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”

A New-Old Home For My Altar – At Last!

Lá Fhéile Bríde is upon us and I have been busily cleaning as best as I can, trying to make my home welcoming to Brighid.  I recently accomplished one of my biggest cleaning goals  – moving my altar back into the so-called “Art Room.”  I’ve said this before, but I preferred when it was inContinue reading “A New-Old Home For My Altar – At Last!”

Time to Tidy the Hearth and Home

Tonight is my night to keep Brighid’s flame.  I keep an altar for her over the stove which was looking a little grimy so I set about cleaning it as best as I could before saying my prayer and lighting the beeswax candle. Sarah Lawless recently posted about a ritual and discussed cleaning up asContinue reading “Time to Tidy the Hearth and Home”

The North Country Druidic Study Group’s First Ever Ritual!

I’m very proud to say that the North Country Druidic Study Group’s first ritual went well!  We celebrated the autumn season and honored the Nature Spirits, thanking them for the harvest.  There were 11 of us in total.  For 7 attendees, this was their first time joining the group.  It was also a first exposureContinue reading “The North Country Druidic Study Group’s First Ever Ritual!”

Summertime Kitchen Magic – Watermelon Juice Tutorial

Homemade Watermelon Juice.  Made and photographed by Grey Catsidhe – 2012 Although it’s hot today in the North Country, the nights keep feeling cooler and I’ve even noticed some color on the trees.  Children are preparing to go back to school and pumpkins are ripening on the vine.  The wheel of the year is turning,Continue reading “Summertime Kitchen Magic – Watermelon Juice Tutorial”

Kitchen Magic – Zucchini Alchemy

Fresh, shredded zucchini from my parents’ garden.  Add some other goodies, like local flour and eggs… Oooey, gooey  goodness! Multiply by two! Fresh zucchini bread – one of my most favorite baked goods in the world.  Full of love and harvest energy!  What are you doing in the kitchen?

Summer Solstice Equals Herbs and Strawberries!

The Earth is warming.  The sun is shining.  The plants are rejoicing! Ahhh…it must be time for the Summer Solstice!  It kind of snuck up on me!  Feels like just yesterday we were dancing the Maypole… It’s hard to say what the old Celts actually did at this time of year.  Some customs seem toContinue reading “Summer Solstice Equals Herbs and Strawberries!”

Cleansing Spirit Animals and Tools During the Waning Moon

The beautiful, pregnant moon was a welcomed sight over the fields and forests during Beltaine this past weekend.  Now that the moon grows thin once more, it is a time for cleansing.  I’ve been working on a couple of very practical yet spiritual cleaning projects. First, I’ve been cleaning a deer skull.  The deer isContinue reading “Cleansing Spirit Animals and Tools During the Waning Moon”

A Fragrant Offering – An Alternative to Incense

Tea as an Offering Tea is a wonderful thing.  It’s one of my favorite beverages and there’s something deeply soothing, healing, and even spiritual to it.  Indeed, many cultures have surrounding tea drinking with ceremony.  What about Druids? Based on how many folk remedies from Europe involve herbal tisanes, I don’t doubt that Druids knewContinue reading “A Fragrant Offering – An Alternative to Incense”

Ditzy Druid Goes Shopping: Les Savons de LouLou

A photo of Louise Psarras-Bly taken by  my friend Honey Loo.  This was at a soap making workshop given in Watertown, NY. Name of Shop: Les Savons de LouLou Owner: Louise Psarras-Bly Specialty: Natural body products like soaps, lotions, and lip balms.  Emphasis on natural! Location: Carthage, NY but also online.  She will ship anywhere in the USA.Continue reading “Ditzy Druid Goes Shopping: Les Savons de LouLou”