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Connecting to the Earth

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Connecting to the Earth

Happy Spring! Today is Ostara, the Spring Equinox. This is the time when the Earth is tilted at the particular angle causing the length of day light and moon light to be equal (which also happens on the Fall Equinox). This is a special time of seed planting, counting our blessings and offering new intentions into the ideas we want to plant and nourish to fruition. In my spiritual path as a witch I follow these seasonal cycles called the Wheel of the Year. It reflects 8 equidistance times of year when the turning of the Earth hits a particularly special...

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

There has been about a dozen "spiritual" or "holiday" celebrations associated with this time of year throughout the last 2,000 years or so. I want to talk about two traditions relevant to this point in the cycle of seasons: the Celtic pagan Sabbat of Samhain and the Central/South Mexican holy days of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I'm pretty sure my more recent ancestors were actual indigenous Celtic people of Ireland, and perhaps in the more distant past (or in another life) I was a part of some indigenous Mexican people. I was drawn to both cultures for a long time...

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