Our Lifestyle Blog — Wheel of the Year

DOE, A DEER, A FEMALE REINDEER: THE SPIRIT OF MOTHER CHRISTMAS via Gather Victoria

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DOE, A DEER, A FEMALE REINDEER: THE SPIRIT OF MOTHER CHRISTMAS via Gather Victoria

Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” Hungarian Christmas Folk Song

Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

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Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Death card

Ancestors Day of the Dead Death Halloween Healing & Wellness Magic Ritual Samhain Spirituality Tarot Wheel of the Year

Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Death card

We are well into the dark Season now, today being Halloween and Samhain - feeling like the quintessential fall day: gusty winds blowing leaves off trees, air chilling to the bone (with a side of rain which we can do without, I think!). It's a most perfect time to cozy up, surround yourself with candles, sip piping hot tea, put together tasty sweets for trick-or-treaters. But more than that, it is an excellent time to turn away from the  distractions of the outside world, and turn the focus inward, reflecting on how we feel during this time of year; how we can better...

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Celebrating Mabon BY Vanessa

Autumn Equinox Energy Mabon Magic Ritual Seasonal Celebration Wheel of the Year

Celebrating Mabon    BY Vanessa

As Summer quickly fades, leaves change to shades of vivid red and burnt orange, a crispness in the air follows, and the Wheel of the Year makes its' turn toward the final seasonal celebration known as Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox. For us in the Northern hemisphere, this will occur on September 23rd. The Equinox signifies a point of perfect balance of light and dark in the sky - eventually, darkness will grow leading us into the heart of winter. A time of the Great Harvest, Mabon completes the Wheel's cycle before beginning again at Samhain (Halloween). Traditionally, the last harvesting and...

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Elements through the Tarot: FIRE BY Vanessa

Earth Power Energy Fire Element Lammas Magic Major Arcana Spirituality Tarot The Sun Wheel of the Year

Elements through the Tarot: FIRE   BY Vanessa

The Wheel has just turned a notch for us in the Northern Hemisphere, passing over the cross-quarter celebration of Lammas on August 1st - traditionally a time marking the high agricultural season and harvest, as well as gathering as community to give thanks for the fruitfulness and abundance the earth has provided. Of course, harvest time would not be possible without the heat and power of the glorious sun, coaxing seedlings to grow and flourish into fields of grain, fruit, and vegetables ripe for the picking. For this reason, Lammas is associated with the power of the sun and element...

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