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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: 2,380 - [ 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: 2,280 - [ 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: 2,235 - [ 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: 2,175 - [ 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: 2,097 - [ 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: 2,087 - [ 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: 2,030 - [ Full Article ]
- Flashbrewing: Traditional Yule Ginger Beer/Ale - Treasach
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: 1,933 - [ 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: 1,895 - [ 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: 1,879 - [ 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: 1,832 - [ 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: 1,778 - [ Full Article ]
- Ole Old-As-The-Hills (A Yule Story) - Merideth Allyn [Witchvox Sponsor]
Once upon a time when the truth was a lie and lies were all truth, this late December day was frigid. And, after a long, hard rain that froze everything to a glistening wonderland, eight inches of snow came, with more to follow if ... Posted: January 22nd. 2016 Views: 1,751 - [ 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: 1,698 - [ 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: 1,643 - [ 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: 1,593 - [ 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: 1,499 - [ 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: 1,306 - [ Full Article ]
- The Meeting at the Crossroads-Samhain - Robin Fennelly [Witchvox Sponsor]
The Great Wheel has turned once again and the last of the Three Harvests and final turning before the cycle of renewal begins at Yule is at hand. We move from the space of balance exacted at the time of the Autumnal Equinox and on ... Posted: September 30th. 2015 Views: 1,067 - [ Full Article ]
- The Spark that is the Soul of Samhain! - Rev. WD Allan
There is no greater honor we could ever hope to pay unto those who have gone before us than to draw forth their memory and the spirit toward our own! It is both an intimate and a reverential way of remembering them for all that th ... Posted: September 30th. 2015 Views: 779 - [ Full Article ]
- Hekate's Deipnon - Hellenion
Hekate's Deipnon takes place during the dark phase of the moon: the end of the lunar month (any time before the sliver of the new moon has been sighted) . Hekate, according to the Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon, means "br ... Posted: September 30th. 2015 Views: 744 - [ Full Article ]
- A Samhain Selfie - Janice Van Cleve
At Samhain the veil is very thin in more ways than one and between more than two worlds. It seems that at no other time is the existence of parallel universes more obvious. One world focuses on scary stuff – zombies and horror mov ... Posted: September 30th. 2015 Views: 731 - [ 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: 12,302 - [ 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: 27,643 - [ 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: 25,669 - [ Full Article ]
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