Posts Tagged ‘ Yule ’

Have Yourself A Merry Little (Pagan) Christmas

Aug 28th, 2018 | By

I’m sitting here on the sun lounger under an umbrella during the heat-wave and reading an article by one of the Sunday Independent’s columnist on the subject of all things – Christmas! “The festive season is on my mind,” writes John Masterson, “because my plans are made … I will be visiting a part of

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Magical food: Cake and cookies

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
magical food rachel patterson

Magical food: Cake and cookies Cake Well I just had to mention cake didn’t I? Cakes have featured throughout history for centuries and have often been used in ritual, for celebrations or rites of passage.  Cakes were offered to the gods or eaten at ceremonies to appease them or encourage good harvests or even to

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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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The 32 Days of Yuletide

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By

An extract from Have A Cool Yule: How to survive (and enjoy) the Mid-Winter Festival. It is unwise to lay down the law over the exact number of days required to celebrate the pagan Mid-Winter Festival, but needless to say it renders the seasonal song The Twelve Days of Christmas redundant. By the time the

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Excerpt from Have A Cool Yule

Nov 11th, 2017 | By

Towards the end of the year the internet is full of pagan postings bemoaning the fact that they hate Christmas. How all the pagan meaning has been profaned and announcing that they will be holed up in solitary misery until all the commercially decadent festivities are over – all of which sadly demonstrates a complete

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New for November – Have a Cool Yule

Nov 5th, 2017 | By

Christmas is not reliably a happy time for Pagans. As planet-lovers, the gross consumption, the waste of food, the gifts bought to be thrown away can be deeply depressing. There’s also the lingering feeling that this used to be our festival and that we lost it/ had it taken from us. Although in fairness, the

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12 flavours of Yule

Dec 15th, 2016 | By

Bring some kitchen witchcraft into your seasonal celebrations this year with inspiration from Rachel Patterson. The 12 Days of Yule series began on the 10th of December… “On the first day of Yule my Coven gave to me…sprouts…” Sprouts might not seem an obvious source of foody magic, but they have properties to be reckoned

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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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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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