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

The Easter Witch?

The Easter Witch? Yes, that’s what I said!. There was an interesting AP article by Matti Huuhtanen that appeared in my newspaper a number of years ago entitled “Little Witches in Finland Cast Good Spells Before Easter.” (Google it!) Needless … Continue reading

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March Full Moon: Worm Moon

“Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold…Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” [Mark 4:8-9, NRSV] According to the Farmer’s Almanac, March’s full moon “is … Continue reading

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Ostara Intention Setting Ritual

Here is the ritual we used at Welcoming Circle (pre-pandemic): SPRING RITUAL CASTING THE CIRCLE—David Taliesin Light the green candle and say: Ostara is behind us, Easter is before us,And spring has just begun.Baby plants are emerging from winter’s soil.Dandelion, … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day: The Great Snake Controversy

For most people, St. Patrick’s Day is simply a day where we celebrate all things Irish, including the color green, shamrocks and drinking LOTS of Guinness. Americans go crazy for this secularized holiday and, according to an Irish friend of … Continue reading

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Ostara: Balance and Growth

This coming Saturday, April 20, is the Pagan Sabbat of Ostara which is always celebrated on the vernal equinox. Since we have equal hours of sunlight and moonlight on Ostara, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the balance of all things: … Continue reading

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Happy Eostre…Or Is That Easter? Or Ostara?

Here comes Peter Cottontail,hopping down the bunny trail.Hippy, hoppity, Eostre’s on its way!  Or is that Easter? Or Ostara? To be honest, it’s really hard to tell the difference. Nearly every Christian tradition associated with the celebration of Easter can … Continue reading

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Ostara Seed Bombs

At an Ostara celebration I attended several years ago, one of the rituals we did was make seed bombs. [Google it] Participants were given a small plastic baggie into which we scooped a big tablespoonful of red clay dirt that … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Dead

Perhaps on this coming full moon, February 27th, we can take a moment and say this beautiful prayer written by a mentor and colleague of mine, Byron Ballard. She says this particular prayer even night at sundown to remember those … Continue reading

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February: Cougar Moon

The February full moon (February 27th) goes by many names such as Cougar Moon, Snow Moon (Native Americans), Moon of the Seer, and Quickening Moon. Typically, winter snows are the heaviest in February and the scarcity of food favors solitary … Continue reading

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The Lost Spells: Enchanting Reading

Recently, a friend gave me the most marvelous gift I’ve received in a long time: The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. This small, hardbound book is filled with delightful poetry and beautiful illustrations from the natural world. … Continue reading

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