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- Autumn: The Croning Time - Lady Abigail Welcher
Spirited away, my energy gently glides above the treetops like a down feather blown within the circling wind. Below, I see the quilted workings of Mother Earth in the patches of green grass, freshly plowed ground and fields of gra ... Posted: October 12th. 2008 Views: 20,322 - [ Full Article ]
- Well, You Don’t Celebrate Christmas... - Lady Abigail Welcher
I know that the Yuletide behind us and the New Year is closing in fast. But it seems to me that this year more than most I have ran into many people that seem to have a misunderstanding or Pagans and the Yuletide season. Even some ... Posted: January 3rd. 2010 Views: 20,185 - [ Full Article ]
- Daily Goddess Awareness - Lady Abigail Welcher
Autumn is that time of year when we all seem to feel the magickal energies of the Great Goddess. With every change of the weather, every warm or cool breeze, we feel Her a stirring within our spirits. As the seasons transform the ... Posted: November 29th. 2009 Views: 18,458 - [ Full Article ]
- The Tale of the Holly King and the Oak King - Franco
As I write this, we are approaching the holidays surrounding the winter solstice where we sing about decking the halls with boughs of Holly. Where does this come from? When we celebrate the summer around the solstice day, the cele ... Posted: December 18th. 2011 Views: 17,459 - [ Full Article ]
- It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chri... Yuletide! - Lori Dake [Witchvox Sponsor]
One of the things I truly enjoy doing is decorating for the Holidays, and the Sunday before Thanksgiving is when I start doing my yearly ritual. It was a lot later when I was growing up, sometimes as late as Christmas Eve, because ... Posted: November 30th. 2008 Views: 16,803 - [ Full Article ]
- Samhain: A Time for Introspection---and Activism - Morgan Ravenwood
As most of us know, Samhain is the best time of the year for introspection, intuition, and divination. The ways we celebrate the completion of the old year and the beginning of the new are as many and varied as we ourselves. But c ... Posted: October 19th. 2008 Views: 15,916 - [ Full Article ]
- Imbolc: Traditional Celebrations for a Modern Time - Morgan
This holiday is called many names including Imbolc, Oímealg, Lá Fhéile Bríde, Laa'l Breeshey, and Gwyl Mair Dechrau'r Gwanwyn and was originally celebrated when the ewes first began to lactate. Some older sources mention Imbolc be ... Posted: January 23rd. 2011 Views: 15,869 - [ Full Article ]
- Anti-Witch Bigotry: Still As Popular and Deadly As Ever - Treasach [Witchvox Sponsor]
I love Samhain, and one of my sacred celebrations is to hand out treats in my traditional garb to the spirits who come to my door representing the New Year. However, this time of year can be particularly irksome due to the depicti ... Posted: October 20th. 2013 Views: 15,422 - [ Full Article ]
- The Dark Half of the Year - Crick [Witchvox Sponsor]
As I walk along a secluded creek, deep within the woods, the presence of Spirit is all about. It is a subtle awareness ebbing and flowing through the fibers of my being. The dark half of the year is following its ancient c ... Posted: October 19th. 2008 Views: 14,364 - [ Full Article ]
- The Halloween Witch: Sense of Humor or Sense of Ire - Albiana
This time of year is my favorite, always has been. Even before I became a Real Life Witch™ (That’s a bit o’ sarcasm there folks… you’re supposed to laugh) I was enamored of the spirit of October and the fun of the autumn revelry. ... Posted: October 25th. 2009 Views: 12,954 - [ Full Article ]
- Ah...To Be A Witch... - Kylia Heartsong
Ah, to be a Witch in October…It's kind of like being...a Turkey at Thanksgiving! It's the time when we, as Witches, are most often cast into the public eye. The media, which have been more than happy to pretend we don't ex ... Posted: October 10th. 2010 Views: 12,838 - [ Full Article ]
- Autumn Equinox: A Point of Balance on the Wheel of the Year - Maggi Horseman
At this time of year, the sun moves into the Astrological sign Libra, and we look at the changing of the seasons. This is the time of equal light and dark, where the day and night are of equal length. Even the glyph of Libra itsel ... Posted: September 19th. 2010 Views: 11,822 - [ Full Article ]
- Winter Solstice By Any Other Name - raewytch
