• Festival of lights

    Welcome to Imbolc. Also known as Lady Day, Candlemas, and even Groundhog day.

    Initial signs of spring are being noted here in the uppermost New England region The days are longer, the light brighter, and the wildlife is more active. Snow will remain on the ground for another couple of months, and it’s extremely difficult to imagine spring.

    Many of us are perusing seed-catalogs/orders, appreciative of warmer days and snow-melt, and some of us are gathering to celebrate with music, stories, and tales of renewal.

    One traditional form of renewal, for those of us on a Priest-path, pertains to Oaths. 35 years ago I found Wicca, and was quickly told “you will Serve.” Service to the Gods, and Service to the Community. This Call has presented many challenges, as I’m human and have my own struggles. I have revisited doubts frequently, have gone through episodes of spiritual darkness and fatigue, have struggled through loss, loneliness, emotional pain, and have been overwhelmed by mundane challenges of raising a child, and maintaining a practice as a therapist. I continually reflect on how best I can Serve, and there are many times I question if the Community even cares what spiritual leaders and Clergy are attempting to create and offer.

    While the Work may be demanding, and the rewards may be infrequent, the Call has never waned. You will Serve. I have found solace in the God and Goddess, and in times of doubt and loss, it is They who comfort me. It is They who gave me purpose as a teenager questioning their worth, their existence, and life itself. I am here today because of Them, and I will continue to Serve.

  • Solstice Blessings to All

    The Winter Solstice has passed, celebrations have occurred, and many of us are appreciative of the light in the darkness.

    This time of year is very challenging for some. There may be grief, sadness, and reminders of past losses. There may be loneliness and isolation, with many home alone, or even homeless. Many Pagans were born into Christian families, and while those family members continue their traditions (and assumptions), the Pagan family-member can feel ostracized or even invalidated. Reaching out to others can be challenging, especially when you might already be feeling invisible. Finding, or building, community can be difficult.

    Rather than talking about the idea of light returning, why not BE that light? So ‘hello’ to someone. Offer to help in some way. Find a way to put words into action regarding how you interact with others and the land. BE present. Be the present. Join in a gathering, an open event, and start to build new traditions and new connections. First steps often feel the shakiest, but who knows what joys may be found along the way?

    In the Darkness may you see the flicker of a candle. May that candle-flame be joined by others until the darkness is filled with light, with faces and voices, and with a sense of being connected to what was, what is, and what will be.

  • First Fruits

    Welcome to the First Harvest. Whether it be grains, fruits, or the product of your intentional actions….may you be blessed.

    I know it can be challenging to celebrate when there is so much chaos in our world right now. So much hate and violence can destroy gratitude and mindfulness of those things that are beautiful and life-sustaining. It’s important to stay connected to the earth, and to offer healing where possible, and to nurture that connection between yourself, the land, and all of life.

    What is your first harvest? What intentions did you send forth? What did you nurture? What action did you follow through with?

    My gardens are less fruitful this year, as I experimented with no-til concepts, and apparently missed an important step. Even so, my plants brought the bees, a few hummingbirds, and there are still fruits and vegetables to be harvested. A gathered about a gallon of blueberries prior to animals stripping the remaining berries.