Wheel of the Year

Autumn Incense

I have started to gather and dry some ingredients for my planned Fall Equinox loose incense blend, for using in my celebrations and rituals throughout Autumn. I'm using ethically foraged ingredients and, so far have, oak leaves and moss, pine needles, wild hops, a few pine cones (under the leaves!), Rowan berries, Rosemary and Sage.… Continue reading Autumn Incense

Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

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) from the wassail bowl. The wassailing revellers… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Wassailing

Divine Feminine, Spirituality

August Full Moon: Celebrating Diana, goddess of The Hunt & Moon

Some of the earliest gods and goddesses from ancient cultures are associated with heavenly bodies — the Sun, the Moon and the stars— and with the Earth itself, each attributed with a specific energy (feminine or masculine) and with specific functions, not unlike today’s Christian saints and their “patronage” (e.g. Saint Cecilia, patroness of musicians;… Continue reading August Full Moon: Celebrating Diana, goddess of The Hunt & Moon

Rituals and Ceremonies, Witchy Ways

The magic of one’s own Sacred Space

I treasure the time I spend at my personal altar. It anchors my day, bringing a moment of stillness, timelessness, magic, clarity. There, I disengage from the sounds and distraction of the busy world outside and step into my own sacred space. I breathe differently when I’m there... slower, more deeply. I move differently... more… Continue reading The magic of one’s own Sacred Space

Divine Feminine, Rituals and Ceremonies

See all paths with the wisdom of Hekate

  Hekate / Hecate is a Greek goddess associated with magic, witchcraft, necromancy, the underworld, childbirth and crossroads. Her time is that of the Dark Moon, the time of release and renewal. She is honoured at the 30th (always her special day!) of each month, at the Dark Moon and at the beginning at sunset… Continue reading See all paths with the wisdom of Hekate

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

The Magic of the Equinox: a transformative step in the Spiral Dance of the Year

The Equinox arrives today, on September 22nd at 1:02 PM Pacific Time / 20:02 UTC. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this Equinox marks the astronomical start of Autumn and is known by many in the Pagan or Wiccan communities as Mabon, as Alban Elfed (Light of the Water) in Druid communities, and as Cónacht Fómhair (or Meán Fómhair) in Irish Gaelic For those… Continue reading The Magic of the Equinox: a transformative step in the Spiral Dance of the Year

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, which – for me  – perfectly captures my thoughts about Lughnasadh (aka Lammas) and other harvest festivals: that true abundance is intangible and that we are a speck in the immense cosmos around us, a piece of star dust in the human form. Each year at Lughnasadh, I… Continue reading Lughnasadh Ritual and Magick: Abundance, Rebirth and Coeur-age

Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

25 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice Celtic-style

The Wheel of the Year is turning. It feels like Beltaine was just yesterday, and yet this week in the Northern Hemisphere we welcome the Summer Solstice, also known as MidSummer or Litha. The Solstice — from the Latin for “standing sun” — arrives on Wednesday, June 21st at 4:24 UTC (Universal Time), which is… Continue reading 25 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice Celtic-style

Divine Feminine, Rituals and Ceremonies, Witchy Ways

Honouring our Great Mother on Mother’s Day

This Sunday in Canada (May 14th) - and in many countries around the world - we celebrate Mother’s Day. For some of us, this is a joyful day when we can spend some time with our mother… honour her… laugh with her…. share memories (and cake!). And for those of us who are mothers or… Continue reading Honouring our Great Mother on Mother’s Day

Wheel of the Year

Beltaine (and Samhain!) Blessings

Whatever you celebrate on May 1st — May Day, Walpurgisnacht or Beltaine — blessings for this magickal day. And for those south of the equator, Samhain Blessings !!! May 1st is now considered the traditional date for Beltaine for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere (and Samhain for those in the Southern Hemisphere), but… Continue reading Beltaine (and Samhain!) Blessings