enLIGHTenment: Multimedia Meditation on Waxing Light

The summer solstice is nigh and the sun is waxing in strength. Everyone I know is in the process of scurrying off to festivals to bask and delight in both the heavenly sun and in the light of each other’s company. So here’s a different kind of post to celebrate the fulsome light. Three things [Read More…]

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So this is Christmas…

Such a quiet day. There is a hushed stillness over the land. I imagine in homes all across the country children have woken to find Santa has arrived. There is excitement and giddy and the fumbling of parents for coffee and tea. In a way, I suppose today marks the end of my solitary experiment. [Read More…]

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Hail the Unconquered Sun!

Actually here in Georgia it’s a bit rainy and drizzly. There wasn’t so much of a sunrise as a lighter shade of grey that dawned. But it’s the spirit that counts, right? Cara Schulz has an interesting idea regarding Solstice omens I’m giving a whirl, and adding my own kick to it. Makes sense to [Read More…]

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13 Songs to Celebrate Yule, Solstice and Saturnalia!

I have chosen a solitary Solstice this year. So much bombards us every day. Ads. Music. Shoppers. Noise. News. Chaos. Stress. Even I, who completely bowed out of the obligatory family Christmas and avoid stores, is still feeling the intrusion of this commercial juggernaut of the holiday season. So this solstice playlist is themed for [Read More…]

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Waiting for the King

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to write for this blog. So much is going on in the world. There is so much I could draw attention to or draw out into discussion. Sometimes I think I should be more newsy, but I don’t really have any desire to be a “poor man’s” The [Read More…]

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Over Christmas Already…

Before Halloween, the decorations were already in the stores. I thought it was early, but I bought a rosemary Yule tree and a nice secular Happy Holidays sign in the shape of a five-pointed star. Yet here we are at the end of November and we’ve already had over a month of Christmas consumerism. I’m [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Midsummer

O glorious sun! O Sol Invictus! May you shine on us a little less intensely and let your heat waves rest as we celebrate your zenith! Here’s some tunes to groove out to this Solstice! 13. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine Because this is my default solar holiday song! 12. Len – [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Yule

Just as our pagan cousins celebrate the eight major sabbats 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 (from the Old Norse hátíðir). Some of these celebrations are more significant and special than others, and these [Read More…]

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13 Songs for Yule

The Winter Solstice is around the corner. Some of us have already celebrated Yule with our friends, family and faith community. This year we have a unique eclipse joining the Solstice to make for a magical night. For those of you celebrating alone you might consider watching the webcast of the solstice sunrise at Newgrange. [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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