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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Beltane/May Day

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in Spirituality

Beltane/May Day

Beltane or May Day is on May 1 in the Northern Hemisphere and on November 1 in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s traditionally the end of winter and the beginning of summer, about midway between Ostara or the spring equinox and summer solstice in June. This is a joyful time, a time for fun and celebrating the promise of abundance. However, the harvest is still months away. Just as we still have a lot of work to do in our gardens, there’s still work to do on our goals.

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Ostara

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Spirituality

Ostara

Ostara, which falls around March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere and September 22 in the Southern Hemisphere, is the spring equinox. Day and night are about equal. From this point on, the days will begin to grow slightly longer. It’s the beginning of spring, although we may not feel that everywhere. Symbolically, Ostara is a time for renewal, fertility, and balance. It’s also a good time to clarify your desires.

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Dream: Overcoming Rules from the Past

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 in Dreams

Dream: Overcoming Rules from the Past

Abused children grow up with a lot of restrictions that don’t make sense. Sometimes they’re in the form of outright rules, as in “you’re not allowed to bring friends home” or “you can’t go out trick-or-treating on Halloween.” But many of the restrictions that are placed on us are more subtle. When we want to do something, we get disapproval, ridicule, lectures, and so forth. These rules work themselves into our brains and are tough to let go of, even when, as adults, we can see they don’t make sense.

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Yule/Winter Solstice

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 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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