Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

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

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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

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A new year, a new immram

Wisdom from Grandmother Moon Samhain, one of two “hinges” in the Irish year, is a good time to reflect and release so that we can begin the new journey with Father Sun with fresh eyes ... perhaps letting go of “facts” and assumptions that were really just self-limiting beliefs. Some of these are so very… Continue reading A new year, a new immram

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Samhain, a new immram for a new year

This year, Samhain feels different for me. I am embracing an even deeper connection with the Ancestors, especially as so many close to me have transitioned to that place in the last year. I am feeling a call for a deeper and longer reflective period, and a greater need for renewal and new beginnings. I… Continue reading Samhain, a new immram for a new year

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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!

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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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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

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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