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- Anthesteria, the Hellenic "Samhain" - Alorer
No, it isn't truly the Samhain of the Greeks. However, both festivals deal with the dead, the ghosts of the deceased roaming the earth during those days and in general, death and the coming of rebirth. The two festivals al ... Posted: October 30th. 2011 Views: 1,853 - [ Full Article ]
- Ode to Ostara - Morgan Ravenwood
I really feel sorry for those who complain that their lives seem to pass in a blur. One minute it's winter, the next it's summer, and so many people never seem to mark the changing of the seasons until the day they look in the mir ... Posted: March 17th. 2013 Views: 1,847 - [ Full Article ]
- Sonoran Desert Wheel of the Year (Square Peg, Round Hole) - Darrell [Witchvox Sponsor]
One thing that most strongly calls to me from the Earth-based religions is their profound adaptability. There is such a strong anti-dogmatism present at the heart of the Goddess-based eco-spirituality, which borders on anarchy and ... Posted: July 15th. 2012 Views: 1,795 - [ Full Article ]
- From Samhain to Yule: Light in the Darkness - Maire Durkan [Witchvox Sponsor]
In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, who, squatting upon the ground, Held his heart in his hands, And ate of it. I said, "Is it good, friend?" "It is bitter -- bitter, " he answered; "But I l ... Posted: December 23rd. 2012 Views: 1,788 - [ Full Article ]
- The Lover's Flame-Beltane - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The air is warm and sweet. Life is budding all around and May flowers stretch across a field of freshly paint greenery, the faint scent of their perfume on gentle warm breeze. My heart beats rapidly in anticipation and I look out ... Posted: May 4th. 2014 Views: 1,760 - [ Full Article ]
- Samhain: the Sunbeam in the Twilight - Cliff
Samhain comes, and here in Maritime Canada, its approach is unmistakable. The air descends from crisp to cold. The skies become a deep and pensive cerulean, days are short and sunsets yield a burnished golden light cast over a lan ... Posted: November 3rd. 2013 Views: 1,746 - [ Full Article ]
- Gaia's Mantle:The Greening of the Earth - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
As Spring approaches and we find ourselves at another turn of the Great Wheel, opportunity abounds for making deeper connection to the natural world and Gaia’s greening of it. Gaia is seen as the maiden offering the promise of new ... Posted: March 24th. 2013 Views: 1,726 - [ Full Article ]
- Beltane and Samhain: Reflections of Life and Death - Kissing Wind Mabigonia Thriceborn
As the Sabbats come to us in the planet's orbital spin, light and darkness, male and female on opposing sides that work in tandem we must pause to reflect each of them in their times, and in their reflections. For Beltane and Samh ... Posted: October 13th. 2013 Views: 1,668 - [ Full Article ]
- Like Bread for Lughnasa: A Letter - Paladin of the Waxing Moon
Merry Meet, FriendJust to let you know, someday, I may have to do it. I mean, take an Internet sabbath -- maybe a weekend trip somewhere with no computer; no iPod; no news anywhere; leaving the cell phone behind so the god ... Posted: July 29th. 2012 Views: 1,644 - [ Full Article ]
- Flashbrewing: Traditional Yule Ginger Beer/Ale - Treasach [Witchvox Sponsor]
We didn't have quite enough handmade goodies last year for Yule, so I felt it was necessary to whip something up. I had a bunch of fresh, organic ginger that I couldn't use all of before it dried out, which inspired me to toss tog ... Posted: December 22nd. 2013 Views: 1,585 - [ Full Article ]
- The Gift of Yule: An Illuminated Wheel - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The night is cold and I stand facing the darkness; thick and almost opaque in its veiling. I think on all that has brought me to this point of the Great Wheel and call to myself the memories of lessons learned and shadowy place ... Posted: December 22nd. 2013 Views: 1,551 - [ Full Article ]
- The Maiden's Breath: The Vernal Equinox - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Illuminated Wheel of the Witch’s Year glows brightly with the promise of Spring and the call to balance with the germinating of new life. The time of the Vernal Equinox is at hand and the Goddess as Maiden breathes out the exh ... Posted: March 16th. 2014 Views: 1,516 - [ Full Article ]
- Celebrate Lughnasadh With Me! - Rachel Ann Sunshine
