Category Archives: Ritual

Personal Alchemy for a New Year

I was fascinated by alchemy long before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. While I never believed you could turn lead into gold or really wanted to, I did find the history of the subject fascinating. So many colorful characters, … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Three Kings Day

For many Christians, the holiday season doesn’t officially end until the 12th day of Christmas known as the “Feast of the Epiphany” or “Three Kings’ Day”. The holiday marks the event recorded in the Bible, the adoration of the baby Jesus by … Continue reading

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Christmas Day – Small Blessings

Christmas Day began early. I was woken up by the sound of violent wind. I happened to turn in the bed and only half awake realized the front door had blown full open. Panic set in and woke me up … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Part III Nine Lessons and Carols

I rarely travel at Christmas any more. The cold weather and the number of things to do for the holidays and the years end make it difficult. But I travel in spirit for at least a  few days. On Christmas … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Christmas Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Part I

Americans often think of English traditions when they think of Christmas but Scandinavia does Christmas well also. They really make Christmas Eve into a special time and I have no compunction about emulating them and appropriating the customs I learned … Continue reading

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Yule

Yule or Yuletide was and is a midwinter festival observed by the historical Germanic tribes. The earliest references to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period lasts somewhere around two months in length, falling  between what is now … Continue reading

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