• Spring is Here!!

    Finally!!  Spring has arrived after another long Maine winter.

    Just 2 weeks ago we had a winter-weather advisory with sleet, snow, and freezing rain.  Since then, the temperatures have “soared” into the upper 60s and the majority of our snow has melted.  The ground quickly went through it’s soft and squishy stage, and things have firmed up enough to get in/out of the driveway without sinking to the frame.

    I’ve already been working the garden, exploring the concept of “no till” methods, and actually planted my peas.  Love those peas!  And this batch will produce deep scarlet pods 🙂

    As I age, the seasons impact me more deeply.  The joys of autumn weather, the discomfort and dread of winter storms, and the eager anticipation of spring-time weather.  Summer is a crap-shoot regarding whether it’ll be cooperative or drought-based.

    As the spring and summer seasons roll in, so too do the various Pagan festivals and events.  Within 2 weeks,  we’ll gather at Popham beach for our Beltane festival.  From the long ago gathering of 20 folks on the island, we’ve surged to hundreds and needing to use up to 6 Maypoles!  Wow!

    The Maine Pagan Clergy Association will hold its 2nd annual Clergy Conference, with the hopes that this will continue to grow and advance professional skills as Clergy meet the needs of their community.

    Various Pagan pride/unity days will be happening, and there’ve been some newcomers offering a variety of rituals and events.  This last bit is wonderful to see, as many of us are aging and no longer have the “umph” to facilitate as we once did.

    Many friends have had a tumultuous year, and I’m hoping spring will bring them some much needed healing and rejuvenation.

    May the spring bring blessings to all!

     


  • Hail to the season, as we welcome Imbolc.  this is a time for early signs of spring, though here in Maine we’ll still be getting snow for a few more months  How do we recognize  springs’ first stirrings?  The lengthening of the days, the sun’s warmth, certain animal behaviors…both wild and domesticated, and the stirring in our blood regarding hopes and creativity.

    Some of us have ordered our seeds, and are planning and plotting gardens and flower-space.  Some of us are preparing for summer-time trips and events, while others are renewing vows to gods and hearth.

    I fill my ritual space with many candles, as a way to bring light into the darkness.  I honor the Goddess, and celebrate the sun’s light warming the earth.  Our winters can be hard, and hope is needed to get through a time of isolation and discomfort.

     


  • Hail to the winter Sun!

    A blessed Winter Solstice to All!

    During this time of cold and darkness, I would wish blessings upon everyone.  May you find warmth in the cold nights, light in the darkness, and a circle of connection with those who hold you safe and sacred.

    For those of you sharing in community – hold close the ones you love, tell them you love them, and celebrate creativity and joy with each other.

    For those of you celebrating alone – I do not know your name, and I may never have met you, but you are in my thoughts.  We share a connection through the earth itself, in the light of the sun, the moon, and stars.  May the warmth of your inner fires shine bright and true, and may your new year be one filled with all that you hope for.