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Rites and Rituals

Celebrating Imbolc: Anticipating Rebirth and Renewal

Celebrating Imbolc: Anticipating Rebirth and Renewal

Every year for the past ten years, I have celebrated Imbolc, the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. At Imbolc, we begin to sense and anticipate the return of the light and the coming rebirth of the earth. As Cait Johnson […]

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Every fall I have a ritual of making homemade applesauce. I like to eat it myself, and also give it as a gift and bring it to fall harvest and Thanksgiving celebrations. This year, it will also make a nourishing fall food for my baby, […]

Celebrating Lughnasadh, the Mid-Summer Festival

Celebrating Lughnasadh, the Mid-Summer Festival

August 1 is the day that a Celtic holiday known as Lughnasadh, or Lammas, is traditionally celebrated. It marks the midway point between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, which this year actually falls on August 7 at 3:40 am. Lughnasadh is also a […]

Brahma Muhurta, the Time of Pure Consciousness

Brahma Muhurta, the Time of Pure Consciousness

In the folk song Across the Great Divide, Nancy Griffith sings, “The finest hour I have seen/is the one that comes between/the edge of night and the break of day/it’s when the darkness rolls away.” In Sanskrit, this time of day is called Brahma Muhurta, […]

Beltane Greetings

Beltane Greetings

Tonight is the beginning of Beltane, the holiday that celebrates the halfway point between spring and summer and the beginning of the warmer months. The actual cross quarter day falls at 3:28 am on May 5 this year, but the holiday is customarily celebrated on May […]

Full Moon Rising

Full Moon Rising

The April full moon, the first full moon of spring, will be at 2:08 am on Tuesday, April 11 in New York. The full moon is a time when energy peaks. As Elton Haas writes in Staying Healthy with the Seasons, “…in each lunar cycle […]

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

One of the ways I align myself with the earth’s cycles is by making note of and celebrating the seasonal equinoxes, solstices, and the midway days between them, known in the Celtic calendar as cross-quarter days. This year, the spring equinox in New York falls on […]