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  • 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: 4,041   - [ Full Article ]

  • Beltane Beyond Sex - BellaDonna Saberhagen

    Pagan Sex Holiday! That’s the focus. That’s what everyone grabs onto and imagines when thinking of Beltane: those ‘Pagan orgies’ you always hear some not-so-accepting of us spew on about. It’s not really like that, is it? From wha ... Posted: April 29th. 2012   Views: 4,029   - [ 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: 3,916   - [ 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: 3,902   - [ 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: 3,783   - [ Full Article ]

  • The Story of Ostara - Serenity Starbright Dilsworth (Owl)

    Note: In 1996, I wrote this little story for my three-year grand daughter and of course, I used her for the little girl in the story. It is written for small children so that they may better understand why we have bunnies, eggs an ... Posted: April 24th. 2011   Views: 3,745   - [ Full Article ]

  • Planning A Good Death: A Samhain Process - Rev. Rose Wise

    While much of the conventional culture around us fears and avoids the topic of death, most Wiccans and other Pagans see death as a natural and positive part of the circle of life. As soon as we are born we are dying: this is the r ... Posted: October 31st. 2010   Views: 3,640   - [ Full Article ]

  • The First Yule - Serenity Starbright Dilsworth (Owl)

    Once upon a time … before your mother was born … and before her mother was born …and even before your mother's mother was born …. when the world was new and the Earth and the Sun gave birth to the first beings …the very first peop ... Posted: December 18th. 2011   Views: 3,613   - [ 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: 3,539   - [ 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: 3,527   - [ Full Article ]

  • Season of the Blues - Hamish

    Now that Samhain is over and we are well on our way toward Yule, we, as Pagan folk, need to be more aware of the energies that surround us. This is a time, unfortunately, where depression, anxiety and fear seem to grow, regardless ... Posted: November 27th. 2011   Views: 3,464   - [ Full Article ]

  • Yule...and Saturnalia Smurf Hats - BellaDonna Saberhagen

    Yule is a Germanic holiday. There is no evidence that the Celts celebrated any of the solstice or equinox celebrations, so the idea that the ‘Wheel of the Year’ is fully Celtic must go out the window here. What we now call The Whe ... Posted: December 11th. 2011   Views: 3,454   - [ Full Article ]

  • Samhain - BellaDonna Saberhagen

    It’s October, the leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and winter is approaching. Halloween stores are cropping up; costumes and decor are filling your local big box stores; it’s the time of year I feel most “witchy”. ... Posted: October 23rd. 2011   Views: 3,443   - [ Full Article ]

  • Mabon..Balance and Reflection - Morbek

    Close your eyes and picture this: You are sitting outside on a late summer evening. The very warm air is suddenly heavy with humidity and it’s not moving at all. The leaves on the trees don’t move, not a blade of grass stirs and t ... Posted: September 26th. 2010   Views: 3,437   - [ Full Article ]

  • Easter is Pagan - Taliesin McKnight

    Easter is inherently pagan. This is hard for many Christians to swallow but believe me, it is true. In fact, the name “Easter” comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Easter. She was a sex and fertility goddess. She was also goddess of ... Posted: March 4th. 2012   Views: 3,328   - [ 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: 3,252   - [ 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: 3,240   - [ 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: 3,227   - [ 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: 3,211   - [ 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: 3,170   - [ Full Article ]

  • Groundhog's Day is American for Imbolc - BellaDonna Saberhagen

    One of my favorite pod-casters once mentioned that one of the holidays in the Wheel of the Year that she just can’t seem to “get” is Imbolc. She doesn’t raise sheep, so the milk-giving aspect is beyond her and where she lives, it’ ... Posted: January 29th. 2012   Views: 3,170   - [ Full Article ]

  • Preparing for Summerland During Samhain - Crystal T.

    During the Sabbat of Samhain, many of us think it is the time when we need to remember our ancestors. Many of us set out photos of our relatives, friends and other loved ones that have passed. Some of us may set the table one nigh ... Posted: October 30th. 2011   Views: 2,997   - [ Full Article ]

  • Lughnasadh - BellaDonna Saberhagen

    The last of the Celtic fire festivals is upon us and while the heat of summer is still strong, it’s time to think of harvesting what we’ve sown before the evil Eye of Balor scorches it, leaving it useless dust. Lughnasadh was the ... Posted: July 29th. 2012   Views: 2,839   - [ Full Article ]

  • Sandy Was The Name Of the Dark Goddess This Samhain - The Magic Apothecary

    I have always kept Samhain sacred. Since the beginning of my Witchcraft practice there has NEVER been a year where there was no Samhain. Samhain is the day when Witches and Pagans (Halloween) honor, revere and speak with the dead. ... Posted: November 11th. 2012   Views: 2,726   - [ Full Article ]

  • When The Crone Pays A Visit, You'd Better Pay Attention - Maire Durkan [Witchvox Sponsor]

    (Samhain 2012) I wake in pre-dawn hours, heart pounding. I'd placed photographs of my beloved dead on my altar, placed a welcome offering of my dad's favorite candy and whiskey, and lit a candle. I’d asked for a dream—contact wit ... Posted: November 11th. 2012   Views: 2,702   - [ Full Article ]

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