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Come, my readers… and join me here in the Crossroads as we celebrate the Winter Solstice. Come pull up a chair and warm yourself by the fire as we prepare to be visited by the various characters who represent the rich and glorious medley that is Midwinter.
 
THE SUN IN THE GREENWOOD
written by

John and Caitlin […]

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From the Greek and Roman culture of Helios, Sol, and Apollo (see my previous post on these gods), we now move north toward the colder climate of the British isles, to meet a deity who came to personify this time of the year…
the Cailleach.

artwork by Thalia Took
www.thaliatook.com
In Irish and Scottish mythology, the Cailleach […]

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It is just before sunrise on a cold December day some three thousand years before the coming of Christ. For those crouched at the heart of the mound it must seem as though light has been banished forever. Then, suddenly, a tiny sliver of sunlight strikes the stone slab at the back of the […]

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As we kick off our studies of the Winter Solstice, it seems only appropriate to begin with explaining exactly what IS the Winter Solstice.
The word “solstice” itself comes from the Latin phrase sol stetit or sol sistere, which means “the sun stands still.” Sol is the word for sun, and stetit/sistere is the word […]

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To kick off our studies of the Winter Solstice, I have created this quiz with various questions related to the celebration of the holidays. See how many of the answers you know … No cheating and looking up the answers!

Don’t feel bad if you do not do so well on this quiz… we will be […]

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Now that December has arrived, many of us are thinking about the upcoming holidays, and preparing for the celebrations that mark this time of the year.
Such celebrations prompted a friend to send me an email asking
“I know that you are Pagan, Ocean… but I am curious - do you celebrate the holidays? If so, how […]

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The friends of the Crossroads gather in a circle in the hay field - they have come together in peace and harmony and in the spirit of love and friendship…young and old, male and female, black and white, deaf and hearing…from all different backgrounds and from all different paths. They come to celebrate this day, […]

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What you sow comes back to thee,
Flower, grain, grass, fruit, and tree,
What you reap be thankful for,
Return a piece and reap some more.
The Lady with her belly full,
The Lord has taken on the bull,
Full of promise… rising hope,
That through the winter we shall cope.
The golden stalks of wheat and corn,
Our hearth and larder do […]

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Lughnasadh is the Feast of Lugh Lamhfada and a time for rekindling the sacred fires and offerings of thanksgiving for the bounty in our lives. Lughnasadh marks the Feast of the First Harvest. The fruits of the Mother Earth sparked from her unity with The Sun King are first gathered and brought in from […]

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As I review the lists of various foods one can use for celebrating Lughnasadh/Lammas, I began to get some ideas in my head about different dishes one could make with such. Some of these dishes are ones that I myself have either cooked or eaten at different Sabbat gatherings over the past several years. Others […]

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