holidays and ritual year: Samhain

Lantern of the Ancestors

Sermon in church yesterday was exactly what I needed. I was late, somehow, even though I made the decision to stay up later and make the 8:30 am service instead […]

The Samhain that Wasn't

Following up on a successful, if belated, Loafmass, this year I wanted to have a good Samhain celebration. I tried to get to it by October 31st, but that didn’t […]

Church, and other notes

It’s been a while since I posted. I kept meaning to write another post for October, but then it kept not happening. So here are some brief updates on various […]

30 Days of Paganism: Holidays

This post is written from the perspective of someone who has lived in the Northern Hemisphere their entire life, and as such refers to the holidays accordingly.  Building my religious […]

This is probably a sacrilege for a Reclaiming witch to say, but I’ve never read The Spiral Dance from cover to cover. I think I’ve got about 3 chapters in every time I’ve sat down to read it again, then put it down for far too long so that by the time I pick it up again, I need to start over.

Same for Evolutionary Witchcraft, though I think I’ve gotten quite a bit farther in that book. I have problems reading non-fiction books in general these days (thanks, University!), so it’s probably no surprise this extends to my religious studies.

I’ve made a decision that this has to change, especially as my actual religious practice is on a major hold while I live in my dead Oma’s house, so I’m starting a bit of a reading project. I’m going to give myself roughly 28 days — or a moon cycle — to read each chapter of The Spiral Dance and Evolutionary Witchcraft, starting with the new moon of November 3rd. Between November 3rd and December 3rd I’ll read the first chapter of each book, and — to hold myself accountable — I’ll post a short recap here on the blog for each chapter, talking about my thoughts on the chapter, etc. Posts will be under the Reading, Project: The Spiral Dance, and Project: Evolutionary Witchcraft categories.

Nov. 3rd is the closest new moon to Samhain, which I still sort of view as a new year’s, even though I’m not Neo-Wiccan anymore. And it gives me a month and a half to read the introductory text of each book and mark chapter beginnings with post-it notes.

It…also gives me some time to find back my copy of Evolutionary Witchcraft, which is here…somewhere. Just not on the shelf, where it should be.


I have done nothing this month. Somehow the entire month is gone already, and I have done nothing. (Spiritually. I’ve been busy in other areas. Very busy.) The severance ritual […]

In case you need more Morag this week, I’ve also posted at Maenads of the (R)Evolution (MaRE for short), my project with partner-in-crime-and-awesomeness Daniel Grey (aka Sage or Danny). As well, Veggiewolf also […]

Samonis, the November Feast It’s the end of the year tonight, and tomorrow Winter begins and the Hag rules. Tonight the ancestors come and feast with the living. The veil […]