Category Archives: Pagan

Samhain – Learning to Listen

I am continuing to republish a series of articles originally written in 2011. I wrote this piece only a few months before my mother was diagnosed with cancer, and it is especially poignant in light of her recent passing. May … Continue reading

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Mabon – The Myth of Progress

I’m continuing to republish a series of articles on the Sabbats originally written in 2011. Mabon, the autumn equinox, is something of a blank slate. In the Wheel of the Year, the “cross-quarter days” are Celtic fire festivals; the other … Continue reading

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Ritual for celebrating triple Goddess using Three of Cups

The suit of Cups is all about Water, so it has to do with emotions and relationships. The Three of Cups is a card of relating to others, and it has special resonance for goddess worshippers who know that several … Continue reading

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Lunasa – John Barleycorn

But John Barleycorn proved the stoutest man Though they did all that they could So raise up your horn and praise John Barleycorn And we shall drink his blood Yes, we shall drink his blood! – Heather Alexander’s version of … Continue reading

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Columbia’s Day

Today is the day I celebrate Columbia, goddess of the United States, more than any other. Since we also think of today as the “birthday of the country,” in some sense, my celebrations of her are not purely joyful. They … Continue reading

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Litha – Destruction Averted

Litha, Midsummer, and perspectives on destruction and re-creation Continue reading

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Beltane – In My Hands

I’m continuing to republish a series of essays originally written in 2011. The Pagan celebration of Beltane, May first and second in the northern hemisphere,  is a fire festival and also a very earthy and bawdy celebration of physical love … Continue reading

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