Category Archives: Celebration

Of bats, quiet, and a full moon

Last night was the long awaited Friday 13th full moon. I’ve been so conscious lately of the sheer noise of life. By which, of course, I don’t mean only physical noise, although there’s plenty of that. There’s so much pressing in on us, so many day-to-day demands, terrible things happening in the world that simultaneously frighten us and…

Is yours an Earth Pathway?

Each year, I get a copy of the most beautiful diary you can possibly imagine. Called Earth Pathways, it is chock-full of poetry and other magical words, art work and festivity. Each day has the phases of the moon and sunrise and sunset times, and the festivals which mark the turning wheel of the year….

Becoming maiden. Again.

I love the sense of movement through the year as the earth turns and, in the Northern hemisphere, we begin to see the first signs of green returning. The trees are in bud and snowdrops are shouldering their way out of the ground. Tomorrow, 2nd February, is Imbolc, one of the “cross-quarter” days in the…

Scoring a 10

Wishing you all an amazing 2013, and thanks for being part of Pilgrim’s Moon. I start the year with a sordid confession: I LOVE the TV show Strictly Come Dancing. The latest series has just ended here in the UK (US version is Dancing with the Stars). In this show, celebrities pair up with professional dancers to…

Sharing stories of our grandmothers

To mark Dia de los Muertes, when we remember those who have gone before us, I thought it would be interesting and lovely to explore our memories of our own Grandmothers. Please share your stories, either on your own blogs and link to them in the comments at Pilgrim’s Moon, or write directly in the…

On the road again

Welcome back to Pilgrim’s Moon! Let’s continue together on the journey to a creative and joyful old age. (Read to the end for what’s new and my gift give-away.) I want to make magic here: to create a fireside space where we can share our stories. Once or twice a week I’ll write about how we…

How to be joyful

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the way in which as adults we sometimes lose the sense of unadulterated joy that most of us were lucky enough to have as children. I asked how we might regain it. Reading through your comments and emails, I was struck by one theme that kept on coming through:…

Did you leap?

So? Did you take a leap to celebrate 2012’s Leap Day on 29th February? Did you do something brave or silly or generous or selfish? This is your chance to tell us all about it. What have you been doing? So far, I’ve had emails from wonderful women describing these leaps: Offered to recite a story…

Where did our joy go?

On Sunday at church we had a very gloomy-doomy sermon. Lent. Repentance. Giving up things we enjoy. Evil. Sackcloth. Temptation. Ashes. Look, I know that if you choose to follow this mad religion of mine, you’re signing up for a certain amount of tragedy. It is, after all, based on sin and salvation. The symbol…

Leap: I dare you!

In my February newsletter, I issued a challenge and I repeat it here: 2012 is a leap year. And next Wednesday, 29th February is Leap Day. Let’s take that day and do something wonderful and scary with it! Here’s what I said in my newsletter: Leap Day Now traditionally what this means is that us poor…

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