‘Gloaming’ comes from the old English glomung which translates to “twilight” or “fall of evening”. It comes from the root word glom which means “twilight” and is related to glowan which is a verb that means “to glow”. Thus you might say that gloaming refers to the glow prior to sunset or sunrise.
These inbetween times are known in various magical traditions to be liminal times when other worlds are more easily accessed, and magic itself is more potent. Pre-dawn has always been one of my favourite times, though I rarely manage to struggle out of bed early enough to enjoy it.
The past months have found me entering a period of transition as well. I have had to retire a blog I have devoted eight years to writing, and while I have begun this new blog, there is a lot that I miss about the old one. I have toyed with the idea of binging a few of my more popular articles here, but I think for the time being I will spend my time and energy looking forward rather than backward.
I have a feeling that 2017 will be a year of rediscovering myself and refining my path. For those who like the basic details: I’ve been a witch for nearly 20 years now, and have been around the online Pagan community since the early 2000’s.
I am not sure the full tone this place will have. Sometimes I feel pulled to give up writing and focus on more tangible things – crafts, travel, exploration, nature, photography – I guess I’ll just have to see where the current takes me.