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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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This is the ritual that Ocean and the Clan conducted in September of 2001, shortly after the events of September 11th, as our special healing for ourselves, for the victims of these horrendous attacks, and for the world itself…
Carrying a long, white taper in a silver spiral candlestick, Michelle steps forward to the altar, […]

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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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Since my “Cooking for the Summer Solstice” post turned out to be quite popular with those looking for ways to celebrate the Sabbat with delicious edibles, I thought I would give it a go again with Lughnasadh…who knows, maybe it will become a Sabbat tradition here at the Crossroads!
Since Lughnasadh is a Sabbat honoring the […]

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I’ve arrived home safe and sound from the National Women’s Music Festival, held at Illinois State University in Normal (???), Illinois.
Four days of non-stop activities. Four days of networking with other women from all across the nation and all around the world. Four days of making new friends, and getting reacquainted with old ones. Four […]

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from the website of Wendy Andrew - artist extraordinaire:
Dana, young expectant Mother, is the sweetness of the ripening fruits. Dragon energy protects the warm earth. The Oak King surrenders to the Holly King and the nights begin to lengthen and the wheel turns…
Blessed Be
 
“On this day we gather to celebrate the Sabbat of Litha, […]

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Those of you who were following the crazy conversation between me and my “spirit sistah” Crys on the Congratulations, Crystal post might have noticed us expressing our fondness for a beverage known as “mead” - which I fondly referred to as “Nectar of the Gods.”
Maybe you were wondering “just what the heck IS mead???”
Mead is […]

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