Litha, the Celtic Pagan celebration of Summer Solstice, is considered as the most magical day on the Wheel. Becoming your Muse is possible! Finding and following your Bliss happens ✨
In my corner of the woods, we use this energy to catalyze, grow, and potentiate our inner Muse – the Creative Passion we were born with. Whatever it is that we love most, that we do effortlessly, that brings us the greatest joy and happiness. We get there by following our intuition. No left brain stuff here. This is all right brain creativity, flow and bliss. The ecologically intuitive energy that connects us to all life energies. And what better time of the year to nurture and follow your bliss when the Sun Goddess shines hot and high and Mother Earth paints Herself lush with lovely, planning the new Harvest just ahead.
What you’ll need: a Yellow candle. Cauldron, Charcoal. Dragon’s Blood resin. Any or all of these Summer herbs and flowers: Sunflower, Vervain, Artemisia, Rose, Daisy, Basil. Any or all of these Crystals: Angelite, Amethyst. Rose Quartz, Labradorite. Athalme or carving knife. A tiny lock of your hair.
Create a Circle of Sacred Space. Sprinkle water with a pinch of salt into the east, south, west and north. Smudge with sage making a clockwise Circle. Set your conditions: only positive energy may enter my Circle, all negative energy must stay out.
Use the Athalme or carving knife to write your name, or a symbol that represents you, into your yellow candle, then light it.
Look into your candle flame. Take a breathe. Become aware of your breathing and focus on it. As you exhale see your Self stepping outside the Wall Street window of contrived reality. Jump off the hamster wheel of 9 to 5, paychecks and bill pay and into the most beautiful natural place you love most. It could be a beach at sunset, a lush garden, the top of a mountain, anywhere Mother Earth’s beauty captivates your psyche and fills you with awe and wonder.
Light the charcoal in your Cauldron first, until the spark catches, and sprinkle any or all of your chosen magical summer herbs and flowers. Add a touch of Dragon’s Blood and your lock of hair. Place your Crystals around your Cauldron.
Give your Self permission to enter your Flow.
Claim your Self with these words, or something like them that resonates with you.
“I remove all limiting thoughts and beliefs that keep me out of my Flow. I fully and completely accept my Self just as I am. I now enter my Flow and Bliss.”
Ask your Self these questions:
What is my Bliss?
What gets me into the Flow?
What makes me feel truly happy and alive, filled with energy and interest?
What do I really like?
What gets me motivated and engaged better than anything else.
Start writing. Write down whatever words, symbols, feelings come through. This is intuitive play and channeling from your psyche, your highest Self. You can trust your own Inner Voice. Remember that you’re seeking your Inner Muse.
Look at what you’ve written and/or drawn.
What strikes you the most?
What captures your attention?
What feels right to you?
Look into your candle flame, and imagine your Self becoming your Muse. What do you look like? What are you wearing? What does your Voice sound like? How does your body move? What creative energy flows from you? Is it Art, Music, Song, Writing, Poetry, Dance, Entrepreneurship, Healing, Cooking, Baking, Gardening? Go with it, trust it.
Imagine the harvest you will create, Muse. In a week? In a moon cycle? In 3 moon cycles? To Mabon? To Autumn Equinox? PS: It’s ok to take baby steps 💗
Imbolc has a special meaning for me. It’s a time of joyful initiations and collaborating and guiding our student’s personal spiritual paths to magical intuitive experiences of renewal, self care and healing. The removal of blockages, negative thought patterns and false beliefs that would keep one from their personal goals and dreams. Imbolc reminds us that we must never forget our dreams, for these very dreams are our inspirations for the seeds of our magic. At Imbolc, we shine warmth and love onto the seeds of our soul, feed them daily and watch them grow and never lose sight of them, as this is the true magic of life. The magic which keeps us forever eternal, youthful and filled with the joy and motivation for living in fullness.
This is a time to introduce the element of Fire into personalized curriculums. Not the blazing fire of Beltane and Summer Solstice just yet, but rather the intimate, creative and healing Hearthfire within the soul and the discovery of it. It is a time to get in touch with one’s inner child and explore one’s intuition and fantasies, to fulfill dreams left in childhood or young adulthood that were dearly cherished, stir them in the cauldron of the soul and manifest them with the awakening energies of Mother Earth.
