Reflections on Samhain and Mortality

Another Samhain has come and gone in my household and protogrove. Some, like myself, observed it from October 31st-November 1st (sundown to sundown). Many celebrated this weekend, for reasons of convenience or celestial precision. I know of some people who honor it all month long, which is totally fine, as the veil between this world andContinue reading “Reflections on Samhain and Mortality”

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”

What Did You Harvest This Year?

Blessed Autumn Equinox! I spent Saturday celebrating early with my lovely protogrove.  We sang, honored the Earth Mother, and feasted on our bounty.  I was honored to lead a friend and grovie’s mother blessing as our magical working.  It was wonderful, and definitely a post for another time.  Today marked the actual Autumn Equinox, and IContinue reading “What Did You Harvest This Year?”

Fill Your High Day Celebrations with Joy and Excitement

I was up late preparing for my protogrove’s Autumn Equinox celebration, and I woke up earlier than usual on a Saturday to continue my preparations.  I’m not even leading today’s ritual, although I am performing several important parts.  I’m also leading the magical working: a grovemate’s mother blessing/saining ceremony.  There’s a buzz of excitement in theContinue reading “Fill Your High Day Celebrations with Joy and Excitement”

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…”

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”

Pagan Parenting Reblog: Raising Pagan Children

Originally posted on Mist to Open. Mists to Bind.:
I’ve always intended on raising my children pagan, and over the past two years, as I’ve been putting that desire into practice, for the most part, it has not been a conscious effort. There are a few things that I try to teach my daughter, and…

Visiting the Source

Sometimes we have to take a pilgrimage to where it all began – to the source of our spirituality.  By that, I mean the places where we first felt the stirrings of spirits around us, observed the interconnection of everything, and where our soul first learned to dance.  For me, that place is my childhood homeContinue reading “Visiting the Source”

Get Out and Enjoy the Sun on the Summer Solstice

Last night, I joined some of my grovies from Northern Rivers as guests for Kripalu Yoga Center’s Summer Solstice celebration. It was a very different and eclectic ritual style, but it was good-natured and fun. It’s important to the group to show support for the Yoga Center as they have been very welcoming to us.Continue reading “Get Out and Enjoy the Sun on the Summer Solstice”