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My Life is My Ritual

At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the process of the seasons.  —Carl Jung

This has been a tough winter for me. It’s been colder than usual, more rainy, and we’ve frosted-mulleineven had more snow than normal where I live. And, well, politics. I’m normally rather quiet and reflective in winter but this year I’ve been more somber and depressed…
So now, just like the groundhog, I’m trying to crawl out of my hole here.
Yesterday was Imbolc. And just like every festival day for the last couple of years, since we started our Bardic studies, we planned to do something and I always bail out. I never want to do anything special on these festival days, and I think I’ve finally put my finger on two reasons why.
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Calan Gaeaf

“Death is there to keep us honest, and constantly remind us we are free” – Dan Fogleberg

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Some call it Halloween, some call it Samhain, but since this upcoming “Holiday” is about honoring the Ancestors, I like to use the Welsh name for it- Nos Calan Gaeaf, because I have a lot of Welsh Ancestors, and the Welsh culture is something I feel drawn to.
Broken down, Nos is “night”, Calan is “New Year” and  Gaeaf is “Winter”,

All together it means the night before “Calan Gaeaf” or the the Night Before Winter New Year.  In most traditional cultures, the New Year starts when the larders are full, harvest is in, life is bountiful and we are optimistic we will make it through the long winter ahead.

I am purposefully “anti” American Holidays, because they have been Continue reading “Calan Gaeaf”

The New Species Begins to Emerge

OK. It’s officially “a thing”.  I have a problem with Festival days. screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-3-22-36-pm

No, really, like ‘knots in my stomach and avoidance’ kind of problem. I’ve blamed it on lethargy, laziness or being contrary, and blamed last Samhain’s really strange energy on some disturbing news I had just gotten about one of my Ancestral lines, but after several more Festival days and several more bouts of avoidance, it finally came to some sort of real awareness today.  And I think I can see something emerging. Continue reading “The New Species Begins to Emerge”

We All Go to Harvest

At Alban Elfed (Autumnal Equinox) day and night are in balance. img_6731The Earth is offering up her gifts; berries, nuts, seeds-things that will get us through the Winter, things that hold more energy than other foods.

All of the animals and insects are harvesting. The squirrels are carrying away what few acorns we have this year, the sheep are eating them too. The birds are eating seeds from our primrose, and the bees are stocking up on the pollen from the rosemary, alyssum and tulsi flowers. The geese have been flying overhead, southward, in huge flying V’s.

Here on our farm we’re harvesting grapes, almonds, Continue reading “We All Go to Harvest”

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