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- A Summer Solstice Primer - Krishanna
Summer Solstice is celebrated with festivals and rites reaching from Scandinavia to North Africa, marks the sun’s maximum height in the sky, making it the longest day and shortest night of the year. Before the calendar was changed ... Posted: June 13th. 2010 Views: 6,171 - [ Full Article ]
- Supermoms’ and Superdads’ Defense Against “Holiday Kryptonite” - Kaedrich
For my friend Mary (not her real name) every holiday season is predictable. She has her shopping list of gifts, grocery shopping list, a long list of errands to run, old friends to catch up with, parties to organize and attend, ev ... Posted: December 14th. 2008 Views: 6,141 - [ Full Article ]
- A Story For Autumn - Janice Van Cleve
Let me tell you a story . . . Once upon a time there was a little yellow flower petal named Dandelion. Her full name was Dandelion 232 because she shared the crown of the mother plant with 231 of her sisters. Dandelion was ... Posted: November 23rd. 2008 Views: 6,091 - [ Full Article ]
- Samhain - Cerberus Bindweed
Samhain also known as ‘Shadowfest’ in Strega and ‘Old Hallowmas’ in the old Scottish traditions is an old Irish word that translates to ‘Summers End’. Samhain is the last of the old Gaelic and Brythonic harvest festivals and the s ... Posted: October 18th. 2009 Views: 6,079 - [ Full Article ]
- Witches Lost in Halloween - Lady Abigail [Witchvox Sponsor]
As we are getting closer to Halloween or Samhain (depending on your point of view) , Witches seem to be lost in the myths and fabrications of Halloween. I thought it would be nice to put out some honest and truthful information ab ... Posted: October 21st. 2012 Views: 6,072 - [ Full Article ]
- The Best Thing About Death - Janice Van Cleve
What is the best thing about Death? That’s a very unusual question and not one I had ever heard before. It came as quite a shock. We were sitting around in the living room planning our Samhain ritual – by “we” I mean the women who ... Posted: November 15th. 2009 Views: 5,932 - [ Full Article ]
- Winter: A Joyous Holiday Season - Lady Abigail [Witchvox Sponsor]
The earth had been changed now and there was little left of the Autumn that had only a few weeks early covered the land in a kaleidoscope of golden and red leaves. Winter was now dancing in the air cold and sweet. You could sense ... Posted: December 19th. 2010 Views: 5,862 - [ 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: 5,824 - [ Full Article ]
- Imbolc...or As The Wheel Turns - Morbek
As the wheel turns…Sorry, that was a, now obscure, reference to an old soap opera. Imbolc is tomorrow! The meaning of the word it’s self is “in the milk” or something close to that. The real meaning of Imbolc is that we ar ... Posted: February 7th. 2010 Views: 5,631 - [ Full Article ]
- The Celtic Origins of Samhain - Josie
As Samhain approaches, my mind turns to childhood memories of costumes, candy and trick-or-treating. Even in our modern world, the rules are set aside on Halloween day. We ask for candy from strangers. We disguise ourselves and wa ... Posted: October 11th. 2009 Views: 5,614 - [ Full Article ]
- The Babylonian Ghost Festival - Michele Briere
At the end of the month of Abu, during the last week at the disappearance of the moon, this ceremony was held. Abu is from the start of new moon in July to the ending of the moon in August. This was a time when ghosts ascend to th ... Posted: October 26th. 2008 Views: 5,592 - [ Full Article ]
- The Ostara Transformation - Phoenix Forestsong
How do you know when you are truly a Witch? I won’t begin this essay with any grand claims, nor will I begin it by debasing my own skills and beliefs. I will begin with simply this: I am a Witch, and I understand and I believe, ju ... Posted: March 29th. 2009 Views: 5,549 - [ Full Article ]
- Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American Witch - Lady Abigail [Witchvox Sponsor]