As modern practitioners, we joyfully celebrate Imbolc in our homes with the lighting of candles to celebrate the illumination of the sun warming our lands, with the promise of abundance in our lives. Of flowers, herbs, food and grain for the thriving of our people and our animals. On Imbolc, we build sacred hearth fires sprinkled with a bit of the dried flowers and herbs from the last harvest that lovingly decorate our rooms during winter’s icy winds. Dried bunches of calendula with flowers of orange and golden sun hang in our kitchens, sprinkled in soups to warm our bellies and mixed in salves with mint to soothe our bodies from the frigid winds. We cook special foods of bannock cakes and scones smothered in fresh warm butter, in honour of the coming growth of grain and milking ewes. We make dolls and inbue them with our dreams and goals for the coming seasons. We fashion Brighid crosses to post over our doorways for protection. We bless our homes and hearths with the water from streams, wells and melted snow and smudge our homes with curling spirals of burning incense made of hawthorne. We bless the breasts and bellies of pregnant women to ease the pangs of childbirth when the time comes. At Imbolc, we may self-initiate, and initiate one another into sacred circles, welcoming novices, new priestesses and priests and their children and familiars into the fold of the magical community.
Imbolc celebrates the awakening of Mother Earth and a coming of the end of hibernation. This is a time to prepare and make plans for the future, create beauty and fertile soil to plant the seeds of the harvest once more. The birthing of lambs welcomes Her.
Intuitive practitioners now sense a stirring of new vitality in their inner being as the Wheel turns again, this time, towards Spring Equinox, and the birthing of newness in the Earth and Sky.
Companion pets become more playful now, demanding more interaction and outdoor moments, as Earth takes on new tastes and smells that arouse their senses.
Wild forest creatures show their faces more frequently now.
Children sense the vibrational change, experience growth spurts and high energy, and want for exploration and adventures.
Young adults develop a fresh awareness of their emotions and sexuality, seeking love and mating experiences.
Adults are energized with new personal and career goals with a heightened stirring creativity and plans for action begin to form in their psyche.
Seniors awaken to a deeper, stronger, more powerful wisdom to share with the world.
The Ancient Celts called upon Fire Goddesses to heal them from the hardships of winter and bring the promise of rebirth, beauty, fertility, robust health and the awakening of the land.
Imbolc was observed in Ireland and Scotland with reverence to Brighid or Brihde of the Tuatha de Dannan of Ireland by the insular Celts. Proto Neolithic pagans honoured Holde of the ancient Germanic pantheon, and Beiwe of the Saami greens the land for the reindeer to feed.
Imbolc, the astro half-way point between winter solstice and spring equinox, is a proto-Celtic celebration of agrarian peoples.
Archeologically noted in the illumination of the Neolithic inner chambers of a megalithic monument which is perfectly aligned with the rising sun of Imbolc, Dumha na nGiall,a neolithic structure, c. 3350 and 2800 BCE located in the Tara Skryne valley of County Meath, Ireland, is an ancient passage tomb. The passage and back wall is illuminated on the morning of Imbolc, as well as Samhuinn. It is considered a sacred proto-Celtic site. The 13 spiral carvings on the back wall of the cavern are thought to be the 13 phases of the moon.
Globally, Imbolc 2021 ushers in the gentle hearthfires of hope for our future with the opportunity to put a devastating pandemic behind us after a quarantine that, to many of us, felt like one long winter hibernation. We may now embrace the discovery of a vaccine with the imperative understanding of its potential: the vaccination of only 80% of the world population will completely eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Blessed be ✨🕊🌀
Marija Gimbutas names Hulda (or Holda, Holla, Holle) as having originally been an ancient Celtic Germanic supreme goddess who predates most of the Germanic pantheon, including deities such as Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki, continuing traditions of pre-indo European Neolithic Europe.
Reference: Gimbutas, Marija. The Living Goddesses. Berkeley; University of California Press 2001.
Holde, the good protectress. 1842. Friedrich Wilhelm Heine.
