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- 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: 7,540 - [ 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: 7,349 - [ 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: 7,346 - [ 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: 7,275 - [ 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: 7,243 - [ 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: 6,984 - [ Full Article ]
- Solstice of the Soul - Maggi Horseman
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: 6,836 - [ 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: 6,589 - [ 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: 6,453 - [ Full Article ]
- Imbolg - A Lesson of Positive Change - Kyle Leite
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: 5,927 - [ Full Article ]
- The Sacredness of Halloween - Tut
One of my Pagan friends has the same admonition for us each October. "Don't try to contact me on Samhain, " he informs, "I'll be busy." Of course, by "busy" he means that he'll be deep in the midst of a self-imposed seclusi ... Posted: October 10th. 2010 Views: 5,643 - [ Full Article ]
- Bealtine: Blessing the Summer In - Morgan
To the pagan Celts, Bealtine (pronounced roughly Ball-tinn-eh) , often called Beltane by modern pagans, was one of the most sacred and the people of Ireland and Scotland practiced important holidays of the year and even up until r ... Posted: April 29th. 2012 Views: 5,571 - [ Full Article ]
- A Yule Story for Children ~ The Tiniest Fairy ~ - Lady Abigail [Witchvox Sponsor]
In a time before time had been named, when life danced as a dazzling rainbow upon the mystical Earth, magick lived inside each earthen creature. Some, the big ones, were having a harder time seeing the magick now, than in the past ... Posted: December 11th. 2011 Views: 5,502 - [ 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: 5,457 - [ Full Article ]
- Unity During Samhain - Heg
I love the diversity in Paganism, the constant flow of energy that challenges us to look at our viewpoint and consider if our position is written in stone or in water, the different perceptions that let us continue to seek out ans ... Posted: October 24th. 2010 Views: 5,449 - [ Full Article ]
- The Summer Solstice: A Time for Awakening - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Great Wheel has turned once again and the longest day, the Summer Solstice, offers opportunity to stand in the heat of Solar Flame, cast the strength of our Inner Sun into the spotlight and bask in the expansive culmination of ... Posted: June 16th. 2013 Views: 5,392 - [ Full Article ]
- Yuletide Thoughts, Life and Death - Crick [Witchvox Sponsor]
Many a silvery moon has risen over the years as this old witch contemplates the lessons, which pertain to one’s spiritual endeavors. As the face of our sacred mother, casts her ancient glow over those who wisely embrace her. The m ... Posted: December 24th. 2010 Views: 5,087 - [ Full Article ]
- Ghosts, Omens, and Fact-Finding: Wandering In Today's Eco-Interface - Willow Moon
Once upon a time…a few years ago, my life as I knew it abruptly ended. I walked from the fiery debris of the tower card, sore and bruised, mentally shaken, spiritually horrified, and physically intact. I had no choice; my life as ... Posted: February 27th. 2011 Views: 4,994 - [ Full Article ]
- Brighid's Healing Sword: Imbolc - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
This turn of the Greater Wheel moves us towards a place of newness and the quickening of what was brought to light at Yule, the Winter Solstice. We stand at the mid-mark between the act of revealing (Winter Solstice) the fertility ... Posted: January 27th. 2013 Views: 4,848 - [ Full Article ]
- The Blood is in the Land - Sorbus
When I was a kid I suffered frequent nightmares. Some are still vivid now even decades later. Many children have bad dreams of the normal kind. I know I had a few when I was very young, but an event when I was just short of six se ... Posted: October 23rd. 2011 Views: 4,797 - [ Full Article ]
- At Samhain, Meet Bilé, God of the Dead of Ireland and the Danu, the All -Mother - Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, RMT, CTM, Shaman [Witchvox Sponsor]
Samhain, ( SOW-an) is one of the four major Sabbats of Wicca. It is a time for contemplation on the year past and connection with those who have gone before. In some traditions, there are conversations with the ancestors, dearly d ... Posted: October 13th. 2013 Views: 4,385 - [ Full Article ]
- Imbolc Musings: We're All Broken - Sorbus
We’re all broken.Seriously, all of us carry around a bit of emotional baggage from our life experiences. Supposedly we’re supposed to gain as humans as we age, but sometimes it comes with side effects…Recently I sp ... Posted: January 10th. 2017 Views: 4,299 - [ Full Article ]
- Mabon - The Flash of the Setting Sun - Maggi Horseman
This morning I was meditating and my attention was brought back into the world from a sudden upsurge of energy. I smelled something different, too. I opened my eyes to watch the stick of incense I was burning flare up, then grow c ... Posted: September 15th. 2013 Views: 4,227 - [ Full Article ]
- Parting the Veils and Opening to Ancestral Wisdom - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
Samhain and its counterpart, Beltane, are the time of access to the wisdom of the natural world and the Ancestors. The energy that is called forth at Beltane and communion with the nature spirits and the Fae stands as the point of ... Posted: October 27th. 2013 Views: 4,090 - [ Full Article ]
- Samhain and the 'Witch Questions' - Lady Abigail [Witchvox Sponsor]
It’s almost Samhain and here they come again, the WITCH Questions.Have you ever noticed, that as fall begins and our energies surge within the mystic powers of Samhain, people want to ask us questions about our beliefs? Bu ... Posted: October 10th. 2016 Views: 4,087 - [ Full Article ]
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