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

Growing Death

Using The Death Card to Find Our Way at Samhain As we begin the long slow descent into Winter, we go through a tremendous transformation. Think of the person you are in January. How you eat. How you sleep. How you dress. How you move and stretch, and why. What is your relationship to heat … 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

This Is Hallowe’en

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

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