A Samhain Dream

A very close friend of mine once shared a beautiful dream that she had, a dream that we both felt was more than just an ordinary one. She was an immensely devout devotee of Loki.  He was her sustenance, the witness to her life, her God, her Lord, her deepest love. Throughout her life, He guided and cared for her in a way that she felt palpably all the way to the end of her life. I was recently looking over some letters that she had sent me, for we often exchanged old-fashioned correspondence, … [Read more...]

Mabon Meditations

I adore this time of year. There’s a crispness in the air, the herald of colder, darker things to come. The leaves are just beginning to change into what, in my region of the US, will soon become a riotous panoply of color. I live in the belly of the mountains, in the Hudson River Valley and fall is something to be celebrated here for its beauty alone. It’s as if the lines of varied color show, for a few brief weeks, the very and varied musculature of the mountains, rippling, stretching and pre … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Mabon

The list of songs is a bit darker for Mabon. Partly due to the season and partly due to my current mood. I'm craving darkly ambient, magical music lately. Enjoy and be sure to add links to songs I missed in the comments. What are your favorite Mabon songs?13. Days of Yore - MabonNever heard of these guys before but even from this bad recording they sound interesting.12. Enya - March of the CeltsSimply classic.10. Hugin the Bard - An Oak GrowsI was fortunate to meet Hugin the … [Read more...]

Meandering Towards Mabon

The weather is so nice. The windows are open to the breezes. Autumn is on it's way and I can't wait. After a summer that seemed fraught with ill-luck and misfortune for so many of my friends it feels like abundance is on the way. You can feel good things coming, as if apples and squash are invading your cupboards in your sleep.I am ready to bake, to be hospitable, to be open to the cool breezes coming my way. There is joyful anticipation in the air, and for that I am thankful. I don't have … [Read more...]

Preparing for Fall

Summer is almost over. We’ve just passed the Holy Tide of Lammas, our harvest festival and now we’re approaching the Autumnal Equinox. I love this time of year. As the heat gives way to the cool chill of fall, and the days begin to shorten, I always find myself rejuvenated. With this Equinox my favorite cycle of holy tides begins, culminating in Yule, perhaps the holiest of Heathen holy days. I love the dark time, the crispness, the push toward a greater interiority of personal practice that I al … [Read more...]

Harvesting the Light: The Waning Lughnasadh Moon

Ritual complete, feasting finished, and hugs all around, I drove home under the waning moon on Lughnasadh Eve and was struck by it's beauty. It struck me that we were not losing light. It was not being diminished. It was being harvested.Although I've tried not to invest too much meaning in the waning and waxing phases of the moon, I have felt their influence particularly strongly this year. Perhaps it's the economy, but the waning of the moon just seems to be a tougher time for me. I've felt … [Read more...]

Honoring Our Fallen

I walk the warrior’s path. I have in my time served a Goddess of war (Sekhmet) and I’m owned by a God of war and military leadership (Odin). I’ve studied martial arts, weapons, shooting, and but for an early back injury, would have gone into the military. I am fortunate that within Heathenry, the values taught along the warrior’s path are generally respected. Before I became Heathen, however, when I moved predominantly in eclectic Pagan circles, my respect for those who submit themselves to the d … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Musings on Memorial Day

For those of us who are so lucky, we have a lovely three-day weekend before us. Memorial Day is far more than an occasion to exercise your checkbook (or should I say debit card swipe) in pursuit of retail bargains. Rather it is a holiday rooted in American history that has shifted overtime in the American consciousness, and yet it is also a holiday that many in the Northern Tradition have taken to claim as their own.Memorial Day is a U.S. national holiday. The official birthplace of Memorial … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: May Day, Summerdaeg, Walpurgis…

May Day, Summerdaeg, Walpurgis… trying to discern the pre-Christian celebrations and origins of this holytide can be a bit tricky. Typing ‘Walpurgis’ into the ever-handy google… turns up detailed information about the Catholic saint known by that name, but when it comes to the pagan past the details seem vague at best. One has to do some digging to find anything of more substance. For those of you that LOVE to really read into the meat of the matter with academic factoids, you might find this art … [Read more...]

Top 13 Songs for Beltane!

I don't know about y'all but spring makes me want to crank up some feel-good, get-the-body-moving tunes! There is something lusty about all the fresh new green growth that makes you want to dance! All my friends and covenmates are dusting off the ribald jokes in honor of the unabashed sexuality of the earth as she sashays her way towards the peak of summer!Here's my Top 13 songs for Beltane. As always links open in a new window so you can enjoy without losing your place, so click away!Agree? … [Read more...]