The Crow’s Nest: Beltane-A Fire Festival

Beltane is an ancient Celtic Holiday, often referred to in modern times as May Day. The Holiday begins at moonrise April 30 (May Day Eve) and is considered to be a festival of fertility and union between the God and Goddess. [Read more…]

Brigid and the Making of Vows

As we shift from Winter’s dormancy to Spring’s rebirth, our desire for new possibilities drives us to Brigid’s tremendous powers that can remake our life. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Reducing Holiday Hostility through Blessed Food

We tell ourselves, spending time with family should be a great time, but old wounds and scars usually remain. Let’s admit it, our family are the ones who best know how to get under our skin. We can, however, decide to change that. After all, we have magic. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Hecate and the Crossroads of Choice

“Time is running out.” Hecate says, “Be fearless. Choose love. By your choices, and those of your human kin, your destiny and that of your Earth home will be decided.” [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Winternights — The Heathen Samhain?

Winternights is one of my favorite holidays. I love when summer finally gives way to Autumn—the smell of the dying leaves, harvesting the last fruits, starting to hunker down for the winter. To me, it is a natural time to start pulling inward and focus on family, hearth, and home. But is it the Norse version of Samhain? No, it is not. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Gifts of the Hera’s Journey – Four Spiritual Lessons for the Fall Season

In the Fall season, the hera’s journey provides invaluable teachings that can help you navigate the deepest roots of your journey of soul, and source the primal, transformative powers of the sacred dark. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Fall Equinox Mystery – Persephone and the Ways of the Sacred Feminine

At the Fall Equinox, Persephone awaits you at the opening to the Underworld, offering up Her mysteries of the sacred darkness that beckon you to a new cycle of healing and growth. [Read more…]

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…]

Witch on Fire: Beltane Lovers – Once you Go Witch You’ll Never Switch

This is MODERN witchcraft, where we strip off the mask of the obvious, and glory in the rich, chocolatey layers of occult mystery that peel away all labels and norms to bite down to the sweet, cream-filled, cherry center of this Beltane bonbon. [Read more…]