Tag Archives: Wheel of the Year

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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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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Litha – Destruction Averted

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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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Ostara – Seeds of Love

I want to be a chick making a change. Ostara teaches me that even when the shells of intolerance and cruelty and fear seem too tough for me to crack, deity is within me, and within the world, and that deity’s radical, transformative love is how I work in the world, pecking away at that shell, a little bit at a time. And the more that I celebrate deity in myself, and in everyone as I do at Ostara, the more I grow, the stronger I get, to peck a little bit more. Continue reading

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