Slowly, slowly – I’m reading through Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael. It’s an absolutely fascinating read, and a must for anyone following a Celtic-inspired path. Although it’s focus is on the Scottish Highlands and surrounding islands, those who have an Irish hearth culture would benefit greatly from its contents. Anyway, the other day I reached aContinue reading “Prayer for Protection”
A vintage Krampus card. As part of the Witches Yuletide Ball, fellow blogger Aine of “The Deepest Well” posted about the darker aspects of Yule. When we think of Yule, most of us think happy thoughts, such as trees sparkling with lights, friends and family get-togethers, singing, gifts and warm fireplaces. For our ancestors, however,Continue reading “‘Tis the Season for… Krampus!”
Tonight, a recipe perfect for wintery nights! It uses an ingredient native to my home in Upstate NY – pinus strobus – The Eastern White Pine. If you live around the North Eastern part of America, you’re probably very familiar with these trees. They should be especially recognizable to anyone who has ever spent time inContinue reading “Winter Solstice Tutorials – White Pine Tea”
Let me come right out and say that I’m not very interested in Thanksgiving at all. It’s one of my least favorite secular American holidays. Every year I see kids doing their pilgrim and Native American pageants while adults smile and nod as they perpetuate misinformation… It makes me really jaded. I have Native AmericanContinue reading “On Thanksgiving”
If you’re looking for something to watch over the upcoming vacation, consider “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” I recently finished this six-part documentary by Ken Burns and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve considered myself an environmentalist since I was very young, but it recently occurred to me that I really didn’t know much about theContinue reading “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea – A Review”
Searching for Imbas: On the use of juniper for purification. Erynn Rowan Laurie posted an excellent, short essay on using juniper in ritual. I love burning juniper to purify my ritual space. I thought some of you would find it interesting and and useful! I was particularly interested in her use of the harvest prayer.
Weretoad and I recently celebrated our two year anniversary in Kingston, Ontario. We’d never gone there before despite it being so close so we decided to make a weekend out of it. Here’s what we got up to! We went to a tree garden at the Woodworkers’ Museum just outside of Kingston. The inside wasContinue reading “Ditzy Druid Doings – In and Around Kingston, Ontario”
Some of you may have read that the infamous, contemporary Arthur Pendragon (who apparently likes to think of himself as the king of the Druids), was attempting to take legal action in regards to cremated remains found around Stonehenge. He argued that removing them from the site was disrespectful and that they would likely beContinue reading “Remains at Stonehenge: To Exhume or not to Exhume?”
A history of Ireland in 100 objects – The Irish Times – Sat, Jul 30, 2011.
Necropolis Now: Interview with Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Everyone should head on over to Necropolis Now to read the interview with Ronald Hutton. It is fantastic, as is often expected from Mr. Hutton. I think it is unfortunate that more Pagans don’t read actual history books. I really likedContinue reading “Necropolis Now: Interview with Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom”