A Blessed Lughnasadh

Today is Lughnasadh (also known as Lammas) the first of three harvest festivals celebrated in many modern Pagan traditions. Lughnasadh originated as one of the four main Celtic fire festivals and was dedicated to the Celtic god Lugh/Lugus the many-skilled (or, in the case of Ireland, Lugh’s foster-mother Tailtiu). It is a time of thanksgiving, first-harvests, and the end of summer. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGmOMyf1SkQ John Barleycorn dancing at the Lammas Festival in Eastbourne, UK on 31st July 2010. Here are some quotes for the holiday. "This late summer season, I give thanks for what I have that feeds me and the ways in which my life can help feed others. I also intend to pract … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: A Pagan Festival in Israel, TheurgiCon, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a companion to my usual Pagan News of Note series, more focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. I want to reinforce the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started!A Pagan Festival in Israel: September will see the nation of Israel's first Pagan festival, at least in our modern era. A new site is promoting a Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) festival, with word being spread by other Israeli Pagan sites."The first Israeli Pagan F … [Read more...]

Happy Summer Solstice

"In summer, the song sings itself." - William Carlos Williams Today (and last night) is the celebration of the Summer Solstice*, also known as Midsummer, or Litha. It is at this time that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun (the opposite being true for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere who are celebrating the Winter Solstice). It is a time of fertility and celebration: bonfires, maypoles, dancing, and outdoor festivals have been traditional during this time for most of human history. In some modern Pagan faiths it is believed that this holiday represents the highest ascendancy of masculine divinity. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTgl1WoJoVY Here are some recent qu … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: Summer Festivals, COVR Awards, Pagan Families, and more!

Pagan Community Notes is a companion to my usual Pagan News of Note series, more focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. I want to reinforce the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started!Summer Festival Season Begins: This weekend the Pagan Summer festival season officially begins! You've got Pagan Spirit Gathering in Illinois and Wisteria in Ohio both starting on Sunday, not to mention Eugene, Oregon's own Faerieworlds happening this weekend. At th … [Read more...]