The fires of Samhain

Before Hallowe’en, there was Samhain (pronounced Sawin). This refers to a Celtic/Gaelic festival that marked the transition into the colder part of the year, the dark half. Celtic people counted a day as sunset to sunset, so the celebration for the festival would start at sunset on 31 October. This festival marked the midpoint between…

The Rainbow Connection

Genesis 9:16 When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side? (“The Rainbow Connection”, Music by Paul Willliams, Lyrics…

Moon Magic

These days if you hear people talk about the moon figuratively, it’s usually in connection with romance. However the moon has a long history of being associated with legends, myths and magic, gods and goddesses. Here are some of those stories and ideas. As far back as the Bronze Age, a lunar map appears on…

Mysteries of the Black Cat

I love cats, and have two of my own. (Head to my ‘about’ page for a cute picture). It’s been a while since I’ve shared my life with a black cat, but I find them especially beautiful. Of course there have been a lot of myths and legends surrounding black cats over the centuries, so…

The magic of wishing

When I wrote my poem ‘Make a Wish’ last week, it got me thinking about the different traditions of wish making, and I thought it might be interesting to look at a few of those, including where they happen and their origins, if known. Wishing Trees can be found in many parts of the world.…