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- 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: 4,458 - [ 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: 4,458 - [ 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: 4,403 - [ 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: 4,402 - [ 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: 4,322 - [ 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: 4,230 - [ 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: 4,184 - [ 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: 4,148 - [ 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: 3,975 - [ 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: 3,972 - [ 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: 3,849 - [ 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: 3,793 - [ 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: 3,585 - [ 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: 3,488 - [ 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: 3,457 - [ Full Article ]
- The Promise of the Harvest - Kai Koumatos [Witchvox Sponsor]
It's a humid and stormy Lammas this year in Queens. Like so many other Witches, I look for symbolism in nature to help better connect with my own path and the wheel of the year as it turns. Stormy and uncomfortably sticky seems to ... Posted: September 18th. 2011 Views: 3,199 - [ Full Article ]
- Samhain is Ablaze with Reflections of My Father - Mariposa de la Tierra
As I lit each candle upon my altar, I reflected upon wondrous memories of those loved ones no longer walking this earthly plain. My eyes became misty at times and though there was a touch of sadness there was an abundance of love. ... Posted: November 8th. 2009 Views: 2,960 - [ Full Article ]
- Yules Lessons from Days of Yore: Perfect Love, Perfect Trust - Morbek
This is the season to celebrate! Over one third of the people on our planet celebrate the birth of a God around winter solstice. Point-two percent of the world’s population celebrate a major holiday of light during this time and t ... Posted: December 11th. 2011 Views: 2,945 - [ Full Article ]
- At Samhain, Meet Bilé, God of the Dead of Ireland and the Danu, the All -Mother - Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, RMT, CTM, Shaman
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: 2,945 - [ 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: 2,895 - [ Full Article ]
- Mabon - The Flash of the Setting Sun - Maggi Setti [Witchvox Sponsor]
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: 2,855 - [ Full Article ]
- "The Horn of Plenty": A Pathworking for Lammas - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
This Pathworking is meant to connect us with the deeper meaning of the First Harvest of Lammas. We have sown the seeds of our will and making at Ostara, nurtured and tended to their needs; seen them in bloom at Litha and are now r ... Posted: July 29th. 2012 Views: 2,693 - [ Full Article ]
- The Call of the Crone - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The air is full and heavy this time of the year as the veils thin and the spirits walk among us… some offering guidance and assistance and others being mischievous and stirring up an already potent mix of energy trouble. There is ... Posted: October 21st. 2012 Views: 2,579 - [ Full Article ]
- Lascivious Lupercalia: Why Valentine's is a Vital Pagan Holy Day for the Modern World - Treasach [Witchvox Sponsor]
Lupercalia, "day of the wolf”- the Roman fertility festival celebrating the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno! Togas, random draws for sex partners, the occasional goatskin splatter from a priest, and oodles of intoxicants. Oh, yo ... Posted: February 9th. 2014 Views: 2,547 - [ Full Article ]
- Lammas: The Sacrificial Harvest - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
Another turn of the Great Wheel and the first harvest is upon us. This Sabbat is known as Lammas or Lughnassadh depending on where and how it is celebrated. Lammas is derived from the words “loaf mass” and refers to the harvesting ... Posted: July 28th. 2013 Views: 2,528 - [ Full Article ]
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