Thru the Seasons

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May Day Newsletter
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Enjoy The Spring Equinox My Friends
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Imbolc newsletter
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2021 Yule Newsletter
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THANKS GIVING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE!
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SAMHAIN
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2021 Fall Equinox Newsletter
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2021 Lammas Newsletter
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2021 Summer Solstice Newsletter
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Celebrate May Day My Friends

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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2021 Yule Newsletter

 

 

Yuletide Blessings my friends,

 

I offer my heartfelt wishes for a meaningful holiday and a hope filled New Year. December 21st is the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. The Winter Solstice is honored with ceremonies using some form of light all over the world. Folks have burned Yule logs, gathered for bonfires, and lit torches, candles, and oil lamps.  The traditions reassured folks that the days of more light would be returning. We string electric lights around our homes at this time but rarely do we appreciate what the effect of long dark nights would have been because it is so easy to switch on a light.

 

An important theme for Yule has always been finding the light within.

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THANKS GIVING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE!

 

 

I love to start my day with Thanksgiving. I believe as we count our good fortunes it attracts blessings.  Al would say what we give our attention multiplies.  I also like to count my blessings during times of challenge and emotional distress. It changes the channel from counting disturbances to counting joys.  I typically start my morning with “Thank you Father for a day.”  I am then thankful for birds that sing as I watch them fly through the sanctuary skies against a backdrop of beautiful mountains.  

 

I am thoughtful of the magnificence of nature and the amazing power of Divine Forces to create and shape our material reality giving me the benefit of each breath. I am thankful for a hot cup of good coffee and I celebrate life with dogs and friends. 

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SAMHAIN

 

 

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 loved ones who have passed. Samhain heralds the thinning of the veil between the seen and unseen worlds; for example, the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico.  Honoring our ancestors with love and gratitude has always been the theme of this time. Given all the dilemmas we face now, we need our beloved guides’ help more than ever.

 

It had been a long time since our culture has turned towards the elders, or looked clearly at the wisdom of our ancestors.  We have become used to instant information, quick internet sound bites and the rush of caffeine infused adrenal experiences.

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2021 Fall Equinox Newsletter

Fall Equinox: Treasure the Change,

 

The Fall Equinox is the second of the three major harvest festivals. The Celtic name 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 3:21 pm Pacific as the sun enters Libra, the sign of the balancing scales. The term Equinox refers to balance, with day and night roughly equal at the equator.  

 

It is difficult to imagine balance during these turbulent times where inequities abound as we uncover the deep roots of racism, sexism, and severe poverty in a country of great wealth, most of which is in the hands of a small percentage at the top of the pyramid. 

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2021 Lammas Newsletter

 

Celebrate ABUNDANCE my friends,
August 2nd is Lammas, the first of three festivals celebrating Mother Earth’s bounty. 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.
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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2021 Summer Solstice Newsletter

Merry Midsummer my Friends,

 

June 20th is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Latitudes. Also known as Midsummer, this Solstice (meaning ‘Sun stands still’) is when the Sun is at its peak, creating the longest day of the year. It is also one of the eight great spokes on the Celtic wheel of seasons, and celebrated in some way in all cultures. Midsummer’s Eve is the zenith of summer; the felt sense of Beauty is everywhere.

 

The Pandemic is easing now and as we emerge from our cocoons there is a deep need to transform our inner pain from fear, loss and trauma into a new sense of who we are and what truly matters to us. The practice of choosing Beauty which Gregg Braden, in The Wisdom Codes describes as a force of nature that has the power to transform the chemistry in our bodies, is essential to our recovery, building the resilience necessary to fully emerge as wiser, more conscious humans. 

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Celebrate May Day My Friends

May Day is the time when nature has truly come alive. Our ancestors joyfully embraced the fertility of Mother Earth because plant growth and pollination was everywhere, providing abundant harvests in the fall. 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 lasted throughout the next day. It was often celebrated with feasting, dancing, and merriment all the way through May 15th.

 

Beltane was a time when lovers ran off to the fields and woods together to honor the Goddess with ecstatic lovemaking.

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