Samhain and S.A.D.

Why do we love a season that makes us feel like crud? Even The Bloggess has been going through a funk and she's made of awesome and rainbow ninjas sprinkled with sarcasm. I'm always tempted to hibernate through this time of year, and wake up at Yule. So although I have a lot to write about, I have been sternly warned I'm not allowed to go crazy. Instead of rushing about trying to pull together a post, take care of every e-mail, dot every i and cross every T, I'm going to spend some time today … [Read more...]

Regarding the War on Halloween

I've been joking about writing a piece on "the War on Halloween" for a few weeks now, because from a Pagan perspective it's such an absurd topic. Yet the more I joked the more it seemed a good idea.You see, the truth is, Halloween is a secular holiday. It doesn't belong to any religion. What we know as Halloween today began as an excuse for bored Edwardians to party and scare the crap out of each other. It kept going because it was fun, and after two World Wars the West needed an excuse for … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Hallows

Like many of you, I'm extremely busy in October. Just as nature is drawing me into a time for quiet repose, I find I have more to do and accomplish than ever. As I am gearing up for projects to be tackled, my spirit is longing for long hours in meditation and quiet solitude.So although I was saving it for this weekend, here is my song list for Hallows.13. Dante's Prayer - Loreena McKennittWhen the dark night seems endless, please remember me.12. Twa Corbiez - OmniaWhere shall we gang … [Read more...]

Longing for Hallows

I considered trying some humor today. Writing about the "War on Halloween" or something like that. Yet, all around me leaves are blazing and drifting slowly to the ground. The afternoon light makes the mountains glow like molten gold. I'm in love with this season.It's strange how seductive the season can be. The oranges and golds, the chill in the air, the scent of woodsmoke and the waning light all mean one thing: we are being drawn into darkness. We find this comforting, like retreating into … [Read more...]

Samhain Treat

I'm still laid low by the flu and this $^*%#%@ fever will not break so I can get some relief.However, Celestial Elf has a new machina film up for Samhain. I find these strangely charming. I hope you do too.Oh, and have an awesome Rapture! By reducing the workforce and creating an abundance of food for the winter, the Rapture may be as big an economic and scientific boon as the Black Death turned out to be. … [Read more...]

Parting the Veil

I recently discovered that my grandmother's best friend died after a long illness that had left her incapacitated. Mary and my grandma had been through everything under the sun together. Leaving Cuba, making a new life in the US, marital dramas, you name it...these women stuck together like glue and were closer than family. After my grandmother died in 1980, Mary continued to be an important presence in our lives. In crisis times, she was the go-to woman with her incredible skill and accuracy in … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Radical Protesters at Veteran Funerals…

I think in all the recent attention to politician Christine O’donnell, we’ve overlooked another equally important news story, one that hasn’t just appeared out of nowhere but that has been an on-going plague of religious fundamentalists protesting at the funerals of U.S. veterans for years. At the moment the Supreme Court is reviewing a case concerning free speech as it applies to a lawsuit filed by Arthur Snyder, father of a deceased soldier against one of those groups: the infamous Westboro Bap … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Winter Nights

Just as our pagan cousins celebrate the eight major sabbats or holidays that comprise the Wheel of the Year, for those of us in the Northern Tradition we too have somewhat similar key celebrations that we call holy tides. Some of these celebrations, like the one now upon us known as Winter Nights, are more special than others and these are known as high holy tides.Some practitioners of the Northern Tradition are celebrating Winter Nights around now, the time of the autumnal equinox so it is … [Read more...]


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