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

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

Yule, and Heading Off Into the Dark of Winter

Winter Solstice marks the official threshold of a journey undertaken by Witches, Pagans, Heathens and other polytheists all over the planet, and shared by all of our ancestors going back to the deepest reaches of memory and time. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this journey begins tomorrow morning, Thursday the 21st. Because of a … Read more

Working With Temperance In the Void of Yule

As we move through the last portion of the Autumn season, a powerful image to work with is the Temperance Card from Tarot. Many decks depict a person who could be described as “angelic” mixing some things together. At the core of the artwork on most cards, you see a fusion or blending or bringing … Read more