Litha – The Pagan Meaning of the Longest Day of the Year

Litha, aka the Summer Solstice, is almost here—time to get naked and light a big fire. Summer and the Summer Solstice are finally here! Litha Season has officially begun. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll forgive you if you don’t believe me. We had a Winter that seemed to drag on forever this … Read more

Lupercalia!

Lupercalia February 13-15 Whips. Wolves. A lottery where girls are given to men. Sex in the streets. The Pagan root of Valentine’s Day. History and misinformation has put A LOT at the feet of this ancient Roman festival. Let’s take a look at what was possibly the truth and what is modern projection on the … Read more

Tarot Circle – The Moon: Our Ancestors Sure Talk Loud

Tarot Circle is a monthly workshop series for folks who want to explore and experiment with Tarot in a group setting. For free entry, discounts on tickets, and early access, subscribe to my Patreon!For not-quite-so-early access, subscribe to my newsletter!Tarot students attend for free! Held monthly at the lovely Madrona House Apothecary in Seattle, WA, … Read more

Imbolc and Groundhogs Day

Is there a connection between the two folk holidays Imbolc and Groundhog’s Day, and if so, what is it? The simple answer is, well, yes. Like so many other holidays, this one also finds its roots in Paganism. The tradition of waiting for Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to … Read more

Imbolc: Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends

Thoughts on Imbolc and the Perseverance of Hope In this last six-ish weeks of Winter, known as Imbolc or Candlemass, there is a feeling, an impulse rustling at the edge of crocus buds jutting, verdant, out of the frosty ground. You catch it in the sudden song of returning starlings, something offbeat, upbeat, swift. Like … Read more