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
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
Where Ostara embraces symbols of Nature’s return to life and the vitality of the flora and fauna world, Beltane brings that focus to the world of humans. Sex and sexuality are at the forefront of much of this Sabbats symbolism.
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