Yule / Winter Solstice

Yuletide, Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Winter Rite, Festival of Sol Invictus/Mithras, Saturnalia (Roman), Cuidle, Alban Arthan, Gŵyl Galan Gaeaf, Meán Geimhridh (Welsh) December 21, 2013 (Northern Hemisphere) Quarter Festival, Solstice, Lesser Sabbat The winter solstice, or Yule, marks the shortest day of the year.  From this point on, days continue to grow longer until Midsummer (Litha), therefore Yule celebratesContinue reading “Yule / Winter Solstice”

Samhain

Third/Last Harvest, Blood Harvest, Halloween, Old Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Witch’s New Year, Feast/Day of the Dead, Ancestor Night, Feast of Spirits, Feast of Apples, Festival of Pomona, Samonios, Samana, Shadowfest (Strega), Nos Galan/Calan Gaeaf (Welsh), Vetrablot/Winternight (Norse) October 31 Cross-quarter Fire Festival, Greater Sabbat Samhain (SOW-in), also known as the Witch’sContinue reading “Samhain”

The Underworld

The Underworld, also known as the Otherworld or Netherworld, is featured in most mythologies around the world.  It is a realm of the dead, where the souls of the recently departed go in their afterlife.  Many versions of the Underworld are seen as places of abundance and joy, and reward for good work during their mortalContinue reading “The Underworld”

Thor, God of Thunder

Thor is the Norse god of thunder, also associated with oak trees, strength, protection and fertility. ‘Thor’ comes from the Germanic word for ‘thunder’, thus he is associated with thunder, lightning and storms. He is often viewed as a fierce warrior with red hair, a red beard, and eyes like lightning. He is likened toContinue reading “Thor, God of Thunder”

Triple Goddess

There are many forms of triple, tripartite or threefold deities in ancient mythology.  Some are seen as a triad who always appear in a group (such as the Norse Norns, the Greek Fates, or the Roman Matres), while some are seen as a single deity having three aspects (such as Greek Hecate). For example, BrigidContinue reading “Triple Goddess”