Pagan Parenting: Peas, Frogs, and Buds on Earth Day

  My daughter and I took a walk around our home to celebrate Earth Day. Granted, we do this regularly, but why not do something outside today? It was chilly, so, regardless of what season the calendar says it is, we took our winter coats out. First, we visited the container garden in back toContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Peas, Frogs, and Buds on Earth Day”

Offerings to the Peacemakers

To honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I decided to make an offering at my ancestral altar and give thanks to my ancestors, of blood, heart, and place, who have worked to make the world a better place for all of humanity.  In particular, I called on the peacemakers who have worked towards equality andContinue reading “Offerings to the Peacemakers”

Blessed Winter Solstice!

  I would like to wish everyone a magical Winter Solstice!  I woke up a little early today to welcome the sun as it rose in Northern NY. The sky, once dark, lightened.  I watched as the sun gilded the tree outside my window.  I slipped out of bed and went outdoors with an offeringContinue reading “Blessed Winter Solstice!”

Winter Has Come

Despite what the modern calendar tells you, winter is here in Upstate NY.  We’ve received snow.  An Cailleach is wide awake, shaking the dust out of her skirts and cloaks.  While she has yet to show her full power, it’s coming.  You can feel it in the chilly air.  While the snow isn’t sticking forContinue reading “Winter Has Come”

Fast as an Oak Tree

When life gets busy, I tend to feel that my spirituality comes out of focus. Socializing, driving from place to place, and my day job all distract me from my studies. Being a mother and keeping my home is exhausting. So often, I find myself snuggled in a bathrobe, on the couch, watching something on Netflix.Continue reading “Fast as an Oak Tree”

Autumn in Upstate NY Means Apples

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Each autumn, orchards roll out their red, yellow, and green goodness, cider presses offer their ambrosial best, and folks everywhere delight at the numerous confections produced in kitchens across the land.  When fresh apples appear in mounds at farmers’ markets and grocery stores, when the cider pressesContinue reading “Autumn in Upstate NY Means Apples”

A Return to the Forest is a Return to Myself

We had planned to attend the Central New York Pagan Pride Day today, but in what seems to be a continuation of a pattern I’m only starting to see, health issues got in the way of socializing with a wider group of Pagans.  Wellspring was thwarted by surgery; the Fairy and Earth festival cut short byContinue reading “A Return to the Forest is a Return to Myself”

Family Lughnasadh

Last weekend, we celebrated Lughnasadh with friends from Northern Rivers Protogrove and Muin Mound Grove at the latter’s annual Lugh Games. There was friendly competition, feasting, swimming, singing around a fire, and a lovely ritual. My husband was crowned the champion of the games! It was a wonderful time. Today, I celebrated Lughnasadh with myContinue reading “Family Lughnasadh”

Offering For Lugh

I wanted to make an offering for Lugh that reflected his association with lightning as well as the seasonal association with grain. The lightning aspect was important to me because the lore shows him as a champion of justice. He strikes down those who do not reciprocate hospitality and goodwill. I prayed to him lastContinue reading “Offering For Lugh”