This Is Samhain – Witch’s New Year – The Blood Harvest

Halloween. The word conjures images of caramel apples, jack-o’-lanterns, costumes, and of course all things “spooky.” This is one of those holidays that, try as the Catholic church may have, it never could separate from its Pagan roots. Another name for Halloween is Samhain—usually pronounced “sow-iyn”—and, for many folks who identify as Pagan, like Witches … Read more

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

Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends

Thoughts on Imbolc and the Perseverance of Hope In this last six-ish weeks of Winter, 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 that dark moment before the … Read more