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Numinous and Concrete

Disruption / Recommitment

Whether it is personal spiritual practice, community building, or justice of all kinds, we can stop thinking “Go big or go home” and start thinking “What is one thing I can do today?”

Raise the Horns

Celebrating Yule

I've always thought of Yuletide as the "most Pagan" of all holiday seasons. So many cherished holiday customs have survived from pagan antiquity into the present day and Midwinter is full of Pagan and secular stuff that makes for great rituals and celebrations.

Pagan Families

5 Ideas for Solstice Fun for Kids

Wondering what to do with your little one this Yule? Here's 5 ideas that should entertain the all of you!

Under the Ancient Oaks

Dark Times – A Winter Solstice Meditation

The dark times we are experiencing now will not disappear when we light our Solstice candles, yet we light our Solstice candles anyway. We do this not because it will make everything nice and easy but because this is who we are.

Agora/Queer of Swords

Queer of Swords: Blue Yule

For those of us without supportive family, the holiday season can be the coldest time of the year, when Christmas-as-stereotype most starkly contrasts with reality, reminding us just how Other we really are.

Sermons from the Mound

Black Lives Matter

The thing about equality is that it is not enough to say, in a vague and woolly manner, that you support equality for everyone, or that "all lives matter". Specific groups of people are being persecuted and killed in specific contexts, and there is a particular historical context for that persecution. That means that we have to understand the particular struggle in the particular context. That means we have to do the work to get involved; and to be good allies, we need to listen to the people who have been engaged in the struggle, and use our privilege to promote their voices and agendas, not talk over them and erase their voices. Ignoring the fact that Black people are being disproportionately targeted and killed is adding insult to injury. The reason we are focussing on the fact that Black lives matter right now is that there are large sections of society, most of them armed and dangerous, who seem not to agree.

Paths Through the Forests

Festivities of Natural Annual Events: Australis Lux (The Longest Day & Night of The Year)

What is physically happening to the Earth at this time of year, and what celebrations spring forth therefrom the world over?

Quaker Pagan Reflections

Stillness at Solstice

Over the years, our celebrations have evolved--but they have retained as much acceptance of the cold and the dark as celebration of dawn and the sun. We love the strengthening light past the solstice... but we would not understand the beauty of it, if we did not pause for the beauty of the long nights and sleeping land.

Shekhinah Calling

Hanukkah is a spell to make the sun come back

When the candles are burning, I say my Pagan prayer: "Blessed is the Shekhinah, who brings the sun back every year. Blessed is the sun, who dies and is reborn."

Gateway Goddess

New Moon Shines on Potent Yule

This year’s Winter Solstice is not only the point at which we in the Northern Hemisphere begin to move towards longer days. It also is the New Moon. Clearly, this is a potent Yule.

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