Historically, I've used this time as a mid-year review, a little assessment of where I've been, where I'm heading, and what might need adjusting. I created a couple of Tarot spreads with that in mind.
There are two predominant themes for Lughnasadh: one is sacrifice, and the other is nourishment. There have been years when sacrifice has shown up stronger for me, when I’ve had to give up something or become more aware of when I’m being a martyr. This year, however, Goddess is asking me to look harder … Continue reading Corn Woman’s Wisdom on Lughnasadh
A SONG of the good green grass! A song no more of the city streets; A song of farms—a song of the soil of fields. A song with the smell of sun-dried hay, where the nimble pitchers handle the pitch-fork; A song tasting of new wheat, and of fresh-husk’d maize. –Walt Whitman, “A Carol … Continue reading Lughnasadh: Honoring the Space Between
I have written quite a bit on the Wild Woman, as many of us are reclaiming our wildness in the truest definition of the word: living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated. Now that we are on the astrological date of Beltane, my thoughts turned more toward Wild Woman’s counterpart, the … Continue reading Invitation to the Wild Man
Once, in a lucid and ironic season, I looked behind the mask the living wear, Hardly expecting either fiend or angel Under the tarnished brightness of that stare. -John A. Holmes (from “The Mask the Living Wear”) I’ve often felt that the costumes people wear on Halloween show more about their true character than the … Continue reading What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?
The Spring Equinox, a Total Solar Eclipse, and a New Moon all occur on the 20th of March this year. We shift from dreams to action with the transition of the sun from Pisces to Aries. The New Moon also enters the fiery sign of Aries, so the energy will be high, intense, and quite … Continue reading Ostara Meditation: Into the Labyrinth
Imbolc has several themes worth contemplating...the first stirrings of life under the sleeping earth, the Goddess as she changes from Crone to Maiden, cleansing and purification, the growing power of the Sun, the lengthening days, the germination of seeds both literal and metaphorical...all of these add to the magic of this cross-quarter sabbat. We honor … Continue reading Imbolc Meditation: A Journey to Brigid’s Forge
Autumn arrives slowly here on the Georgia coast. It is a couple of days before Mabon, and everything is still quite lush and green. Temperatures remain in the 80s, and it would be easy to pretend that summer is eternal…but I have always been infatuated with fall. I long for crisp mornings, thick fog, turning … Continue reading Season of the Dark Goddess: Balance and Integration at Mabon
Imbolc is a cross-quarter Sabbat, marking the waning of winter and the earliest stirrings of spring. The exact cross-quarter point occurs when the sun reaches 15 degrees Aquarius, although it is often celebrated from sundown February 1st to sundown February 2nd. Many of us are tired of the cold air, weary of being indoors, and … Continue reading Imbolc 2014: Fire and Ice
Samhain feels different this year. Maybe it’s because I’m more focused on the depth of this holiday and less interested in the festivities—not that I don’t love pumpkin carving, costumes, and the revelry that accompanies cooler weather. I enjoy all of those things, and by now, my house would normally be a visual tribute to autumn … Continue reading This Year’s Samhain Message: Do the Work