All in Spirituality + Seasons
May 1 is the start of Beltane (pronounced bell’tane) and the start of summer in the Celtic calendar. Actually, summer begins at sundown. May day celebrations and May pole dances today celebrate the traditional start of summer. The mood is of celebration and anticipation. As the sun returns to us in warmth and reach, the symbolism of fire can remind us of our own creativity so I encourage to you set aside some time to consider these questions - what can you bring alive and create in this season? How can you be and feel more alive?
Here in DC, the National Cathedral is a place of refuge and retreat and very beloved to me. We come as pilgrims looking for rest and refuge. Notre Dame matters to art lovers, history lovers, architecture lovers, literature lovers, Paris lovers, French lovers. The destructive fire on Holy Week seems to only have made the pain more acute - for this is a week when we remember the shadows of life and the pain. Consider how lost and abandoned Jesus was.
This week I discuss How to Bloom This Spring :: 5 ways to think about spring; the special full moon, a super moon, on the Spring Equinox; special Celtic prayers; and how to grow and absorb our wounded-ness. Let’s discuss!
And as others focus on spring cleaning or shedding pounds or venturing outside, what does this time of renewal mean for those of us who live with an unpredictable illness every day? How can we embody the spirit of spring when we feel tied to our beds? What can spring mean when renewal seems so far out of our reach?
February 1st is a day dedicated to the goddess of healing and of sacred wells. So she is particularly special to us here at Wellspring Stones. Known by many names, in the Celtic tradition, she is Brigid, the lady of hearth and home as well as the primordial midwife. In addition to healing, midwifery and wellsprings, this mother goddess is also the goddess of …
Today begins Samhain, which literally means “summer’s end.” November 1 also marks the beginning of the new year in the Celtic calendar. And because of that, today (and the night preceding - Halloween) is considered the thinnest time of the all the thin times in the entire year.
This season is when we literally “reap what we sow,” and so we work to reap our own harvests and to promote justice. This time of year is also when we collect ourselves and complete projects.
Midsummer is a time of celebration. We celebrate nature, fertility, creation, abundance, successes. We celebrate the triumph of good hearts over evil spirits. June, the time of peak summer, is the month of the oak tree which is a symbol of strength and vitality.