Blessings on this ancient Celtic holy day of feasting, fire, and thanksgiving. Named for shining Lugh, let us gather in and share our first harvests. May you never hunger. Continue Reading
The Wheel of the Year turns once again, and we bid farewell to the season of growth and fruiting, and prepare for the first of the harvest sabbats. Blessed be. Continue Reading
Celebrate with me as we reach this most magical and rare moment, when Midsummer, the Full Moon, and the ancient ways blend in sumptuous illumination. Continue Reading
Glad Bringer of Brightness, hail!
Maiden of Grace, Lad of Laughter.
Gifts of vigor are returning,
Spring’s surprise, rainbow’s embrace.
Quickened be the heart within us,
Opened be our souls to grace,
May the blessing be abiding.
Welcome sit in every face.
Caitlín Matthews, Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings
Today is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and Autumn Equinox in lands below the equator. We celebrate it as the lesser Sabbat named Ostara. In the northern hemisphere, this day is also known as Lady Day or Alban Eilir (in the Welsh and Druid traditions). Continue Reading
Dark shepherdess of many a golden star, Dost see me, Mother Night? ~ From The Electra of Euripides Hail and Merry Meet on this Eve of the Winter Solstice. This is the night we light our 4th candle. This is the night of the great celebration of Mother Night. Today is the last Sun DayContinue reading
I am the hallow-tide of all souls passing, I am the bright releaser of all pain, I am the quickener of the fallen seed-case, I am the glance of snow, the strike of rain. I am the hollow of the winter twilight, I am the hearth-fire and the welcome bread, I am the curtained awningContinue reading
The Circle is Cast.
We are between the worlds
. And what happens between the worlds
Affects all the worlds.
~ Traditional Circle casting In this powerful week of the Full Taurus Moon, and the celebration of Samhain, the most solemn holiday in the Wheel of the Year, The Hanged Man makes a very rare appearance.Continue reading
Wicca – Evolution, Practice & Perspective Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship Located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh October 1, 2015 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm General Admission – $10.00, Seniors or Students: $8.00 Early Meditation of the Lotus Sutra, with Mariela Siwarqinti (no charge): 6:30pm Wow! I am so excited that tonightContinue reading
Hail! Journeyer of the Heavens, Queen of Brightness, King of Beauty! Gifts of gladness richly bringing, Autumn sheaves and red leaves’ fall. Generous be the heart within us, Open be our hands to all, Justice to be in equal measure, Harvest thankfulness our call. ~ Greeting to the Autumn Equinox by Caitlín Matthews, A CelticContinue reading
I adore this poem for the days of Lughnasadh, and so I am encoring my posting of it from years past. With it, I send you blessings of faith, and abundant, miraculous harvests; and most of all, the grace to know them. Love and thanksgiving. Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith by MaryContinue reading
The Song of Lughnasadh I am the sovereign splendor of creation, I am the fountain in the courts of bliss, I am the bright surrender of the willpower, I am the watchful guardian and the kiss. I am the many-colored landscape, I am the transmigration of the geese, I am the burnished glory of theContinue reading
This Moon nurtures our creative genius, brilliance, innovation, and ability to go against all odds- sometimes with little social support. ~ Mooncircles.com Blessings of the Aquarius Full Moon, which is also a Blue Moon, meaning it is the 2nd Full Moon in one calendar month. We haven’t had a Blue Moon since 2012, and theContinue reading
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. ~ Bilbo Baggins (from The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien) During this magical week of Lughnasadh (and Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere),Continue reading
Hand in hand, with Fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place. ~ Titania, from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the last day of Spring. This is Midsummer’s Eve, the night before the sabbat of Litha (Summer Solstice/Alban Hefin/Midsummer). Besides Samhain and Beltane,Continue reading
Hail to Thalia, Grace of Flowering and Mirth! Hail to blessed Flora, and to Maia Majestas! We bow in gladness to The Lord and The Lady! We merrily welcome the King and Queen of Faery! Song of Beltane by Caitlin Matthews I am the calm, I am the quickening, I am the intoxication and theContinue reading
Here we come a’ piping, In Springtime and in May; Green fruit a’ ripening, And Winter fled away. The Queen she sits upon the strand, Fair as lily, white as wand; Seven billows on the sea, Horses riding fast and free, And bells beyond the sand. ~ Witchcraft for Tomorrow, by Doreen Valiente Phoenix PublishingContinue reading
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life…Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason notContinue reading
Hail Holy Ostara! Hail the daughter born at Delling’s door, At the gate of day who bears the morning light! Hail Ostara, Lady of the Spring Dawn! ~ Heathen Kinship Blessings Welcome Spring! As you probably know, this is the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere, and it is Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.Continue reading
Blessed Woman of the hills, Heal all wounds, heal all ills. Blessed Woman of the flame, Awaken me to renew again. ~ Song to Brighid, from the Alexander Carmichael Carmina Gadelica as arranged by Lisa Thiel Rejoice, my dear ones! This is the holy day of Imbolc, as we celebrate the last push of WinterContinue reading