To the ancient Celts, sunlight meant survival. Ancient civilizations who endured the harshness of winter found hope and the joyful promise of warmth in the arrival of winter solstice, The December solstice, which occurs on December 21 this year, 1559hrs UTC, marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. On the December solstice, the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky, no matter where on Earth you happen to be. In the Northern Hemisphere, the daylight increases a bit more each day. Lengthening from a mere 7 to 8 hours of light daily until peaking at summer solstice, the longest day, with about 15 hours of light. And from there, the days become shorter again until, little by little, we arrive once more at winter solstice.
The ancient neolithic Celts created stone circles that aligned with the solstices.
The 3000 BCE stone circle at Rhone-Alpes, at the little St. Bernard Pass is 236 feet in diameter and 7185 feet above sea level. There are 46 low stones, with a group of three large stones aligned to the point where the sun sets at solstice.
The Insular Celts created womb-like monuments and megaliths that fill with the morning light of solstice, like Stonehenge, where the sun light shines directly into the center of the womb-like circle from the Southwest on solstice morning. At Newgrange, the sunlight shines through a rather small opening, a roofbox, illuminating an ancient underground womb-like stone chamber on solstice morning.
To our inner lives, the winter solstice brings the vibrations of earth energies and light that penetrates the darkness in our psyche, heart and soul. Penetrates our psyche’s layers, just as the light of the solstice sun penetrates and illuminates the darkest time of the year.
Here, we find opportunity to re-birth our new Selves in the stillness of winter, follow the seasonal vibration and cycle of the now slow and silent earth.
Here, in the stillness of our innerscape, we will discover unknown aspects of ourselves, new goals, hopes, dreams and aspirations for the coming harvest of our life. Here, we gestate, create and give birth within the cauldron of our psyche.
Winter Solstice creates the womb of sacred space for us to spin and weave our new, intimate story by the hearth fire of our heart.
~Winter Solstice Evening Meditation~
Create sacred space.
Call in the Goddess of Light
Within the sacred space, place a mirror and a lit white candle.
Burn a little incense of sage or vervain mixed with pine needles and mistletoe. Dress the white candle with bayberry, and cinnamon oil.
Sit before the mirror and lit candle and look into your reflection in silence.
Give to me your magic in Samhuinn’s dark and crimson blaze.
While Aphrodite’s moon charms Pluto’s deep, mysterious haze.
Cut the cords with your wizened breath of fire.
Bring your promise
of death and transformation,
to heal, release and inspire.✨
The Crone Goddess journey is one of self truth, self knowledge, self love and self acceptance. Loving and forgiving yourself, understanding that there are no mistakes. That every experience has forged us, like the purification of metal, into the 24k gold of our truest essence. That we are all good and beautiful beings worthy of joyful lives, where we all have enough. There is no blaming, no anger, no resistance. Only a pure loving acceptance of self, without judgment. An awareness that aspires to one’s own highest truth. A self reliance and strength that transcends everyday life, where we take full responsibility over every thought and belief carefully, knowing they are the living entities we create and manifest.
In the northern hemisphere, The sun resides in the house of Scorpio as the Wheel turns, and our now harvested agrarian cycle comes to a close. Mother Earth rests and renews Herself through the oncoming winter. As, too, for Her children living in the north, our bodies minds hearts and souls shall have the opportunity to rest and renew.
Over 35,000 years abound regarding Mother Earth as Goddess, Crone, Grandmother, Wise Woman, Spinner of Fates, She who Cuts the Cord. She of a thousand names, on every continent, in every culture, represents transformation and the release of beliefs and mindsets that no longer, or perhaps never, ever served us.
What can this transformational healing look like in our every day lives?
Let’s take a journey and access this incredibly powerful healing Earth energy; the renewal of the ancient Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess that lives within our DNA.
As Her daughters, we have full access to all of Her healing and transformative magic to renew ourselves.
