Three Things Thursday: Support Black Members of the Magical, Animist, and Polytheistic Communities

I’ve realized I don’t know a lot about the Black Pagan, Witch, Polytheist, and yes – New Age communities. That is a personal failing of mine that I’m trying to rectify. In an attempt to learn more myself and elevate Black creators and authors, here are three great links. Don’t stop learning and supporting BlackContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Support Black Members of the Magical, Animist, and Polytheistic Communities”

Three Things Thursday: Irish Folklore in America, Blodeuedd, and Herb Spirals

My weekly post in which I share three things I enjoyed or thought about this week. Irish Folklore in America If you haven’t already, I encourage you to listen to the latest episode from one of my favorite podcasts , New World Witchery. Episode 164, “Irish Folklore and Magic with Morgan Daimler,” is excellent. IfContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Irish Folklore in America, Blodeuedd, and Herb Spirals”

Looking Ahead to 2017

2016 has been a strange one for many of us.  It feels disingenuous to type that, though, when I’ve lead a very comfortable life all year.  Considering the atrocities faced by people in Syria, for example…  Yet 2017, as most years, will also throw some difficulties at us, challenges that can feel insurmountable.  Sometimes theyContinue reading “Looking Ahead to 2017”

Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle

When Samhain / Halloween decorations and materials started showing up at the craft stores, I snatched up one of those small, papier mâché skulls.  At the time, I didn’t have a project in mind, but I knew something would come to me.  It wasn’t until my daughter was playing with it that we stumbled uponContinue reading “Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle”

Trance 1: Rattles and Dance

A few posts ago, I talked about my hesitance to work with a rattle during a trance exercise suggested in a book.  Something about the context didn’t feel right to me.  It just wasn’t for me. Well, I attended the Central New York Pagan Pride Day on September 17th and had an opportunity to try aContinue reading “Trance 1: Rattles and Dance”

Druid Movie Night: “The Lion King” – After All These Years…

Yes, yes, I can already hear your impatient mutterings, wondering what “The Lion King” is doing on a blog about Celtic spirituality.  Well hold your horses (or zebras). Earlier in the day, my daughter followed my husband into the garage to “help” him with something.  She emerged carrying my large plush adult Simba.  He’d beenContinue reading “Druid Movie Night: “The Lion King” – After All These Years…”

Sound Energy Healing and the Power of Music

Every one or two months, I treat myself to a massage from my trusted massage therapist in Watertown, NY.  She’s an amazing lady – very open-minded and holistic.  I’m comfortable talking about my religious practice with her, and she’s equally at ease sharing her explorations of meditation, Buddhism, and alternative healing with me.  We approach spiritualityContinue reading “Sound Energy Healing and the Power of Music”

Sumer is icumen in / Lhude sing, cuccu…

Whenever Bealtaine rolls around, I inevitably get the old song, “Sumer is Icumen In,” stuck in my head.  My very first experience with Paganism in general was at a Bealtaine (they called and spelled it as “Beltane”) festival.  It included a Maypole, and the priestess, who would become one of my good friends and mentors inContinue reading “Sumer is icumen in / Lhude sing, cuccu…”

Pagan Parenting: “Ten Little Acorns” Song

Meant to be sung to the tune of “Ten Little Indians,” I came up with these lyrics while thinking about ways to teach Bee about the Three Kindreds.  Nature Spirits are, in my opinion, one of the easiest for children to learn about first because they are all around us.  As the oak is suchContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: “Ten Little Acorns” Song”

Scottish folklore and superstitions – When the Song Dies – Aeon Film

  Scottish folklore and superstitions – When the Song Dies – Aeon Film. Do take a moment to watch this short documentary by Jamie Chambers about the folk traditions of Scotland.  In particular, it focuses on how old songs and places connect us to our ancestors.  There are some interesting accounts of experiences with theContinue reading “Scottish folklore and superstitions – When the Song Dies – Aeon Film”