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A Blessed Samhain

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and of the new year in the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored, divinations for the new year are performed, and festivals are held in honor of the gods. It . . . → Read More: A Blessed Samhain

Harvest – Reap what you sow

The winter season of the ancient Celts. The Celts divided the year into four quarters: Samhain (winter), Imbolc (spring), Bel), and Lughnasadh (autumn). The Celtic year began in November, with Samhain. The Celts were influenced principally by the lunar and stellar cycles which governed the agricultural year – beginning and ending in autumn when . . . → Read More: Harvest – Reap what you sow

The Halloween Witch

by Amelia Tucker

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain! No matter how you look at this day, it can be tiring to see the misconceptions of Wicca being thrown around with ridiculous ignorance. I wanted to send out a gentle cyber hug to all my fellow witches and remind you that you are so very important to . . . → Read More: The Halloween Witch

Building an Altar

I love building altars, and have often found fulfillment, revelation and joy when I engage in this process. My best ones are very personal, and contain items that have a deep, quiet meaning for me, a meaning which might not be apparent to the casual observer. They have included some ‘stealthy” altars that I had . . . → Read More: Building an Altar

The Lore of the Door

“Between the heavens and the earth The way now opens to bring forth The Hosts of those who went on before- Hail! We see them now come through the Open Door.”

The Open Door at Samhain: Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time which does not even exist on . . . → Read More: The Lore of the Door

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Paradise Lost is a haunting and tragic documentary about three Arkansas teens enamored with wicca and paganism, who find themselves headed for death row and/or life in prison after three local pre-teens are mysteriously murdered and mutilated. Fingers are pointed, blame is laid, but the only apparent truth to come out of the film is . . . → Read More: Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Temple of Artemis to be Rebuilt

Word has come from Turkey that the famous Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is going to be rebuilt and restored to its former glory.

“With support from Austrian scientists, [Dr. Atilay] Ileri [founder of the Selcuk Artemis Culture, Arts and Education Foundation] had Swiss architects prepare a plan for the reconstruction of the . . . → Read More: Temple of Artemis to be Rebuilt

Choosing a Coven

There are many ways to honor Nature in our lives. Some of us participate in Pagan rites because there we find nurturance, guidance, and community with like-minded others. An artist, a doctor, a teacher, a technician – the work they do is real, and very necessary, but our religion is not its primary focus. Pagan . . . → Read More: Choosing a Coven

Considering Samhain

Most Celtic-based Pagan spiritualities (including Druidry and some Witchcraft) acknowledge Samhain (Halloween) as the Celtic New Year and the most holy day on the calendar. It is a Fire Festival and is very closely connected agriculturally with the “late/last harvest,” which was the harvest of the very last fruits of the season (such as . . . → Read More: Considering Samhain

Bodb Dearg

Bodb was one of the sons of the Dagda and mainly ruled near Lough Derg (The Red Lake) which is named after him. The Fomorians laid his kingdom to waste but Lugh Lámhfada went to avenge this as King Nuada was not interested.

Bodb became the king of the Sidhe of Munster, Descendants of the . . . → Read More: Bodb Dearg