Wheel of the Year

Ginko, a new tree ally

It's that time of year . . .  Samhain is coming! Many think of it as a witchy time of year, and I suppose it is. But for me Samhain is also about getting ready for Winter, for embracing the darker days and harvest,  for connecting with my ancestors and for honouring those who have… Continue reading Ginko, a new tree ally

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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

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

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Moonday Musings: The Veils of Samhain

In a recent blog post (Forgiveness and Release at Samhain), I shared some thoughts on the veils associated with Samhain, which marks the New Year in the Celtic / Pagan Wheel of the Year. We often talk about the veils between the physical world and the Otherworld being so thin at this time, allowing us… Continue reading Moonday Musings: The Veils of Samhain

Divine Feminine, Lunar Cycles, Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Forgiveness and Release at Samhain

  Samhain Goddess, image by Angie Latham  Samhain is coming . . . ! Samhain is for me the most powerful point in the Wheel of the Year. It marks the beginning of a new turn of the Wheel, and the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year. It is a time when the… Continue reading Forgiveness and Release at Samhain

Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

Moonday Musings: What will survive of us is love

As we approach Samhain here in the Northern Hemisphere — a time to honour our ancestors and those who have passed in this turn of the Wheel of the Year — I like to give gratitude for what my ancestors have given me: their resilience, their DNA, their gifts, their histories, their talents, their culture,… Continue reading Moonday Musings: What will survive of us is love

Wheel of the Year

An Cailleach Wisdom: the kindness of rhythm in your journey

At this time of Samhain, An Cailleach — the Crone of Winter — reminds me to curb my innate tendency to fill my days with “stuff”, and to acknowledge that there is value and wisdom — and a true need — to embrace the soft gentle time of Winter rest... to accept that it is also productive time when we reflect, release, rest, reset, rebirth and, in the words of John O'Donohue, as we entrain with “kindness of rhythm in your journey”. It’s part of our natural cycle in the Wheel of the Year.