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

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

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

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