Thanksgiving has always been a strange and difficult time for me. Sometimes it was hard to understand or accept how some would celebrate this holiday. Perhaps it is because I am not only a card carrying Witch but I am also a proud ... Posted: November 24th. 2013 Views: 5,535 - [ Full Article ]
- Dealing with the Darkness, Post-Samhain - David Salisbury
In many of our traditions, most of us agree that the start of the Samhain season and the ushering in of the “Celtic winter” is a time to “deal with the darkness”-as my old priestess called it. As the wheel turns to October, then N ... Posted: February 21st. 2010 Views: 5,343 - [ Full Article ]
- The Samhain Experience - Crick [Witchvox Sponsor]
My family roots begin in Ireland and were later relocated to Tennessee and amongst the Ozark mountains of Missouri. My personal experience with Traditional witchcraft began in 1960. As such I was raised to honor the four main sabb ... Posted: October 10th. 2010 Views: 5,238 - [ Full Article ]
- The Theme of Mabon - Josie
It’s a week before Fall Equinox, one of two days of the year when daylight hours and nighttime hours are equal. After the equinox, the hours of daylight are less than the hours of night. It’s the end of summer in southern Louisian ... Posted: September 13th. 2009 Views: 5,202 - [ Full Article ]
- First Thanksgiving... in China - Americanwitch
We had frost on the ground here in Fuyang. It's the subtropics but it gets mighty chilly here in the mountains. The wind was brisk and the air was crisp. The ground was crunchy. Most of the trees still have leaves--they are tropic ... Posted: November 22nd. 2009 Views: 5,094 - [ 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: 5,061 - [ Full Article ]
- Solstice of the Soul - Maggi Setti [Witchvox Sponsor]
Yesterday I was thinking about how many times the idea that we die alone is portrayed in literature. There is a tension between turning toward our families for support, comfort and sharing the journey and the dark, quiet moments w ... Posted: June 13th. 2010 Views: 5,051 - [ Full Article ]
- A White Christmas in Fuyang - Americanwitch
We woke up to a white Christmas in Fuyang--just not the kind you might expect. Fog. Everywhere. Deep, dense fog. It was beautiful and otherworldly. Like we were between worlds. No lights, no music, no advertisements, nothing that ... Posted: December 13th. 2009 Views: 4,948 - [ Full Article ]
- Love Lives On: A Samhain Reflection on Death, Rebirth, and the Afterlife - Jeffery Johnson
Seven years ago on an evening in early autumn, I was at a nursing home, kneeling at the foot of my grandma's bed. In her late seventies, she was white-haired, with fingers deformed by arthritis, and a once-sharp mind dulled by str ... Posted: October 17th. 2010 Views: 4,938 - [ Full Article ]
- A Samhain Dance - Lady Wolfwind
The wheel turns. I can feel it. The angle of the light in the morning is different, glowing lower in the sky. The air is cooler. The earth is beginning to give up her heat. The cooler air meeting the warm soil has created a low-ly ... Posted: October 17th. 2010 Views: 4,586 - [ Full Article ]
- Mabon Equinox. Circa September 21st - Faeylinn
Mabon is known as are second harvest. Earth begins to pull her fertility from the land. Wild animals and humans alike scramble to gather as much food as possible before the hard winter that lies ahead. Grains and corn are appropri ... Posted: September 13th. 2009 Views: 4,575 - [ Full Article ]
- Imbolg - A Lesson of Positive Change - Firewolf [Witchvox Sponsor]
With the Imbolg, Candlemas, and Lupercalia festivities ahead, I begin to anticipate the arrival of spring, and the preparations of the Virgin Goddess. The past few years it seems the community of the Craft has become calm and quit ... Posted: January 29th. 2012 Views: 4,437 - [ Full Article ]
- Ancestor Stew - Willow Moon
I remember with such accuracy and fondness the smell of my kitchen as a child when Shadowfest grew near. I looked forward to the pomegranates, squash, bread, grapes, dates and figs that would become the focal point of our family m ... Posted: November 21st. 2010 Views: 4,344 - [ Full Article ]
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