It all began with an image a friend shared on Facebook. I love the story of the Kings of Oak and Holly, of them battling for control of each half of the year. But this image got me thinking: does the story still “work”? It’s something we seem to do a lot in the Southern… Continue reading Kings of Oak and Holly on Contract
Yule, or the Winter Solstice, this year astrologically falls at 8.34am EST on Tuesday 21st June. While I would absolutely love to take tomorrow off so I can celebrate at that exact moment in time, I began a new job today and simply can’t. So tomorrow night it shall be (because I am absolutely buggered… Continue reading The Longest Night
It’s that time of year again. The stores are chock full of chocolate eggs, there are bunny decorations and fun things for children to occupy themselves with. The hot cross buns came out sometime in January – there are even cards with gorgeous symbols of Spring and fertility (when did giving cards at Easter become… Continue reading Traditional vs. Local – How do you celebrate the festivals of the land?
Happy Holidays! Happy Summer Solstice to my fellow Southern Hemispheric residents, and Happy Winter Solstice to those in the North. I wish I could say it’s a gorgeous day here in Sydney, that I’ve gone out to the park or the beach to dance in the sunshine with my SPF 50, but alas it’s a cold… Continue reading Celebrating without Celebrating (Happy Holidays!)
A new tradition of mine is forming – each year I write a short story to read out at the Beltane gathering, hosted by Gliding Seal Events (and unlike last year, this year I had to confidence to read this story aloud!) This year’s gathering as come and gone, and I had an absolute blast! It’s such an… Continue reading Assuming their Roles – a Beltane story
“So, at first I ruled as the stag and God of the Hunt. Invoked with blood and sweat and the chase. I led the hunt through the forest and it was I who bent the branches to scratch and tear and cut. For without effort, what is the point of life? Without hunger, what would… Continue reading The Horned God – In the Beginning
Brightest Imbolc Blessings to my kin in the Southern Hemisphere, and Blessed Lughnasadh to those in the North. I haven’t celebrated Imbolc as Imbolc for a couple of years now, as Imbolc (August 2nd particularly) is the Muggle and I’s anniversary so that has always trumped it. But, as everything has this year, I was… Continue reading Imbolc Blessings
We wait in the dark for the light to appear, Mother, give birth to our brother the Sun. We wait in the dark for the light to appear, Mother, give birth to our brother the Sun! We wait. We watch. Out of the cold comes the promise of newness. We wait. We watch. Out of… Continue reading Celebrating Midwinter