As you can see virtually all of the names describe a condition of the natural world or an activity associated with this time of year. These Native American names are shared not so much so we can adopt them, but that we can see how meaning was imbued on each full moon by different peoples. In general, the full moon exaggerates emotions, good or bad, so it is time of greater energy and feeling.
As I type this, they are cutting our Jungle down. Earlier I was pacing, my heart racing, and worrying the dogs. I had to shut the curtains so Java wouldn’t make himself sick barking. Maybe writing about the trees is a better way to witness what is happening. The words “sweet release” keep running through my head. It is going to be heart wrenching when I open the curtains and Jungle is not there.
I love Yule, but I abhor the modern societal pressure that drops on us all around Thanksgiving and persists throughout Christmahanukkwanzaayule until the dawning of the New Year, whereupon the same society that condemns us for not attending every party and dinner with adequate cheer and glee then reminds us how inadequate we are because of the new pounds we acquired during said nigh-mandatory celebrations.
Last May Kristen lead a circle on Biophilia. She shared with us that “plants communicate using chemical substances.” When we go for a walk in the woods, we absorb these …
As I’ve gone deeper in my Paganism, and especially when I became a priestess of Aphrodite, I’ve had to redefine worship.
When I warded the property boundaries around my house some time ago, my wording of intent for those wards was very specific: Woe unto any, mortal or no, who crosses …
What is it we believe? What do we believe that we may have learned unconsciously as children? What is it we believe now consciously by choice based on experience? These were some of the questions I asked myself as we slowly and methodically looked at each of the myths and beliefs put forth by Beckett.
Beltane is the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and is traditionally celebrated on May 1st. However, the astronomical midpoint is usually a few days later. While Beltane Day is very sacred to me, I also celebrate a whole Beltane season, which, for my personal practice, involves a fortnight of festivities centered on May 1st and astronomical Beltane.
In all aspects, Ingwaz is a cycle never-ending. It is a rune of both birth and death, and all points through life in-between. It is the return to life after death in regrowth every spring (1, 2).
Liminal times are magical times, neither fully one thing nor the other, yet a little bit of both. It is the time when everything blends together, wet paint put to canvas ready to be brushed into a masterpiece.