Arriving at sunset on April 30th in Celtic traditions Inspiration from the bards I love these words from John O'Donohue's poem Beannacht / Blessing: May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.… Continue reading Bealtaine and Samhain are coming!
MoonDay Musings: Who are the Ancestors?
Image by StockSnap on Pixabay Who are The 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… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Who are the Ancestors?
Lunar Bealtaine and the Full Moon in Scorpio
Some call this the Full Flower Moon, others the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. I like to name the moons based on how Mama Earth is manifesting around me and each month the name reveals itself to me in the days leading up to the Full Moon. Scorpio is a Fixed sign,… Continue reading Lunar Bealtaine and the Full Moon in Scorpio
Bealtaine: Leap into Summer
Our latest course in the Wheel of the Year series — Bealtaine: Leap into Summer — is NOW LIVE! I somehow managed to pack even more into the Bealtaine season course than originally planned, and it is now LIVE on the Ruzuku platform. If you haven't yet registered, click here to join now! Here's some… Continue reading Bealtaine: Leap into Summer
To make and end is to make a beginning
How are you feeling at this start of a new cycle in the Wheel of the Year? Does it feel like a new beginning . . . or, perhaps a return to familiar territory, to familiar energies? For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Samhain has just passed, marking a new turn in the… Continue reading To make and end is to make a beginning
Celebrating Bealtaine and Samhain – whenever they are!
Did you know that the Fire Festivals (Samhain, Imbolg, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh) originally had no clear fixed dates, unlike the Sun-based festivals (Winter & Summer Solstice, Spring & Autumn Equinox) which fell on astronomically observable phenomena? Samhain and Bealtaine were the "hinges" of the Celtic two-fold year. Bealtaine essentially marked the beginning of Summer and Samhain… Continue reading Celebrating Bealtaine and Samhain – whenever they are!
Exploring Relationship in the New Moon in Libra
Living in the Wisdom of Right Relationship The New Moon of October 19th arrives in the sign of Libra, a Cardinal sign signifying initiation and aligned with the cerebral element Air, which can bring change and inspiration or knock us down with heavy gusts! We enter and depart from the world with Air, from our first… Continue reading Exploring Relationship in the New Moon in Libra
Beltane and May Day Blessings
Happy May Day and Beltane Blessings! The first day of May (or thereabouts) has been celebrated by many cultures in Europe as the first day of Summer, especially in early pagan cultures — from the Romans and their Festival of Flora on April 27th to my ancestral traditions, Beltane on April 30 / May 1.… Continue reading Beltane and May Day Blessings
Celebrating Bealtaine… whenever it is!
I love Bealtiane, which marks the beginning of the light half of the year in the Celtic calendar. It is celebrated with bonfires, revelry, dancing, maypoles .... and rituals and ceremonies celebrating the union of the Goddess and the Green Man. [You may remember the song "The Lusty Month of May" from the musical… Continue reading Celebrating Bealtaine… whenever it is!