Ostara, the Spring Equinox, is always beautiful here in Sonoma County, California. This year was threatening to be different because we have had a disturbingly dry winter. The grass was green, but very short. We were having to water parts […]
The pictures in this article are fantastic! Enjoy the visual feast. With thanks to Anna Korn for turning me on to it.
In 2010 I wrote in this blog “Imbolc is one of the less intensely celebrated Sabbats, I think because it has fewer real world connections in our lives. In most places the coming Spring Equinox, Ostara, is well suited to […]
Courtesy of Huffington Post, here are a bunch of photographs giving a sense of how this time of years speaks to so many worldwide.
Tonight I am going to a celebration of the Solstice, and tomorrow to another where I will be acting as the High Priest. It will be a wonderful end to a year that, for me personally, has been very very […]
This is beautiful. Lammas Blessings to all.
Lammas, or Lughnasad, is the first and greatest of the Sabbats honoring the harvest, for it is now that in most places in the northern hemisphere life’s abundance most overflows in flowers and fruit, grain and root. In our urban […]
This afternoon and evening I’ll be at a Solstice party and ritual gathering, and I hope all of you will be similarly blessed. Whether you are or not, Anne Laurie over at Balloon Juice has a post up showing perhaps […]
Since I pulled way back from writing blog posts on politics, and radically reduced by attention to the day to day activities of the sociopathic crowd who dominates the news, I have found my outlook improved even if my view […]
As in so many earlier years, I will spend Saturday night in Berkeley so as to be up before dawn, drive up to Inspiration Point in Tilden Park, and watch Berkeley Morris dance up the sun. Whenever I’ve been in northern […]
It’s wonderful and magickal. Debbieseakay created it and she takes beautiful pictures as well. I am grateful to Anne Laurie over at Balloon juice for finding it.
While most of the country is still deep in snow, the days have grown noticeably longer since the depth of Winter’s darkness. In California along with brighter days the first flowers of the year are already blooming. In this strange […]
We had a wonderful Yule celebration last night in Berkeley, where I was an invited guest (my own group meets tonight). Rains have socked in all over California, and while our celebration was wonderful, we despaired of seeing the eclipse, […]
This is a beautiful piece someone sent me long ago in a Winter Solstice Card. I have no idea who wrote it, and would love to know. I’ve inserted copies myself into Yule cards and used it in Yule rituals, […]
I spent much of this afternoon addressing Solstice cards and sending them to Pagan friends far away from here. I never liked the electronic cards – they are nice to get, but I like tangible things. Books instead of photons […]
I went searching for some Solstice cards to send out for Yule. To my surprise no local stores seemed to have any, so I searched around on the net. I found some really beautiful ones at Lytha Studios. Perhaps […]
I was asked to show our script for Samhain. I think it is appropriate as it gives a sense of what many Wiccans do tonight or tomorrow night. So below the fold I have reproduced our script.
I’ve been busy polishing our ritual script for Samhain (pronounced “Sow-win”), which we will celebrate the 30th. I hope every other Pagan reader of this blog will have an opportunity to observe and celebrate this time as well. I think […]
I took a walk a few days ago out on the Rodota Trail, a lovely foot and bicycle path linking Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. It goes mostly through a oak savannah filled with big spreading gnarly old oaks. This time […]
To me the Equinoxes Ostara and Mabon are particularly Pagan in their symbolism even though they have long been the least commonly celebrated of our contemporary sacred days. Solstices were far easier to calculate and symbolized the great dualities of […]
Lammas, or Lughnasad, is fast approaching. As long as I have been Pagan I have had a special fondness for this Sabbat. For me it speaks to the essential mystery of life more eloquently than the others. On the one […]
Midsummer, the Summer Solstice is fast approaching those of us in the northern hemisphere. The solstices are probably the most anciently celebrated holidays world-wide. They fall on the same day everywhere, except for the hemispheric reversal. And outside the tropics for […]
Many of us gathered yesterday to do a Sunday May Pole over in Bodega Bay, a small town on the Sonoma coast. This marked the conclusion of our Beltane weekend. The coastal hills and bluffs were alive with flowers, as […]
Wiccans along with most other NeoPagans celebrate the sacredness of all natural cycles. These cycles are particularly clear within regions with four distinct seasons, and I think it is natural that we, whose origins most recently hail from the British […]
Beltane 2010 is upon us. Beltane is one of Wicca’s two most important Sabbats, celebrating the power of life and growth, as Samhain, six months later, honors the powers of death and decline. Beltane is fast approaching and in my […]
Here is an invocation to Brigid we will be using tonight in my Wicca 101. It will be my students’ first Sabbat. I modified it from the wonderful Hail Brigid which is on Youtube.
