For the ancient Celts, there were only two seasons: summer and winter. Beltaine ushered in the light half of the year while Samhain (modern Halloween) ushered in the dark half. The mid-points of the year were Imbolc, the Fire Festival of mid-winter that celebrated the lactation of the ewes, and Lughnasad, the festival of mid-summer that celebrated the first fruits of the harvest.
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Two of the most popular deities within the Celtic pantheon are Lugh and Brighid, both of whom Fire deities invoked during festivals of Wheel of the Year. Here Ellen Evert Hopman, Druid and author of Priestess of the Fire Temple, discusses the sacred fire of the Celts and how we, too, can honor the fire deities.
Most every kitchen is stocked full of herbs and spices. We use them to flavor our food and preserve it. But did you know that these simplest of herbs and spices can also be used to heal us? Ellen Evert Hopman, Druid Priestess and author of Priestess of the Forest, details 10 everyday foods and spices that can easily be used to heal.
If February is the month of love, chocolate, and all things “Valentiney,” why is it such a dark, depressing month? February seems to last the longest of the winter months, in spite of being our shortest calendar month (extra leap day notwithstanding). Part of the problem is that we are still waiting for the sun to return—for those of us in northerly climates, Imbolc really has no feeling of “the...
Discover the helpful qualities of oak, ash and thorn