Ancestors, Earth Medicine, Moonday Musings, 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

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Rituals and Ceremonies, Solstice, Spirituality_Norse, Wheel of the Year

The Wild Hunt of Winter Solstice

Many cultures honoured Winter Solstice and other festivals of light with 12 days of celebration, with each day having its own dedicated ritual or focus. In a recent post, I share some of these. And although there were definitely religious or spiritual reasons for doing so, there was also a very practical reason for these… Continue reading The Wild Hunt of Winter Solstice

Celtic Celebrations, Rituals and Ceremonies, Solstice, 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

Balance, Community, Earth Medicine, Mother Earth, Shamanism

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

Blessings, Rituals and Ceremonies, Solstice

Winter Solstice Five-Day Advent Ritual and Meditation 

Do you have any special traditions for Solstice? Each year I add — or modify  — my rituals, staying present with the changes in my life, where my life is going . . . and what is happening in the world. I'm gathering materials now for my 5-day Solstice Advent blessing candle ring, and haven't… Continue reading Winter Solstice Five-Day Advent Ritual and Meditation 

Celtic Celebrations, Pagan, Rituals and Ceremonies, Solstice, Wheel of the Year, Wiccan

Celebrating the 1st Day of Solstice

A Solstice Blessing for you on Day 1 of the Twelve Days of Solstice. On this first day of Solstice, our ancestors celebrated the return of the Sun with feasts, music and art, rituals, greenery, camaraderie and - most importantly - symbols of the Sun such as bonfires and candles. On this 1st day of… Continue reading Celebrating the 1st Day of Solstice