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

Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Yesterday we explored Ivy, the Solstice green associated with the Divine Feminine. And today, Holly, for the Divine Masculine. Together they represent our Divine Whole Self. The elements of Holly and Ivy are symbiotic, as the Ivy very often grows within the Holly Bush. Holly and the Ivy together are a powerful team, representing the… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Mother Goddesses

There are very many ways to celebrate the 12 Days of Solstice. In my own personal practice, I choose an eclectic mix borrowing from Druidic, Celtic and Norse traditions . . . and even some of those now associated with Christmas. In one Celtic tradition (source: The Pagan’s Path), the twelve nights honour the Triple… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Ivy and the Mother Goddesses

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 

Wheel of the Year

Day 4 of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

On Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Solstice, we celebrate the strength and beauty of the union of 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… Continue reading Day 4 of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy