Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: the Feast of Potential

This third day of Solstice (starting at sunset on 22-DEC) was referred to as the “Nameless Day” and the “Feast of Potentials” (also known as the “Secret of the Unhewn Stone”). In some traditions, it was a stand-alone day, not associated with any lunar month.  Those born on this date were said to have strong… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: the Feast of Potential

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Day 1

Solstice Blessings ! For me, the 12 days of Solstice begins at sunset, this year on December 20th, as the Celtic day begins and ends at sunset on December 21st. This year, astronomical Solstice arrives precisely on December 21st at 15:59 UTC. There are many traditions for celebrating the 12 Days of Solstice, some from… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Day 1

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Mistletoe

The origins of Mistletoe as a Christmas decoration go far back into our Pagan origins. Druids considered the Mistletoe – a parasitic plant that grows on willow and apple, and other species – to be a sacred plant and a very powerful healing and magic plant, good for the heart. Roman author Pliny wrote in… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Mistletoe

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

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice 2019: Awaken the Magic

May something magical happen to you today...... And if you haven't found the magic, create your own! A RITUAL / CEREMONY FOR WINTER SOLSTICE DAYS Here is a simple magical ceremony for the Winter Solstice period (and/or during the peak or waning energy of the Moon), for releasing what you no longer need, and accepting… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice 2019: Awaken the Magic

Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: The Deer Mother

The Deer Mother, aka the Antlered Mother, guides us through the nights of Solstice, carrying the light in her horns. Unlike the male reindeer, she keeps her antlers throughout the winter. She is the source of life, the keeper of the pathways. To the people of the far North, reindeer (aka caribou in North America)… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: The Deer Mother

Rituals and Ceremonies

Celebrate Mothers’ Night on Winter Solstice Eve (and/or Christmas Eve)

Honour the mothers of blood, bone and spirit:  the women in your lineage, the daughters of Eve and Danú, the mother goddesses such as Danú, Frigg, and the goddesses known as the Matres, Matronae, the Asynjur... and the women who have inspired you. On Mothers’ Night, our pagan ancestors honoured the goddesses protecting and guarding… Continue reading Celebrate Mothers’ Night on Winter Solstice Eve (and/or Christmas Eve)

Rituals and Ceremonies, Soul Work, Spirituality, Wheel of the Year

Celebrating the 12 Days of Solstice

Winter Solstice. . . Yule . . . This festive season is a time for Celebration: the end of the calendar year, with much to be grateful for.  Even in difficult times, there is always something for which we are thankful: friendships, family, new possibilities, and more. It is a time to light candles, share… Continue reading Celebrating the 12 Days of Solstice

Divine Feminine, Rituals and Ceremonies

Ivy is the Queen of Old 

Day 4, 🌿 12 Days of Solstice 🌿 Of the three greens associated with Yule — Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe — the Ivy is most strongly associated female energy, the Divine Feminine, and is ruled by Grandmother Moon. My female Celtic ancestors used the Ivy vines to weave necklaces, bracelets and crowns to adorn themselves… Continue reading Ivy is the Queen of Old