Category Archives: Spirituality

October Blessing Ritual

I saw this idea on the interwebs and absolutely loved it. The concept is that each day during the month of October or November you add a few words of things and people that you are thankful for. This would … Continue reading

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Seasons of a Magical Life: Book Review

Byron Ballard lives and breathes Appalachian culture and magic. Her roots in this region run very deep with many generations of her ancestors calling this land home. She pours her depth of knowledge and experience into what may well be … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned During the Pandemic: Simplicity

Today, on the eve of the celebration of Lammas/Lughnasadh, I spent the day in the garden and in the kitchen. I harvested herbs, flowers and fruit which where then prepared for drying or infused in oil/alcohol on their way to … Continue reading

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Honoring a Dead Hawk

Some Native Americans call this majestic bird Cetan-luta. Us Anglos who live in the Appalachian mountains call them red-tailed hawks. We had one who was the spiritual guardian of our church. I would sometimes see him perching on top of … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned During the Pandemic: Connection

Even though the pandemic is not over, I’ve found myself asking the following questions: What have you learned from this time of crisis that you want to carry with you into the future? What do you want to leave behind? … 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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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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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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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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Grounding and Shielding

Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world.  Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be.  … Continue reading

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