We have a traditional celebration called Pyanepsia, which is adapted from an ancient Greek festival. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year because it brings my darlings together for an evening of community, food, and thanksgiving. It’s a festival in honor of the changing of the seasons, from the outer to the inner, from the light into the darkness.

Can You Smell the Bay?

We use heaps of bay laurel.

Pyanepsia Celebration

We feast on fine foods, bean stews, and wine.

Candle-Making at Pyanepsia

We make candles.

Beeswax Dipped Leaves

This year, we dipped autumn leaves in beeswax to preserve them. Why not, when we were making candles anyway?

Tribal Eiresione

We make a giant communal eirisione, hung with wool and trinkets, evidence of our many blessings, in the hopes we will continue to be so blessed. Many thanks to our gracious hosts. xoxo

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