Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Joann van der Hoeven, author of Book of Hedge Druidry.
Being a Hedge Druid is all about connecting to the world around you—not just this physical world, but also the Otherworld that lies alongside and overlaps this one. It is about learning where we fit in the world, where we belong, what our place is in the ecosystem. Once we have found our place, we can then work to the benefit of the whole, much like the trees, the nettles, the beetles and the geese. It is about living as naturally as possible, and that means not only being authentic, but also living as close to nature as you can within your own environment. It's about knowing what
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sharlyn Hidalgo, author of The Healing Power of Trees and the new Celtic Tree Rituals.
I just got back from a three-week visit to Ireland on a pilgrimage of sorts to connect with the spirits of the land. We were a small group that traveled with local guides so that we could visit out of the way places strong in spirit.
The greatest reward for traveling there was understanding that Ireland is the birthplace of the ogham, or tree alphabet. It originated in Ireland and then moved east to the rest of the rest of the British Isles. So, in a way it was like going home. I also met quite a few people who are as passionate about the ogham as I am.
Here in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for the winter solstice. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
Winter Solstice Pumpkin Soup:
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this festive golden soup, warmed with fragrant nutmeg and allspice. This velvety soup is elegant and deceptively simple to prepare.
Winter Solstice Wishing Candle:
There is a tradition of making a wish at the Winter Solstice, of burning pieces of paper with wishes or affirmations written on them. Craft these homemade candles infused with your
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju.
The apple has a long and sordid history of being a forbidden, seductive, and evil fruit, one used to poison unsuspecting victims or cause a man to fall from grace, by accepting such fruit from a woman deemed salacious and unholy.
Yet who doesn't love an apple dipped in caramel or covered in a sweet, sticky, red candy coating? And what about apple pies, fried apples layered over vanilla ice cream (one of my favorites), applesauce, apple butter, apple crisp, or just the crunch of a juicy apple for your breakfast or afternoon snack?
I say, let's bring the apple out of the darkness and embrace its