Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: the Gift of Choice

image source, Canva Pro As we close our 12 Days Of Solstice for 2021, I share with you now these words from Gary Zukav on what he sees as one of the gifts — the Medicine — of Solstice: choice. Zukav said it so well: "Each solstice shows us that we can choose. We cannot… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: the Gift of Choice

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Illumination

Newgrange (in Irish Sí an Bhrú, located in Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Ireland, is a 5000+ year old Neolithic earth mound monument, and is perhaps the most dramatic example of the concept of rebirth at Solstice, and its importance to early Irish Celts. The monument itself is essentially the womb of the Great… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Illumination

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

O the Ivy O, she's the Queen of Old, and the Holly he is red. Hang 'em high in the farm,  and us won't come to no harm Till the Christmas days be told. - from “A Somerset Carol” Celebrating with Holly and Ivy In the last few days, my posts explored the greens of… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Divine Feminine

Yesterday I posted about Holly and the Divine Masculine, and today let us explore Ivy and the Divine Feminine, and honour the goddesses of winter (especially the mother goddesses). In older times, my pagan Irish Celtic and British ancestors would have celebrated these days with Ivy, also known as the Queen of Old. Of the… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Divine Feminine