Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by Tara Masery Miller)

This is the third piece of the three-part collaborative series.The Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere turns slowly over three hundred and sixty five days. It rotates through different shades of light and dark. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year, but it is celebrated as a holiday of lights by many as a reminder that the darkness will not last forever. It is also a time for planning the New Year. What a better time than in the dark where you can dream of the things … [Read more...]

Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by Nornoriel Lokason)

The Willamette River at Molalla River State Park near Canby, Oregon by Ian Poellet.

This is Part 2 of a three-part series.In Vanaheim, the fall equinox is celebrated by its citizens (per corroborated gnosis) as the Festival of Gratitude (if you'd like to know more about the actual observance of said holiday, I have a piece here on my blog at PaganSquare).So this will be a gratitude post.2013 was the most difficult year of my life to date, and I say this as someone who has pretty much gotten a post-doctorate education at the School of Hard Knocks.  I have been t … [Read more...]

A Crazy Late Night Lammas

Several years ago, my husband and I were part of a group from Missouri that was invited to a Lamas camp out. This event took place in Illinois and we didn't get there until the sun was just going down. We were left setting up our tents in the dark by feel and unsteady flashlight. After wrestling canvas and poles we followed a narrow trail through the woods toward the sound of drums and ritual voices. It led an air of mystery to the adventure. Here I was in unknown surroundings going to a … [Read more...]

Loaf-mass and me

Mixed_bread_loaves

Last weekend was Lammas (or at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).   While I do adhere to the eightfold Wheel of the Year as observed by Wicca (though not Wiccan myself), Lammas is a particularly difficult holiday for me because it is literally "Loaf-mass", the grain festival, and wheat and barley in particular.  This is the time of year when you see over nine thousand bread recipes circulate in pagan circles, and pagan events where bread is going to be a big part of what's on the m … [Read more...]

Fields of gold

In a few days, it will be Lammas here in the Northern Hemisphere, the first harvest festival, when the grain is ready and some pagan traditions honor the dying-and-reborn god who falls to repay the land for its wealth and rises again to give abundance to the people.  Many Vanatruar (I am one) honor Ing-Frey at this time, the originator of this sacrificial rite in Vanaheim, passed to his nephew for a new generation, while Frey keeps vigil for him before going forth on his wain to bless the w … [Read more...]

A Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,You are the archetype of joy, peace, inner light, and giving which are ideals shared by religions across the world this season so you are the best person to write to.This Yule I’m not asking for any jewelry, candles, or fancy priestess clothes. Instead I have one important wish for the magical community.When groups gather they will pre-plan for possible attendees who have a disability or are part of the Deaf community. Those with mobility and pain issue need to have time t … [Read more...]

My Mabon Feast

The autumnal equinox is just around the corner. It’s a traditional time to celebrate the harvest and it’s a Neo-Pagan ritual of thanksgiving and sharing. This holiday is also called Mabon which was “coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology.” Aidan A. Kelly was a member of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. (Wikipedia)One of my favorite things to do on Mabon is to prepare a feast. Here is the full menu. The items I … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Coloring Page with Sign Language for Children

"Here is a coloring page for memorial day. The site also has more for members." DefEdHub Deaf Education Hub at FacebookThanks to author Janet Herzberg Callahan for bringing this to my attention. … [Read more...]

Good News Thanksgiving Community Linkage Special

Since superstorm Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in October, parts of Freemont, NY are still without power and many people are in shelters. Mercy Chef, a faith based nonprofit, is preparing their mobile unit and will be serving a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to over 1000 people at lunch and dinner in Freemont.image: A cornucopia, horn shaped basket, created with wicker and trimmed with holly berries. It is filled with fall colored leaves, small guards, a bunch of green … [Read more...]


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