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Alban Elfed – Lament for the End of Summer

In the Alps, particularly in Austria, farmers still keep their livestock high up on mountain pastures called Almen (singular: Alm) over the summer months. There, cattle and other grazing farm animals are held rather loosely to regenerate from the winter … Continue reading

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Vaselen – Awakening The Spring Maiden

Now that the festival of the returning light – many call it by its Irish name Imbolc – has passed, time must not be wasted. The agricultural cycle of the year is already in full swing, even though we cannot … Continue reading

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Welcome, You Monsters and Witches

In my previous blog-post (Mom’s Home!) I have written about how the Goddess, the Great Mother, is welcomed to our homes in the Alps every year on the Eve of Jan 6th. Still, two thousand and sixteen years after the beginning … Continue reading

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Mom’s Home!

We are writing the two thousand and sixteenth year of the Common Era now. One thousand and sixteen y ears after the last Germanic tribe held their last Thing, and even a few centuries more than that since Christianity has first taken … Continue reading

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No Winter Holidays Without Vanilla Crescents

Ever since I was a kid, Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) have been somewhat an obsession of mine. It all began when I was just old enough to go with my father and grandfather on the traditional stag hunt on December 27. … Continue reading

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Alpen-Samhain

When we ask people from France, Spain, Southern Germany, some regions of the Czech Republic and Poland, Switzerland and Austria, what their ancient ancestry is, they might say “Celtic” with as much conviction as folks from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and … Continue reading

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Eine einfache Nachspeise für den Samhain-Festtisch

Der Herbst hat die Blätter der Ahornbäume, die bis zum Übergehen mit Zucker gefüllt sind, bereits leuchtend orange, gelb und rot gefärbt hier in Neuengland. Eines der Dinge die diese Farbenpracht des Indian Summers offensichtlich bedeuten ist, dass Samhain, das … Continue reading

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