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Go a Wassailing

December, 2018

Go a Wassailing

The ancient tradition of wassailing has pagan origins intended to bless the coming year’s orchards’ crops and protect them from evil spirits. Later, wassailers went from door to door, singing and drinking to the health of their neighbors. Wassail was the alcoholic beverage of choice.

There are many traditional carols that are clearly for Christians, but there are a growing number of songs appropriate for pagans celebrating Yule. Some are original songs by pagan and wiccan musicians honoring the winter solstice; others are new lyrics set to old standards.

Here is a sampling that you might enjoy this winter.

Santa Claus is Pagan Too” by Emerald Rose

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0D6tL42lHg[/embedyt]

“Wiccan Wonderland” by Karina Skye

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVeQgnm9pic[/embedyt]

“Jingle Bells, Cast Your Spells” by Karina Skye

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwy143gA7vo[/embedyt]

 

 

Cast that Spell” by Kyrja

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLKnAgMnjJg[/embedyt]

On Midwinter’s Day” by Damh The Bard

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVuonr1DvI4[/embedyt]

Hail the Holly King” by Inkubus Sukkubus

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWU-7c4jCH8[/embedyt]

Silent Night, Solstice Night” by Karina Skye

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWcJ7Ye_LGQ[/embedyt]

Whisper in the Darkness” by Adala

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TldQoiqXh4[/embedyt]

Solstice Evergreen” by Spiral Dance
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wENAJLy68nI[/embedyt]

The Longest Night of the Year” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IKcaP6wKG8[/embedyt]

Solstice Carole” by Wyrd Sisters

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T0i4akX5a8[/embedyt]

 

 

Solstice Song” by Backwater Music

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtE6aoIQjnw[/embedyt]

We Three Witches” by Karina Skye

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t70RLM8EvVQ[/embedyt]

And, of course, “Here We Go a’wassaling.” This is one of many versions. Some change the lyrics to be more pagan, such as changing god to gods,

https://tinyurl.com/y942kkkg

I hope you’ll share your favorite solstice songs.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

September, 2018

Goddesses Who Protect Travelers

As we begin to look forward to September and the first day of Fall, we remember that, for now, it is still Summer. This means there is still plenty of time to take a vacation and travel.

With that being said, this column looks at three Goddesses who will protect you on your journeys far and wide.

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(Graphic: bonstore.org)

CHAM MO LAM LHA

Cham Mo Lam Lha is the Tibetan Goddess of Travelers. She is a worldly protectress who rode on the back of a bee to insure smooth travel.

She not only will help with outward traveling, but also the travel of an inward spiritual journey

(Graphic: Pinterest)

ABEONA

Abeona is the Roman Goddess of Outward Journeys and Safe Passage. She protects travelers on their departure. She also guides and protects the first steps of children, as well as their first steps away from home.

Abeona’s name means “to depart, or to go forth”. As such, She is also the Goddess of Partings.

(Graphic: religion.wikia.com)

ADEONA/ADIONA

Adiona is the Roman Goddess of Safe Return. She protects

travelers on the arrival back home. She also protects children,

as they leave home and reassure parents that they will return

home, at least to visit.

Her name means “to approach or to visit”.

Abeona and Adiona are both thought to be aspects of Juno due to their special focus on children. These two Goddesses worked together protecting travelers as they departed and made sure that they returned home safely.

May you be blessed on your adventures and travels and may these Goddesses of travel watch over you on your journeys.

Blessings!

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis