Wheel of the Year

Inspiration for a New Year

As we begin a new calendar year ... “The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do." - Sequichie Comingdeer “If, like a Cherokee warrior, I can look at the new year as an opportunity to stand on new ground, then strength and courage are on my side. If I have waited… Continue reading Inspiration for a New Year

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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

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, 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, Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Mistletoe and the Feast of Potentials

    Celebrating Mistletoe on the 3rd Day of Winter Solstice 🌿 When we think of Mistletoe today, many recognize it from the kissing bough, a tradition that came to us from the Middle Ages. A berry would be picked from the Mistletoe and exchanged for a kiss. When all the berries were gone .… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Mistletoe and the Feast of Potentials

Solstice, Wheel of the Year

The Energy of the Winter Solstice

Away from the Herd, by Eva Kosmos on Deviant Art Winter Solstice aka MidWinter, Jul/Yule and Alban Arthan Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the time between Samhain and Winter Solstice is the darkest time of the year, the midnight of the year, and is the true Winter in the Celtic Wheel of the Year.  The days… Continue reading The Energy of the Winter Solstice