Category Archives: Pagan

Brigid and the Apple Trees

I walked in Tir na nOg with Brigid, and I asked her, “Lady, show me the wonders of the apple trees of the Land of Youth.” She plucked a blossom from an apple tree, and hammered it on her anvil, … Continue reading

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Yule – Sustaining Rebirth

I am continuing to republish a series of essays originally written in 2011. Six months ago, I told a story of Litha being destruction averted, because although it is easy to associate warmth with the very energy of life, it … Continue reading

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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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