Today, as we celebrate and reflect upon the legacy and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, we can also celebrate one of his many accomplishments – the fact that he did so much to make it possible for a black woman to be the Vice President of the United States – which will become reality the day after tomorrow, for the first time in our history. If Dr. King were alive to see this day, I imagine he would feel the pride and hope justly deserved. The juxtaposition of these dates stirs the hope of a more equal and just America within the minds of many of us.
Your altar can be considered a spiritual hub of your home. Depending on your traditions there is a great flexibility about how you decorate your altar and the symbols you use.
But what happens when the neighbors come to dinner or your child brings a friend over for a playdate?
What a wild year! Who imagined, back on January 1 of 2020, that this year would hold what it did? The tumult of 2020 showed us many things, some scary, some sacred, some simply new. Looking back helps us in many ways – it can increase our understanding of ourselves, showing us both good things to build upon and areas to watch. As the year starts, looking back at the top posts of 2020 can add to our new year in many ways. Read More
Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar maps the entire history of our cosmos onto a single year (links to our Wheel of the Year Sabbats are here, and a broader calendar here). As you can imagine, things speed up considerably as the year advances. After the Big Bang on January 1, we have to wait until May for the Milky Way to form and September for our own Sun to form. But things got really busy in December: Read More
Happy Winter Solstice, or Yule! Of course, our spherical planet also gives us the beautiful symmetry of the Summer Solstice (Litha) being celebrated now by our Southern Hemisphere friends. With the exact Solstice moment at 5:02 am on December 21st, the longest night for those in America and Europe is the night of the 20th. About half the time or so, the longest night is not the night before the Winter Solstice but rather is the night after the Winter Solstice. This is different for every time zone, and is easy to figure out (for this year, most places West of the Middle East or so have their longest/shortest night on the night before the Solstice). If the instant of the Solstice is in the morning (before noon) in your local time zone, then the longest night is the night before. If it’s in the afternoon or evening, the the longest night is the night after the Winter Solstice for you.