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December in the Wheel of the Year Part 1: Christmas Trees, Crowleymass and Krampus Night By Lucya Starza
As I’m sure most people are aware, Christmas trees only became popular in England after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had one in their home in 1848. Steve Roud in The English Year explains they were seen in England before that, but weren’t common. An older midwinter way to deck the house with greenery was to hang a kissing bough from the ceiling. Roud wrote: “One thing the Victorians didn’t invent was kissing under the mistletoe.”
November in the Wheel of the Year Part 3: The Transition into Winter - By Lucya Starza
Late November sees autumn’s end. At the start of the month where I live, in England, there were still some leaves on the trees although many were shades of red, brown and gold. By the end of the month, following winds and rain, the oak and ash and thorn stand stark and bare. But although the nights are long and dark, we start to prepare for the midwinter festivals.
November in the Wheel of the Year Part 2: Sacrifice and Remembrance - By Lucya Starza
November is Blood Month. At least the Anglo-Saxon name it was Blod-Monath according to the Venerable Bede. Professor Ronald Hutton in Stations of the Sun writes that this is because it was when cattle that couldn’t be kept over winter were slaughtered.
The Seduction of Eve – Scott Irvine
To save the Earth from destruction, we need to understand the purpose of the mind, our consciousness, our awareness of the world around us and our purpose in it.
November in the Wheel of the Year Part 1: Charity and Rebellion - By Lucya Starza
In the modern Wheel of the Year, November is a month without a major pagan festival, but the wheel still turns and change is in the air. In this post I’m writing about seasonal customs in the early days of November that might not be overtly pagan, but are still relevant.
October in the Wheel of the Year: Samhain, Halloween and Mischief Night - By Lucya Starza
October 31st is a major Wheel of the Year festival for modern pagans, whether you call it Halloween, Samhain or anything else. I live in England, and a few traditional customs that are similar to Halloween take place in October in my country, but their origins are unclear.
Earth Spirit – A new series from Moon Books
Moon Books starts a new eco-spirituality series this month… Earth Spirit. The purpose of the series is to stimulate and help develop ongoing discussion on what is, of course, pretty much the most important topic anyone could focus upon today – the future of the planet.
October in the Wheel of the Year: Old Age, Autumn Fairs and Apples - By Lucya Starza
While Samhain is the major Wheel of the Year event in October for pagans, there are other festivals and feast days earlier in the month.
Shooting the Wild Witch Breeze
Shooting the Wild Witch Breeze is a twice-monthly conversation between the delightful Rachel Patterson and the irrepressible Elen Sentier. With nothing off the agenda (they haven’t even got an agenda!) just relax, go with the flow and enjoy an hour of frank, refreshing witchy wisdom.