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 cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. - BuddhaI can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that … [Read more...]

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. Did I enjoy it? I did. It was nice to have a season free of stress and obligations to traditions I don't much care for. Would I do it again? I don't think so.While I needed this season of hush, I … [Read more...]

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 use some of the old traditions of my ancestors on this day rather than on New Year's Day, which is really just an arbitrary calendar date. My ancestors believed whatever you do on the first day of the … [Read more...]

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 the quiet, restful, joyous and solitary celebration of the season. It's about letting go of the darkness. Of flying into the future.So I recommend finding a … [Read more...]

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 Wild Hunt. Jason and the PNC folks do news much better than I do.I've been using this season between Hallows and Yule to do some deep introspection. Although Hallows marks the new year in the Wiccan tradition, it doesn't feel … [Read more...]

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 done. I'm over it. Already.I don't celebrate this holiday and I'm tired of being bombarded with it. I'm not buying anyone anything. I'm not singing carols. I'm not observing Advent. I'm not … [Read more...]

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 SunshineBecause this is my default solar holiday song!12. Len - Steal My SunshineI never thought this song would date me, but I have nieces and nephews who are younger than this tune...11. Gaia Consort - Solstice CallI love the joyful inclusiveness of this … [Read more...]

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 especially important holy-days are known as high holy tides: such as Ostara, Winter Nights, and Yule which is now upon us.Of these three documented High Holy Tides, it is Yule t … [Read more...]

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. Maybe you plan to watch Hogfather or Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People.13. Santa Claus is Pagan Too By Emerald RoseIf you can listen to this without singing … [Read more...]

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 husband left me, so it was just me and my son together. He also racked up a considerable debt before leaving the state, and I was left to pay it off. It was near Christmas and I had no money. When I say "no money" I mean I had NO MONEY - … [Read more...]