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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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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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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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Fasching – Carnival in the Alps

Next Tuesday, folk living in some areas of this our planet are going to celebrate what is known as Carnival. May that be in Rio de Janeiro, in Venice, New Orleans, or in the German city of Mainz, people will … 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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Mutter Percht – When The Eternal Mother Visits Your Home

Well, even the Twelve Days of “Christmas” must end at some point, and they do on January 6th. In the Alps, we call that the Perchtlnacht, and in many towns and villages men dress up as Perchten and scare away … Continue reading

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