This Is Samhain – Witch’s New Year – The Blood Harvest

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

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. Because of a random 23 degree tilt to our planet, we experience our four seasons. A deep … Read more

Imbolc, Disting, Thorrablot: the Pagan End to Winter

Imbolc (pronounced im-bowlk) is a Gaelic word meaning “in the belly,” and for many modern Pagans, Feb. 1 is one of four Greater Sabbats, or grand holy days, marking the seasons. Imbolc (also spelled Imbolg or Immolc) acknowledges the first stirrings of spring, the profound shift away from winter and the return of light and … Read more

The Fool: The Posse of the Death Card, Part III

Previously, I talked about the Death card. This card has a lot of baggage and misunderstanding attached to it. This season, I wanted to look at the cast of supporting characters around the Death card, to maybe help understand why this card needs to be so spooky! In Part I, we looked at The Tower, … Read more

Growing Death: Working with The Death Card at Samhain

Using The Death Card to Find Our Way at Samhain While we begin the long slow descent into Winter, we go through a tremendous transformation. The Death Card is a loving guide on this descent. Think of the person you are in August. In light of that, think on how you eat. How you sleep. … Read more