Wheel of the Year

Imbolg and Lúnasa: When will YOU celebrate?

Mark Your Calendar for the coming Imbolg (NH) and Lúnasa (SH) celebrations in the Wheel of the Year, the first celebration within the 2021 calendar year. I like to think of Imbolg aka Imbolc as a continuing celebration of the waxing light that ignited and inspired us at Winter Solstice — and, of course, its… Continue reading Imbolg and Lúnasa: When will YOU celebrate?

Soul Work, Wheel of the Year

Soul-stice Season and Winter’s Cloak

This year —  more than any recent year — I so need this soul-stice time of reflection and renewal, my “cauldron time”. Much is still churning within me. I am restless, questioning my beliefs and practices, finding new paths.   I often find inspiration in poetry and found one, “Winter’s Cloak” (co-written by Joyce Rupp… Continue reading Soul-stice Season and Winter’s Cloak

Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: Illumination, The Medicine of Solstice

Winter Solstice arrived on December 21st, and I always celebrate that as the first day of the #12DaysOfSolstice and the beginning of Winter Solstice season. (A quick search of this site for "12 Days of Solstice" will reveal many posts over the years.) Newgrange (Sí an Bhrú, in Irish) pictured above is located in Brú na… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Illumination, The Medicine of Solstice

Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: A Solstice Reflection

At Solstice, I am drawn to stillness... to the pause... to connecting deep within to my inner garden. There is something about winter gardens that inspire my soul-stice reflections ... something in their post-harvest resting state that draws me in ... those deep dark purples and browns of seed pods and leaves amongst the fading… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: A Solstice Reflection

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year

Making the darkness conscious

The journey of spiritual enlightenment is not necessarily a direct or straight line. It is more like a spiral, coming back to what may feel like the beginning but with all the knowledge and experience from the journey. You are starting afresh, but with a new view of the world, with your newly acquired wisdom.… Continue reading Making the darkness conscious

Wheel of the Year

Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain

Bobbing for apples, and making a rowan red thread cross At Samhain, whenever I celebrate it, I often turn to the traditions of my youth and bring in new ones each year, inspired by the season and my earth-based spirituality. Some of these are strictly just for fun! I celebrate all the possible Samhain dates… Continue reading Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain

Wheel of the Year

Spring Equinox: Renewal and new beginnings

Spring Equinox — also known as Alban Eilir, Cónocht an Earraigh and Ostara — arrives in the Southern Hemisphere on September 22 @13:30 UTC. The Wheel of the Year honours the changing of the seasons and also celebrates new beginnings, life rising again and renewal, death and rebirth. And no doubt many of us can… Continue reading Spring Equinox: Renewal and new beginnings

Wheel of the Year

Harvesting wisdom at the Autumn Equinox

What do you call the Autumn Equinox? It is known in Irish as Fómhar or Cónocht an Fhómhair, as Alban Elfed ("Light of the Water") by the Druids, and very recently (1970s) as Mabon in other traditions. Some call it Harvest or Harvest Home. For me, it is also the beginning of gratitude season, as… Continue reading Harvesting wisdom at the Autumn Equinox

Courses & Workshops, Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: Equinox Balance

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

Sky Medicine, Wheel of the Year

Lion’s Gate 8:8 Portal 2020

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