Samhain and Remembrance

Poppies in the sunset on Lake Geneva

The Pagan festivals are less about a single day when we reflect on or celebrate a particular aspect of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, and more about the the high watermark of the ebb and flow of a tide of energy. But the season of remembrance is not at an end. The tide of Samhain ebbs until it rises again as the tide of rebirth at Yule. And on the way to the turning of the tide, there is Remembrance Day on 11th November. I don’t know how many Pagans actually do ritual for 11th November, but I am sure many of us will be wearing poppies – red, white, or mauve, or all three. [Read more...]

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Ancestor Work: It’s Not Always About “Honoring”

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Ancestor work is not always about remembering the positive. Sometimes, it can be about demanding justice, making reparations, or healing wounds. [Read more...]

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The Thirteen Vanic Virtues

Freya, by Igor Alexis Osorio Solis

The Vanir have their own set of virtues… [Read more...]

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Beloved dead

Battenberg cake

Why so few memories of my grandpa? Because my parents grew up in the Exclusive Brethren, and left that group in 1976. This meant that my grandparents were forbidden to have any contact with us after we had left. I only found out by accident in 1996 that my grandpa had died. I wonder what he would have thought of this blogpost. [Read more...]

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Ancestors

Ancestor fan chart

There are different types of ancestors – family members, ancestors of spirit, ancestors of place, the Beloved Dead, members of your tradition who have passed on. We honour them because they shaped us and our world, and without them it would be very different. [Read more...]

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Storymaking, Artmaking, and the Work of the Soul

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Maybe it’s a lifework to piece together the soul from the scraps and bits. [Read more...]

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Dancing and Dowsing: Moving Into Polytheism

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I went to a dance class for the first time in years a few days ago. [Read more...]

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