As I wander down my local high street window-shopping and people watching I am aware of the festive lights twinkling above – attached to the various shops and lampposts. The shops themselves - windows brimful of packages covered w ... Posted: December 21st. 2008 Views: 11,530 - [ Full Article ]
- Traditional Yule: Make your Own Homebrewed Mead - Treasach [Witchvox Sponsor]
My apprentice and I just made mead, and it wasn't nearly that much of a trial as some authors seemed to imply. I personally think it's easier than canning, which frankly makes me nervous. You almost can't screw up making mead, and ... Posted: December 19th. 2010 Views: 11,425 - [ Full Article ]
- Winter Holiday Intentions and Food Magik - C. Rhalena (Lena) Renee, CSH [Witchvox Sponsor]
As we enter the dark time on the Wheel of the Year, our bodies want to slow down, regenerate - even hibernate a bit. But our mainstream culture has just hit the “crazy button¨. Buy! Shop! Bake! Party! Go! Go! Go! Listening ... Posted: December 19th. 2010 Views: 10,806 - [ Full Article ]
- The Beltaine Storm - Lady Abigail Welcher
Early spring always seems to hold its own special magick. The earth giving birth to life all around, the trees appear to be bursting into green so quickly that you can watch the leafs grow as they reach for the warmth of the sun a ... Posted: May 3rd. 2009 Views: 10,642 - [ Full Article ]
- Spiritual Aspects of Yule - Crick [Witchvox Sponsor]
As we approach the season of Yule (Winter Solstice, Alban Arthan) , I personally find myself entering a state of both celebration and reflection. When I reach out and touch the heartbeat of Mannuz, I can sense the intense joy of o ... Posted: November 30th. 2008 Views: 10,569 - [ Full Article ]
- La Befana - Talitha Dragonfly
The Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t even had time to cool down yet, and already I’m growing more and more suffocated by the constant bombardment of Christmas marketing. The stores are running monster marathon sales that go on from four ... Posted: November 30th. 2008 Views: 10,422 - [ Full Article ]
- Lughnasa: Festival of the Harvest (A Druid's Perspective) - Morgan
Lughnasa is also called Lughnasadh, Lunasa, Bron Trogain, Lunsadal, Laa Luanys, Calan Awst, and Gouel an Eost, and Alexei Kondratiev conjectures that the Celts of Gaul may have called this celebration Aedrinia (Kondratiev, 1998) . ... Posted: July 17th. 2011 Views: 10,006 - [ Full Article ]
- Lughnasadh: The Deeper Meaning - Morbek
Over the years, I have celebrated Lughnasadh in several ways. However, this year, while sitting in the outdoors, ever present sauna of an Oklahoma heat wave, I was gifted with the most profound meaning of the Sabbat I’ve ever expe ... Posted: July 25th. 2010 Views: 9,831 - [ Full Article ]
- A Meditation on Samhain: How Lucky You Are. - Sorbus
On Samhain we celebrate the turning of the seasons, the passing of our ancestors, and how mortality makes us who we are. This is a meditation on things dark and hard to face; but it is also how we celebrate our life on this specia ... Posted: October 11th. 2009 Views: 9,441 - [ Full Article ]
- Yule and the New Year - Morgan
There are many traditions associated with the period of Yule that are based in Heathen and Celtic culture, as well as those traditions that have come from a blend of the two cultures were they interacted in parts of Ireland and Sc ... Posted: December 25th. 2011 Views: 9,400 - [ Full Article ]
- A Celtic View of Samhain - Morgan
One of the most widely known pagan holidays is Samhain, a day that is celebrated by Wiccans, Pagans, and Druids alike. The modern Samhain has its roots in the ancient Celtic fire festival from which it gets its name, pronounced SO ... Posted: October 23rd. 2011 Views: 9,345 - [ Full Article ]
- The Solstice Flame: A Yule Story - Lady Abigail Welcher
It may sound a bit unusual to start a Yule story in early autumn. But that is when it all begins. Just around Mabon in mid September. That is when my Great Grandmother and the Aunts would gather together for the time of honey harv ... Posted: December 13th. 2009 Views: 9,155 - [ Full Article ]
- Alicia Meets Grandmother Autumn: A Children’s Story - Lady Abigail Welcher
Once there was a time before time became time. We feel it still in that moment between day and night, night and day. It is that time when what was vanishes, and what will be is yet to be seen. It was in that moment when all life s ... Posted: October 26th. 2008 Views: 9,123 - [ Full Article ]
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