Nature is magnificent.
Daily, we have sunsets and sunrises, trees and birds and all sorts of magnificent creatures. Frequently, we have new-burgeoning crescent Moons or full Moons or waning, deep-into-the-night Moons, casting their silver magic across the land.
It has been a while since my last post and I have a lot to update as far as my paganism goes. I have picked a path and started on the Bardic Grade course with The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD). And I have joined a local grove, which has recently been recognized officially as an OBOD Seed Group. I have been attending wheel-of-the-year celebrations with them since Samhain last year, and officially joined via initiation at this year’s Ostara ritual.
I grew up with two older siblings who were very musically inclined. One was a prodigy that could play the Star Wars theme song as a child perfectly on piano after simply hearing it (as well as on several other instruments), and the other sibling who was constantly performing with string instruments at various orchestral recitals at least once a month. And I perfected the music of chopping my voice up in the box fan. It was very impressive!
Life! We celebrate life today, especially life’s constant growth.
Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were published a few weeks ago, and at least for my family, our CUUPS Beltane ritual is coming up this weekend. Beltane also reminds us of the symmetry of life and death, – as Glenys does here. And did you see the 2019 lineup for the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival? Wow – 12,000 people celebrating Beltane! I’d love to make it to that some year. It’s definitely on my list of sacred pilgrimages! For some of us, the celebrations will be later this week – the actual midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice is May 5th. However you are celebrating, may your celebration be blessed.
This is an updated version of our annual Spring Equitherm post. Equitherm? What’s that? Here is a description.
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