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- 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: 2,588 - [ Full Article ]
- Opening to the Anima Mundi – The Gift of the Equinox - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Great Wheel has turned once again and we find ourselves at the time of the Autumnal Equinox. The air is cooler, the leaves are turning and beginning to fall from brittle branches and all of life is giving pause to prepare for ... Posted: September 22nd. 2013 Views: 2,499 - [ Full Article ]
- Ostara! - Katze von der Nacht Drachen
Eggs... baskets... candy! breads and colours! Colours are abound everywhere and the air is easier to breathe. It is Ostara and even this far into the desert of the lone southwest of Las Vegas we can feel it.What is Ostara. ... Posted: March 25th. 2012 Views: 2,326 - [ Full Article ]
- The Light Within the Shadow of the Winter Solstice - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
For most of us the turning of the Greater Wheel to the Winter Solstice (Yule) is one of welcoming the return of the Light of renewal and strength, the promise of increasingly longer hours of daylight and anticipation of warmer wea ... Posted: December 23rd. 2012 Views: 2,325 - [ Full Article ]
- Symbology of Altar Decorations - Lady Eva Michenet
Altars for Pagan faiths of many types will reflect the tastes of its creator. They can range from Minimalist simplicity to elaborate, expensive equipment and statuary. For Esbats this generally does not change. But for Sabbats ext ... Posted: December 22nd. 2013 Views: 2,319 - [ Full Article ]
- The Serpent's Kiss: Beltane's Fire - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
We stand at another season and another turn of the Great Solar Wheel. We gather in the fertile space of circle greenery anchored well with phallic maypole standing tall. We dance around the potent fires of Beltane celebrating the ... Posted: April 28th. 2013 Views: 2,274 - [ Full Article ]
- Back to Basics: Imbolc - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
Imbolc is here! The Witch’s Wheel has turned another notch and we welcome the opportunity to turn the heat up, step into the warmth of home and hearth and connect more deeply to those growing fires that are preparing the way for t ... Posted: February 1st. 2015 Views: 2,223 - [ 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: 2,197 - [ 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: 2,132 - [ Full Article ]
- A Heathen's Approach to the Holidays - Ehsha Apple
I find that the best part of the holiday season is gauging my progress in regard to the harvest wheel. In the fall I like to stop for a minute and thump the melons. Find out which one to reseed next year. Take a look at the garden ... Posted: December 25th. 2011 Views: 2,124 - [ Full Article ]
- 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: 2,038 - [ 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: 2,033 - [ 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: 1,935 - [ 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: 1,907 - [ 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: 1,887 - [ 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: 1,827 - [ 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: 1,776 - [ 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: 1,728 - [ 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: 1,700 - [ 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: 1,689 - [ Full Article ]
- Brigid of the Ponderosa - Sparrow
My partner often makes fun of my Goddess. He likes to giggle and poke fun that She's become the poster child for certain Feminist Pagan movements (I wasn't aware that She participated in such things) . Like some male Pagans, he ha ... Posted: February 1st. 2015 Views: 1,662 - [ 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: 1,617 - [ 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: 1,584 - [ 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: 1,565 - [ Full Article ]
- Observations for a MidSummer's Eve - Bran th' Blessed [Witchvox Sponsor]
The old ones knew only two seasons: the cold winter when animals had to be sheltered and food stores fostered until the first thaw, and the warm summer when the animals could be put out to pasture and the fields could be planted—w ... Posted: June 7th. 2015 Views: 1,405 - [ Full Article ]
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