Seasons Within Seasons

As my path is bound to the land, I continually work to pay attention to the seasons. In Druidry and other polytheistic paths, we tune into the cycles. Tradition emphasizes agricultural shifts, but they are always linked to whatever song the bioregion is singing at the time. In elementary school, teachers taught us about theContinue reading “Seasons Within Seasons”

Walking in a Winter Wonderland 

An Cailleach is wide awake and busy! We woke to a winter wonderland.  My daughter got that excited, magical look in her eyes, and her chief goal for the day was go go outside and sled.  As for myself, I knew I had to make offerings to An Cailleach and get into the trees. IContinue reading “Walking in a Winter Wonderland “

Winter’s Blessings

We had an unseasonably spring-like Imbolc, but An Cailleach isn’t done with us yet!  Northern NY will experience some seriously frigid temperatures tonight into tomorrow, and we’re experiencing lake effect snow today.  Visibility has been pretty poor around my home.  Many local businesses and offices closed or never opened today, and I was fortunate enoughContinue reading “Winter’s Blessings”

Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!

The week’s stress comes to a head on Sundays, and the call from the forest is strongest then.  Come dance with the trees!  Come lose yourself in the quiet!  Come heal!  So I listen and go. It snowed last night.  Not a dusting but a proper, North Country snow.  Everything was melting over the lastContinue reading “Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!”

Nature Awareness: Signs of Spring

It’s the Spring Equinox and it’s snowing in the North Country.  Go figure.  Of course, if you look, you’ll find signs of spring all over.  Nature just doesn’t throw a switch and say, “Tada!  Spring now!”  The transition between seasons is a gradual process full of growth and decline. I spent the last couple weekendContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Signs of Spring”

The 6th, 7th, and 8th Days of Yule 2013

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Yuletide season!  We just returned from a lovely visit with family.  It is always difficult for me to keep up with rituals when I return home, but I did my best to be mindful of the days. The Sixth Day of Yule This day was dedicated to theContinue reading “The 6th, 7th, and 8th Days of Yule 2013”

Yule Along 2013 – Day 1

If you read my post from yesterday about getting ready for the Winter Solstice, you’ll remember that I’m (virtually) joining with the Three Cranes Grove to take part in their annual Yule Along.  Today is the day to begin and welcome the winter wanderer.  Since a day to celebrate winter and snow comes later, IContinue reading “Yule Along 2013 – Day 1”

Getting Ready for Winter Solstice

I’ve decided to try and reinvigorate my spiritual practice by joining the Three Cranes Grove and their “Yule Along”.  They came up with a Norse-inspired schedule but have invited others to experiment with their own hearth cultures.  So as I prepare for my normal Winter Solstice celebration, I’m also preparing for several days worth ofContinue reading “Getting Ready for Winter Solstice”