Posts Tagged ‘holiday’
Growing up as a Roman Catholic, I experienced Lent as a strong discipline to better my life. “What are you giving up for Lent?” The answers from my non-believer friends were “homework” or “obey the parents” or “saving money for rainy days.” Lent is one of those practices demanded of Roman Catholics to which non-Catholic believers may say, “Another great reason to be Protestant!” It never really occurred to my friends that Lent was something interesting, or beneficial, to a better understand our connection with God.
One day, I sat thinking of the many reason and faces of this season, and upon doing some research I discovered that Lent is in fact also recognized by millions of Protestant Christians, in addition to Catholic and Orthodox believers. The Eastern Orthodox Lent is longer than the Catholic or Protestant Lent, and it begins before Ash Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »
This past year has been exceptionally transitional for me. It started with my move to Florida from Western New York, at the end of February, after I had walked away from a marriage that no longer was working. After trying and trying all these years, I just could not go on. I also lost a pet whom I loved dearly, soon after moving to Florida.
Something I don’t talk about much, which has been painful to process, are some of the reasons why I wanted to start a new life. Right after my father passed away, I decided to move away from my mother and my step-sisters. Breaking away from my family is not something I can say was an easy decision. In fact, it was one of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make. Read the rest of this entry »
This year’s final Full Moon is today, on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2015. The Native Americans and the Celts traditionally refer to today’s Full Moon as the “Full Cold Moon” or the “Long Night’s Moon.” Neo-pagans also know it as the “Moon before Yule.”
This year the Winter Solstice took place on December 21st, 2015 – the date on which the day in the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest and the night is longest. Due to the long, dark nights at this time of year, and the fact that the Moon’s orbit travels a high path across the sky, the Full Moon stays in the sky a long time. It is worthwhile to look out for. This is the time of the year when the Northern Hemisphere is held in the icy grip of winter. Traditionally, most of the time around this period was spent in leisure pursuits: teaching traditions to the youngsters, and re-telling the stories of the ancestors. The Celts traditionally have a ceremony welcoming the return of the Long Days. Read the rest of this entry »
This year’s Thanksgiving celebration at my home once again confirmed that it is without a doubt my favorite holiday. It was a special day that I shared with some new friends whom I had invited to my new home.
As I prepare for our celebration, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the things, new and old, special and ordinary, that have blessed my life. Although I was preparing to celebrate with new friends, and I was delighted about that, I couldn’t help but remember old friends who wouldn’t be with me this year. I also recalled Thanksgiving celebrations from my childhood, when my whole family surrounded me, and my life was filled to the brim with what I look back upon as “home”. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday being my day off from my daily job, I finally decided to spend a few hours at the lake. Born and raised on an island, water has always brought me peace and clarity. It is small lake, about 15 minutes from my house. Unfortunately, it being a Sunday, was not the ideal time to seek peace here.
It was a really nice dry sunny day, which brought many people to the water on the same mission. The park was too crowded to find any inner peace. So, I left after an hour and decided to make my own lake! I had an old tub sitting in my back yard awaiting a new lease of life. After a strong deep scrub and rinse, I filled it with cold water and sat there on the rim, with my legs immersed in the healing water. Read the rest of this entry »
I do dream interpretation for many clients. One of my clients dreams is a great example of how I work and how someone could benefit from having the heads up as to what is to come, by way of dream interpretation. Our higher consciousness will often times give us a warning dream before something major happens in our lives.
The client told me she dreamed that she was in an indoor cemetery inside a huge building. As she was leaving and closing it up, she turned around to go back in. Several doors were unlocked and people were coming in and putting presents at the front door of this building, where a gigantic Christmas tree was standing. In front of this huge tree was an enormous bed on which they were putting all of these presents. She said to these people, “This building is closed and you have to go.” They said, “Okay, but first we just want to put these presents on this bed and then we will go.” The people then left and the dream ended. Read the rest of this entry »
The miracles of the recent holiday season will hopefully keep our hearts alive with hope, faith and gratitude throughout the New Year.
Let our souls continue to rejoice with the miracles of joy, hope, faith and love of this most recent Christmas of the Christians; Yule of the Pagans; Candle-mas of the Celts; Hanukkah of the Hebrews; Eid ul-Fitr of Islam; Pan-African festival of Kwanzaa; and Hindu celebration of Diwali.
In the old days, before the reformers came, the Old Oak King conquered the Holly King every year around this time. Mother Earth would then sleep under a white blanket of snow, the quiet ice of still waters, everything waiting for the Summer Solstice, when the Holly King would win the battle in turn. Read the rest of this entry »
I have two New Year’s Eve spiritual practices that I do to release, and bring luck and prosperity for the New Year. One is the Burning Bowl and the other is Ringing in the New Year with Coins and a Candle. Rituals help us stop and pay attention to our lives, look at where we are, where we are going, release and feel gratitude.
The Burning Bowl Ceremony has been practiced by many different spiritual groups. I participated in this ceremony years ago in the Unity community. It is a way to release the experiences from the past year that no longer serve us. I still practice this in my home every year. Read the rest of this entry »