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

Lavender: The Great Nard Controversy

It is common knowledge that lavender is an herb which promotes relaxation, emotional balance and serenity. But things start to get heated when the question is asked as to whether lavender is the same thing as “spikenard” or “nard” that … Continue reading

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Lughnasadh or Lammas: August 1st

August has a rhythm all it’s own, especially in the South. These hot, humid days force us to slow down our pace a bit, and why not? The soil has been tilled. Gardens have been planted. Some vegetables have already … Continue reading

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July Full Moon: Buck Moon

Native Americans call July 27th’s full moon the Buck Moon because in North America bucks (male deers) are beginning to sprout their antlers. Symbolically this ties in with the first harvest theme of Lughnasadh which we will celebrate in a … Continue reading

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Urban Gardening: A Little Space Goes a Long Way

While it’s too late in the growing season to begin a new garden, I wanted to encourage you to begin dreaming and preparing for next year. Two years ago I started a medical herb garden in my front yard which … Continue reading

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June Full Moon: Strawberry Moon

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the June full moon, which occurs this coming Thursday, June 28, is known as the Strawberry Moon. (Other names for this moon include the Rose Moon and Hot Moon.) The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice: Let Your Light Shine

Litha or Summer Solstice contains powerful themes that are of interest to Christians and Pagans alike. In fact, I suspect this powerful day in the Northern Hemisphere has been revered ever since human beings began noticing the cycles of nature … Continue reading

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Connecting With Herbs Ritual

Here is the ritual I promised I’d post from Sunday night’s Welcoming Circle. CONNECTING WITH HERBS RITUAL CASTING THE CIRCLE—David Taliesin (Ares incense on charcoal burner. Use a feather to spread the smoke in all four directions.) Aries Incense (adapt. … Continue reading

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