Learn the Lore: Day 7

Oh my gods, I got so behind. Between planning for the Spring Equinox, and everyone getting sick, this ended up on the back burner. I’m home sick today. It’s my turn with what my daughter brought home from school, so I decided to be a bit productive with my studies. Might as well, right? So,Continue reading “Learn the Lore: Day 7”

21 Day Lore Challenge: Day 6

I fell behind. Workdays exhaust me, and this was a particularly demanding one since I had to stay very late one of them. I’m not giving up on this challenge, though! It may take me longer than 21 days, but it’s so good and worthwhile, I must not abandon it. Today I read through someContinue reading “21 Day Lore Challenge: Day 6”

21 Days of Lore: Days 3 , 4, and 5 Reflections

As you know, I’ve been working through the 21 Days of Lore challenge through Irish Pagan School. It’s a free course, brought to you by Lora O’Brien. I provided all the links in my first post on the subject. It feels especially meaningful to delve into Irish lore during Irish Heritage Month. As Druids andContinue reading “21 Days of Lore: Days 3 , 4, and 5 Reflections”

Why Carve Turnips for Samhain

In previous years, I’ve posted photos, tutorials, and even lore-based reasons for carving turnips.  It’s become a part of my family Samhain celebration. They are tough veggies to carve, even with strong, well-made spoons as I’ve suggested. I’m proud to have resurrected the tradition in my own family. I excitedly turn them into protective talismans, warding theContinue reading “Why Carve Turnips for Samhain”

Lughnasadh in Northern NY

Every so often, Pagans around the blogosphere post about whether or not various high days make sense to them based on their path or climate. I definitely agree with the need to pay attention to what your bioregion is doing at certain times of year. It’s how we learn the cycles of our local NatureContinue reading “Lughnasadh in Northern NY”

Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag

What is a crane bag? The answer: not hard. The lovely Aoife was turned into a crane and lived about the seas of Manannan Mac Lir for many hard years.  When she died, the great Sea Lord took her skin and made a magical bag that could hold his most beloved treasures.  It’s said to beContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag”

Meditating on Ériu

Last year started what is clearly becoming a tradition for me.  As March is Irish Heritage month, I take it as a time to reflect on and honor the sovereignty Goddess of Ireland – Ériu.  Chelly has also been focusing on her and shares some wonderful musings in her latest post.  I was inspired and reminded ofContinue reading “Meditating on Ériu”

Who are the Gods? What are the Gods?

Meeting with and talking with people who think and feel differently, both online and in person, always makes me stop and consider my own perspectives.  Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen in the Other World or in your heart – it also happens in your mind, in dialog, in your relations with others. I mentioned myContinue reading “Who are the Gods? What are the Gods?”

Working with Deer

A corner of my Nature Spirit altar is dedicated to the deer spirits.  Behind a jawbone is an image from a Solstice card I kept and a candleholder of silhouetted stags. My recent post about cleaning a deer skull I found generated some interest in that spirit animal and my experiences with it.  It madeContinue reading “Working with Deer”