Heart of Purification

In the belly of February we lie, existing in a liminal space where sighs of spring and the waxing light blossoms in-between snowflakes. Like goddesses in mythology, our bodies are stretching, awakening limbs, muscles, senses and hearts from underneath the layers of winter’s necessary hibernation. In ancient Roman times, February marked Februalia or Februa, the […]

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Yuletide Reflections

A few Yule seasons back, I was wandering through Union Square losing sensation in my fingertips and filled with that particular blend of holiday mania, equal parts joy and terror. At The Strand I saw old friends, nightclub performers I used to dance on tabletops with, and wondered what if that was still my life? […]

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Eve of Imbolc

Many of my friends celebrate New Year’s as a perfunctory holiday or as “amateur night,” because the calendar year is a creation of modern times. Pagans and Witches alike view Samhain or Halloween as the “Witches New Year,” despite varying opinions. For me, the new year actually takes flight on the eve of Imbolc (February […]

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