Imbolc or Brigit is fast approaching. My Wicca 101 group will soon learn about candle consecration as we prepare new quarter candles. This year we’ll do the altar candles as well, for there isn’t much left of them.
Last night we celebrated the Winter Solstice in Berkeley. Old friends and newer gathered together to invoke, dance, sing, and burn the boughs of last year’s celebrations in a brilliant conflagration. I hope the Yule Fire’s enthusiastic flames will prove […]
One of the most important dimensions of spiritualities rooted in Sacred Immanence is that any feature of our unfallen world has its sacred dimension. I was reminded of this fact when looking up the history of Samhain in Ronald Hutton’s […]
The commercialization of Christmas has rightly bothered many Christians, but my take on the commercialization of Halloween is more benign. The past few decades have seen an extraordinary explosion of Halloween kitsch, usually of the cheapest plastic employing the crudest […]
At Samhain we confront that mystery, and honor it. In contrast to most earlier Pagan traditions, most NeoPagans do not spend much time honoring their ancestors. Samhain is our most fitting opportunity to do so. Usually we have pictures on […]
Sabbat. Maybe because I was born in early November. Maybe because I have always loved Fall over all other seasons. Even that quiet waiting period I learned to love in upstate New York, between when the leaves have fallen and […]
Our Mabon and Samhain discussions have prompted this post. Wicca’s roots are in northwestern Europe, a land of strong seasons like those in much of the US. It was easy to integrate the agricultural cycle in the British Isles, and […]
The Fall Equinox has arrived, and with it the final Wiccan Sabbat celebrating the harvest, the reaping of the riches produced throughout the year. Like the Spring Equinox, Mabon is a time of balance, but balance with a different flavor. […]
Our Lammas ritual was the best I have attended in years. Among its many charms was a song we sang: The Harvest, by Rick Hamouris. It really captures the spirit of the time for me, and I pass it along.
Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is one of the most important Pagan Sabbats, midway between Beltane and Samhain. Here are some ideas for two Lammas rituals you might want to try if you have no other gathering to attend. Even if you […]
Lammas, or Lughnasad, has always been one of my favorite Sabbats. It is celebrated from July 31 to August 2, generally, and we are fortunate this year that all the dates are on the weekend. Lammas is the first and […]
Caroline Kenner has a guest blog over at Wild Hunt, and has provided a fascinating post on the ancestors . Kenner raises an issue that I think has been under addressed in our community.
Up at 4:30 to celebrate the May and ‘bring in’ the sun. I learned (on my blog!) that Sebastopol has Morris dancers as well: Apple Tree Morris. So I got to sleep later, saved a lot of driving, supported my […]
Tonight is Beltane, and tomorrow is May Day. Two good discussions of this time are by Circle Sanctuary and Witchvox. Beltane and tomorrow is May Day. Beltane and May Day comprise one of our two most important Sabbats, the other […]
Beltane is approaching, and though I’m on the road right now to Southern California, I will be back to celebrate the dawn on May 1, arriving well before dawn at Berkeley’s Inspiration Point in Tilden Park . There, every year, […]
I got up this morning, well before dawn but too late to drive down and join friends in Berkeley for their coven’s Sabbat. So I walked out into the Laguna de Santa Rosa area, just east of town. It turned […]
This weekend many Pagans will celebrate Imbolc, or Brigid. Imbolc is one of the less emphasized Sabbats in our Wheel of the Year. We are emerging from the regular frantic holiday season, combining Yule with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza […]