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The Lilith Archetype

Lilith is a Freedom Fighter

By Susanne McCrea | June 15 at 9:00am

Lilith was the first wife of Adam; the one who would obey. She, who was made of the same earth of Adam (not the rib of the first man, like Eve) refused to be subservient. And for her insistence on equality she was forced to flee the garden, pursued and demonized. She reacted by saying she was born to be a demon, anyway. How I resonate with her re-writing of her own story. I was called a witch so many times that I eventually took the name, myself, to take the sting out of it and claim my power. Demonized. Witch was a word used to kill my ancestors; the wise women and medics of that time in Europe. This is one way in which the Lilith archetype lives in me. When I dedicated myself to a craft name, nearly 30 years ago, I chose Lilith to stand for my rebellion against convention and the place of women in our culture; the subjugation of nature following directly from the disrespect and fear of a woman's life giving power. Lilith is a freedom fighter. Lilith is alive in the woman who does not like to be contained; restrained; classified and dismissed as angry, intimidating, too weird or too much.
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Winter Tribal Moon Tele-Ritual Series

online community building through guided ritual

By Susanne McCrea | December 5, 2016 at 5:44pm

I think this upcoming tele/web ritual series might be something you would like to be part of. We did a fall series and it was quite special how people came together as a community.

I have a Winter Solstice Gift offer for you!

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Samhain and the Origin of Halloween

It's the Ancient Celtic New Year when the veil between the worlds is thin.

By Susanne McCrea | October 22, 2016 at 8:30pm

 

Many cultures around the world hold festivals and religious observations around the time of Samhain (SOW-in), November 1st; celebrated on evening of October 31st, to mark the end of the light time of the year and the beginning of the dark of winter.

 

It's the ancient Celtic New Year and the time when it is thought the Veil between the world's is thinnest. Honoured relatives, troubled spirits, Gods/Goddesses, fairies and other creatures of uncertain nature mingle freely on Samhain Eve.

 

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Spiritual not Religious?

You describe yourself as spiritual, but not religious.

June 4, 2016 at 4:17pm

 

You bring the family together for Christmas and Easter, or other religious holidays, but the dates aren't meaningful to you beyond bringing the family together. How much more significant these occasions can be when you bring the celebrations of life and rebirth and the nature of spirit into what are, essentially, family rituals.

 

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Blessed Beltaine

a festival of protection and fertility

May 1, 2016 at 2:09pm

This is a modern interpretation of an ancient holiday. It's the Gaelic May Day festival melded with the wiccan observance of a blend of more German and English customs. The Welsh have a similar festival.

 

Beltaine is half way between spring equinox and summer solstice. It's one of the four seasonal festivals. In the southern hemisphere, modern day pagans celebrate on November 1st.

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Spring Equinox

Ostara and the story of the rabbit

March 31, 2016 at 12:36pm

The Wheel has turned and we, again, find the earth blooming beneath us. In Saxon traditions we can thank the Mother Goddess Ostara for bringing the return of spring.

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