Posts Tagged ‘ wheel of the year ’

Signposts at Samhain

Nov 15th, 2018 | By

I waited beneath the Yew, its bedraggled branches still somehow providing shelter from the sudden rush of rain. The car park before me and the park behind seemed empty and not for the first time I wondered whether I was doing the right thing; whether these outdoor GATHERings were sustainable in the face of determined

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Harvesting Shadows and Sunlight

Sep 23rd, 2018 | By
Keli Tomlin 'Autumn Equinox: Harvesting Shadows and Sunlight'

The Sun is behind us, the dark lies ahead, Come now the Winter, set the Summer to its bed. Time now to harvest, to reap and to store, Gather up your harvest and step through the door.   As the darkness and light settle into balance for the Autumnal Equinox, I walk with an eye

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My Green Heart

Feb 28th, 2018 | By

The #showthelove campaign is close to my already green heart. Climate change is real, it’s happening, and people need to be engaged. Making a green heart was just one way of showing solidarity with all the other people, not just in the UK but around the world, who are dedicated to making a difference. It

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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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Inviting The Wild

Feb 19th, 2018 | By

There is a Wild Woman in me. For a long time, she has been buried, beneath uncomfortable roles and uncertain acceptance. I knew her fleetingly as a teen, as a twenty-something. She called to me from the Earth on Lammas day and sang sweet songs through the trees as they greened in Springtime. I came

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An Imbolc Tale

Feb 1st, 2018 | By

In celebration of Imbolc, we have the story of the birthing of Bridey’s snake – and old British tradition for 1st February, Imbolc, and the wheel of the year, the seasons. It’s recorded by Elen Sentier, an author who works extensively with British tradition.   Find out more about Elen Sentier’s work here – 

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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Imbolc ~ Sowing Seeds

Feb 2nd, 2016 | By

By Sheena Cundy In the belly of the earth at this time, there is lot of growing going on. We can’t see it all, but it’s happening all the same. It’s what nature does… she grows. She may look like she’s sleeping, but she needs her rest – continuously changing is hard work! Autumn just

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Many wheels of the year

Nov 30th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown The Wheel of the Year sounds like ‘a thing’ a single, fixed, reliable sort of construct. Which it perhaps could be if you live in the bit of Northern Europe the wheel of 8 festivals is based on and experience average weather conditions. Despite living in the zone, I don’t find my

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Nature rituals

Jun 30th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown When I first came to Druidry, I studied the wheel of the year with great enthusiasm, and spent a number of turns really working with those eight festivals. However, the more time I spent on it, the more uneasy I became. There were so many aspects of life, nature and experience that

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