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

Cannabis And Winter Solstice

Numerous civilizations and spiritual traditions around the planet will celebrate this low spot in the sun’s path. Did you know that between December 1 and 31 more than 100 holidays are celebrated around the planet? Happy holidays! And if you’re like me, around your house it’s more like holidaze! I love incorporating weed into traditional … Read more

The Long Night

Underneath your Christmas trees, eggnog and fat jolly guys in red suits lie the roots of one of the more significant Pagan festivals of the year. Winter Solstice, The Long Night, or (from the Norse “Jul”) Yule—which means “Wheel.” We see this echoed in the Welsh myth of Caer Arianrhod, the castle of stars in … Read more

The Goddess of The Betrayed

I’m watching the sun go down today, and I’m thinking about the paradigm shifts born out of abuse. Today, not October 31st, is the actual day the Sun is at the halfway point between Fall Equinox (Mabon) and Winter Solstice (Yule). This is Solar Samhain. In previous times, this date was the night Pagans would … Read more

Demeter Thesmophoros, Baubo, and Thesmophoria, The “Bitching Festival”

In late October, we come upon a beautiful multi-day holiday from the Greeks called Thesmophoria. Held after all the pomp and ritual of the Eleusinian Mysteries, this festival was dedicated to Demeter Thesmophoros, a variant of Demeter who was the Law-Giver. After the crops had been entirely pulled in, but before the seeds for next … Read more