Passing Time: Imbolc

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Imbolc, Candlemas, Brigid’s Day, Groundhog Day

Welcome to the first article in our rituals series. I went with the modern pagan wheel of the year calendar because several of us are familiar with it and it evenly breaks up the twelve months into manageable chunks of time. There will a mix of spiritual and secular practices and observations for each holiday–I can’t promise ahead of time if any will be weighted more one way or the other, but I’ll do my best to include something for everyone. In the future, these will publish the Wednesday before the holiday date. Apologies for the late posting on this one–it was a bit of a last-minute idea. Thank you to the contributors! You are invaluable. Read full post

The Turnip is Dead, Long Live the Turnip

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Author’s Note: The Turnip Sacrifice was scheduled for this past weekend, but it didn’t happen until Monday night due to rain, wind, and snow. All requests made, up to and including those made at the last minute on Monday night, were included.

And so it began, the solemn ritual sacrifice of the root vegetable… Read full post

Fuck You, Turnip

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Author’s Note: I started off trying to make this a personal essay on what the Turnip Sacrifice meant to me. That didn’t work. Something in me resisted strongly. I’ve realized that I don’t want to explain. It works for me to open the ritual up to others so that they get what they want out of it and I get what I want out of it. And part of what I get out of it is not having to have it make sense or be justified/understood. It’s an experience and a ritual of the unconscious, and that is what it is.

BRING THE TURNIP YOUR DISASTERS, PAIN, AND SHIT!

THE TURNIP WILL TAKE IT INTO THE FIRE!!

BURN TURNIP BURN!!!

FUCK YOU, TURNIP! Read full post