Tag Archives: Mother

A More Common Flower at Solstice

Somehow it’s already the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere), when traditions prompt us to celebrate midsummer‘s fertility with festivals and bonfires. Earth’s rotational axis on this day tilts at its greatest incline toward the star that it orbits – … Continue reading

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Saving the Soil on the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice traditionally commemorates the end of the growing season – the year’s shortest day and longest night – and return of living things to the soil. As the days begin to lengthen once again, it’s a time of quieting … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Green I love you green green the wind, and green the branches. The dark ship on the sea and the horse on the mountain. — Federico Garcia Lorca from Romance Sonámbulo This poem I love is on my mind as I … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead

This holiday – along with Halloween/Samhain – has long been one of my favorites; now it is always bittersweet, remembering my mother, who passed away over a year ago. Pagans of many cultures and eras have embraced the season’s winding … Continue reading

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First Day of Fall

How appropriate that it rained the night before the equinox! Ushering in the first few hints of autumn, the showers brought some cooler weather, falling leaves, and the heartbreaking change of light that comes this time of year. Now, nights … Continue reading

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Lammas Harvest

Already it’s high summer! Our ancestors and modern pagans alike celebrate Lammas as the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, the first Harvest of grain. This time for gathering and appreciating great abundance is also Lughnasa, the … Continue reading

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Back to the Mother Land

This Father’s Day I’ll be remembering my Dad, but even more I’ll be thinking of my mom, whose 86th birthday it would’ve been. B. and I just returned from a tremendous journey to Russia, to visit Mom’s sister Natasha, and … Continue reading

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