June 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Today is more than just a day about paternity; it’s our opportunity to see the divine balance between male and female. Father’s Day and Summer Solstice are very close to each other in June, which leads me to see a connection. Midsummer (Solstice) is about the equality between male and female, black and white—opposites. It takes tears to learn what real happiness is, it takes harsh truth and self love to get to know one’s self. There is balance in all things if we look for it and celebrate it!
I think that we focus on the maternal as a source for nurturing, and forget that it comes in many different guises, forms and sexes. If we look at the early civilizations where multiple gods were honored, it was a way to see that different strengths come together to create that energy we call “divine.” Hillary Clinton once said “It takes a village to raise a child” (she may not have been the first to say that), and that applies to the balance of father and mother, grandpa and grandma, uncle and aunt, brothers and sisters. You see the pattern… Read More
March 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Today is the first day of Spring, following the Vernal Equinox. Also called Ostara in neopaganism, the Vernal Equinox is celebrated as the beginning of spring and the sprouting of new life. It is hence associated with regeneration, regrowth, and rebirth, a crucial time in the Wheel of the Year. The first day of Spring, is of course, a perfect time to plant intentions that you wish to grow into bloom in the coming months.
National Geographic reports:
In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially began at 7:21 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 20, 2011—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox (see spring equinox pictures). But don’t be fooled by the old rumor that on the spring equinox the length of day is exactly equal to the length of night. The true days of day-night equality always fall before the spring equinox and after the autumnal, or fall, equinox, according to Geoff Chester, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Read More
March 17, 2011 at 5:00 am
The Vernal, or Spring, Equinox is one of two yearly balance points between light and dark – the other one being the Autumnal, or Fall, Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the mid-point between Imbolc, Brigid, or Candlemass in early February, and Beltaine. Beltaine is the most well known of the often-bawdy fertility festivals, but the Vernal Equinox is the lesser of these.
The celebration of the Vernal Equinox is known variously as Easter, Ostara, or Eostre for those practicing general Neo-Paganism or European Paganism, or the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries for those practicing Hellenic (Ancient Greek) mystery school traditions. It may also be referred to as Lady Day. Read More
March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Today, March 15, marks the “Ides of March”—a holiday associated with the death of Julius Caesar. But what does the holiday traditionally mean? An “Ides” is traditionally the appearance of a full moon, but after the assassination of Caesar on that date (for which he was warned by a Roman soothsayer “Beware, beware the Ides of March”—which he didn’t heed), the date became permanently associated with the death of kings and emperors.
What exactly is an “Ide” anyway? Well, if you were an ancient Roman, an Ide referred to the appearance of a full moon. But, on March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated and the “Ides of March” became more than just planetary observations. Read More