Posts Tagged ‘ seasonal ’

Spring Clean Your Mind, Body, Soul

Mar 16th, 2018 | By

Spring is almost here. I can feel it in the way my skin itches to be kissed by the thin gold strands of sunlight or in the tightening excitement in the pit of my belly when I realize it is almost 7pm…and still light out. I might just get to have a glass of wine

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Elf caps and seasonal Paganism

Feb 26th, 2018 | By

By Nimue Brown For some years now I’ve been exploring alternative approaches to the wheel of the year. I find the focus on the 8 festivals doesn’t work for me – representing as they do some rather big shifts in the seasons. As a depressed person, I often find the shift into spring difficult, as

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Out of the Broom Closet

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By
Arietta in her ritual robe

Wow! even after writing, in one form or another, for most of my life I still feel that tangible tingle of anxiety creeping up my spine at the sight of a blank page in front of me. I sit, fingers frozen, poised inches above my keyboard, wondering how to begin my first blog post for

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Seasonal Wild Sleeping

Sep 17th, 2017 | By

In Turning the Wheel, Bard and author Kevan Manwaring spends a year exploring the British landscape, seasonal festivities and folklore. Here’s an early September moment and some notes on wild sleeping… Feeling I had honoured Boreas, I went to the ‘Hermit’s Cell’, the remains of a roundhouse nearby: a low circular enclosure of stones, with

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Autumn of your life

Aug 15th, 2017 | By

When we talk about the seasons in a Pagan context, we often tie them to life stages, as we see the patterns of our existence reflected in the wheel of the year.  As we move into late summer and turn towards autumn, this time of year has particular resonance with middle age. We may start

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Cheese rolling for Pagans

Jun 7th, 2017 | By

Cheese rolling is one of the longstanding folk traditions of Gloucestershire, UK. Here’s a description of the event taken from Kevan Manwaring’s Turning The Wheel: “Every year in late May a group of (mostly) strangers throw themselves down a steep hill in pursuit of a round of cheese. The now famous cheese rolling that takes

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Padstow May Day

Apr 25th, 2017 | By

Wondering what to do for May Day? Here’s an excerpt from Kevan Manwaring’s Turning The Wheel… There is no better place to be in England on May Day than Padstow in North Cornwall, where every May 1st for many years (no one knows exactly how long it has been celebrated here, but it is probably

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Searching for a Snowdrop

Feb 7th, 2017 | By

by Mabh Savage I keep looking, I really do. I’m so used to seeing the snowdrops just before Imbolc, that it pains me that I haven’t found one yet. I feel like I need to see one before sunset on the first of February, as spring can’t really be approaching if the little fair maids

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Signs of spring

Jan 29th, 2017 | By

There’s a strong association here in the UK between snowdrops and Imbolc. Snowdrops tend to flower around the festival, although they can show up much earlier in sheltered spots. A tiny white flower that will, sometimes, push its way up through the snow, it seems almost too fragile to be the first flower at the

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Seasonal inspiration for Pagans

Jan 25th, 2017 | By

It’s not unusual for Pagan books to include something on seasonal celebrations, but what they have, and whether it will be what you were looking for isn’t always obvious. Here are some insights into celebratory material in Moon Books titles.  A Modern Celt by Mabh Savage looks at each of the points of the Wheel

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