In folklore this is the time of marriage. But it is not only about having found a partner on the outside, it is when we connect with the highest, best and strongest partner - the partner within ourselves.
From an astrological standpoint, this moment in time holds an incredible amount of potential. Everything is culminating, the tensions that are brought on by Saturn and Pluto’s conjunction in the sign of Capricorn are coming to a climax and are flanked by the Sun, Mercury and Ceres. It means that old concepts are falling, structures and hierarchies that no longer serve humanity are tumbling over. We see it everywhere in the news, it is truly happening. Additionally, the process is fueled by...
When I visited Wales a couple of years ago to do research for my book on the connection of fairy tales and stone circles, I could delve right into the spirit of the Neolithic worldview. Finally I was able to put a face to some of their celebrations. While I am always learning new things with the help of folklore about our ancestor’s take on life, I would like to share what insights I gained into their celebration of the winter solstice. Our Neolithic ancestors built Megalithic sites to...
Have you ever noticed that pumpkins somehow resemble large golden eggs? Many fairy tales speak about such wondrous eggs. They are more valuable than anything in the world and it is THE thing to have. Once upon a time, people in Switzerland seem to have believed that pumpkins bring forth new beings, just like eggs. Read about my research into Swiss folklore and the meaning of pumpkins/golden eggs.
The time of the fall equinox is here. Day and night are equal again. Light and darkness are in balance. Is this the secret to life? We should take this a lot more literal than we are used to. We should not always jump straight to the psychological interpretation.
It is often one little word, which announces the chance for a heroine or a hero to move on into a better life. During their metamorphosis, called 'the hero’s journey', fairy tale protagonists are taken by the hand by a mysterious power that always seems to be there, when needed.
At last we have arrived at the threshold between winter and summer. It is the threshold between death and life. In “Hansel and Gretel,” the children must deal with a hag, the goddess in her death-bringing aspect.
Only when a calendar reflects the cycles of the sun and the moon properly will we manage to stay in tune with the cyclical movements of life. Only then will we be able to respond to their rhythmic creational process that shapes the world we live in, and thus participate in the dance of destiny.
The equinoxes mark a threshold, a door to a new seasonal quality. Folk tales talk about this magical moment and convey that up until recently, the Maker of Seasons could be met personally in the local streets.
To know the seasons and act in sync with them was - and still is - very important for us human beings. It determines how well in sync we are with the flow of life. In ancient times, the yearly calendar was divided into several holiday seasons. One of them was at the beginning of February and ended with what we call today "Valentine’s Day." Nothing less than LOVE was celebrated on that day. But why in February and not in the blooming month of May, the traditional month of love and weddings?