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Finding Ethical Guidance in Lore

Let me begin this blog entry with thanking all the folks who read the previous blog entry about Lughnasad Magic of the Alpine Corn-Cutters, and for their “likes” in the various apps of social media. For this piece, I would … Continue reading

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Lughnasadh Magic – The Alpine Crops Cutters

As many of you know, one of my major interests is finding traces of Celtic tradition and lore in the Alpine region, home to the Hallstatt Celts and their successors. Since there are no written sources telling us that such … 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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Sontga Margriata – The Raetho-Roman Song of St. Margaret

This article was published in the May 2015 edition of “Touchstone,” the monthly journal of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. In this edition of Touchstone, I would like to introduce you to what I consider a gem in … Continue reading

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Smudging – Alpine Style

Smudging is, by now, a ritual that is widely practiced in the Pagan community. What I mostly observe when invited to pagan group ceremonies, though, is the use of Prairie Sage bundled into smudge sticks, a way of smudging as … Continue reading

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Time of Harvest – With a Recipe

With the corn (and I mean here the old English term for wheat, barley, rye etc.) ripening on the fields, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere prepare for the harvest. (Unless they used Monsanto seed, which probably ripens whenever and who … Continue reading

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