October 29, 2018

Samhain, which we call Halloween, All Hallows or All Saints Day, has a very ancient tradition. In Celtic countries, as in the Middle East, a day begins at sunset. Therefore, Samhain starts on All Hallows Eve or Halloween — October 31st — and continues until sunset on N...

July 31, 2018

Lughnasadh is one of the four ancient fire festivals. One might call Lughnasadh (August 1st) and Imbolc (February 1st) the lost festivals. Samhain and, to a lesser extent, Beltane are still respectively celebrated at Halloween and on May Day in many places in the moder...

March 20, 2018

Ostara is the Vernal or Spring Equinox. It occurs when the Sun passes into the astrological sign of Aries, around the 20th or 21st of March each year. This is a time when day and night are equal in length. From this night the forces of light wax and the forces of darkn...

January 30, 2018

In many ways, Imbolc is my favorite festival. Even as a child, long before I had ever heard of the great Celtic fire festivals, I waited anxiously for Groundhog Day. On the morning of that fateful day, I would rise early and scan the skies, hoping to observe clouds so...

December 20, 2017

Yule occurs at the Winter Solstice, around the 21st or 22nd of December. Because the solstices and equinoxes are solar events, the dates may vary from year to year. Yule marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day. It is one of the four turning points of t...

December 15, 2017

The word solstice, from Latin solstitium "point at which the sun seems to stand still," is formed by sol "the sun" and the past participle stem of sistere "stand still, to place, to cause to stand." The 2017 Winter Solstice in Northern Hemisphere will be at 11:28 AM on...

October 6, 2017

In the Northern hemisphere, the "veil" between the physical world and the spiritual/energetic world is thought to be at its "thinnest" around the end of October, or early November. The cycle of the year, sometimes called the Wheel of the Year, has once again made a co...

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