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

Connecting With Herbs Ritual

Here is the ritual we did at Sunday’s Welcoming Circle. Thanks to all who attended. We will take a break for the summer and start back in September. CONNECTING WITH HERBS RITUAL CASTING THE CIRCLE—David Taliesin (Ares incense on charcoal … Continue reading

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Universal Characteristics of Candle Magic

Ever since the first prehistoric humans learned how to harness fire for warmth, protection and cooking food, we’ve been in awe of the power of the flame.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a blazing campfire in the woods, prayer candles … Continue reading

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Sophia: Lady Wisdom

Sophia is the Greek word for “wisdom.” She has her roots in Hellenistic philosophy and Platonism, but eventually became a central idea in Gnostic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism, among others. My favorite image of Sophia comes from Proverbs … Continue reading

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Ritual: Battleground and Blessing

According to the dictionary, the word “ritual” is defined as, “a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.” BORING! My definition would be “any action or attitude that helps us to … Continue reading

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Walpurgisnacht Fire Ritual

Here is the ritual we did at last Sunday’s Welcoming Circle. Feel free to use/adapt for your own celebration of Walpurgisnacht on April 30. FIRE EMPOWERMENT RITUAL FOR WALPURGISNACHT CASTING THE CIRCLE—David Taliesin On Walpurgisnacht, bonfires burn brightly,their flames kindle … Continue reading

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The Easter Witch?

The Easter Witch? Yes, that’s what I said! There was an interesting AP article by Matti Huuhtanen that I found a few years back entitled “Little Witches in Finland Cast Good Spells Before Easter.” Needless to say, it got my … Continue reading

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Ostara Intention Setting Ritual

Here is the ritual we used at Welcoming Circle this past Sunday: OSTARA INTENTION SETTING 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 … Continue reading

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Ostara: Balance and Growth

This coming Sunday 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: male and … 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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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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