The problem of Imbolc

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I’ve never felt all that connected to this spoke on the great wheel of seasonal observances. While I feel connected to all things Celtic, I grew up in Alaska, where spring lasts all of six weeks and doesn’t arrive until after Beltaine. How could the coming of spring be visible in early February?? That’s crazy talk! [Read more...]

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Waiting for spring

Chehalis Western Trail, photo courtesy of Regan House Photo

I’ve gotten out and about a little bit more in the last two weeks than I have in a while. I’m looking for signs of spring, signs of the shift to brighter days. I love winter. I love that we’re in the thick of the quiet and the cold, but this winter’s intensity is wearing on me. [Read more...]

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5 ways to know you’re in Britain at Yule

Photo by Luke Hayfield Photography, used under Creative Commons license.

This week, I’m focusing on a national and very human sense of place — Britain at Yule. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Isaac Newton’s Birthday or Consumermas, there are some non-negotiable cultural constants here. 1. Christmas stock has already been out in the shops for at least two months One of the most [Read More...]

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