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    Reaching the Moon through the Forest The night has settled in. The birds are quiet, welcoming a brief respite from the rigors of Spring’s demand, as I enter the forest. The cool air feels heavy and damp upon my skin. I can taste the richness as the carpet of deep green breathes and fills the dark. Slowly, I make my way to a small clearing where the old cedars and firs tower above me, disappearing into star light. It feels more still here. Their sentient presence dominates this part of the forest, the open ground beneath them a testament of patient, enduring strength. I set down my knapsack and place…

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    The Promise of Spring is Ours to Keep Ostara and the Quickening Moon The light has changed and all but the most stubborn shadows have yielded their hold. Darkness gives way to green. All that was forgotten by the Sun and left to Fall’s descent, now lies transformed, ready to fulfill the promise of Spring. Ostara, the Vernal Equinox, brings us to the moment where the dreams of Imbolc begin to physically manifest. It is the point upon the Wheel where color begins to return in earnest to the world around you. The solemn quiet of Winter gives way to Nature’s chorus, as more and more of Her creatures follow…

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    Imbolc and the Snow Moon At first glance, this month might seem to present a contrast between the two rituals I will do. February begins with Imbolc and ends with what is commonly called the Snow Moon. When I take some time to walk through Nature, to breathe deeply the Winter air and allow my eyes to see past the obvious, I find a more magickal understanding.  Throughout my walk around the Wheel each year, I seek to find the wonder that lies within the moments I celebrate as a pagan man. For in that wonder, whether it is shouting brightly in Spring flowers or whispering darkly, hidden in the…

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    Rites and Rituals

    Embracing the Wolf Moon For me, every full Moon represents an opportunity to peer into an aspect of nature and try to find the spiritual relevance for the path I seek to walk.  There are many names given to the full Moons of each month and I believe that each of us must decide which best fits the place we live. In doing so, remember to acknowledge the memories of the past, while maintaining an awareness of the present and casting an eye toward the future. This month, January, I am going to share how I celebrate and understand the Wolf Moon, through my ritual. I set my altar basically…