Beltane 2020

Welcome bonny May! Beltane (May 1) blessings to all! Outside my window the trailing branches of two weeping cherry trees in full bloom sway in the breeze. On the radio, Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood” breaks like sunshine into the room to celebrate the day as the orchestra evokes the hum of growth and the cuckoo’s […]

Spring Equinox 2020

Stirrings of Spring Welcome March equinox! Do you know where your balance is? It’s hard to maintain perspective in these harrowing times. The sun, a clarion call mobilizing the life force into action, shines equally now on north and south, a pause, as it slowly lengthens its reach northward. Let us all take a moment […]

Imbolc 2020

First Stirrings of Spring — Welcome Imbolc With Imbolc (im – blk), or Candlemas, on February 2, we reach the mid-point between the December solstice and the March equinox. Life begins its slow, quivering rise north flowering in swathes of blue bonnets in the hills of Texas and shyly appearing in snow drops in Massachusetts. […]

Winter Solstice 2019

Welcome Solstice Light At the December solstice, the sun is directly above the farthest point south of the equator it ever reaches, giving those of us in the northern hemisphere short days and those of us in the southern hemisphere long ones. The earth’s slow tilt from north to south and back again pauses at […]

Samhain 2019

Welcome to the intersection of time and eternity! Blessed Samhain (sow-en). Thankfully, in Gaelic this word is the name for the month of November since for me Halloween slipped by in an after-senior-flu-shot malaise. October 31 is a day out of time, the extra day in the ancient Celtic calendar, which is the source of […]

Autumn Equinox 2019

On the first day of fall, a white butterfly hovers over the wildflowers in the abandoned lot behind my house as I heat a cup of tea in the microwave. END the light flashes on the digital display as the buzzer sounds. Shaken out of my summer reverie, I’m jolted into recognition that the sun […]

Lammas 2019

Summer is well underway. A profusion of daylilies, sunflowers, gladiolas and sweet peas, brighten city sidewalks and gardens as they bake under the blazing fury of the sun with its enervating heat. For many contemporary people in Europe and America, August 1, marks the beginning of summer vacation, not a reckoning that we have come […]

Summer 2019

Peonies, roses, and a full June moon trill the senses with triple delight. The sun has pushed us to its boundary in the northern hemisphere. Summer solstice has come. There is a bird outside my window that warns me of the sun’s advent around 3 AM every morning—way too much of an early bird for […]

Saying Goodbye to Dorothy

In Memory of Dorothy Emerson On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, my phone rang. It was Dorothy. I was about to fix dinner, and almost didn’t pick up intending to call back later, but instead I pressed the green button and Dorothy’s familiar voice greeted me on the other end of the line. We chatted […]

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Beltane 2019

Bring in the May with joy! The ancient Celtic name for May 1, the mid-point between the spring equinox and summer solstice, is Beltane in honor of the sun god Bel. As the sun quickens the earth to life, human passions run high.  All-night festivities and hill top bonfires are traditional in northern Europe on […]