Category Archives: Ritual

Christmas Eve II 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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St Nicholas

St Nicholas was the Greek bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey) in the early 4th Century AD. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession and, over the centuries, he became a hugely popular saint. He had a reputation … Continue reading

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Samhain

We returned from our trip to clean up unfinished business from last year, a potential move to the west coast that turned out not to be a viable option. This was during the protracted and nerve-wracking period we knew the … Continue reading

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Chongyang Festival Oct 17

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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Modern Halloween – Good or Bad?

When I was a  kid trick out treat was popular. I mostly liked it for  the costumes because I was picky about candy. Back then most costumes were homemade and only accessories like princess crowns were purchased and making the … Continue reading

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Libra Sep 22 9:53 PM

Libra began on September 22nd this year. Libra is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 180–210th degree of the zodiac, between 180 and 207.25 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Zhongyuan Festival

I love festivals of all kinds, but especially ones connected with either food or folklore. This Saturday is the Zhongyuan Festival, also known as Ullambana Festival among Buddhists, falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month of the … Continue reading

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