Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine

Imbolc, (pronounced “IM-bulk” or “EM-bowlk”), also called Oimealg, (“IM-mol’g), by the Druids, is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc” which means “ewes milk”. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of […] via Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine

Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

Happy Chinese New Year! Today [Saturday 25 January 2020] marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Otherwise known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year always falls on the date of the New Moon closest to the beginning of spring, that being sometime between January 21-February 21, with celebrations lasting for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. Year of … Continue reading Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

Christmas Trees: Charting the tree’s journey from farm-to-front room

Christmas trees are a household centrepiece over a short-time during the festive period, yet for Christmas tree farmers it’s a year round process for growing the holiday pines, firs and spruces. Around 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild. Even though a huge number of trees are cut down for the use during the festive … Continue reading Christmas Trees: Charting the tree’s journey from farm-to-front room

Yule/Winter Solstice Customs and Practices — Ravenhawks’ Magickal Mystical Places

Many of the ancient traditions surrounding Yuletide are concerned with coping with the darkness and the evils it was thought to harbor and helping the return of light and warmth. Yule Log The Pagan Saxons celebrated the feast of Yule with plenty of ale and blazing fires, of which our Yule log is the last […] via Yule/Winter Solstice Customs and Practices — Ravenhawks’ Magickal Mystical … Continue reading Yule/Winter Solstice Customs and Practices — Ravenhawks’ Magickal Mystical Places