Arriving at sunset on April 30th in Celtic traditions Inspiration from the bards I love these words from John O'Donohue's poem Beannacht / Blessing: May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.… Continue reading Bealtaine and Samhain are coming!
Until sunset tonight, November 1st, we celebrate Samhain (pronounced sow-wen or so-ven in Irish), the start of the Celtic winter and year, the season of the dark, and the beginning of a new cycle of growth and renewal. Samhain is a sacred time, a time to honour our Ancestors and Wise Elders... and a time… Continue reading Samhain: a time of reflection and renewal
A Moveable Feast For some this expression may bring to mind Hemingway's memoirs, published posthumously in 1964. He used that expression to refer to his time in Paris, but was inspired by a term used for holy days for which the calendar date is not fixed, such as Easter in the Christian calendar and many… Continue reading Samhain, A Moveable Feast
Image by StockSnap on Pixabay Who are The Ancestors? “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”— Thich Nhat… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Who are the Ancestors?
Today I share these beautiful words from poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), which reflect my feelings and experiences at this time of year. I too embrace the liminal times, and this liminal time — the transition from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice that we call Samhain. It is the sunset of the year,… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Embracing liminal times
Bobbing for apples, and making a rowan red thread cross At Samhain, whenever I celebrate it, I often turn to the traditions of my youth and bring in new ones each year, inspired by the season and my earth-based spirituality. Some of these are strictly just for fun! I celebrate all the possible Samhain dates… Continue reading Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain
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
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
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
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