest at the fire festivals, making… Continue reading Imbolg, divination and groundhogs