DIY Finger-Knit Ghost Garland | Pretty Prudent

What a cute (and kid-friendly!) project!  I can envision folks making a new ghost each Samhain to represent a loved one who has passed away.  It could also be a wonderful way to decorate an ancestral altar in October and November. DIY Finger-Knit Ghost Garland | Pretty Prudent. Have fun!

Quiet Time

I think I’ve entered a short quiet period.  I’m feeling more introspective and reflective. Perhaps it’s the lunar phase.  Maybe I’m extra guarded because Mercury is still in retrograde.  Or perhaps it’s that post Samhain calm before the storm of the winter holidays. It’s also because I’ve been extra sleepy lately. My free time hasContinue reading “Quiet Time”

The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates Samhain

Last night, the North Country Druidic Study Group gathered for its second ever ritual – Samhain!  Although a few days after the calendrical holiday, my Druidic tradition believes that the veil remains thin for some time.  Personally, I view it like the lunar phases.  Samhain is when it is at its peak, while the daysContinue reading “The North Country Druidic Study Group Celebrates Samhain”

Building Community: The Necessary but Annoying Business End

First of all, I’m very excited to announce that the North Country Druidic Study Group has been welcomed to perform our High Day rituals at the Kripalu Yoga Center here in Northern NY!  They have a lovely little stone circle with a fire pit that is just perfect for us.  What’s more, they have anContinue reading “Building Community: The Necessary but Annoying Business End”

How to Carve Turnips into Jack-o-Lanterns: A Samhain Tutorial

Our turnips for Samhain this year!  Photo by Weretoad, 2012. Carved pumpkins are a ubiquitous tradition here in America.  It’s no wonder really – pumpkins have been growing here for generations!  In Ireland, turnips were mostly used as Samhain decorations.  There’s not a lot of evidence that this is an ancient practice.  Writings on theContinue reading “How to Carve Turnips into Jack-o-Lanterns: A Samhain Tutorial”

Autumn Colors

I try to get into the forest at least once a week.  It relaxes me, heals my emotional aches, and reminds me of what really matters. Although we’re in a season that focuses on death, there is a certain beauty about it.  And indeed, out of the death and decay, life is all around.  RedContinue reading “Autumn Colors”

The Bewitching Home Blog Party: Ancestral Altar Cloth Tutorial

Hello to all my visitors, new and old!  Today, I’m taking part in The Bewitching Home Blog Party, hosted by the lovely Witch of Howling Creek!  The theme is adding magic to domestic tasks be they cooking, cleaning, decorating, etc.   To be honest, this all snuck up on me!  I’ve been a busy galContinue reading “The Bewitching Home Blog Party: Ancestral Altar Cloth Tutorial”

Living Druidism as an American

Sometimes, I ponder my path in relation to my location and nationality. There are times when I can’t help but wonder if my Druidism is somehow “less connected” than if I were actually living in Ireland, Scotland, England, Cornwall, etc…  Am I less connected to the Tuatha de Danann who are so intimately intertwined withContinue reading “Living Druidism as an American”

The North Country Druidic Study Group’s First Ever Ritual!

I’m very proud to say that the North Country Druidic Study Group’s first ritual went well!  We celebrated the autumn season and honored the Nature Spirits, thanking them for the harvest.  There were 11 of us in total.  For 7 attendees, this was their first time joining the group.  It was also a first exposureContinue reading “The North Country Druidic Study Group’s First Ever Ritual!”