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

Seasonal Celebrations

Mad as a March Hare

Standing on the edge, with a cosmically delineated point where the tide turns from winter to spring, we teeter on the brink of the spring equinox.  It is a time for madness. Many of us are not yet ready to run full tilt into the light of the summer sun – not yet ready to… Continue reading Mad as a March Hare

Seasonal Celebrations

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

Seasonal Celebrations

Lughnasadh History and Modern Ways to Celebrate

“Three abundances in Ireland: an abundance of ears of corn, an abundance of flowers, and an abundance of fruit.” - Irish triad   July 31 - August 1  The word Lughnasadh or Lúnasa is pronounced loo-nas-ah. Lughnasadh means "Lugh's assembly" while Lúnasa means the month of August in Gaeilge. August is also called Lùnastal in Scots… Continue reading Lughnasadh History and Modern Ways to Celebrate