Ways to Celebrate Irish Heritage Day Without Gnashing Your Teeth about St. Patrick and Perpetuating Bad History

I’ve talked about my feelings about St. Patrick’s Day in the past, as well as my reasons for celebrating it as Irish Heritage Day instead. I’ve also shared, and will share again, Morgan Daimler’s excellent post on what we do know about St. Patrick, his history, snakes, etc. Each year, I continue to see theContinue reading “Ways to Celebrate Irish Heritage Day Without Gnashing Your Teeth about St. Patrick and Perpetuating Bad History”

Reflection: Christian Influence in Irish Mythology

After many months of admiring from afar, I finally signed up with author Lora O’Brien’s Irish Pagan School. Another polytheist I admire, Morgan Daimler, recommended Lora awhile back, and I’ve been eyeing her website with interest ever since. I’m trying one of the free courses, Learn the Lore, first. They are short, based around 10ishContinue reading “Reflection: Christian Influence in Irish Mythology”

How I Respond to Easter Greetings

It’s that time of year again – there’s a major Christian holiday with vast cultural reach in America.  Pagans like me celebrated the Spring Equinox last week, but many of the people in our lives are excited for their religious observations this weekend.  There isn’t a big Jewish population where I live, so the defaultContinue reading “How I Respond to Easter Greetings”

Keeping Solstice, Hailing the Sun, and Honoring Nature

Even though I had to work during the Winter Solstice, I made the most of it by greeting the sun from my darkened office.  I put on “Here Comes the Sun” and sang along.  It was an offering and a devotional. When the song ended, I stood in quiet contemplation at the blue sky streakedContinue reading “Keeping Solstice, Hailing the Sun, and Honoring Nature”

Pagan Parenting: 12 Days of Solstice Chain

Three Cranes Grove is doing their annual 12 Days of Solstice-Along starting tomorrow!  Like other ADF Druids, I try to follow along in some capacity each year.  Now that my daughter is a little older and more aware, I wanted to do something different to make it very kid-friendly and also help us keep track ofContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: 12 Days of Solstice Chain”

Pagan Parenting: Valentine’s Day vs. Lupercalia – What’s a Druid Mama to Do?

My husband and I shared our first date on Valentine’s Day about a decade ago. It was a few days after my third boyfriend broke up with me – following a Valentine’s Day dance, of all things. After encouragement from a friend, he rushed into the tutoring room on campus where I worked. He caught his breath andContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Valentine’s Day vs. Lupercalia – What’s a Druid Mama to Do?”

My Own Peaceful Protest

I posted this on my private FB feed today, but I decided that I wanted to share it here too.  If you are a friend or you happen to follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been very supportive of the Water Protectors in North Dakota.  You know I’ve been sharing news stories that, otherwise,Continue reading “My Own Peaceful Protest”

4th of July Bonfire

Instead of fireworks, we had a bonfire in the backyard. We did use a few sparklers which delighted my daughter. Plenty of sparkles without all the noise. She made an offering of birdseed to the Nature Spirits. I made offerings of drink to the Ancestors and Gods. I sprinkled juniper berries into the fire forContinue reading “4th of July Bonfire”

A Pagan At Peace on Easter

I went with my family to an Easter Brunch near the St. Lawrence River.  It felt like a homecoming in many ways; I hadn’t seen the river in a few months, and my heart swelled to see her.  Like a vibrant ribbon against brown fabric, the bright blue-green of the river certainly gave a springContinue reading “A Pagan At Peace on Easter”

Taking Time to Restore

If  you celebrate anything in December, it’s usually a busy time.  Regardless of the positives experienced, I think it’s safe to assume that most people are worn out after it’s all said and done.  I certainly felt depleted!  Today, I restored myself physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Northern NY is finally getting snow!  The roads have beenContinue reading “Taking Time to Restore”