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When is Imbolc?

Jan 21st, 2017 | By

By Nimue Brown Wikipedia will cheerfully tell you, should you ask, that Imbolc is the 1st of February and the beginning of spring. Of course the calendar dates are a bit confused by the long term historical calendar slippage that then led to the 15 day shift and the Gregorian calendar of 1582 with its

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Pagans, festivals and leap years

Feb 28th, 2016 | By

By Nimue Brown It’s a leap year, and tomorrow we have an extra day in February.  We owe this to the Romans, with some fine tinkering from the Gregorian reform of 1582. The solar year doesn’t quite divide neatly into days, just as the lunar month doesn’t quite fit neatly with solar years. Both solar

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Stopping the Clock, Losing the Calendar

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft Chapter 3, by Mabh Savage Celtic Triad: Three sorrows that are better than joy: the heaviness of a herd feeding on mast, the heaviness of a ripe field, the heaviness of a wood under mast. When does the Celtic year start? And more importantly, does it matter? To the first question

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