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

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)

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…]

Druid Thoughts: Innate Paganism

If you’re like me, you get to the cold, dark, damp days and think, ‘Bloody hell, I could use cheering up.’ Innate Paganism is the simple idea that most human beings respond to the environment in similar ways. [Read more…]

Making Light: Happy Hyperborea!

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…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things January

For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, winter has taken hold and the claws of cold grip the land. This month, we remember the Big Bang, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Chief Seattle. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things December

For places in the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived. Snow pricks your cheeks, and naked branches rattle in the wind. The day of longest darkness, after which the sun begins to return, comes on December 21st as the Winter Solstice. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things November

  What can a naturalist celebrate in November? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural Cycles For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, autumn is giving way to the coming winter.  The [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things October

What can a naturalist celebrate in October? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, it is now well into autumn.  The temperature is cooling [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things September

Summer has waned, and those in a four-seasons climate are now moving into autumn. In those climates, this is also often a time when fields begin to turn gold with ripened grain, ready for harvest. An equinox, when the length of day and night are equal, will arrive on the 22nd. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things August

What can a naturalist celebrate in August? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles A month of blazing heat for those in the Northern Hemisphere, August follows the Summer Solstice.  It is therefore [Read More…]


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