Keeping in Touch with the Ancestors

I honor and work with the Three Kindreds: the Nature Spirits, Gods and Goddesses, and the Ancestors.  The later tends to fall to the sidelines all too often in my daily practice, which is very unfortunate.  I pride myself and my tradition for paying better  attention to the beloved dead, but I know I haveContinue reading “Keeping in Touch with the Ancestors”

A New Brighid Doll

My time is limited and, as a result, I haven’t felt pulled to make the very detailed, large dolls I made prior to pregnancy.  Those will come again, but I’ve recently found myself returning to my roots and making dolls with very simple shapes.  Some may view that as backwards, but something Phillip Carr-Gomm saidContinue reading “A New Brighid Doll”

The Twelve Days of Yule – Day Two and Three!

A blessed Winter Solstice to my readers! The sun is reborn and we rejoice in the lengthening days! Yesterday was a hard day for us because of Potion’s passing.  But we persevered and, after a long day of work, delved into preparations for today.  There were gifts to finish, floors to clean, and evergreens toContinue reading “The Twelve Days of Yule – Day Two and Three!”

Pagan Parenting: Treasure Baskets

  Have you ever heard of treasure baskets?  They are a simple, wonderful, and magical idea for play.  They are a large part of Montessori philosophy which embraces heuristic play.  Here’s a great introduction to the concept, including suggestions. I was inspired to make a treasure basket all about Druidism.    Traditionally, treasure baskets areContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Treasure Baskets”

Samhain with Northern Rivers, 2013

On Saturday night, Northern Rivers Protogrove gathered to celebrate Samhain and honor the Ancestors. We decided to have the rite indoors as the rain and cold were quite intense. We are aiming to be more family-friendly and we wanted the little ones to be safe and comfortable.  I used to look down my nose atContinue reading “Samhain with Northern Rivers, 2013”

Prepping for the Autumn Equinox

My family has grown and I feel pulled to add greater emphasis to our holiday observations.  I’ve always expressed my excitement for Samhain and Winter Solstice through decorating, but I want to explore that with the other High Days as well.  If my daughter is anything like I was as a youngster, it will addContinue reading “Prepping for the Autumn Equinox”

Pagan Parenting: Changing My Schedule

At my baby shower, one piece of advice that was repeated again and again was, “rest when the baby is resting.”  It’s easier said than done in part because I’ve always been a very productive, project-oriented person.  I’ve had to embrace raising my baby as the most important project in my life at this time,Continue reading “Pagan Parenting: Changing My Schedule”

Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag

What is a crane bag? The answer: not hard. The lovely Aoife was turned into a crane and lived about the seas of Manannan Mac Lir for many hard years.  When she died, the great Sea Lord took her skin and made a magical bag that could hold his most beloved treasures.  It’s said to beContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag”

Pregnant Pagan: Childproofing the Altar Area

Pregnancy brings many practical safety concerns.  Those nice open outlets that were always so convenient need capping.  Cabinets with easily accessible cleaning supplies suddenly seem like death traps at worse or, at least, mess factories.  Coffee table corners become menacing obstacles.  Most expecting parents who choose to have a registry will add various safety doodadsContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Childproofing the Altar Area”