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- The Promise of the Harvest - Katie Koumatos
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: 1,886 - [ 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: 1,842 - [ Full Article ]
- And the Last Spoke is Mabon - BellaDonna Saberhagen
Mabon is impossible to talk about outside of Wiccan context because the holiday did not exist before the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. The autumnal equinox existed, sure, but as the “Harvest of Fruits”, this time of year did not have ... Posted: September 30th. 2012 Views: 1,797 - [ 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: 1,598 - [ 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: 1,523 - [ 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: 1,416 - [ 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: 1,368 - [ Full Article ]
- Ostara: The Land Awakens - BellaDonna Saberhagen
This essay is going to be hard for me. My internet has been down for weeks and will not be up until I have to submit this essay, so I cannot make up for anything my library lacks with web-searches. For that, I apologize. It will a ... Posted: March 18th. 2012 Views: 1,362 - [ 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: 1,262 - [ 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: 1,254 - [ 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: 1,212 - [ 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: 1,182 - [ 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: 1,132 - [ Full Article ]
- Sonoran Desert Wheel of the Year (Square Peg, Round Hole) - Darrell
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: 1,127 - [ 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: 1,075 - [ 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: 994 - [ 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: 945 - [ Full Article ]
- Access the Child Within on Beltane - STAG
When one thinks upon the Sabbat of Beltane, one’s mind turns to thoughts of sex. At least my mind does. When I found Paganism (back in the 80’s) , it was branding itself as a fertility cult and the expression of the beginning of t ... Posted: April 28th. 2013 Views: 910 - [ 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: 10,559 - [ Full Article ]
- We Want them Back! (A Pagan View of the Holidays) - Bluehawk
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: 24,148 - [ 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: 8,781 - [ 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: 6,255 - [ Full Article ]
- Turning The Wheel By Choice - Janice Van Cleve
Bills! Meetings! Work! Birthday! Dentist! Insurance! Car repair! Laundry! More bills! Our lives seem to be a rat race from one priority to another. There are the daily hassles of commuting, personal hygiene, and fixing dinner. The ... Posted: January 20th. 2008 Views: 5,451 - [ Full Article ]
- INDEX: Beltane - Witchvox Central
(April 30-May 1 - Western Hemisphere) also known as: Mayday, Walburga, Galan Mai, Shenn da Boaldyn, Bealtinne, Beltine, Beltain, Beal-tine, Beltan, Bel-tien, Beltein, Bealtuinn and Bealtaine The Land represente ... Posted: January 27th. 1997 Views: 289,963 - [ Full Article ]
- Beltane -- Holiday Details and History - Christina Aubin [Witchvox Sponsor]
Beltane is the last of the three spring fertility festivals, the others being Imbolc and Ostara. Beltane is the second principal Celtic festival (the other being Samhain). Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (spring) e ... Posted: April 30th. 2000 Views: 225,583 - [ Full Article ]
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