We are approaching an Equinox on September 22nd, a time when there is a momentary balance of Light and Dark around the world. At this Equinox, the Light Half of the Year tips toward the Dark Half (north of the Tropic of Cancer, the Autumn Equinox) and from the Dark Half to the Light Half (south… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Equinox Balance
I am neither an astrologer nor a numerologist, but have been fascinated by the Lion's Gate 8:8 concept for a few years, especially as it is closely aligned with both true Lúnasa (NH) and true Imbolg (SH), which in 2020 occurs on August 7th at 06:27 PDT (13:27 UTC). Some call this celebration Old Lammas or… Continue reading Lion’s Gate 8:8 Portal 2020
Traditional Lúnasa arrives at sunset tonight, as does Imbolg, for those in the Southern Hemisphere! In the Celtic Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three: the First Harvest (aka First Fruit) of Lúnasa, traditionally celebrated on August 1st; the Second Harvest at the Autumn Equinox (aka Fómhar, Mabon and Alban Elfed) on September… Continue reading Lúnasa Blessings!
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?