Irish-American Witchcraft: Themes of Celebration – Sun and Shadow

My own approach to holidays is multilayered. I think of it a bit like celebrating in sun and shadow, hence the title of today’s article, with the sun representing the public Druidic side of my practice and the shadow representing the private witchcraft side of things. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Village Games

Community practice in a village in ancient times would have had most people following similar customs, but that’s not always workable for modern pagans. That doesn’t mean one can’t have a meaningful Lughnasadh celebration in a group with only one Celt, though, and without giving short shrift to anyone else’s stuff. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Lammas Meditation — Lugh and the Golden Field of Your Life Story

Lugh can guide you in the Lammas tasks of harvesting your soul lessons that have come to full fruition, and of discerning those things that must be cut away in service of your well-being and that of our world. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Three Lessons from the Summer Solstice – Visioning a New World

At the Summer Solstice with the powers of life and light at a peak, Nature offers three simple, life-centered lessons that can change your life and vision a new, better world. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: The Bad Fairies Of Litha

Litha or Midsummer, a time of bonfires, mugwort, mythical beings, nights and days of mischief and love. The veil is thin. The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near. The first was Halloween, the second was May Eve and the third was Midsummer Eve. All sorts of enchantments are in the air now and Spirits and Fairies abound. What follows here are some of them. These are not your good fairies but tricksters and darker spirits. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Summer Solstice Mystery – Thou Art Goddess

Your Inner Goddess is awake inside of you, anchoring you in the ways of the sacred feminine, and guiding your journey of soul at this time of the Summer Solstice. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Summer Solstice – Cake for Áine

On midsummer – the holiday between Bealtaine’s earthy celebrations and Lúnasa’s harvesting – we celebrate the joy and growth of the light half of the year. We acknowledge, formally, what we live with everyday – the knowledge that the world we live in is shared by myriad spirits and is touched by the Gods. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Crafting Sovereignty at the Grand Sabbat

This Beltane, we brought both the pomp and ceremony of High Witchcraft plus the nitty-gritty, bare feet, howling at the moon, fire dancing and drumming into the night, of old-fashioned, tree-hugging, dirt-worshipping paganism. We rang the bell at the apex of Spring so loudly and proudly that there are Genus Loci all over eastern North Carolina still tingling with twitterpation, and looking for a smoke. Shazam, I tell you. SHAZAM! [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Old at Beltain

We just celebrated Beltain, perhaps the most “hands on” Sabbat of the year. But, what you’re too old to contemplate staying up all night, much less rolling in the grass with a lover? How do we old Witches keep the Beltain when–as the saying goes–the spirit is willing but the flesh isn’t? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Beltane Blues

Beltane used to be easy for me. When I was new to Paganism, I knew what Beltane was all about. Sex! And by extension, romance. These days, if you ask me what Beltane means to me, I’d probably get that frown line on my forehead as I think about how to answer you, because it’s more complicated. [Read more…]


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