Midwinter at My Hearth

Solstice_Advent Wreath

Today marks the beginning of the Twelve Days of Christmas. In churches the count begins on Christmas Day, but counting it from December 26 makes six days in the old year, and six in the new. This is how I learned it and practice it now. The twelve days of observance goes back at least to […] Read More


Solstice Eve

Solstice Eve Cauldron

The silver crescent sinks in the west at the dark margin of shortest day. Bring the cauldron, the salts of earth, the spirits of fire, water. Cast the spark. Now tear the strips, twist the paper, wind the wound in knots, tight. Bind it. The hushing shadows crowd round. Speak the story, say the names. Shout […] Read More


Round and round the year turns and here is Hallowtide again, Samhain, Hallowmas, Hallowe’en, Days of the Dead, Dias de Los Muertos, the final harvest festival of the agricultural year. This year, my hearth is in disarray with my kitchen still being remodeled, so instead there are little altars everywhere. In the living room, I […] Read More

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Peace Requires Everyone

Peace requires everyone to be in the circle

This is my contribution for the 2018 Heart to Heart Calendar. Calligraphy with a broad-edged pen and black ink. Maize from a tended garden; pine needles from a wild place. The quote, by Isabel Allende, speaks to me. I love working in and with circles. Circles are more than a simple shape. They are a […] Read More