Hurray! Lughnasadh is here! So, what in the world is Lughnasadh, anyway? The last of the full sun holidays, it is also often called Autumn’s Eve or Lammas. For some others, and myself it is time to enjoy all our hard summer work i ... Posted: August 5th. 2012 Views: 1,440 - [ Full Article ]
- The Quickening Wheel: Imbolc - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Wheel turns and continuing its cycle of Waxing Light all of life silently waits to feel the potency of sun drenched soil and quickened seeds. Traditionally, the season of Imbolc is honored as the time of nourishment from milk- ... Posted: February 2nd. 2014 Views: 1,420 - [ Full Article ]
- The Light of the Harvest: Lammas - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
We come to the fields of the Earth Mother and ask that she offer up her bounty that we may be fed. What was quickened and newly birthed at Imbolc is ready to be taken in willing sacrifice as the cycle of quickening and cutting awa ... Posted: August 3rd. 2014 Views: 1,400 - [ Full Article ]
- WD Allan's 2013 Holiday Message! - Rev. WD Allan
The marks of some of the greatest struggles we will ever experience through life are discovered when we’re in the midst of the steepest climb up the mountains of our lives! Many philosophers throughout history relate their thought ... Posted: December 1st. 2013 Views: 1,207 - [ Full Article ]
- Mother's Flowering-The Summer Solstice - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The night is warm and I stand facing the lingering light, thick and strong in its final hold. I think on all that has brought me to this point of the Great Wheel and call to myself the memories of lessons learned and places filled ... Posted: June 22nd. 2014 Views: 1,185 - [ Full Article ]
- Walking the Path of Light: A Letter - Paladin of the Waxing Moon
Merry Meet, FriendSamhain is past. In my festivities to remember my ancestors, I did not forget my old friends, all young men and women killed in war. Coming right on the swift wings of Samhain was Veteran’s Day and the se ... Posted: December 29th. 2013 Views: 1,085 - [ Full Article ]
- Five Ways to Celebrate the 'Season' of Imbolc - Bridget L. Rowan
Often people get caught up in the idea that a festival must be celebrated on the actual Sabbat day. Which means that if they for some reason can’t celebrate a Sabbat on the actual day, they don’t celebrate it at all. And if they a ... Posted: February 9th. 2014 Views: 988 - [ Full Article ]
- The Hermit's Light: Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Great Wheel has turned once again and we find ourselves at the place of the Autumnal Equinox. The Equinoxes astronomically mark a point when the North and South poles of the Earth are neither tilted away nor towards the Sun. T ... Posted: September 21st. 2014 Views: 985 - [ Full Article ]
- New Years' Resolutions for Witches - Peg Aloi [Witchvox Sponsor]
New Years' Resolutions for Witches:The Next Hundred Years by Peg Aloi (Boston, Mass.) Email: [Witchvox Staff Page Link] ... Posted: January 1st. 2000 Views: 11,562 - [ Full Article ]
- A New Pattern Glimpsed in the Holidays - Mike Nichols
THE EVER-WIDENING CIRCLEA New Pattern Glimpsed in the Holidays by Mike NicholsINTRODUCTIONHave you ever held a kaleidoscope up to the ... Posted: September 26th. 2001 Views: 27,113 - [ Full Article ]
- We Want them Back! (A Pagan View of the Holidays) - Bluehawk [Witchvox Sponsor]
We Want Them Back! (A Pagan View of the Holidays) Delivered at the Vespers Service, 12/7/05Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta My friends, I have recently been musing about how all the old Pagan ... Posted: December 18th. 2005 Views: 25,019 - [ Full Article ]
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Year - Merlin Hekatos
In this article I will explain the eight Wiccan Sabbats and how I choose to celebrate them. First of all, why do we celebrate these seasonal festivals? And whom are we worshipping and honouring by doing so?Wiccans, Pagans, ... Posted: August 20th. 2006 Views: 9,459 - [ Full Article ]
- The Wheel of the Year: Round and Round She Goes and Where She Stops! - Raveneve Night
Why do we pretend to be something we are not?It is Halloween in Australia. The birds are singing, the frangipanis are budding and you could almost see Walt Disney’s Bambi appear on the horizon. If ever there was a clichéd ... Posted: March 18th. 2007 Views: 6,712 - [ Full Article ]
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