Sabbats, Seasonal

Yule and Connecting with the God

Yule this year fell on the 21st December and marks the Winter Solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year. It was a nice sunny but cold day and I started my day early with a brisk walk to the small fields near our home. It's a small pocket of nature within… Continue reading Yule and Connecting with the God

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Matsuri, Seasonal

What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Oharae-shiki is an important Shinto festival held on the last day of June annually and is also known as the Summer Purification Rite. This festival is , according to Fushimi Inari Taisha, 'to purify us of all sins unintentionally committed since New Year’s Day. The impurities are transferred to doll-like figures, which are then released… Continue reading What To Do At Oharae-shiki – The Summer Purification Rite

Seasonal

8 Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring is a wonderful time for planning, exploring, planting and really taking the time to energize ourselves. The days are finally getting longer, the sun is out (between all those April showers of course!) and the birds are singing. Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year. I love the fresh and busy feeling… Continue reading 8 Ways to Celebrate Spring