“Santa The Shaman” and the origins of other seasonal traditions

December sees a plethora of religious and cultural celebrations worldwide, including Christmas, New Year, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. The month also plays host to the year’s darkest day on December 21 or 22 which comes with the promise of the returning Light. Tracing the origins of these holiday seasons is a fascinating subject, and something I…

Cynicism, Optimism, and Gratitude

The other day I was thinking about all that’s going on in the world that could trigger fear, hopelessness, or even despair. Having a fairly well developed cynical side to me—though not even close to being as dominant as it once was—sometimes it’s easy to fall into that trap and hang out there for a…

Discover the True Meaning of Samhain / Hallowe’en

Samhain (pronounced SOW-en) is perhaps the most important but least understood of the ancient Celtic festivals. The word Samhain means “summer’s end,” and marks the end of harvest and the start of the darkest time of the year. A time when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead…

A Time to Give Gratitude

Commemorating the Autumn Equinox really does give you an opportunity to give thanks to what the warmer months of the year have brought to your life. And it gives you a chance to switch focus and look towards what the remainder of the year will bring.

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