Archive for December 2015

Ten Pagan resolutions

Dec 30th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown The calendar year turns and we head towards January. An arbitrary number change that suggests renewal nonetheless. Out there in the mainstream, it’s a popular time for New Year’s resolutions, but all too often these are just an excuse to feel guilty. Eat less, go to the gym, try harder, do more…

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Fairy books for Pagans

Dec 28th, 2015 | By

With the recent release of Halo Quin’s Your Faery magic, we now have three faerie titles at Moon Books (but no agreement over how to spell it!). Between them, these three cover a broad array of fairy traditions, from the gentlest of seelie through to at least a hint of dangerous unseeliness in Morgan Daimler’s

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Girl Power driving Moon Books’ success

Dec 26th, 2015 | By

It occurred to me the other day that the reason Moon Books is so successful is down to Girl Power. Our achievements and our popularity is largely due to the energy and will of a group of Literary Sirens, who, through the jobs they do and the books that they write play a critical part

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Reflections on Yule (and Other Winter Festivals)

Dec 24th, 2015 | By

By Rebecca Beattie My mother collected strays. At one time it was the seven feral cats that lived around our house, each named after its most distinctive characteristic. There was Jet, Pa-Cat, Moustache, Paws, Nosey, Rickets, and Piggy. Another time it was the homeless man who lived with us for six months, while he went

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Christmas with Dionysos

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By

By Laura Perry You’ve probably seen those memes that depict the many deities whose birthdays coincide with Christmas and whose attributes are startlingly similar to Jesus’. Please understand, I have no quarrel with Jesus, though I could do without some of his followers. He is one of a long line of gods who remind us

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Delight in the Darkness

Dec 21st, 2015 | By

By Mabh Savage I see many memes on my social media feed at this time of year, mostly along the lines of ‘The days will be getting longer soon’, ‘Praise the return of the light’ and ‘The Oak king will triumph’. The Winter Solstice is, for many, the end of the dive into darkness; the

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Witch Lit and why we need it

Dec 20th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown, originally posted on www.druidlife.wordpress.com There is now a Witch Lit Facebook group which you’d be very welcome to join. I read Bridget Jones’s Diary back when it came out, curious about the hype. I hated it. Over the years as a reviewer I’ve been hit by the odd low-flying chick-lit title, and

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Pagan Festive songs

Dec 18th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown I thought I’d crowd source this blog post, so I posted on facebook group Pagans and Witches of the UK to ask people what music they like at this time of year. The Holly and the Ivy was suggested – a fascinating mix of Pagan and Christian imagery. Here are other songs

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Moon Bard – December

Dec 16th, 2015 | By

December …. The world waits for the gift of light to return and wears the winter as best it can. YULE. This path leads to a golden gift. The sun breaks free of winters icy rath, Unwraps the lengthening of days, And gives the light of life Once more to earth. Yet still, that bright

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Morrigan’s Path

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

Sheena Cundy, author of The Madness and The Magic, also sings with Morrigan’s Path. Here’s a video of a recent song they’ve recorded.