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
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!
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
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
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