This time of year, from Samhain to Yule, it is natural to turn inward. In quiet darkness there is enough space and solitude for reflection…at least this is true metaphorically. With our culture’s obsession with “the holidays,” it is easy to ignore the important soul work that is so natural to attend to during the short days and long nights of winter. This is, indeed, natural, and essential to the health of our souls.
May this card, from the lovely Green Witch Tarot by Ann Moura and Kiri Østergaard Leonard inspire you to make time for yourself during the upcoming weeks.
XIII -- THE LORD OF SHADOWS
This is a card of change, moving from shadow into light. Some things that
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sonja Sadovsky, author of the new Priestess and the Pen.
The wheel turns, and another Samhain is upon us. As usual, I am swamped with work, as I try desperately to wrap up everything I need to complete before heading into the dark time. In Florida, we do not have the beautiful fall colors and brisk autumn wind to signal the season, but there is a perceptible energetic shift that occurs at this time, a tension similar to drawing back a sling shot and holding onto it for a few minutes before letting the stone fly into the night.
Before the year unwinds, the pressure builds. It's culling time, it is the season to finish the projects that can
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Deborah Blake, author of several books, including her new Everyday Witch Book of Ritual.
One of the aspects of modern Witchcraft I love the most is the concept of the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is made up of eight Sabbats, or holidays, spanning the year from its beginning at Samhain to its end at the next Samhain. Of course, the Wheel is more than just those eight days; it encompasses all the days in between as well, carrying us through the entire 365-day cycle.
Within that cycle, there are four main seasons: spring, summer, winter, and fall. If you live in upstate New York, as I do, each of those seasons has a distinct