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When the longest night of year is here Our friends and family gather near To light a candle against the night And warm our spirits in the wonder of light The longest night of the northern year arrives tonight, and for a few moments, the world stills. Since writing the verse illustrated in this card, [...]

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Summer seems to touch on a time out of time, when we cease our striving and doing, for a few moments, and simply be. My to-do list is slowly becoming my to-be list. Like the sun in the sky, I too seem to stand still. At midsummer I feel a sort of threshold: looking back, [...]

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‘Twas a lovely Beltane morning bringing up the sun with the Morris dancers at the Baylands. When we wake at 4 a.m. to roll out of bed for this sunrise ceremony of frolic and awe, we grumble and wonder at ourselves, but what if the sun did NOT rise because we were too lazy to [...]

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Come to me body of grain Come to me soul of light Come to me rest your head I will give you life – Demeter and We in my own lettering At the autumn equinox this year my thoughts turn not to equanimity but to darkness. At this time of the year, Demeter, the great [...]

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Full Moon at Summer’s End

by Cari on 08/29/2015

in Earthwise

Praise to the moon, bright queen of the skies, Jewel of the black night, the light of our eyes, Brighter than starlight, whiter than snow, Look down on us in the darkness below. If well you should find us then well let us stay, Be it seven times better when you make your way, Be [...]

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Divine Order and Disorder

by Cari on 05/02/2015

in Wheel of the Year

Beltane is the great favorite of the eight turns of the solar wheel. Everyone loves the celebration and revelry that comes with it, and it is beloved for its honoring of love and fertility. This year I was reminded of Beltane’s other magical nature, and its particular aspect of being a time when “the veil [...]

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Spring Tidings

by Cari on 03/20/2015

in Wheel of the Year

Sun streamed through my kitchen window this morning to kiss this yellow rose on my hearth altar. This afternoon the spring equinox arrived with the new moon, aligning the solar and lunar calendars. I’ve been faithful to a morning meditation practice for a while now. This morning, I kept returning to dualities. We live in [...]

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And Glory Shone Around

by Cari on 08/31/2014

in Earthwise

Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? I am one who becomes rather ecstatic when I behold one, and I often attempt to capture the glory in my camera. How the light changes as you watch, the threshold feeling, a liminal time, the twilight hour. The blue clouds were but the beginning of the great light [...]

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Swelling Summer Moon

by Cari on 08/06/2014

in Earthwise

The long indigo evenings of summer bring lingering moon views. This gibbous August moon reveals her details while the sky is still light enough for the camera to capture light and shadow invisible to the eye alone. Swelling summer moon, full of light, and growing. Friend of night travelers, lighting the way, brighter than starlight, [...]

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The Light of the New Year

by Cari on 03/20/2014

in Wheel of the Year

Today is celebrated as the New Year by two circles of friends. My Mexica neighbors dance in splendid feathered regalia, to bring in Ome Tochtli, “Two Rabbit Year” on the Aztec calendar. And my Persian friends are celebrating Nowruz, which means “New Day.”  These are very old observances indeed; and being on the solar calendar’s [...]

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