Seasonal Celebrations

Samhain Approaching

As I sit here, writing this, the rain taps at the window, the wind howling down the street, carrying with it the scent of winter and the first of the autumn leaves. The sky is fast moving and furious – low dark grey clouds set amidst a backdrop of pure white/grey.  The central heating has… Continue reading Samhain Approaching

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Seasonal Celebrations

Summer Solstice and Ways to Celebrate

June 21 - June 22 Also called Alban Hefin or Midsummer in Welsh which means “the light of summer”. History: The summer solstice is a very ancient and special time when the sun is at it’s peak and again, likely one of the oldest celebrations on earth. The Northern hemisphere experiences the longest day of… Continue reading Summer Solstice and Ways to Celebrate

Seasonal Celebrations

Bealtaine History and Modern Ways to Celebrate

April 30th - May 1st The word Beltane, Bealtaine or Bealltainn is pronounced bay-ul-tin-uh. Beltane means “Bel the bright one” or “bright or lucky fire”. Representative of passion, celebration, energy, sexuality and fertility. History: Beltane marks the beginning of summer and the lighter half of the year as well as a time of rebirth. Cattle… Continue reading Bealtaine History and Modern Ways to Celebrate

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Spring Equinox and Ways to Celebrate

March 20 - March 22 (March 20th this year!) Called Alban Eilir in Welsh which means “The light of the earth”. History: The spring equinox is a fertile time when the sun is steadily growing warmer and the first small signs of spring are visible. For a pastoral people and agriculturally driven lifestyle, this must… Continue reading Spring Equinox and Ways to Celebrate

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The Blessing of Imbolc

Imbolc is fast approaching. Here in my garden in the UK, the crocuses are starting to come out, and a lone daffodil stands courageously amidst the dried, chopped stalks of last year’s growth. Traditionally, it was the time when the ewes began to lactate, providing much needed milk for the farmers whose food stores were… Continue reading The Blessing of Imbolc