Celtic Traditions

Beltane: Portal of Transformation

The Holy Day of Beltane– called Calan Haf or Calan Mai in Welsh — was revered by the ancient Celts as a sacred bridge between the hardship of winter and the abundance of summer. Thought to exist outside of time, it is said that the veils between the worlds are thinnest at the liminal periods of Beltane and Samhain, complementary Holy Days standing opposite each other on the Wheel of the Year. For the ancient Celts, there were originally only two seasons – Winter and Summer – and the transition points between each season were times of great power. Marking the […]

On Offerings and Working with Sacred Sites

On the night of April 26, 2017, those of us who love Glastonbury received some devastating news; one of the two Ancient Oaks of Avalon was on fire. Images and videos popped up in my Facebook feed, and I gasped aloud to see Gog, an enormous and gnarled oak tree which has stood as a guardian over Glastonbury, UK — a site many believe to have been the location of the legendary Island of Avalon —  for over 1000 years, engulfed by flames. Glastonbury resident Jill Barker witnessed the conflagration, and posted video and images of the blaze to Facebook. […]