Now, we heal the deep wounds, shed all negativity, pain and sorrow, move past the inner wars, conflicts and traumatic experiences in this incarnation and from past lives. Lessons learned that we may transmute like mulch, to forge our hearts in the fire of Her cauldron, and step into the great strength, beauty, authenticity and leadership that is our birthright. To heal and gestate our hearts and spirits into our truest Self, and emerge with our inner Maiden blessed and refreshed, come the first snowdrop of Imbolc. Blessed be 🕊
✨Crone Goddess Spell✨
Fill your cauldron with Hecate incense and sprinkle with Goddess oil.
Write down all the self sabotaging thoughts and beliefs you have, or ever had, about yourself on little scraps of paper.
Light your cauldron.
Pick up each piece of paper, look at it, throw it into the flame and watch it burn knowing that it is being released from your core.
With your hand over your heart, chant the words “I Love You” followed by your name, over and over, until all the scraps with all the false beliefs, have burned into ash.
I love you (your name)
I love you (your name)
I love you (your name)
Bury the ashes in the earth and cover them well.
Chant this over the burial site times three with hands crossed over heart:
This experiential love spell opens your intuitive awareness to receive the generosity, protection, love and nurturing flow of the Goddess, and manifest your desires. To receive this, there is nothing you need to do. 🌹 O Goddess Open my heart with your roses and flames of fire. Fill me with delight! Come, charge my heart’s desire! 🕊 This love spell was cast with Fire and Earth magic at the planetary hour of the Sun with Sun and Venus in the 2nd house, Taurus. Blessed be 🕊
In our Celtic neopagan celebration, the young maidens are always given one of the highest honors for their youth, beauty and fertility, for without them, we would not exist as a species. This is why we crown the Beltaine Maidens, in honor of Mother Earth’s warmth and fertility coming into all her glory. 🌹
Beltaine is an agrarian celebration of old Europe, and the half way point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, with the Sun at 15 degrees Taurus. Astronomically, it is the first day of summer.
It’s element is Fire, and the warming of the Earth in the northern hemisphere.
About 11,650 years Before Present, the Earth’s ice sheets began to melt, elevating sea levels and, eventually, warm, moist soil and the advent of agrarian culture from 9000 to 4000 BP, known as the Holocene period, when climate conditions were very much like the present, as evidenced by the 2015 Greenland Ice Project.
Anthropologists and Archaeologists infer that it is likely agriculture began about 9000 BP with the development of polished stone tools.
Our ancient Bronze Age and Neolithic ancestors studied the patterns of Earth and Sun, settled into the Land in groups and cultivated crops of wild grain and plants.
The groundbreaking work of the anthropologist, Maria Gimbutas in Catal Huyuk at the Tigres River reveals the new neolithic revolution, the post-ice age agrarian culture that opened the gateway to the development of civilization as we know it today. During excavations, Gimbutas studied this unearthed city in Anatolia dating to 6300-5400BP and community of burial sites that revealed paintings in ochre of funerary rites of females adorned with animal tusks and detailed stone pottery and artwork, symbols of power and leadership in an ancient culture. Stone houses with kitchens and sacred rooms with altars of ancient grain were excavated initially, with wall art, reliefs and frescoes of stone and clay depicting young nude females reclined and standing, and more mature females, both with and without children and animals. (1). Continued evidential research at the Catal Huyuk Project is ongoing, with the consensus of the following: Women developed a spirituality of nature awareness, intuition and female leadership in the neolithic religions, and created a spiritual, peaceful community, led by the concept of female deity. Women, as givers of life, and the responsibilities of child rearing and their survival developed agriculture, stonework, pottery, basket weaving, figure sculptures to stand in the community center, and in their homes. Women were in charge of the development of seeding, tilling, hydration, planting and harvesting, which gave way to the development of herbs and their medicinal properties for healing and vitality of their people.
Celebration of celestial patterns, according to the planting, growth and harvesting of crops evolved in the new neolithic revolution across continents that are at, just above, or below the equator, that have been discovered in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Goddess paintings, drawings and figure sculptures, and cave paintings of women and children dominate neolithic agrarian community throughout the ancient world, with ongoing evidence of the worship of female deity.
An awareness that coincided with their efforts to secure their vitality and survival of the species. The higher cognitive concepts of objective reasoning, problem solving and creativity in human development and community building that we know as ratiocination, or inductive and deductive reasoning, were initiated in the neolithic communities, opening the gateway to higher learning as we know it today. (2).
