Beltane Season Is Here! The Wheel of the Year

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.

Sommarsblót, The Norse People Open the Solar Half of the Year

Sommarsblót (“Summer’s Blood,”) found at the very end of Ostara season, is a week-long festival happening sometime during Aries Season, ending on the day the Sun enters Taurus. Many sources mark this festival running from April 14-20th, but some sources say it is a moving feast and can happen any time during the first month after Spring Equinox.
Vikings and Norse folk, like many Celtic peoples, just cut the year into two halves. Sommarsblót also called Summer’s Finding, opens what we can call the “solar” half of the year (this is my name, and it’s probable that some other modern authors use this term as well. There is no historical precedent that ancient folk used this term.)

Norse folk, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons all observed this festival that kicked off the high part of the year and celebrated the healing of the land from the harshness of Winter. Scandinavians would send messengers to the highest mountain peaks to observe the position of the Sun, to try to predict the date. As soon as the Sun spilled into the valleys, the great feasts would begin.

Wheel of the Year – Ostara Livestream

March 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST Uncover the deep history of Ostara, a grand Quarter-Day resurrection festival honoring the returning life of the Awakening Earth and the Increasing Sun, witnessed in religions and cultures all over the Northern Hemisphere for thousands of years. For many Pagans, this marks the return of … Read more

Virtual Pagan Pride 2020

So much cool stuff is happening online this week it’s… magickal! Starting around 1992 and officially canonized by 1998, Pagan Pride is a relatively modern festival celebrated annually around the world. Ranging in size from backyard cookout to city-wide festival, Pagan Pride centers education, community work, and celebration of identity. Here in the Puget Sound … Read more

Lupercalia: The Risqué History of this Frisky Festival!

Lupercalia Whips. Wolves. A lottery where girls are given to men. Sex in the streets. The Pagan root of Valentine’s Day. History and misinformation has put A LOT at the feet of this ancient Roman festival. Let’s take a look at what was possibly the truth and what is modern projection on the holiday Lupercalia. … Read more