Tuesday, November 3, 2009

a time for reflection and study

I am trying something different this year as far as a little adjustment to the wheel of the year.
Like many pagans, I have celebrated Samhain as the end and the beginning of the year. Last year there was some discussion on the blogs about this and a couple of people offered that they celebrate Samhain as the end of the year and Yule as the beginning. The time in between is used for....whatever.
I am doing that this year. I will celebrate the new year at the winter solstice, when the dark begins to change back to light. And I will use the dark part of the year for reflection and study.
My studies are already lined up. I have begun a course on chakra healing with my teacher and I am well into book one of Christopher Penczak's Temple series.
I will let you know how both of these progress.
I am also going to make time to do more magick, Christopher's books have magickal exercises for homework, so those two studies will go together.
I feel good about this, it seems to have a natural flow that appeals to me at this time.


  1. Enjoy your time of introspection and knowledge gathering!

  2. I think that's a lovely way to think of the time between Samhain and Yule. November does feel like a 'slowing-down' time, doesn't it?

    Enjoy C.P.'s book - I am loving his work (his other books in the series just get better and better.) There is a cd companion to the book as well, with meditations and such on it. Very good.

  3. Hi Rue, how far into the Temple series are you, or are you done with it? I am just getting into the Inner Temple and despite that fact that he swears that this series is not Wicca 101...it is so far. Tell me it gets better. :-)

  4. If you are walking a Celtic path, then it is appropriate for you to observe Samhain as the New Year. Yule, being an English (and therefore Germanic) word, is the New Year for Germanic cultures (the Angles, the Saxons, the Jutes, the Danes & other Scandinavians).

    Just for the record.

  5. I am Celtic by birth and generally follow Celtic traditions (or the reconstructions thereof) but my path seems to be taking me into uncharted territory this year. :-)