Inspired Gardening at Lammas (and all year long)

Celebrate Lammas by exploring sacred gardening ideas with Sacred Actions author Dana O’Driscoll Many of us celebrate Lammas (or Lughnasadh) this week on Sunday, August 1st, the nearest full moon to July 31st. Lammas traditionally heralds the start of the grain harvest; in the Middle Ages, it was observed with a loaf made from the first harvest—literally “loaf-mass”—from which we get the more modern name of the festival “Lammas”. In early Christianity, the first loaves…

Having a Happy & Healthy Litha

by TJ Perkins, author of The Healthy Witch: A Workbook for Optimal Health and Four Little Witches. Litha: the name given to the Wiccan Sabbat.  For the Witch, it is the time to rededicate to Lugh the sun god, or you may instead celebrate Crunnons, the God of the wild hunt, or recognize the Greenman. Litha is also a time to burn your old magicks and release the final burst of energy to the Cosmos. Rejoice…

The Three Acts of Love

Ancient Inspirations for Valentine’s Day  by Angelo Nasios, author of the Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey and Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana. Like many contemporary holidays of European origin, Valentine’s Day has ancient pre-Christian roots. Celebrated annually on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, was once the Roman holiday Lupercalia. This festival marked the coming of spring and included fertility rites and courtship of women with men by lottery.[1] The festival survived through…

Imbolc and the Sacred Horns

by Laura Perry, author of The Minoan Tarot. This week marks the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This is the time of new beginnings and fresh starts. In the British Isles and parts of North America, it’s the point when we start looking for signs of Spring, signals that life is returning to the land. So what could Imbolc possibly have to do with the Minoans of…

The GREAT INBETWEENING

Welcome Yule! The Winter Solstice. The Time of Inbetweening. by Ted Enik, co-author with Beth Roth of Wee Witches — a playful and richly symbolic introduction to the world of Wicca and the magic of Nature. A Very Jolly Holiday to You! Some say “Jól” is Viking for “wheel.” Early calendars used a wheel to mark when the holiday rolled around. And the ye Olde English word “jolly” also comes from “Jól.” A Jolly Holiday! ­Solstice is…

Family, Wishbones, and Leftovers

by Julie Shields, co-author of Thank Forward: A Gratitude Action Kit with Mia Logan, PhD. With the holidays fast upon us, I’m reminded of one of my favorite childhood memories. Our family used to celebrate Thanksgiving, not just the day, but the whole week! Our week was filled with family, crafts, and Charlie Brown. One classic classroom craft was the hand turkey: First, each person placed a hand on top of an orange piece of…