A Brief History of the Druids

Ellis, Peter Berresford.  A Brief History of the Druids. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003. Each Summer Solstice the news media releases a handful of articles on a modern group of Druids worshipping near Stonehenge.  The photos are of regular looking people wearing long white robes and sometimes white head coverings that look more akin toContinue reading “A Brief History of the Druids”

Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox is a harvest holiday that is also known as Mabon to many Pagans (Ellison 187).  It is generally celebrated around the actual equinox date, usually September 21st.  Although it was not an especially important time to the ancient Celts, there are traditions throughout the British Isles and Ireland.  According to Mara Freeman, there was aContinue reading “Autumn Equinox”

Beltaine

Beltaine is a Celtic holiday traditionally celebrated around May 1st.  It is a day to celebrate the return of fertility to the Earth as well as the beginning of summer.  In regards to the etymology of the word, linguists are fairly certain that the “-tain” refers to the word tene, meaning “fire”.  The “bel-” is less certain among linguists.  SomeContinue reading “Beltaine”

The Spring Equinox

The end of March is hardly how I imagine spring.  Never the less, the Spring Equinox generally falls around March 21st every year (Freeman 71).  In Upstate New York, snow can cling to existence until mid April.  It is chilly, mucky, and gray – hardly what one considers spring-like weather.  Yet I’ve grown to shrug off this more cynicalContinue reading “The Spring Equinox”

TGIF and Doxtater’s Farmers Market

I don’t know if it’s the moon, the season, my hormones, or my lifestyle (it’s probably a combination!), but I have been one tired Pagan as of late. It seems that I want nothing more than to sit on my bum and vegetate after work. I’m sorry to say that our home is not asContinue reading “TGIF and Doxtater’s Farmers Market”