Author Archives: David Taliesin

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor

La Befana: Ancient Goddess, Santa’s Precursor, or Christmas Witch?

I was hooked the first time I heard about her: La Befana, the “Christmas Witch.” The first figure I saw of her while traveling in Italy was an elderly “nonna” (grandmother) who was dressed in peasant clothing with a kerchief … Continue reading

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The Magi’s Blessing: Chalking the Door

I came across a wonderful tradition which I will have to research further to learn a little more about it’s origins. According to Pagan Christmas, “Even today, priests go from house to house in the Black Forest on January 6, … Continue reading

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Making Resolutions During a Pandemic

As we find ourselves riding the wave of the highest infection rate of COVID-19 since this pandemic began, the usual New Year’s resolutions we make are pointless. Honestly, who gives a crap if anyone looses weight or works out more. … Continue reading

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December Full Cold Moon

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, December’s full moon, which occurs tonight, December 29, is known as the Full Cold Moon. The name comes from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional sources passed down through generations. It’s a Mohawk name that conveys … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Invincible Light

“The light shines in the darkness, And the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5, NRSV) While writing a sermon on the first chapter of John, I came across this interesting observation from Karoline Lewis in her Fortress Preaching Commentary … Continue reading

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November Full Moon: Frost Moon

November’s full moon, which will occur on Nov 30th, goes by several different names. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it was called the Beaver Moon by the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The reason for this is that hunters used … Continue reading

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Gratitude Ritual

Here is a simple ritual that can be used by a small group or solo practitioner for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we all have things to be thankful for. Blessed be! GRATITUDE RITUAL … Continue reading

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Post-Election: The Real Work Begins

After a week that feels like it has lasted an eternity, it is finally clear that Joe Biden will be our next president. For many of us, this is a cause for celebration. For others, it feels like the end … Continue reading

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Samhain Ritual 2020

SAMHAIN RITUAL FOR 2020 INTRODUCTION Begin the ritual by saying the following: Tonight is Samhain which, for some, signifies the end of one year and the beginning of another. The Ancestors are very close and they have been journeying with … Continue reading

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Samhaim Divination: The Pentacle Tarot Spread

Since the veil between the worlds is thin this time of year, Samhain is known as a good time to do divination work. My favorite spread as of late is the Pentacle Spread which includes the four elements, a spirit … Continue reading

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