A Blessed Solstice

A view of Winter from Eugene, Oregon.

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home." - Edith Sitwell Tonight and tomorrow (depending on where you live) is the Winter Solstice (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, then it’s the Summer Solstice), traditionally thought to be the longest night and shortest day of the year (though not actually).A view of Winter from Eugene, Oregon. This time of year is held sacred by man … [Read more...]

Io Saturnalia!

The Temple of Saturn, Villa Torlonia, Rome (Shutterstock)

“The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life.” - Robert Morrison MacIver A very merry, and joyous, Saturnalia to all those who celebrate it, knowingly or not."The Saturnalia was the most popular holiday of the Roman year. Catullus (XIV) describes it as "the best of days," and Seneca complains that the "whole mob has let itself go in pleasures" (E … [Read more...]

Happy Autumnal Equinox

Today is the Autumnal Equinox which signals the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere (our friends in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the Spring Equinox). On this day there will be an equal amount of light and darkness, and after this day the nights grow longer and we head towards Winter. In many modern Pagan traditions this is the second of three harvest festivals (the first being Lughnasadh, the third being Samhain).Anderida Gorsedd, The Long Man of Wilmington, Autumn Eq … [Read more...]

Pagans: Now With Actual Holidays

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Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee has added four Pagan holidays to its calendar, meaning an excused absence can be obtained by students for religious observances. A local-interest story on the adoption of these holidays in the Tennessean has since been picked up by USA Today and the Associated Press.The Vanderbilt policy says students must be excused from classes and other academic activities on days when their religious traditions put restrictions on labor or forbid it o … [Read more...]


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