Author - Linda E. Savage, Ph.D. DD

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Spring Newsletter
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2023 Imbolc Newsletter
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Yuletide Blessings
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Samhain Newsletter
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Fall Equinox Newsletter
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Lammas (Aug 2nd) newsletter
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2022 Summer Solstice Newsletter
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May Day Newsletter
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Enjoy The Spring Equinox My Friends
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Imbolc newsletter

Spring Newsletter

 

Connect with plants during Spring Equinox,

 

This year in the Northern Hemisphere, March 20th is the Spring Equinox when day and night will be equal in length at the equator.  Also known as Ostara or Eostre (the origin of the name Easter) light and dark will be perfectly balanced. It is also the New Year for Persians as well as the Earth Honoring spiritual traditions that follow the ancient ways.

 

In these ancient traditions the Vernal Equinox is considered the time of Green Fire. It refers not only to sap rising, but also to the electrical energy pulsing through the growing plants. This is not a metaphor. My electrician husband told me that the green fire is literally electrical, just like our nervous systems.

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2023 Imbolc Newsletter

 

Embrace Hope my friends,

 

Imbolc is the time of hope for new life and the return of the light.

In the US, most people think of February 2nd as Groundhog Day, the portent of how many more weeks of winter are in store. However, for thousands of years, Imbolc, meaning “in the belly” was a sign of hope as there would be lambs born in the spring. In addition, the people saw the noticeable signs that the days were lengthening. 

 

 Hope is one of the most important emotions that allow us to feel alive and attract the possibilities that lead to feeling we have agency. When hope is purposely destroyed, we lose the will to live meaningful lives.

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Yuletide Blessings

 

Yuletide Blessings my friends,

 

I send my heartfelt wishes for a meaningful holiday and a hope filled New Year to each and every one of you. December 21st is the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. Since ancient times, Winter Solstice had been honored with ceremonies using some form of light. All over the world folks have gathered for bonfires, lit torches, candles, and oil lamps.  The traditions reassured them that the days of more light would be returning. Today, rarely do we appreciate what the effect of long dark nights would have been.

 

Yule has always been the time when tribes, clans, families and communities have gathered together. People often trekked many miles to spend time with kin, feasting, drinking, and telling stories around the huge hearths where the Yule log provided warmth and light.

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Samhain Newsletter

Samhain Greetings my friends,

 

The time period, between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd is one of the most widely celebrated ancient traditions honoring our ongoing connection with ancestors and loved ones who have passed. Samhain meaning ‘summer’s end’ heralds the thinning of the veil between the seen and unseen worlds. Most of us have heard of or participated in the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico or here in the US. Connecting with our ancestors and expressing love and gratitude has always been the theme of this time for thousands of years. Samhain was celebrated at our ancestors’ graves and other gathering sites, long before ‘trick or treating’ as goblins and ghouls became popular.

 

In 2019, I had the honor of experiencing Taita Juanito (a 5th generation Indigenous Shaman) leading several Ayahuasca ceremonies in Costa Rica.

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Fall Equinox Newsletter

 

Celebrate the Cycle of Life,

 

The Fall Equinox is the second of the three major harvest festivals. The Celtic name for it is Mabon: the season of storing food and preserving nature’s bounty for the coming winter months. This year it will be on September 22nd at 6:04 pm PDT just as the sun enters Libra, the sign of the balancing scales. The term Equinox refers to this balance of day and night. Fall is the time of plants shedding their seeds, going underground until new plants rise up in the Spring 

 

In ancient Greek and Roman traditions, during the Fall Equinox the Grain Goddess Demeter was honored. Originally, she was a triad: the Maiden (Kore or Persephone), Mother (Demeter), and Crone (Hecate) in the Pantheon that predated the Olympian myths. 

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Lammas (Aug 2nd) newsletter

 

Celebrate Abundance my friends,

 

August 2nd is Lammas, the first of three festivals celebrating Mother Earth’s bounty. For this first harvest festival, baking loaves from the first grains and offering them at a communal meal has always been central to these gatherings, going back to thousands of years before the Common Era. Harvest festivals celebrate the abundance of the Great Mother.

 

The Celts called this time Lughnasadh (loo-na-sa), Native Americans called it the Green Corn Festival and in Slavic Regions it is called the feast of the Big Glad Woman. Ireland celebrates Lammas as Big Sunday and farming communities gather at hundreds of traditional hilltop sites to set up craft fairs, feast, play games, and dance. A part of every one of these gatherings is a ceremonial meal where the first fruits of the harvest are shared in gratitude.

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2022 Summer Solstice Newsletter

 

Celebrate Midsummer my friends,

June 21st is the Summer Solstice this year as the Sun enters the sign of Cancer. Also known as Midsummer, it is one of the eight great spokes on the Celtic wheel of the seasons. The Solstice (meaning sun stands still) is universally recognized in all cultures as an important turning point—it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Sun energy is at its peak and we feel its primal creative force.  

Midsummer’s Eve is one of the three important spirit nights of the year; the other two are Beltane (May Day) and Samhain (Halloween). When the veils are thinnest between the worlds, we can communicate with the spirit world more easily.

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May Day Newsletter

 

Celebrate Life Force Energy on May Day,

 

May Day is the time when nature has truly come alive. Our ancestors joyfully embraced the fertility of Mother Earth; flowers bloomed, offering their pollen to the bees. The Celtic name for this period is Beltane, which means bright or sacred fire. During the festival, great bonfires were lit and animals and fields were blessed in hopes for an abundant year. Traditionally May Day began on the eve of May 1st and was celebrated with feasting, dancing, and merriment for two weeks. 

 

Beltane was a time when lovers ran off to the fields and woods together to honor the Great Goddess with ecstatic lovemaking. The Maypole, symbolizing the phallic energy of the season, was festooned with ribbons.

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Enjoy The Spring Equinox My Friends

 

This year in the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox is March 20th , as the Sun enters Aries. Millennia ago this was considered the beginning of the New Year; hence the sign of Aries at the beginning of the Zodiac. The Persian New Year is still celebrated on the Spring Equinox, following these very ancient traditions.

Equinox means that day and night will be balanced at the equator. Also known as Ostara or Eostre (the origin of the name Easter), the hours of light and dark will be equal. In ancient traditions this is known as the time of Green Fire, which refers to the sap rising in trees and to the electrical energy pulsing through the rapidly growing plants.

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Imbolc newsletter

 

Turn towards the light of self-compassion, my friends,

 

Imbolc is the time of hope for new life and the return of the light.

In the US, most people think of February 2nd as Groundhog Day, the portent of how many more weeks of winter are in store. However, for thousands of years, Imbolc, meaning “in the belly” was a sign of hope as there would be lambs born in the spring. In addition they saw the noticeable signs that the days were lengthening. 

 

The abundance of 2’s (2/2/2022) portends the possibility of harmony, balance and co-operation, according to numerology. In addition 2 is also associated with adaptability, consideration, coexistence and valuing relationships. This feels hopeful, even with COVID still with us.

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