Yesterday was the true cross-quarter day for Lughnasadh. I spent the day mostly at work, then I came home and got some time in with my friends online. I also used the day to work some ritual spelling and managed to do a couple of tarot readings. What’s really nice, I was able to cook and spend some time walking with my dog outside, enjoying how lovely everything looks around here.
As I sit here the day before Litha, I am contemplating the recipes that I’ll be making. Some of them I’ll be doing as is, others I’ll be lightening up to fit into my new eating plan. What’s interesting to me is how I view Litha- a time to celebrate the light half of the year. It’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year- where night is short. For me, it’s a celebration of astronomical significance and also a time to bring in the first harvests from springtime. Though I’ve had some harvests, these are my major things- potatoes, corn, peppers, etc. Luckily where I live has a year round growing time, but still I treasure this cycle when and where I can. Continue reading
Today is Beltane, the day where pagans celebrate not just spring, but also the blossoming of things all throughout nature. It’s also the day of the bonfires to honour Brigid, the Celtic fire goddess. For my family, it means that we’ll have a meal that reminds us of this time- the pasturing of the lambs, the moving of the flocks to better regions to graze and also when we put out all of the fires and wait for the sacred fire on Tara to be relit and that flame to be brought to light all of the hearths. Most people don’t realize that the sacred trees of the druids are used to light that fire upon Tara hill, but they are. More importantly in my mind, is the thought that goes into our world today- what do we do that reminds us of the sacred divine to keep it alive in our daily actions and thoughts. Continue reading
That’s right, today in the US is Arbor Day. It’s a national holiday that’s meant to remind Americans to take care of our forests and to replant trees so we can help the environment. The holiday was originally started in Nebraska but has spread to encompass all 50 states. Though we have state dates, the national date is the last Friday in April. On this day, kids around the country will plant a tree at their school or in their nearby neighborhood to help keep the tradition alive. Of the many holidays out there, this is one that I truly believe in- especially as a pagan.
With the planting of trees, we increase the carbon dioxide scrubbers. Since plants like trees give off oxygen as they intake carbon dioxide, it makes sense to plant trees where there are many people. In fact, it’s a huge benefit to any major city to keep up with their parks- taking care of their trees and replanting when trees die.
How can you help? Gift a tree. Remember, every breath you take is because of these magnificent plants.
Today I’m listening to an old favourite- “Jingle Bones” from the Disney Christmas album and giggling madly. Why? Because this album is from my childhood and I realized how much this album played in my psyche as I grew up. I’m a witch/druid/eclectic pagan who loves holidays and enjoys her family and friends in varying doses. (Too much and I so need solitude!) But more than that– Yule is approaching as is Mithra’s birthday and Christmas and my family will be here for the first year ever. This is the first year we’ll have been together since we were kids for the holidays. I’m excited, nervous and want everything to go according to plan– which amuses my male and my psychiatrist both. It’s even funnier to them both to know I’ve even programmed in the chaos and last minute changes that are bound to happen as well. Continue reading