The Light that Binds

On the Winter Solstice I participated in a dawn Yule Ritual that celebrated the magical transmutation of dark to light.  As the sun rose glittering like a ruby over the eastern horizon, I felt like dancing.  My very soul quickening with the rising orb: here comes the sun and I say, it’s all right. In … More The Light that Binds

Garden Authority

It has been too long since I held communion with the Green Realm.  Around these parts, it is a quiet time.  Only the evergreens remain to add their chlorophyll ease to eyes weary of browns and grays. Yet, there is work to be done.  I cut down the withered stalks of dead flowers, scattering their … More Garden Authority

Warming Fires

My husband is a first responder for wildfires.  With the nights turning cooler around these parts, we’ve had several dinners and family evenings interrupted by fire calls.  I’m accustomed to this annual uptake.  As the trees shut down sugar production and drop their leaves, forests are particularly vulnerable to fire.  Fire is simply following its … More Warming Fires

Illimitably Earth

Spent a fabulous and balanced week digging in the dirt.  Reaping, tilling, sowing, transplanting and nurturing.  We harvested some of our winter rye.  Felt like being in a Van Gogh painting — two figures, one cutting and the other bundling.  A gentle moment. My eldest son and I fulfilled a yearly tradition, planting an inaugural … More Illimitably Earth

Moon Dancing

In the green realm, there are no ticking clocks.  There are no calendars scribbled through with appointments.  In the green realm, the sun and the moon and the stars keep the beat.  Natural time. The stars reveal the cadence of the seasons in a bass line more complex even than that thrummed by Phil Lesh.  … More Moon Dancing