Imbolc

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Spirituality

Imbolc

Imbolc, sometimes called Brighid’s Day or Feast of Brighid, falls on February 2 in the Northern Hemisphere (August 1 in the Southern Hemisphere). Since the Winter Solstice/Yule, the days have been getting gradually longer, though there are still weeks of winter to go. Hidden in the earth, however, is the potential for spring, and Imbolc is the chance to celebrate that.

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Yule/Winter Solstice

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 in Spirituality

Yule/Winter Solstice

The winter solstice, also known as Yule, is the longest night and the shortest day. The previous Neo-Pagan festival, Halloween/Samhain, was a celebration of death in the sense of the old dying out. Yule celebrates the coming (though not yet arrival) of the light. In assessing the past year without judgment, you can let go of what you no longer need to worry about and prepare for what you still need to achieve.

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Samhain/Halloween

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 in Spirituality

Samhain/Halloween

The festival known as Samhain, or more commonly Halloween, is coming up. For many Neo-Pagans, this is the end of one yearly cycle and the beginning of a new one. This links closely to the harvest when the last of the abundant crops are picked and a winter mindset begins setting in. It’s a time to bring closure to the year, honoring the process of death and rebirth, and to play around with some new possibilities, at least for a while.

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Autumn Equinox/Mabon

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in Spirituality

Autumn Equinox/Mabon

This is the time of the autumn equinox. From an astronomical point of view, equinoxes are times when day and night are about equal. Symbolically, we can see this as a balance between light and dark. Light is life and darkness is death, so the autumn equinox is a time to appreciate both sides of our experience but to recognize that we’re headed into the darkness with the coming of winter. We can feel this on a physical, personal, and spiritual level.

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Lughnasadh/Lammas

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 in Spirituality

Lughnasadh/Lammas

August 1 is Lughnasadh or Lammas in the Northern Hemisphere (February 1 in the Southern Hemisphere). This is known as the first harvest (the other two being the autumn equinox and Samhain). That means we’re starting to see results from the labor of previous months, but there’s still lots of work to do. This is an important time for being thankful and praying for abundance. It’s a time to celebrate the cycle of life. It’s also a good time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go for the remainder of the year.

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Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 in Spirituality

Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer

The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as Litha or midsummer, comes around about the 20th or 21st of June. It’s the longest day and the shortest night of the year because the sun rises as high as it can go, so we get more daylight. From here on in, the days will be getting shorter and the nights longer until the winter solstice/Yule, when things turn around again. This is a joyful festival to celebrate growth and abundance, energy, and blessings of the sun.

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Mother’s Day When Your Mother Is Abusive

Posted on May 7, 2015 in Emotional Abuse

Mother’s Day When Your Mother Is Abusive

May 10 is Mother’s Day in the United States. But what happens when your mother is abusive? As long as there are kind, loving mothers out there, and as long as there are mothers who are abuse survivors who refuse to become abusers themselves, Mother’s Day is worth celebrating.

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