Imbolc and the Quickening of Spring

Imbolc (pronounced im-bowlk) is a Gaelic word meaning “in the belly,” and for many modern Pagans, Feb. 1 is one of four Greater Sabbats, or grand holy days, marking the seasons. Imbolc (also spelled Imbolg or Immolc) acknowledges the first stirrings of spring, the profound shift away from winter and the return of light and … Read more

Balance, Fairness, and Equality at Mabon, the Fall Equinox

The Equinox is the Fulcrum or balancing point between the Light half and the Dark half of the year. Once we pass this point on the calendar, we’re heading off into an ‘extreme’ point of the year; in the Northern hemisphere, we’re heading into the Dark, in the Southern Hemisphere, we’re heading into the Light. … Read more

The Thrust of Summer

Here in the Pacific Northwest, finding a moment to revel in the baking heat of the season can seem almost impossible. We may have brief interludes of warmth, but they are couched in between weeks of rain or at least overcast skies. But when those golden moments do shine through, our bodies soften, our hearts … Read more

Yule, and Heading Off Into the Dark of Winter

Winter Solstice marks the official threshold of a journey undertaken by Witches, Pagans, Heathens and other polytheists all over the planet, and shared by all of our ancestors going back to the deepest reaches of memory and time. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this journey begins tomorrow morning, Thursday the 21st. Because of a … Read more