Moonday Musings, Solstice, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: “Standing Still” at Solstice

Today it is just 11 days until Solstice (Yule & Litha), one of my favourite times of year. The Festivals of Light (Hanukkah, Christmas, etc) were once aligned with the December Solstice (NH Winter) but are now celebrated independently of that original timing around the world. The “Holiday season” can be a very busy and… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: “Standing Still” at Solstice

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Ancestors, Earth Medicine, Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: Ancestors

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” — Thich Nhat Hanh As we in the Northern Hemisphere approach… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Ancestors

Lunar Cycles, Moonday Musings, Samhain, Shadow Work, Wheel of the Year

Moonday Musings: The Veils of Samhain

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

Beltane, Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Nine ways to celebrate Bealtainne for my Southern Hemisphere friends

I love creating my own celebrations and rituals for the Wheel of the Year, but I always start by looking to the past, to how my ancestors celebrated, to local traditions in my community, and how best to align those with how I connect with Mama Earth and her shifting energies. For instance, at Bealtainne we… Continue reading Nine ways to celebrate Bealtainne for my Southern Hemisphere friends

Beltane, Wheel of the Year

Bealtainne Blessings for my Southern Hemisphere friends

The first day of May — or a few days later, if we observe “true” Beltaine —  has been celebrated by many cultures in Europe as the first day of Summer, especially by early pagan cultures — from the Romans and their Festival of Flora on April 27th to my Celtic ancestors who celebrated Beltaine… Continue reading Bealtainne Blessings for my Southern Hemisphere friends

Beltane, incense, Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

Incense for Bealtainne for my Southern Hemisphere friends

While we in the Northern Hemisphere will be celebrating Samhain in the coming week, my friends in the Southern Hemisphere will be welcoming the Light Half of the Year: Bealtainne and the start of Summer. One of my passions is creating loose incense for the celebrations in the Wheel of the Year, and I share… Continue reading Incense for Bealtainne for my Southern Hemisphere friends

Goddess, Lunar Cycles, Releases, Rituals and Ceremonies, Samhain, Wheel of the Year

Forgiveness and Release at 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 the… Continue reading Forgiveness and Release at Samhain