Making Light: A Dionysia Yet to Be Named

Wine

Rather than looking at the Athenian calendar and trying to reproduce the holiday that comes up, my group decided to do what it was already called to do and then find a name for it. There’s often already an ancient name for what we want to do anyway. In this case, it was Lenaia: a theater-centered Dionysia around January/February. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Imbolc – Feeding the Hunger of New Lives with Milk and Fire

Brigid_at_Imbolc_by_Kittenpants

I’ve been told Imbolc is derived from the Celtic words for “in the belly,” or “the quickening.” And, I’m reminded this year of the idiom that combines those two images of Imbolc into “fire in the belly.” Fire in the belly–desire, drive, the will to achieve. [Read more...]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

Tree In Fog At Night by Petr Kratochvil

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more...]

Making Light: Happy Hyperborea!

Pumpkins

If Hallmark made cards for Hyperborea, I might consider sending out holiday cards at midwinter. I want cheesy television specials about Apollo at the North Pole. I want an inflatable baby Dionysos to put in the front lawn. I want a three-month sale on wine and movies, and I want chocolates shaped like bunches of grapes. [Read more...]

Reclaiming Halloween’s Religious Roots

Hypatia

My contribution to the religion blog at CNN.com: Reclaiming Halloween’s Religious Roots Happy Samhain, everyone! [Read more...]

Samhain: Blessed Be All Souls

pumpkins

This week many Pagans celebrate Samhain, popularly known as Hallowe’en. It is the ancient, and modern, festival of the dead, of remembering and honouring those who have gone before us. In pre-Roman times, there is evidence that the ‘Celtic’ peoples of the British Isles would leave doors and windows open to invite the spirits of [Read More...]

Druid Thoughts: Beltain Without Ritual

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Beltain has been and gone. I didn’t celebrate this year in any obvious sense. I’m finding the seasons hard to get to grips with at the moment. In February it was hot enough, in the south west of England, for me to get sunburn. Then we had rain. I’ve always associated Beltain with the coming [Read More...]


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