Category Samhain/Deep Autumn

Gate of the Year – for Samhain

I said to the one who stood at the Gate of the Year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And the angel said: “Go out into the darkness                                     and put your hand in the hand of the One. That will be to you better than a light                                     […]

there is nothing we have not been

Ancient peoples, our ancestors knew this: “I have flown as an eagle, Been a coracle on the sea, I have been a drop in a shower. A sword in hand, A shield in battle, A string in a harp, Nine years in enchantment, In water, in foam, I have absorbed fire, I have been a […]

Seeing the Apple Isle

It is the role of the Priestess to part the mists, to enable vision of the “Apple Isle”, which is a name for the realm of true knowledge: the hidden depths of every present moment. It is a knowledge of the hidden depths of the self, other and all – in deep time and space. […]

We are the Ancestors: May We be Interesting Food

Our present lives are formed by all who came before us. We are in-formed by them, whether conscious or not. In PaGaian Samhain ceremony as it has been done traditionally, participants are invited to remember the ancestors in this way: Let us remember our ancestors, those who have gone before, whose lives have been harvested, […]

Threads of Gold in the Compost

There are threads of gold in the compost, if one has the vision for it. And we may take the golden thread, exclaim the strongest natural fibre known – our creative selves, our imaginations – for the building of a new world made sacred, of our conceiving: yet beyond our knowings, across the vast Darkness between […]

The Passing of Last Summer’s Growth

  The ‘passing of last Summer’s growth’ may be a metaphor for the passing of all/any that has come to fullness of being, or that has had a fullness, a blossoming of some kind and borne fruit, which has been received: and it may be in hearts and minds, an event or events, that were […]

A Poem for the Dark Seasons

CRONE Sliding into the Old One’s merciful Darkness –   into Her unknown blanking out of previous understandings It is an act of mercy It is an act of love.   She covers me with her  Darkness   The blood that fills this space, this Womb is not for death it is for life.   Drawing […]

Cosmogenesis Poetry by Elisabet Sahtouris

A story to be told to the child whom we all are: Cosmogenesis   Evolutionary biologist, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is quoted a lot in Chapter 1 PaGaian Cosmology “Gaia, Goddess, Cosmogenesis and the Wheel of the Year”. Her book Earthdance is her full story of EarthGaia’s advent and unfolding, and freely available here. And a bonus, another […]

The Network Of The Imaginary Mother

Robin Morgan (1941- ), poet, author, political theorist and activist, journalist and more, reading her ovarian poem The Network of the Imaginary Mother when it was first published in Lady of the Beasts (1976). I learned so much from it back then, and often quoted whole swathes of it over the decades. the last part in […]

Song of Hecate

a perfect Samhain contemplation by Bridget McKern 1993 (to be read uproariously) let birds out of cages! let bitches bitch! and dogs be dogs screech and moan to the moon let crows de-feet the plastic surgeons and cry “faarck” to the open sky we will have age in all her beauty. rivers of tears and […]

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