Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

Samhain Blessings

While we in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Bealtainne, and the start of the Light Half of the Year, those in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating Samhain, and the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year. Samhain Blessings to those in the Southern Hemisphere! The precise cross-quarter date between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter… Continue reading Samhain Blessings

Wheel of the Year

Bealtaine Blessings

If you observe the Solar/Astronomical date for Beltainne, today's the day! It officially arrived May 6th at 06:56 UTC. A blessing for you on Bealtainne: May you always walk in sunshine May you never want for more May faeries rest their wings Right beside your door My Celtic ancestors marked Bealtainne in both spiritual and… Continue reading Bealtaine Blessings

Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

Lunar Month Theme, 04-May to 03-June: Embracing Potential

I had an interesting conversation recently with my father-in-law, a man of science and a former professor, now retired.  He asked me how my writing was coming along with respect to this course. I mentioned that I was struggling somewhat with this month's theme.  "Why?" he asked. I shared that in previous courses, virtually all… Continue reading Lunar Month Theme, 04-May to 03-June: Embracing Potential

Wheel of the Year

Equinox in the Celtic Wheel of the Year

There are endless debates on precisely how the Celts celebrated and observed the Wheel of the Year. This is a challenge for archaeologists, anthropologists and those aligned with what we know (or think we know!) of the Earth-based Celtic spirituality. Why? Much of the history of their practices comes through an oral tradition passed through… Continue reading Equinox in the Celtic Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year

The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

  On this cross-quarter day, Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere and Lughnasadh in the Southern Hemisphere, consider the commonality of these two festivals and how they might complement each other with their Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine aspects. For instance, the Celtic patrons of these celebrations — the goddess Brighid for Imbolc, and the god… Continue reading The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh

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Celebrate your Herstories on Nollaig na mBan

Join your family, friends and SiStars in celebrating YOUR HerStory on 12th Night of Christmas, celebrated by my Celtic ancestors as Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Little Christmas in Irish Gaelic). For those of you not familiar with Women’s Little Christmas, it is a Celtic tradition from days of yore and is still celebrated in Ireland, the Isle of Man… Continue reading Celebrate your Herstories on Nollaig na mBan

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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

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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

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12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

Wassailing the Apple Trees, by Pauline Baynes Wassailing Traditions My first awareness of wassailing — from the old Anglo-Saxon phrase Wæs þu hæl meaning “Drink and be healthy” — was as an alternative name for door-to-door carolling at Christmas. In exchange for a song, one was given some grog (essentially a mulled wine or cider)… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

Divine Feminine, Earth Medicine, 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