paganism, Sabbats, Seasonal

The Mysterious Origins of Imbolc

The time of Imbolc (pronounced 'imolg/immolk') is almost upon us, falling on February 1st or sometimes the 2nd, of each year. In modern times, Imbolc is celebrated as one of the seasonal festivals of Wicca, witchcraft and other pagan paths but its origins are garbled and confusing. Imbolc is also celebrated in Christianity as St.… Continue reading The Mysterious Origins of Imbolc

Cleansing, Matsuri, Sabbats, Seasonal, Shinto

Leaving Behind the Dark

In many faiths and cultures February marks a time of change and renewal. The 1st of February is Imbolc, a Celtic fire festival in which many pagans and agricultural communities celebrate the coming of spring and new life, as well as cleansing ourselves of the physical and mental clutter of a long, dark winter. This… Continue reading Leaving Behind the Dark

Matsuri, Seasonal

What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Oharae-shiki is an important Shinto festival held on the last day of June annually and is also known as the Summer Purification Rite. This festival is , according to Fushimi Inari Taisha, 'to purify us of all sins unintentionally committed since New Year’s Day. The impurities are transferred to doll-like figures, which are then released… Continue reading What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Seasonal

8 Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring is a wonderful time for planning, exploring, planting and really taking the time to energize ourselves. The days are finally getting longer, the sun is out (between all those April showers of course!) and the birds are singing. Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year. I love the fresh and busy feeling… Continue reading 8 Ways to Celebrate Spring