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Celebrate the Spring Equinox With a Seasonal Dinner

z Thirteen days from now, the Earth’s path around Belenus, the Shiny One, the Eye in the Skye, will reach a point where the Sun is lined up with the Equator. He will be exactly midway between the Tropical of … Continue reading

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The Raetho-Roman Song of Sontga Magriata

How Alpine Goddess Worship Survived Centuries in a Simple Farmer’s Song “There are three tasks of the Druid: To live fully in the presence, to honour tradition and the ancestors, and to hear the voice of tomorrow.” This well-known triad … Continue reading

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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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