Quarantine blues

Today is Monday 3/30. I’ve been at home since Friday 3/13. This past week was much easier than the first, because Mark was at home so I could spend more time working and he could keep Alex occupied. Last Sunday my mom and stepdad agreed to help a family friend clean out the home of... Continue Reading →

Life in lock down

In the last two weeks society has completely shut down. After the schools and the businesses closed and they sent everyone home to spend time with their kids, shut up in their homes, I had a thought that perhaps in some cases this was a good thing. It stopped the ceaseless busyness, stopped commutes, after-school... Continue Reading →

The new normal

It occurs to me that these are historic days. The coronavirus has changed everything we do now. I’m working from home for the foreseeable future, with my son out of daycare. Mark continues to go to work because he's an essential worker. One month ago, on Feb 13 through the 18, I was in California... Continue Reading →

Hygieia, Goddess of health and hygiene

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia was the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “Hygiene”. And with a pandemic sweeping the world, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess... Continue Reading →

February, Imbolc and Candlemas

Imbolc is the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, the marker that Spring is returning, and a celebration to honor the goddess Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit). This is a time to honor Mother Earth as she wakes from her winter's recovery of giving rebirth to the Sun King at Yule. Imbolc is mentioned... Continue Reading →

Norse Goddess Frigga

Norse Goddess Frigg and her Maidens. From ‘Asgard and the Gods; the tales and traditions of our Northern ancestors, forming a complete manual of Norse mythology’, by Wilhelm Wägner, 1800-1886. Frigg (old Norse “beloved one”) is the queen of Asgard and wife to Odin the all-father. Frigg is a sorcerer and associated with love, marriage,... Continue Reading →

Fire Drake

A beautiful Fire Drake light fixture outside Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel. A Fire Drake or wyvern is a legendary two-legged winged dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, with a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. The drake is an important symbol in heraldry, and it is a popular creature in European literature... Continue Reading →

Yuletide and the Cailleach legend

In Irish and Scottish mythology, the Cailleach, also known as the Cailleach Bheur, is a divine crone, a creatrix, and possibly an ancestral deity or deified ancestor. She is the embodiment of the dark mother, the post-harvest goddess, the hag or crone entity. She appears in the late fall, as the earth is dying, and... Continue Reading →

Jörð, Norse goddess of Earth

  Jörð is attested to in the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda. She is Mother Earth, the goddess who is the earth herself. Her name is pronounced “ee-YURth” with a soft “th” like in “leather,” rather than a hard “th”, like in “earth.” However, as English is a Germanic language, it is completely appropriate... Continue Reading →

Roman Goddess Diana

Diana, in Roman religion, goddess of wild animals and the hunt, identified with the Greek goddess Artemis. Her name is akin to the Latin words dium (“sky”) and dius (“daylight”). As a fertility deity she was invoked by women to aid conception and delivery. She was also a goddess of domestic animals. Though perhaps originally... Continue Reading →

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