Scorpio New Moon

Scorpio New Moon

Sitting in circle, a candle flame dancing bright, mugwort and rose smudge incense spiraling: this is the community we yearn for, in our deepest places, this ancient primal connection.  We gathered to celebrate our wild roots, the roots of our ancestors, our spiritual lineage.  We mingled with the wild roots of the herbs and the trees, as we danced with the elements of air, fire, water and earth.   We felt the hands of the cailleach, the crone encircling our own as we blended a Root Tea and stirred honey into our Scorpio New Moon syrup.  We practiced spellcraft and created spell jars with citrine and seaweed and lichen and yarrow.  We held intention and created intention.  We wrote words that rhymed and words of transformation.

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Samhain Traditions

Samhain Traditions

Samhain, beginning at dusk on 31 October, spirals us into the winter season of the ancient Irish calendar.   Our Celtic ancestors believed that beginnings began at sunset, or at the end of the day, heralding going into the dark before celebrating the rebirth into the light.   With these same intentions, Samhain is also known as the Celtic New Year, inviting us to slow down, move inward, to nest and rest and dream what we hope to give birth to in the spring.  In the Samhain garden at Brigit’s Garden, the serene Leaf Woman sculpture epitomizes this stillness.

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Healing Ogham Tree: Elder

Healing Ogham Tree: Elder

Elder trees line hedgerows, grow in ancient monastic infirmaries and protect sacred sites here in the West of Ireland.  .  Elderberries, a favorite herbal medicine of the winter season for body and spirit, give of their healing nourishment and align with the energies of the crone, the ancient wise woman who guards the door to the Underworld, to shadow and to the dark inner mysteries.  As we spiral into the season of Samhain and begin to move inward, to reflect and rest, to dream and nest, elder is an ally to help us to connect to the ancient rhythms of the season.

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