James Duvalier

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Saint Martin’s Day

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As I publish this blogpost, I am happy to say that Halloween has officially arrived!  The air is permeated with magic and the veil between the worlds is so thin that I can see and feel spirits around every corner!  This is truly the most amazing time of year.  The topic of today’s post is Saint Martin’s Day, a holiday that we have not yet discussed on this blog yet one that has strong spiritual elements and…
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Halloween Resolutions

Bizarre Vintage Halloween Postcards (1)

The month of October is half gone and we are fast approaching Halloween, my absolute favorite holiday.  Fall is the season were the Earth give us the abundance of her gifts before sleeping during the long winter months.  It is only fitting therefore that spiritual traditions that pay attention to the Earth’s cycle would see the end of fall as the end of one year and the start of another.  In Wicca and many Pagan traditions, Halloween…
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Nowruz and the Spring Equinox

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Anybody who knows me or who has been following my blog long enough will know the autumn is my favorite season with its crisp breezes and cool air perfumed by the colorful falling leaves, but as a spiritual person I do understand the importance of being in touch with all the seasons.  I do in fact enjoy the spring when the cold sharpness of February melts into the milder days of March and April and Earth once…
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Candlemas

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About fifteen years ago I happened to hear about an Eastern Rite Ukrainian Catholic Church a few towns over from where I was living at the time and I decided to attend Divine Liturgy one Sunday morning.  I have always loved Eastern Rite Christianity with its beautiful sung liturgies, generous use of incense, holy water and continuous making of the Sign of the Cross throughout the service not to mention the churches themselves decorated from wall to…
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Chinese New Year: The Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year

New Year’s Eve and Day have always been fun for me.  I love the idea of ushering in the New Year through a night of celebration that does not have the commercial overtones of Christmas.  I celebrate and love Christmas as well but I feel that it should be a time of deep spiritual reflection, charity and kindness towards others rather than the materialism with which it has become associated in the modern age.  New Year’s is…
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