Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland

Before I get into pregnancy and childbirth lore from old Ireland and Scotland, please note that I don’t necessarily embrace or endorse these beliefs.  As a modern Druid, I seek to know how my ancestors – Pagan and Christian – lived before things became very industrialized and modern.  While some folk practices are seemingly out-of-touchContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland”

Waiting for Imbolc

It’s late morning.  After doing my best to offer hospitality to our guest, I’m finally sitting down for some warm cereal and tea.  Ahhh…  me time!  The tea is made with roughly chopped fresh ginger, local honey, and half a lemon – its juice and rind.  Trying to keep my body healthy and ward offContinue reading “Waiting for Imbolc”

The Ditzy Druid Looks Back at 2012

Well, here we are – the end of 2012!  Before we move into the new year, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on all the personally significant events of 2012. 1) I Spent A Lot of Time Outdoors Although I make a point to do this every year, it’s always a highlight!  IContinue reading “The Ditzy Druid Looks Back at 2012”

Focusing on What Really Matters

Christmas has come and gone, and I know I’m not alone in the Pagan community as I breath a big sigh of relief.  While celebrants often feel a sense of regret or let-down that Christmas is over, I am thrilled to be out of such a stressful period.  For the last few years, December hasContinue reading “Focusing on What Really Matters”

A Quiet but Lovely Winter Solstice

Our 2012 Winter Solstice tree – Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012   I woke up a little early the morning of the Solstice to begin preparations for our little feast.  As I chopped potatoes, carrots, and onions, I kept my eye on the window and watched as the world grew increasingly illuminated.  Although overcast, theContinue reading “A Quiet but Lovely Winter Solstice”

Crafting Winter Solstice Gifts

A calming lavender foot bath – made and photographed by Grey Catsidhe, 2012 For the past several weeks, I’ve been very busy crafting gifts for the Winter Solstice!  Making things for others is one of my favorite things to do with my talents, and I only wish I had started sooner on this year’s gifts.Continue reading “Crafting Winter Solstice Gifts”

Pregnant Pagan: Putting the Incense Away

An offering of spicy tea for Brighid in lieu of incense.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe 2012. Alcohol, caffeine, sushi, unpasteurized cheese…  Just a few things pregnant women are told to avoid or limit.  Changing your lifestyle is part of expecting.  I already find it’s impacting my spiritual practices, but not in a way that isContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Putting the Incense Away”

Druid on the Run: Getting Back in the Game

You may have noticed a distinct lack of this topic recently.  I will honestly admit that I stopped running for a couple weeks.  At first it was because we had family things going on.  We went away, celebrated Lughnasadh…  Not to mention, it was incredibly hot.  Staying in the shade was more desirable…  Then I didn’tContinue reading “Druid on the Run: Getting Back in the Game”

Druid on the Run: Support

Since I started a running routine with Couch to 5K, and since I started to blog about it in my new series Druid on the Run, I’ve experienced a ton of support from family, friends, and readers here!  Kévin Silverstag informed me that there’s an ADF group on Fitocracy which I have since joined. One ofContinue reading “Druid on the Run: Support”