Adventures in Wortcunning: Spicing up the Holidays

Pull together some ginger, cinnamon, a little clove, some nutmeg, cardamom and allspice; this one flavor probably means “Yuletide” more than any other taste of the holidays. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: The Dark Lords Of Yule And Misrule

Not so long ago, Yule was as much a chilling season of Ghosts, Monsters, Imps, and Uglies as it was a festival of goodwill. [Read more…]

Wayfairing Woman: Soul Searching at Winter Solstice Time

At this time, after the Winter Solstice and moving into the New Year, we have a great opportunity to do some soul searching, using the lantern light of the coming year to illuminate the way. This time needn’t be about making resolutions, but rather synthesizing experiences and making more coherent sense of it all so that our foot falls on solid ground as we step into the new year. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Frithweaving At Yule – A Heathen ADF Ritual For Frigga And Freyr

This year, I had the chance to celebrate Yule in a bigger way than I’ve ever done in the past. I organized an opportunity for the local pagan community to come together to worship as a family in honor of Yule and the Norse deities Frigga and Freyr. Frith was woven; community was served; and the Gods, ancestors and landvaettir were honored. All in all it was a successful ritual, and I’m proud to have helped make it happen. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: 12 Days of Omens

Maybe you miss your public transport one time too many, and every time it happens, you realize that a man in black is following you. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: The Great Work, Holding the Space

As part of my spiritual practice each year I choose an area of study or devotion to which I will dedicate myself for the course of that turning of the wheel. I call this system “The Great Work,” and it begins in the still darkness following Yule when we rest, cease striving, and “hold the space.” [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Is Yule like The Force?

The spiritual importance of Star Wars, at least for me, is that it showed us a world in which everything was interrelated. It’s a world where we draw our strength from that connectedness. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Yule – The Turning of the Wheel

Those of us who choose to follow that spiritual “different drummer” give up a lot. We set ourselves apart from most of the things by which most people define themselves. Our life’s rhythm alters, so that we no longer live Sunday-to-Sunday, like those around us, but Moon-to-Moon and Sabbat-to-Sabbat. Our sense of what is important changes even more drastically, with the coven and the community ― and the Gods ― becoming our primary focus. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Leaning Into the Solstice Darkness

It’s easy to get caught up in the the wild cycle of holiday hosting. Take a break with these meditations and prayers to the comforting darkness. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Push Your Emotional Reset Button with Devotionals

The holidays are hard. In between Black Friday and Solstice Vigil squeeze in some time for your own sanity with devotional practices to help you keep an even keel. [Read more…]