Solstice Tide, Day Three

Tonight, we offer to An Cailleach, the goddess of winter and the name we call the spirit who resides atop the Oak Ridges Moraine, the northernmost feature of our watershed. She reigns in this place from Samhain through to the Vernal Equinox, and her presence is felt in the chill air and frozen land. She... Continue Reading →

12 – Relationships: The Dark Half of the Year

The 30 Days of Druidry prompt series separates the next two prompts into the Fire Festivals (Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lughnasadh) and the Solar Festivals (Winter Solstice, Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumnal Equinox), but I don’t think of them in that division. For me, and for my Grove, the Wheel of the Year progresses... Continue Reading →

Holy Tides: Spring

In Beth Wodandis's latest video, I enjoyed that she talked about the High Days being like tides, for just a couple days before I was saying the very same thing to Lugaid over dinner. The idea of holy tides drives our home worship as seasons flow into each other. Spring, then, begins with the rising of... Continue Reading →

Blessing of Spring Baskets

Here is last year's blessing of the Spring Baskets for my Grove. I'm challenged this year by needing to write something that has an equally powerful effect, but isn't the same and won't open itself for comparison. Maybe though, this can help you with your Equinox celebration. Our Grove honours An Cailleach for the final time,... Continue Reading →

The Burned Bannock

One of my highlights of our Samhain rite was honouring An Cailleach. Our Cailleach, for there are many cailleachan, is associated with the Oak Ridges Moraine, where one of Her stone houses is. Every Samhain, at the start of Winter, willing Grove members draw lots from a bannock with a blackened spot to see who will... Continue Reading →

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