The Busy Witch: Making Fall Magical

Now that Labor Day has passed here in the United States, it finally feels like fall. Schools are back in session, sweaters and boots have appeared in the stores, and the sun is rising just a bit later each morning. The season of apple pickings and bonfires is upon us, and it has always been my favorite time of year.

There’s already a lot of magic in this season (Halloween, anyone?), but here are some simple ways you can infuse a bit more sparkle into your fall. [Read more…]

Making Light: Thar-jellybean

It’s getting close to Thargelia, but my celebration doesn’t look much like the ancient festival of the same name. Instead of throwing the ugliest dude in town off a cliff or beating a goat with a stick while chasing it to the city limits as a sacrifice to purify the people, I just clean out my cabinets. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Interfaith Family Ties Blossom from Ostara to Easter

Why do I have an Easter dress? Why, after years of brunch-only celebrations with my own family, am I actually going to attend services? The answer: Love. [Read more…]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Balance Within and Without?

With the coming Equinox, I am ready to shed my winter skin. Not only is spring beginning to burst out, but we are approaching a powerful moment. The days have been getting gradually longer, but before we can feel the full flush of summer, we must pause and acknowledge the equinox. At the vernal equinox this week, day and night will be almost balanced. Such an event only occurs twice a year, and because of this rarity, it provides us with a powerful opportunity for soul work and magic. [Read more…]

Making Light: A Dionysia Yet to Be Named

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

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…]