Online Winter Solstice events

Due to Covid, as far as I know there are no local events running (if you know different please let me know )

In the meantime why not ‘attend’ these events.

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Regular link check complete

Just letting everyone know I’ve been through the list of links (if you’re on a mobile you’ll need web view rather than mobile view to see them on the right column) and weeded out those that are no longer working, added a few new gems. The Paganfed ones are currently being transferred to a brand new site, so those will be updated once that is complete. One other site is under reconstruction and I’ll keep an eye on it.

Other than that, click at will!

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Moon Reflections

 

 

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Standing under a bright full moon, in the cold of a december night, under trees stripped bare of leaves. The last full moon for the decade is a time of reflection.

So many changes have taken place in ten years. Standing in the flood tide of the power of this moon, I am reminded of previous moons, previous tides, bringing tears and laughter both. Changes have been both small, and monumental, personal, cultural….the list is endless and far too personal to go into here. What they all have in common is the turning tides of the earth, seasons, hopes and fears. We live in a world that is far, far less sure than the one of ten years ago. We live in an age of social media used for good and ill. We live in a time of political uncertainty, manipulation and constant bombardment with images intended to manipulate our feelings and actions.

Under that silent moon, words came, which I had hoped to repeat here, but try as I might, I cannot recall them – meant only for the rite, and the communion nature and witch, moon and soul. That is as it should be.

We stand, as a World, on the brink of a new Decade, in a time of constant strife, upheaval, hate, anger and distrust. We see neighbour pitted against neighbour, country against country, the human race against the environment, political manipulations and bitterly fought battles where neither side can win. This is a time of flux.

We ask that this become a time of Rebirth, the pangs of labour felt over the world to be transformed into the tide of a new world being born, a world where we find Balance.

Balance between countries, environment, politics, cultures and love. May the young not blame the old, and the old not despair of the young. May we remember that Love is at the basis of all things, and even if we, as a nation, a world feel that we are ‘too small to make a difference’ let us remember that one small act of kindness makes all the difference to the being who receives it, and those small acts can ripple out, until the ripples become waves, and the waves become tides of change.

No matter how hard things become, we, as Witches, need to observe, to be the calm in the storm, to work our magic for Good, or to provide Healing, or comfort or whatever our talents are. We need to use them to full advantage, and in full love of our communities, for those communities are the microcosm to the macrocosm that is the World. Let us move forward into a new decade with hope, with determination, with strength and compassion, honour, humility and, above all, with Love.

Hail to the Old Ones. Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!

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Blessed Be

 

 

 

 

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Professor Ronald Hutton at Milton Keynes Open University

Professor Ronald Hutton is coming to Milton Keynes to give a talk on The Concept of Pagan Survivals Revisited. Tickets are free on the following link.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-concept-of-pagan-survivals-revisited-a-seminar-by-prof-ronald-hutton-tickets-72497713613

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Glitch

Somehow the Diary rolled back to a previous incarnation – I have no idea either <glares in general direction of Mercury>

It is now restored back to how it should be.

 

Happy Mercury Retrograde, all!

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Blessed Samhain

As the dark nights lengthen, and the land cools down, the frosts become harder and the leaves on the trees turn to gold, the time of Samhain arrives. It is a time of polarisation, from the commercialised Halloween, with it’s ready brought costumes, carved pumpkins and screams of children out trick or treating, emphasising the stark contrast to the deep introspection that this time triggers within us. It is a liminal time, a time of wraiths and spirits, of respect for the dead and for honouring those who have come before us. Of quiet time alone, to think, to reconnect, to remember where we came from and what and who we are.

We create Altars to the Ancestors, spend time in meditation, maybe even set them a place at our feast. Many of the modern traditions such as carving pumpkins have their roots in ancient practices, turnips were traditionally carved in frightening faces and placed in windows to scare away the spirits said to return on this night.

I’ve always wanted to try carving a turnip, alas I still haven’t managed it, as there weren’t any to be had, so a swede it is! They aren’t so different.

Wild hunt turnip

 

The picture says it all. Whatever you are doing (this year is a busy one, with a divination night tonight and a vigil for the Dead tomorrow) If you’re out there with the kids making the absolute most of the joyful time of Halloween (because who doesn’t love it, even if it is overdone) or just sitting at home lighting a candle,  I wish you a the peace that comes from innner contentment. May your Ancestors look kindly upon you and the Wild Hunt leaves you alone!

 

Blessed Be

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A Blessed Lughnasadh

Or Lammas, Loafmas or whatever your chosen name is to use.

This year Lughnasadh falls on a New moon, adding extra opportunity for your workings and Rites. I’ve not come across the term much in relation to this, but allagedly a ‘Black Moon’ (second new moon in a month) is also today – I know a Black Moon as something different, and related to the Dark Moon, but in the spirit of sharing knowledge….

Lughnasadh, a bittersweet time, for while we rejoice in the First Harvest of grain, it’s the beginning of the end of summer. From now there is a slow turn towards seeding and harvest, dying off and ‘going over’ as the land, warmed still by the sun, begins the long preparation for Winter. We humans, making the most of the long days and warm weather, gather the harvest, either literal or metaphorical, and assess how this year has panned out. Making our plans for the remainder of the year as well as the following one. An aspect often forgotten, Sacrifice, is a big part, traditionally within Wicca Lughnasadh is the time of the sacrifice of the God represented in the harvest of the crops, and held within the kernels which protect life in the form of seed, or are given for food to sustain us. year’s seeds. Known as the Corn King, the last sheaf in a field is ceremoniously cut, and metaphorically cut down by his Goddess, the Corn King’s Sacrifice given willingly so all can live. He descends to the Underworld to await his Goddess. We honour his spirit in the bread and foods made from the crops, in the careful saving of seeds for the garden or vegetable patch, and in our taking stock and contemplation for the future. This particular Lughnasadh falls on a New moon, making any workings and rites more powerful if you utilize that energy. 🌾

 

The following passage is poignant to me, I’m aware of the Sacrifice of the male aspect at this time of year, but this swings it around to the fememine, and it’s a powerful piece of writing.

LUGHS GRIEF

I weep, I grieve for my Foster Mother,

Let my tears water the precious earth she gave her last breath to cultivate

so that we may live.

She gave her very life so that we may gain the knowledge of growth,

Growth within the soil her bare hands touched,

Growth within Spirit and the meaning of sacrifice.

When in the darkest of Winter we have food to feed our children and elders,

Let us think of Tailtiu and give her thanks.

Written by Barbara Ney Ni Saomhair 2016.

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Full Moon

A very Blessed Full Moon to all. This may moon is a Blue moon, there are two definitions for this, this particular one is the third full moon in a season. ( the other is a second Full moon in a calendar month)

Hoping the energies of this beautiful moon renew and empower you for the coming season.

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Blessed Beltane Eve

Wishing everyone a very Blessed Beltane Eve. The chaplet is made, the sky is clear, and the Fae dance their magic while the Veil is thin. Fires are lit, dancing and merriment abound!

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Shop highlight

Just a heads up for everyone in the local pagan community, Raven and Broomstick in Leighton Buzzard are staying open till eight for Full Moon NEXT FRIDAY 19th April. Note to self, drink the coffee THEN do the writing thing!) See you there 🙂 A chance to say hi to other pagans in the area besides it being a fantastic shop. Our shops are often the hub of our communities, and they always need our support.

 

BB to the Raven and Broomstick team for their first late night Full Moon opening. Also leaves plenty of time for your own Full Moon devotions afterwards.

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