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...]

A Little Holiday Cheer: 13 Songs to Rock Around the Tree

I'm a Grinch. I admit it.But I plan to watch It's A Wonderful Life this weekend and curl up with some Hogfather.I'm not immune to either fun nor holiday cheer.So here: 13.What's This? - The Nightmare Before Christmas12. Marley & Marley - Statler & Waldorf11. Meteora - The Christmas Toy Long before there was Woody and Buzz, there was Rugby and Meteora. The cat toy is my favorite.10. Cool Yule - Bette Midler9. White Christmas - Bing Crosby The cast members … [Read more...]

Hail the Unconquered Sun!

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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...]

Solstice Eve

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Have you ever stirred water in a glass and then tried to change direction? The current pushes back at you at first. I tried this exercise once in a swimming pool with a group of people. We all walked around in a circle in the pool until the water began to flow in the direction we were moving, and then we changed direction and moved against the current. It was harder than I expected.Even though I know it's gravitational pull that is swinging us back closer to the sun, I find myself thinking … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Honoring the Past and Other Good Things

So much to comment on this morning!First, all my love and respect to Devin Hunter, whose heartfelt blog post this morning resonated deeply with me. We are all human, and deserving of respect and human dignity. Our gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical ability do not strip us of our rights to our due respect and dignity. I have been told in the past that I cannot know the God, the Horned One, essentially because I have a vagina, but the experience of my soul knew … [Read more...]

Why Emphasize Yule?

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In the Wheel of the Year, Yule isn't very important. It's one of the minor holidays. It's a bottom-rung holiday, less important than the four major fire festivals, and less important than the two most important of those: Beltane and Samhain.Yet Yule is given a lot of attention. We decorate, we buy presents, we sing holiday songs and give Yule far more attention that it's equally important counterparts Ostara, Midsummer and Mabon. We treat Yule as if, well, as if it's Christmas.I … [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...]


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