Winter is Our Gestation, and We’re About to be Born

There's only twelve weeks - one season - between each major holiday. On February 1, which is known as "Imbolc," it seems like we just finished celebrating the winter solstice, Christmas, and New Year's. I love celebrating as much as the next guy, but until we find ourselves in a society that permits more time … Continue reading Winter is Our Gestation, and We’re About to be Born

The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Let's get this out of the way: like it or not, we are wholly defined by our relationship to the light of the world. It is accurate to state that the date of the birth of the Christ was (artificially) set in the wake of the winter solstice to coincide with both the Roman celebration … Continue reading The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

Well, we've sure done our fair share of reflection in honor of the high holy week, and if you know our wizard, you know there will be more. Nevertheless, we'd best get to celebrating if we're to have any balance whatsoever in our holiday experience. With that end in mind, I enthusiastically present some abridged … Continue reading Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

"I can't help but think I won't still be at this job at the end of the year - which probably means I will be fired, because I'm not gonna quit unless something really crazy happens. It will probably suck, and this probably isn't gonna be the easiest year, but it's probably necessary in terms … Continue reading 2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

Tuesday Blessing: Bright Moon, Long Nights

The light of our full moon is bright as it sets this morning. We've watched it grow, and now that growth is complete. May we understand those aspects of our own lives that have grown with it. The light of our sun, our blessed life-giver, It is at its lowest this week, and we've long … Continue reading Tuesday Blessing: Bright Moon, Long Nights

Holidays Suck, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Welcome to Advent. The most important thing about a year goes entirely unspoken because it is so intrinsically obvious: humans didn't make it. We do our math and choose cultural markers and use these tools to impose our calendars, but the year does not set the terms of our rotation about the benevolent sun. The year is … Continue reading Holidays Suck, and Why That’s a Good Thing

It is a Holiday and I Don’t Like It

Actually, the title here is a little bit misleading. If I were truly a good professional wizard, I would have warned you at least two weeks ago that August 1 was Lammas, one of the eight holiest days of the solar calendar. In fact, I would have devised an entire scheme of celebration and ritual … Continue reading It is a Holiday and I Don’t Like It

Ask, Seek, Knock: Midsummer’s Day Four

Well, everyone, it's Day Four of Midsummer - we're well into it, now! Hopefully my dear readers are joyfully living this out as much as I am. Endless greetings and blessings. Today is a holiday! Perhaps you're stuck at work and it feels just like a regular old Monday, and all that entails, but this … Continue reading Ask, Seek, Knock: Midsummer’s Day Four

Standing Sun, Standing Man

Given that it's Midsummer's Afternoon, I am not going to take up very much of your time with talk. This isn't the time for talk - or for reading and writing, really. This is the time to stand beneath the standing sun, feel the fire, and prepare yourself to carry that fire onward into the … Continue reading Standing Sun, Standing Man

Happy Solstice Morn! It’s the Longest Day of the Year!

Six months ago, the new light was born, Half year later, its victorious morn. The promises made in darkest of days, Fulfilled when the sun stops dead now to blaze. What recently only had the potential to be, The sun shines bright so permits us now to see. What stiffness in our backs, whate'er our … Continue reading Happy Solstice Morn! It’s the Longest Day of the Year!