2023 · Imbolc · Wheel of The Year · Winter Wonderland

Hello February 2023!

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February Winter walks and starlit nights,
Good books and cozy hours,
Time for friends, heartfelt sharing,
Dreams of springtime flowers…
Although it may be short on days,
Each February brings
The simple little gifts we count
Among life’s precious things.

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Yule

The Christmas Morning of 2022

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The few days before Christmas, I was very homesick. No day went by without me wanting to return to Texas. When Katelynn arrived in Denver, Colorado she called Sara on Christmas Eve. Her box arrived on time. And in that box was a Texas Waffle Maker. Awww, that made my day.

The following day, on Christmas morning, Sara wanted waffles before opening the presents. Our pets had to wait a little bit longer for their new toys. Joshua, Chewbacca, Luis, and Benny were patient. On the other hand, Zoey and Ozzy were going crazy. They wanted to play with the wrapping paper so bad.

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Yule

Christmas Day 2022

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Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be happy days,
Filled with love and laughter.
And may each day bring joy your way
in the year that follows after!

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Winter Wonderland · Yule

Winter Solstice/Yuletide 2022

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The date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar. Yule is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences.

Yule is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a bit longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, the sun’s “rebirth” was celebrated with much joy.

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Yule

The First Advent Sunday 2022

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Today is the first Advent Sunday. Three more Sundays will follow before Christmas will be here. On each Sunday, we will burn a candle. So, by the Sunday which will be followed by Christmas, all four candles will burn on our Advent wreath. Advent is the season to prepare for the Birth of Christ. But it actually originated from the ancient Celtic tradition. It has the symbolic meaning of the season leading to the Winter Solstice. Yule is upon us.

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2022 · Halloween Season · Samhain · Wheel of The Year

Witches New Year ~ Samhain 2022

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As the darkness now draws near
See the cycle of the year
As the light now goes within
Let the hallows dance begin.

Blessed Samhain Night!

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2022 · Halloween Season · Samhain · Wheel of The Year

Halloween 2022

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Happy Halloween!

This year we had a beautiful Halloween. First I had to carve two more pumpkins for display at our Halloween Graveyard. After that, Sara needed some make-up. She could wear her Scarecrow costume another season. Sara went trick-or-treating with her friends, across town. We had some trick-or-treaters showing up before Kevin and I went on a walk in the neighborhood. Kevin was dressed as a Pirate, while I wore my Sorcerer costume. Too bad, we forgot to capture photos of ourselves. Maybe will remember it next year.

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2022 · Halloween Season · Samhain · Wheel of The Year

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain 2022!

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Happy Halloween!

Now in the darkening of the year
the veil between the world wears thin
and those gone on ahead draw near.
In the hours of quiet remembrance
that the waning season brings,
we may feel their whispered presence
like the brush of a gentle wind.

Blessed Samhain!

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SAMHAIN (The Summer’s End)

Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on October 31st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just as the Celtic day began at night.
The most magically potent time of this festival is the night of October 31st, known today of course, as Halloween. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.
In the country year, Samhain marked the first day of winter, when the herders led the cattle and sheep down from their summer hillside pastures to the shelter of stable and byre. The hay that would feed them during the winter must be stored in sturdy thatched ricks, tied down securely against storms. Those destined for the table were slaughtered, after being ritually devoted to the gods.
All the harvest must be gathered in, barley, oats, wheat, turnips, and apples for come November, the faeries would blast every growing plant with their breath, blighting any nuts and berries remaining on the hedgerows. Peat and wood for winter fires were stacked high by the hearth. It was a joyous time of family reunion, when all members of the household worked together baking, salting meat, and making preserves for the winter feasts to come.
The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. As a feast of the dead, it was believed the dead could, if they wished, return to the land of the living for this one night, to celebrate with their family, tribe, or clan.

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2022 · Mabon · The Night Sky

The Full Harvest Moon

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The Pumpkins, squash, and beans are ready for harvest. And the bright light of the Harvest Moon allows us the extra time needed to finish the harvest. The leaves on the trees begin to turn color. The Summer’s sunshine gives way to the fall’s Darkening evenings.
The Harvest Full Moon is a time to find balance in our lives, of settling into a slower rhythm after the Summer’s adventures. It is a time of giving thanks and enjoying the abundance in our lives.
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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

Beautiful Harvest Season 2022 (1)

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Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, is the festival of the First Harvest. It’s held from the 1st to the 2nd of August, halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. This festival is named after the Celtic God Lugh It focus on the First Harvest of crops and offering them to the Deities.

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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

The First Harvest ~ Lughnasadh/Lammas 2022

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Nature stands at the threshold of Autumn, it is still filled with summer’s warm delightful energy, yet there is something in the orange-tinted sunlight that speaks of change. Dusk arrives a little sooner than anticipated. The grain in the field and the fruits and vegetables in the garden begin to ripen.
We celebrate our progress and achievements, as well as the harvest at hand. We celebrate, knowing that we must stay focused on the crops that are still ripening. It is a time to reconcile our hopes with our fears. We joyfully receive the first rewards for our efforts, yet we still await the outcome of the remaining crops.

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2022 · Litha · Wheel of The Year

First Day of Summer 2022

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Happy Summer Solstice ~ Blessed Litha!

Blessed Litha! Sacred fire!
Magical sunrise stirs a desire
Queen of Heaven and of Earth
We celebrate your bright rebirth
We see your first blessed rays
In these magical solstice days
Ascending cycle to fulfill
Dancing on the silver hill.
Lilies burn with your desire
Intoxicating spirit fire
As oak and myrrh and mugwort burn
Elder, chamomile, and fern
The sacred serpent eats the Spring
Then brings Autumn on the wing
Burning wreaths of sweet vervain
The Goddess will return again.

Martha Magenta

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2022 · Beltane · Wheel of The Year

Beltane Blessings 2022

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Blessed be the Maiden innocent and fresh,
Blessed be the Mother fertile and loving
Blessed be the Crone powerful and wise –
Blessed be the Lord gentle and kind,
Blessed be the Father protective and warm,
Blessed be the King forever reborn.

⛤ Blessed Beltane!⛤

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