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    Station of Confrontation

    The Station of Confrontation By Jhenah Telyndru The Station of Confrontation of the Avalonian Cycle of Healing is aligned with the festival of Gwyl Mair (Imbolc) in the Cycle of the Sun. In the Cycle of the Moon, Confrontation holds correspondence with the Dark Moon phase. This stage of the journey requires us to recognize the truth of our core issues — old wounds, active fears, embraced limitations. There is a sage saying: “That which is unconscious, controls us.” Once we see that which lies hidden in the unconscious, we can understand what has quietly been motivating our actions and guiding our choices without our knowledge, causing us to view people…

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    Darkness in a Time of Light

    Darkness in a Time of Light By Susan Morgaine This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year, is it not? We have the Winter Solstice, the longest night, celebrating the re-birth of the Sun; Christmas, the birth of the Christ child, bringing light into the world; Hanukkah, the Hebrew Festival of Lights, lasting eight nights, celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple, and Kwanzaa, the African American Light Festival lasting for seven nights. celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Ironically, it is the Dark Half of the Year, a time for hunkering down, hibernating, sinking deep into yourself, descending into the Cauldron. It is a…

  • Meditations,  Seasonal Editorials

    Conversation with Cerridwen

    by Margo Wolfe   Cool autumn eve.  The air chills your face.  You bring the corner of your cloak up to your eyes and shield yourself until the wind passes.  When you remove your arm, she is there.   Cerridwen, Crone, Shapeshifter— a vision of our future self. She frightens you even when she smiles, but her withered hand takes yours with such a powerful grip that you can only follow where she leads.   She sits you down on a hollowed log—gnarled with knots and holes.  Not exactly a comfortable chair.   She stands before you, stirring the contents of a cauldron, deliberately, slowly, like all her movements.  …

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    Entering the Light Half of the Year

    by Jhenah Telyndru Beltane, known as Calan Mai or Calan Haf to the Welsh,  is a threshold time between the worlds, revered by the ancient Celts as a sacred time which bridged the hardship of winter and the abundance of summer. Thought to exist outside of time, it is said that the veils between the worlds are thinnest at the liminal periods of Beltane and Samhain,  complementary Holy Day standing opposite each other on the Wheel of the Year. For the ancient Celts, there were originally only two seasons – Winter and Summer – and the transition points between each season were times of great power. Marking the boundaries between…

  • Pagan Life,  Seasonal Editorials

    The Bird as Messenger

    by Sue Wagner Just as the wise women of the past looked to animals and the natural world for messages from spirit, so too do we carry this tradition into the present. For me, 2013 was the transformative year that united me with the birds—our prophetic messengers—and for the first time in my life I finally listened and welcomed Her sacred song. In February I cracked open an egg, ready to prepare my daughter’s breakfast, only there was something strange about this egg that I had never seen before. It had a “double yolk” which I quickly Googled out of curiosity and discovered is connected to an old superstition relating…

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    Crawling back from Confrontation

    by Margo Wolfe Many women are now going through confrontation. If you are part of the Sisterhood of Avalon or picked up a copy of Avalon Within and are following through, you understand the implications of this part of life. Confrontation is an emotional, sometimes physical manifestation of seeing shadow, a Jungian concept of facing the dark part of who you are and recognizing it as part of you. Confrontation can be painful. Truly painful. It is sometimes painful, heart-wrenching realizations that come to you while standing in the shower, or worse, while standing in traffic. She comes and looks at you with a hard, cold stare and you cannot…

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    Wise Women: Past and Present

    by Margo Wolfe As a mother raising a teenage daughter, I try to discuss the Wise Women that have made an impact on our world with her. There are so many famous and not so famous women that often get some mention but little detail in history class. We hear about Amelia Earhart , Marie Curie, and possibly Frida Kahlo in our art classes. They are a footnote, hidden in the index, but rarely discussed in-depth to our daughters by the larger society. There are so many women, past and present, that exemplify strength, compassion, and intelligence; because women’s history is often relegated to one month, for the remaining of…

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    Welsh Winter Traditions: The Mari Lwyd

    By Jhenah Telyndru Two popular Welsh folk customs, the Mari Lwyd and the Hunting of the Wren, are part of winter calendar traditions which were celebrated on varying dates, depending on the time period and region, but encompassing the period of time stretching from Christmas through to Twelfth Night, and occasionally extending through to Candlemas on February 2nd. This season of festivities was one of great revelry in Wales despite, or perhaps because of, the relative isolation of individual households due to the weather. The conviviality of these festivities function to bring together an otherwise disconnected community, thereby reinforcing a sense of social collectivity in the face of winter’s forced…

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    Great Mother, Mercurial Child

    By Kate Brunner I am not a boy-mom.  As much as I wish I was, I am just not.  I gave birth to three wondrous little things; first, a girl and then later, boy-girl twins.  I have a son, but even after seven years of shared life, he remains, in so many ways, a complete mystery to me. With my eldest, I could feel she was a girl with absolute certainty from the moment we created her.  She had a name very early on in our gestation and everything about a girl child guiding me across the initiatory threshold of motherhood felt perfect and holy to me.  She was born…

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    At the shore of Caer Arianrhod

    By Margo Wolfe Under the water Her icy castle sleeps. The legendary ruins of Caer Arianrhod are quietly hiding under the waves. Looking out over the strong hillfort, I imagine all that happened here long ago. It seems so quiet now, serene. What was once very active in this space is only passive energy now. Underground. Underwater. Deep within. Sitting on the side of the hill I close my eyes and try to feel the energy of the ancient Celts course through me. I sense the castle slowly rise from its depths and meet me in the middle upon the earth. Deep, dark, spiraling; Slowly turning, somewhat changing heavy snake-like…