Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

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

Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

June Energetic Roots

The New Moon in Gemini has just passed and we are now firmly in the waxing rising energy of this Lunar Month, bringing us closer to the Solstice, which arrives June 21st at 15:54 UTC. The Solstice marks the arrival of astronomical Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  But… Continue reading June Energetic Roots

Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: the Divine Union between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

In many cultures, Winter Solstice has been associated with the birth/rebirth of the gods of the Sun and Light, such as Mithras, the Oak King, Lugh, Frey, Heracles, Osiris. And even before the Divine Masculine association, goddesses such as the Roman Anastasia were celebrated (the alleged origins of Mother Night, aka “Matrum Noctem” in Latin)… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: the Divine Union between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

Rituals and Ceremonies

Celebrate Mothers’ Night on Winter Solstice Eve (and/or Christmas Eve)

Honour the mothers of blood, bone and spirit:  the women in your lineage, the daughters of Eve and Danú, the mother goddesses such as Danú, Frigg, and the goddesses known as the Matres, Matronae, the Asynjur... and the women who have inspired you. On Mothers’ Night, our pagan ancestors honoured the goddesses protecting and guarding… Continue reading Celebrate Mothers’ Night on Winter Solstice Eve (and/or Christmas Eve)

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year

MoonDay Musings: 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 Hanh As we in the Northern Hemisphere approach… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Ancestors

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice - also known as Yule - is one of my favourite times of the year…. okay, my absolute favourite time of year. But maybe I say that for all holidays! And while I love the major celebrations of Samhain (the start of the Dark Half of the year in the Celtic Wheel of… Continue reading 21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

Earth Medicine

An Offering Bag for Ayni with Mama Earth

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon) Day 18, Waning Gibbous Moon 🌖 5 days to Winter Solstice As we approach Winter Solstice — The North in the Medicine Wheel, home of Mama Earth — this is a natural time for introspection, to dig deeper into our Selves, and a good time to examine our relationship… Continue reading An Offering Bag for Ayni with Mama Earth