13 Songs for Lammas/Lughnasadh!

Lammas is upon us. John Barleycorn must die. I must once again harvest Youtube for a playlist worthy of the season. As we approach Lammas I’ve been thinking about the concept of sacrifice a good bit. I’m not certain how the ritual I attend will play out, but generally the Corn King is cut down. [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Ostara, Sigrblot & Summer Nights

For those of us in the Northern Tradition, the high holy tide of Ostara is upon us. Some are gearing up to celebrate this weekend, and others may postpone their celebrations so that they coincide more with the observed Christian date of Easter instead. The later allows heathen children to be able to participate in [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Holy Tides – Charming of the Plough and Disting

For many pagans, this is the time of year where they honor and celebrate Imbolc one of the eight sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year. For those of us in the Northern Tradition however, we have our only celebrations known as holy tides (from the Old Norse hátíðir) that we may currently be [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – a Prayer for Twelfth Night

Hail Mundilfari the time-turner for another year’s ending, and another’s beginning has come upon us again. In the spirit of the season we have braved the dark nights and cold, traversed snow and ice, to visit and make merry with our family and friends, our neighbors and community. When we have seen those in need [Read More…]

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The Best Gift is Hope

This is dedicated to my best friend, Debbie. I love you. These ornaments are getting old and the bow is a bit wrinkled but I can’t help but feel joy when I look at them. There’s a bit of a story to these, so I hope you will indulge me. About 16 years ago, my [Read More…]

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A Meditation on Samhain

I love this time of year more than any other. Almost on cue with the coming of Samhain, my little part of the world seems to transition abruptly into late autumn. Winter stands ready at the threshold just waiting for nature’s invitation to cross. There’s more than just a delicious chill in the air, now [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Samhain

Seems strange that we began the 13 Songs series with Beltane and here it is already Samhain. What an important holiday, and an important milestone for us here on Pantheon. We’ve spent seven months together as of Samhain, the entire Goddess half of the year. I hope the God half proves as interesting and rewarding. [Read More…]

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The Silly Season: Witches, Politics or Both?

I confess I hate Politics. I enjoy discussing politics with polite reasonable people, but I loathe Politics. As an American Pagan you can’t escape “Big P Politics” even if you want to. Not only do other religions insist on getting tangled up in the political process, every so often a candidate decides to attack us. [Read More…]

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Honoring the Ancestors: Samhain and Beyond

There’s a great deal of focus around Samhain on honoring one’s ancestors, and honoring the dead in general. Whether we celebrate Samhain or Winternights, that’s what this holiday is all about, right? Well, yes….but ideally the celebrations that mark the end of October, should be the culmination of a year spent regularly and consistently interacting [Read More…]

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Columbus and Coming Out

I live in my own little world, where no one makes candles that smell like pie and having a bad case of the flu is the only excuse for watching the Lifetime channel. Thank goodness the wider world intrudes through the interwebs to remind me of important stuff. Today’s topical post is thanks to the [Read More…]

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