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Image The Pagans Next Door
By Wendy on June 16, 2010

Some people may not even know that we exist. Others are aware of our existence but may have misconceptions about us. In this article we would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.

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John Barleycorn Must Die!
By Wendy on October 3, 2010

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Image Mabon, aka Alban Elfed
By LaVonne on September 21, 2010

Many earth based religions, like Wicca, Druids, and others celebrate the autumnal equinox. It is a time of year when we give thanks for the bounty of the earth. It is when the Goddess slowly descends into the underworld, hence the legends of Demeter and Persephone.

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Image Samhain
By LaVonne on October 26, 2010

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means "End of Summer", and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

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Image Wheel of the Year
By LaVonne on November 12, 2010

I thought you might find it interesting on how our ancestors used the seasons to manage their lives and to celebrate the Wheel of the Year. You will find that I have given you the basics of each “spoke” of the wheel and how it was celebrated. The seasons also helped our ancestors know when to plant and when to harvest so that they would have food and game to keep them through the hardships of winter.

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Image YULE
By LaVonne on December 16, 2010

Winter was a scary time for our Northern European Pagan ancestors. Imagine for a moment what it would be like:

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Image Imbolc
By LaVonne on February 2, 2011

Half way through Winter so get ready for Spring

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Image Spring is in Bloom
By LaVonne on March 18, 2011

The first official day of Spring is just around the corner. With that in mind I thought I would write a bit about the Vernal Equinox.

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BELTAIN
By LaVonne on April 30, 2011

Beltane marks the 6th turn of the Wheel of the Year and is a Major Sabbat. It is generally observed on May 1st, festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It's a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history. It's the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

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Image Summer Solstice
By LaVonne on June 20, 2011

We have reached the mid-summer of the seasonal wheel and here is some reasons for celebrating the occasion.

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Image Lughnasadh
By LaVonne on August 4, 2011

This is about Lammas, aka Lughnasadh. It is the beginning of fall and I think you will enjoy this article.

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Image Autumn Equinox
By LaVonne on September 19, 2011

Here is a bit of history about the Autumnal Equinox around the world and recipes for you to try at your Harvest Table.

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Image SAMHAIN, HALLOWEEN, and DAY OF THE DEAD
By LaVonne on October 27, 2011

Last year I presented an article surrounding the celebration of Samhain (pronounced sow-een). I thought this year I would bring together celebrations of other societies that occur at this same time of year and we could see how they are very similar.

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