Kalandra Music

I’m kinda in love with the Nordic band Kalandra right now. They even do a cover of Wardruna’s Helvegen, one of my favourite songs. Check them out here: http://www.kalandra.no/

Beltane / May Day

May Day, May Eve, Lady Day, Walpurgis/Valpurgis Night, Roodmas, Gŵyl Galan/Calan Mai (Welsh) April 30th Eve to May 1st Beltane is a fertility festival that celebrates the return of spring, the sun’s warmth and nature’s abundance.  It is a cross-quarter festival, celebrated approximately halfway between vernal (spring) equinox (Ostara) and the summer solstice (Litha). Literally, Beltane isContinue reading “Beltane / May Day”

Paganism

Paganism, also called Neopaganism, Modern Paganism or Contemporary Paganism, is a recent movement which is a modern take on ancient practices.  It is an umbrella term that can include a variety of denominations, traditions, or religious movements.  These can include Wicca, Druidry, Norse Heathenry and other Polytheistic Reconstructionist or Traditionalist groups (Celtic, Germanic, Hellenic, Kemetic, Baltic, Slavic), Goddess Religions,Continue reading “Paganism”

Ostara / Spring Equinox

Ēostre, Oestara, Lady Day, Festival of Trees, Bacchanalia, Earrach, Gŵyl Ganol y Gwanwyn (Welsh), Alban Eilir/Eiler (Druid, ‘Light of the Earth’), Ostarablot (Norse) ~March 20-23 Ostara is the celebration of the vernal, or spring, equinox. It is a time to prepare for the beginnings of new life.  The hours of day and night are ofContinue reading “Ostara / Spring Equinox”

Imbolc

Candlemas, Brigid’s Day, Brigantia (Caledonni), Lupercalia (Roman), Feast of Nut (Egyptian), Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau (Welsh), Disablot (Norse) February 2 Imbolc is a festival of fire and light, and in many Neopagan traditions, celebrates the goddess Brigid.  It falls around the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox,Continue reading “Imbolc”

December’s Long Nights Moon

Oak Moon, Long Nights Moon, Cold Moon, Wolf Moon Nature Spirits: snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries Herbs: holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe Colors: red, white and black Flowers: holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus Scents: violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac Stones: serpentine, jacinth, peridot Trees: pine, fir, holly Animals: mouse, deer, horse, bearContinue reading “December’s Long Nights Moon”

Yule / Midwinter

Winter Solstice, Yuletide, Mother Night, Winter Rite, Festival of Sol Invictus/Mithras, Saturnalia (Roman), Cuidle, Gŵyl Galan Gaeaf, Meán Geimhridh (Welsh), Alban Arthan/Arthuan (Druid, ‘Light of Arthur/Winter’), Jol/Yuleblot (Norse) ~ December 20-23 Yule, or Midwinter, celebrates the winter solstice, a time of renewal and rebirth. It marks the shortest day of the year, after which theContinue reading “Yule / Midwinter”

November’s Mourning Moon

Mourning Moon, Dark Moon, Snow Moon, Fog Moon, Storm Moon, Beaver Moon, Oak Moon, Frosty Moon Nature Spirits: subterranean faeries Herbs: grains of paradise, verbena, betony, borage, cinquefoil, blessed thistle Colors: gray, sea-green Flowers: blooming cacti, chrysanthemum Scents: cedar, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, narcissus, peppermint, lemon Stones: topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli Trees: alder, cypress Animals: unicorn,Continue reading “November’s Mourning Moon”

In Nature’s Honor: Myths And Rituals Celebrating The Earth

In Nature’s Honor: Myths And Rituals Celebrating The Earth by Patricia Montley In Nature’s Honor explores the eight solar holidays that mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year: the solstices, equinoxes and quarter days. Filled with fascinating stories from a variety of cultures and faith traditions, this comprehensive volume also provides a wealthContinue reading “In Nature’s Honor: Myths And Rituals Celebrating The Earth”