The Corn Moon

by Patti Wigington In late August, we celebrate the beginning of the Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans but was later renamed for Augustus … Continue reading The Corn Moon

August 2018

August at a glance. 1: Lammas or Lughnasadh, the celebration of the grain harvest 1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), honoring the goddess Brighid 1: Birthday of medium Edward Kelley, 1555 4: Celtic Tree Month of Holly ends 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins 13: Roman Festival of Pomona, goddess of apples and orchards 15: Birthday of Charles Leland, folklorist and author, 1824 20: Birthday … Continue reading August 2018

All About Lammas (Lughnasadh)

by Patti Wigington These are the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it's time to begin reaping what … Continue reading All About Lammas (Lughnasadh)

Samhain ritual as performed in the Wiccan Church

Samhain (pronounced saw-an), commonly referred to as Halloween, is a religious holiday celebrated by Wiccan and witch. The festival traditionally is a feast for the gathering of the family in love and remembrance. All the family including one's ancestors. Wiccans do not regard physical death as an end but merely one more event in a … Continue reading Samhain ritual as performed in the Wiccan Church

Spooky Ancient Irish Myths on Halloween — Metal Gaia

Samhain is the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it. “The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter. Samhain, or Halloween as it is now called, was the division between these halves. The Celts believed that the … Continue reading Spooky Ancient Irish Myths on Halloween — Metal Gaia

All Hallow’s Eve

by Mike Nichols Halloween. Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaw. Slide and creep. But why? What for? How? Who? When! Where did it all begin? 'You don't know, do you?' asks Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out under the pile of leaves under the Halloween Tree. 'You don't REALLY know!' --Ray Bradbury, from 'The Halloween Tree' Samhain. … Continue reading All Hallow’s Eve

The Yule Log History

  The History of the Yule Log The tradition of yule logs has its roots in pagan rituals. In fact, the word "yule" is old English for a festival known to take place in December and January. Northern Europeans, like Vikings, celebrated the Festival of Yule to honor the winter solstice by journeying into the … Continue reading The Yule Log History

Oastara is upon us!!

It is spring yet again!! Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Why not take advantage of this time to do a bit of Spring magic? Celebrate the return of life and the warming of the earth. I'll be doing a spring inspired feast after a day of planting seedlings and a hike. There are … Continue reading Oastara is upon us!!

Mother’s Day From the Begining

(apologies for the tartieness of the article. was with my own mommy ^_^ )   In order to truly appreciate the rich history of Mother's Day, the evolution of motherhood as a concept is explored from ancient times to the 17th century.   Mother’s Day and its Historic Roots in the Ancient World Mother’s Day, … Continue reading Mother’s Day From the Begining

Celebrating today May 2nd

 MAY 2nd On this date, an annual fertility festival featuring a man wearing a costume of a hobbyhorse, a devilish mask, and a pointed hat is held in England, and throughout rural regions across Europe.   Ysahodhara, the consort of the great God Buddha, is honored in India, with a sacred festival that takes place … Continue reading Celebrating today May 2nd