Counting on a Miracle

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Recognizing a miracle is a beautiful thing. Counting on a miracle is a recipe for failure. [Read more...]

The Gods Laugh

our shrine to the ancestors

We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

Honoring Our Ancestors, Sustaining Our Relationships

Bryn Celli Ddu

It is Samhain – “summer’s end” – and it is time to honor and remember our ancestors. Death has not ended our relationships with family and friends, for love never dies. It has simply transformed the relationships into something different, something that needs our work to sustain. [Read more...]

Thoughts on Death

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Our mainstream culture tells us to ignore death and pretend it will never come, but it always does. The time to contemplate death and how we want to die is now. [Read more...]

Samhain Divination

Pagan Community Reading 10.31.13

For Samhain this year, I did divination for the overall Pagan community. Where are we on our journey, what are the challenges we face, how can we best address them, and what is the likely outcome if we continue on our current path? [Read more...]

Away, Come Away

neither land nor sea, neither day nor night

The lore of Samhain speaks of creatures who cross the veil from the Otherworld to this world. What might they say to us, or at least to those of us inclined to hear with more than physical ears? [Read more...]


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