Stumbling Past Imbolc, or Not All Sabbats Are Created Equal

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I have already broken one of my New Year's resolutions. I intended to celebrate every Sabbat equally in 2012. Yet Imbolc has come and gone, and I honestly did very little to celebrate it. I don't even really feel regret at skipping past the holiday uncelebrated. As I sit here and consider Imbolc, I have to admit that I don't really care about it.I want to care about Imbolc. I've put a lot of effort into psyching myself up and getting excited about Imbolc. I've tried to plumb it's … [Read more...]

Merrily Roar Out Our Harvest Home!

I love all the different names our holidays have, and how they are celebrated in different traditions. The Wild Hunt has a nice feature up this morning with a fantastic picture of the Long Man of Wilmington.Supposedly the name Mabon is a recent thing, attributed to Aidan Kelly in the 70's, and it's reference to an obscure character in Arthurian legend has always struck me as odd. What I've really been digging is more traditionally English names for our holidays, rather then the Gaelic ones … [Read more...]

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. I may have teased some of the male members of my coven about getting whacked, but that only led me to think about how I will never play the Corn King in ritual. Gender in Wiccan theology is … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Ostara!

I nearly forgot. Nearly let this slip by. Which would be a shame because with Ostara I've created song lists for all 8 Wiccan Sabbats. Which is kinda nifty!13. Ostara by Lisa Thiel12. Lord of the Dance by Gwydion Pendderwen11. Spring Strathspey by Taste Like More(?)10. Prayer to Eostre by WordedRite9. Eostre by ForefatherAn epic metal instrumental to get the blood stirring.8. Eostre's Dance by RiverAnother yummy instrumental.7. Blodeuwedd by Damh the Bard6. … [Read more...]

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 more mainstream activities such as egg hunts with their peers at school and at community parks. … [Read more...]

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 celebrating instead: Charming of the Plough or Disting. … [Read more...]

Imbolc Blessings!

I've been trying to write something somewhat insightful all morning but it's warm and sunny and springlike outside. I can't concentrate. I just want to soak in the sun and smile. So here's some music and may spring come to your house soon! … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Deck the Halls and Hearth!

The Yuletide is just around the corner... and for those of us in the Northern Tradition, this is one of our most sacred holy tides of the year. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, many of us are gearing up to Deck the Halls and Hearth. As a child, I recall helping my mother make all sorts of 100% natural decorations. One of the staples were applesauce & cinnamon ornaments. They are deceptively easy to make, and can be used for anything from decorating the tree, used in a wreath or garland, … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Lammas! Or Lughnasadh! Or First Fruits! Or…

I think what I like best about Lughnasadh is the many names for the festival. The beginning of the harvest is celebrated the world over and it's an exciting time. Berries are ripe on the vine and the fields of grain are ready to be gathered in. By Mabon we'll have apples and as Samhain approaches we'll be eagerly anticipating that first hard frost so we can harvest our winter greens.Once more I'm digging up 13 songs to celebrate the season. Maybe not Pagan but they speak of Lammas to me. Have … [Read more...]


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