Multiple Goddess Temples in Old Europe, dating to the 5th millennium, were discovered in Malta.
“Malta, with its numerous temples, was probably a holy island (isola sacra ) to which believers came from all parts of the world to be initiated into the mysteries of the Great Goddess, whose colossal fragmented statue has been discovered under one of the temples. Each Maltese temple has a ground plan in the form of a uterus or the silhouette of the Great Goddess. Figurines with deformed bodies and representations of the so-called sleeping ladies found in these temples suggest that they were also healing places and oracles where believers could, through a period of sojourn (incubation), obtain cures for the body or soul. The very act of walking through these uterus-shaped temples, between alignments, or through the circles of cromlechs had the significance of an initiation.” (3).
The ancient Celtic social structure descended through the mother: “women…were highly honoured, female symbolism formed the most sacred images in the religious cosmos, and the relationship with the motherhood was the central element of the social fabric, the society was held together by common allegiance to the customs of the tribe loosely organised around the traditions of goddess” (4).
By 6400BP, Agrarian neolithic life, spirituality and nature celebrations in ancient Celtic culture extended throughout old Europe from Catak Huyuk, Anatolia and the Fertile Crescent through ancient Turkey and Greece, into the Alpine regions and north to Denmark, west to France, Spain and Portugal, northwest to insular Britain; south to Iberia, Italy and Sicily.
By the 3rd century Roman writings, we know the Gallo-Roman Goddess Belesama, translated from the Indo-European root *b h elH “The Very Bright” and the Sanscript Belesah “The Strongest” was worshipped in the east and west Alpine regions, northern Italy and insular Britain.
Belisama is the correspondent to Minerva, goddess of Light and Fire, Forging and Craft. It is thought by some scholars that her consort was the Gallo-Roman god, Belenus, associated with Apollo, and the most widely worshipped Celtic male god. The Beltaine Fire celebration takes it’s name from this goddess and god.
The La Tene Celtic towns, lakes and rivers carry her name, or the root of her name: Beil/Bienne, a town in the Neuchatel region of Switzerland at the French-Germanic border. Two neolithic settlements have been found at Lake Beil in Neuchatel and Bern that lay just south of the lake.
A Gaulish inscription found at Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence, shows that a nemeton, a sacred space of ancient Celtic religion, was dedicated to her. Inscribed by Saint Lazier in latin: “Segomarus Uilloneos, citizen [toutius] of Namausus, dedicated this sanctuary to Belesama”
William Camden, the Elizabethan Antiquarian, identified the River Ribble as the Belesama estuary in Roman times, his work, Britannia.
The documentation of William Herdman (1843). Pictorial Relics of Ancient Liverpool. Oxford, identifies the River Mersey as Belisama.
178 Belisama, a minor planet, is named after the Celtic goddess in 1877 by the Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa.
Now, the Wheel brings us to Beltaine 2021.
The warming of the Earth brings bountiful beauty all around us with growth of crops and fertility. An earthy sensuality and sexuality are felt in our blood and bones, as our ancestors of old.
The ancient reliefs and frescoes of yesterdays’ Catal Huyuk have given way to our present day Beltaine Maidens. In our Celtic neopagan celebration, the young maidens are always given one of the highest honors for their youth, beauty and fertility, for without them, we would not exist as a species.
This is why we crown the Beltaine Maidens, in honor of Mother Earth’s warmth and fertility coming into all her glory. 🌹
Blessed be. 🕊
1, Gimbutas, Marija. The Civilization of the Goddess, ed. Joan Marler. San Francisco: HarperSan Francisco, 1991.
2. Sjöö, Monica and Mor, Barbara. The Great Cosmic Mother. San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987.
Celtic Switzerland runs through my veins, by the heart beat of her ancient land. From neolithic Lake Neuchâtel to Sion’s 6400 BC megaliths. A place where remnants of the worship of Inanna and Ishtar have been excavated, and Dana was the goddess of the region; thought by historians perhaps beings the goddess Danu of the Tuatha de Dannan of the insular Celts of Ireland and Scotland.
