Autumn emerging on Vancouver's Arbutus Greenway Shifting from season to season can be chaotic at times, as the energies transform, at times moving forward and at times clinging or returning to its previous state. And so it has been for us lately in my locale. The summer heat and drought was stubbornly clinging well past… Continue reading Trust in the chaos of transformation
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash Until sunset tonight, November 1st, we celebrate Samhain (pronounced sow-wen) aka Samhuinn (so-ven), the start of the Celtic winter, 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 of… Continue reading Samhain Blessings
Original image by Debby Hudson on Unsplash At this time of 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… Continue reading Moonday Musings: What will survive of us?
Parshell illustration from Kevin Danaher's "The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs" Samhain is coming! I typically start preparing my Samhain crafts a few weeks before the actual celebration, such as talismans and amulets, as some items require both materials and inspiration! I had planned to start with a Rowan red thread cross, which some… Continue reading Craft a Parshell for Samhain Eve
Full Moon in Aries October 9 @ 20:54 UTC, 5:54 pm EDT, 1:54 pm PDT, and October 10 @ 7:54 am AEST This Full Moon — the last in the current wheel of the year, which begins again at Samhain — finds us in the fire sign Aries and is a good time to reflect… Continue reading Full Moon in Aries: the courage of stillness
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