Summer Altar, Taking Heart

Summer Altar

As summer passes, I keep up my devotions and tinker with my hearth altar. I call the directions every morning while my tea water boils. It centers me for the day. I add symbols of art I have harvested from my creative endeavors this year, though my biggest creative project will be in the cauldron […] Read more

Lunasa_journal_cool sea sere grass

Here again at the turn of the wheel, as summer turns quietly toward fall, I consider the many kinds of harvest. There is some murmuring online about the difference between the names Lunasa, or Lughnasadh, and Lammas, both names for this time of the year. The first is an old Celtic cross-quarter day, named for […] Read more


A Desert Journey

Tucson_Fountain Joy in Work

Today is the summer solstice, and I am glad of the peaking energy of the bright sun here in the northern hemisphere, while still feeling the shadow of what we begin turning to at the moment of greatest light. There is something so deceptively ordinary about this day, business as usual, while the great cosmic changes […] Read more


Water Mountain

Shasta railroad tracks

A few days after May Day, I bundled my bumped self into my car to drive north to Mount Shasta. I went to McCloud to teach a short class in drawing Celtic knotwork, as part of their first annual Celtic festival. But I welcomed the pilgrimage, to take time to go to the sacred mountain, […] Read more