I’m an Alpine Celt by blood and by bone. An ancestral daughter of an old family who reaches back in time, before feudal kings and popes warred on the fertile lands at the southern foot of the Alps.
The water from my great grandfather’s well was a source of inspiration for magical intentions and healings, accessed regularly in times of need.
As a very small child, I remember my great-grandparents and grandmother practicing the art of honouring the Goddess of Spring. On Ostara, a clear crystal bowl was filled with water. Bright green shoots and yellow buddings of daffodils were placed around it. A tall white candle was carved with our family name into the wax and placed into the bowl of water. We took turns whispering our wishes and dreams into a flower or leaf, then dropped it into the water bowl. Then the candle was lit, and, for me, spring had officially begun.
Ostara, or Spring Equinox, is the halfway point between Imbolc and Beltane, celebrated by the ancient Celts. Vernal (Spring) Equinox 2021 arrives on March 20th at 0537 hours EST.
There is historical documentation of Ostara by Venerable Bede (672/3–735 CE), a monk of Wearmouth-Jarrow in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and Vatican scholar assigned to observe and document the Celtic earth-based religions during the 6th c. christianizing of England.
“March is named for their goddess Hretha, to whom they sacrificed at this time. April has a name which is now translated ‘Paschal month’, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate the Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”
As Earth-based practitioners, we acknowledge Ostara as a time for opening the heart to forgiveness and releasing the past. Embracing the new. Letting go, and moving forward into new Earth energies.
Ostara is a time for cleansing and clearings. It is Imbolc continued, to create renewal, self-care, and healing.
Now, we make peace with old energies and release them.
We invoke new energies to bring forth the new manifestations in our hearts that we self-realized at Imbolc.
We create ritual with Mother Earth as the Maiden Goddess of Spring, with the promise of fertility, the lengthening of days and re-emergence of wildlife, and the surge of hormones within all youthful bodies to make love and courtship.
We decorate our homes with fresh springtime blooms, perhaps daffodils, hyacinth and freshly budding greenery.
Now we plant the seeds of our wishes, hopes and dreams for our futures, the tiny wishes in our hearts, to grow strong and full as the sun radiates into longer, more luxuriously plentiful days of warmth in the Earth and our own bodies.
We may decide to plant each wish, sweetly and symbolically represented by perhaps a flower or vegetable seed, even a tree. Seeds lovingly potted into handfuls of fresh soil with strong intent, nurtured daily with the magical breath and incantations from the love in our hearts and the fire and will in our bodies and souls.
We give birth to the newness of our Selves. 🪴
Alpine Celts honoured the water Goddesses of rivers and their tributaries, lakes and steams.
Water brings life, new growth, and the promise of nourishment and beauty.
Water Goddesses of wells, streams, and particularly living springs were so important, the Celtic people kept wells with alters to water Goddesses. A living stream offered divination by scry; observing bubbles, intuiting the future for problem solving, and find practical solutions.
Water Goddesses are honoured at Ostara, or Spring Equinox. It’s the halfway point between Imbolc and Beltane, introducing the warm awakening of Mother Earth, when the ice melts and the water runs free again until crocuses and daffodils emerge from Her terrain.
Neolithic Euroasia had it’s water goddesses. Naria, water Goddess of the Aane River, a tributary of the Rhine, that feeds into the North Sea, was honoured as the Aane River Goddess by the Celts. At the time, the Celts were exploring from the mouth of the Aane to the North Sea, discovering Denmark, Norway, France, Scotland, and Ireland.
Today’s modern Celtic Pagans, Neo-Pagans, Neo-Druids and Neo- Heathens continue the ancient traditions of Ostara.
Blessed be 🌀🕊
The animal kingdom offers us the most fertile and magical of sentient beings. Hares are the optimum fertility symbols of springtime because of their amazing ability to carry a litter, and become impregnated and carry yet another litter within their bodies along with the initial litter. The brown hare will attract and mate during pregnancy, becoming pregnant while pregnant! A male hare can fertilize a female during late pregnancy with the new embryos developing about four days before delivery of the first pregnancy. 🐇 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