For those of us in more Northern climes, the Winter Thermstice, or Imbolc, means ice and snow. Here in Michigan, frozen lakes usually become strong enough to drive cars onto, and that ice also freezes bubbles rising from the lake floor. Much of this gas is methane produced by methanogenic bacteria, which is found across the globe. Some lake bottoms – especially in farther north areas – produce more methane (accelerated by climate change), making the striking images of large, plentiful bubbles.
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