Setting Aside Some Time With Brighid

My life has once more become hectic.  I feel like I report that in my blog every couple weeks.  Just goes to show how cyclical things are!  This time, the stress has everything to do with getting back into my work schedule.  It’s too easy to come home and collapse!  I haven’t been as spirituallyContinue reading “Setting Aside Some Time With Brighid”

Reaction to “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites” and Where to Go Next?

When I first asked my readers, “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites?” I was bracing myself for some tongue lashings.  I felt the same way sharing my concerns on the ADF Discussion list.  Although I did get responses along the same tone I’m used to when explaining my vegetarianism, many people –Continue reading “Reaction to “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites” and Where to Go Next?”

Pagan Group Etiquette

I’ve been mulling over this post for awhile now because of things I continually see in the Pagan community.  Although some of us prefer to be solitary, there are plenty more who would like camaraderie.  Maybe it’s just to make friends so you have someone who already gets you and your bone collection.  Maybe it’sContinue reading “Pagan Group Etiquette”

Lughnasadh 2012 at Muin Mound Grove

“Balor Archery Target” painted and photographed by Weretoad, 2012 We spent Saturday with my grove mates to celebrate Lughnasadh.  It was wonderful to see them after staying with my family for the Summer Solstice.  We held our traditional Lughnasadh games!  They were more low-key and less structured this year. We had other activities planned thisContinue reading “Lughnasadh 2012 at Muin Mound Grove”

Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Animal Companion

Last night, when I went to clean the ferret cage, I immediately noticed something amiss.  Potion, our eldest ferret, was already awake and eagerly waiting a chance to run around outside their cage.  Puck wasn’t in sight.  She usually slept inside a brown hammock I made.  She was always lazy and slow to rise, especiallyContinue reading “Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Animal Companion”

My First Ever Family Summer Solstice

Everything was ready for our trip to Muin Mound Grove and our Summer Solstice celebration.  We were going to make clay suns in honor of the sky fire.  I already had some ideas for my design.  We plucked herbs from our garden to place on the Arimid mantle during the rite.  Weretoad and I were excitedlyContinue reading “My First Ever Family Summer Solstice”

A Fragrant Offering – An Alternative to Incense

Tea as an Offering Tea is a wonderful thing.  It’s one of my favorite beverages and there’s something deeply soothing, healing, and even spiritual to it.  Indeed, many cultures have surrounding tea drinking with ceremony.  What about Druids? Based on how many folk remedies from Europe involve herbal tisanes, I don’t doubt that Druids knewContinue reading “A Fragrant Offering – An Alternative to Incense”

Reflecting on my Spring Equinox Ritual at Muin Mound Grove

Blessed Spring! Here in the North East, the weather has been extraordinarily warm and sunny for March.  Signs of spring are everywhere: red buds on deciduous trees, returned song birds, ferns in the forest, spring peepers…  There have even been mosquitos and ticks! On Saturday, Muin Mound Grove celebrated early.  Since the celebration fell onContinue reading “Reflecting on my Spring Equinox Ritual at Muin Mound Grove”

Preparing for a Spring Equinox Rite on March 17th

The Vernal Equinox approaches and, as is customary because of our modern schedules, Muin Mound is to celebrate on the weekend – March 17th, to be exact.  For those of you who live under a rock, that’s St. Patrick’s Day. A column from the General Post Office in Dublin on O’Connel St.   If youContinue reading “Preparing for a Spring Equinox Rite on March 17th”

Purifying Antiques for Use in Ritual

Nearly a month ago, I posted about visiting a local antique shop and purchasing twin brass bowls.  I knew nothing of their previous use.  How many hands had passed them?  I did not feel anything inherently negative about them (I doubt I would have purchased them if I had), but unless I craft a tool,Continue reading “Purifying Antiques for Use in Ritual”