folklore

‘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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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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A Shining May

by Cari on 04/30/2015

in Wheel of the Year

A little gem from a past journal, this May entry catches the eye, as metal always does. I do love the word May, which can be a lovely woman’s name, a gracious way to say please, a branch of flowering hawthorne, the fifth month of our calendar year, or best of all, Beltane. And since [...]

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The earliest spring is here. Brigidtide, St. Brighid’s Day, Imbolc, Candlemas, Candlelaria, Groundhog Day (weather auguring), all names for the youngest springtime. In a nice correspondence, I find that this is also the time of year for the Hindu festival Vasant Panchami, celebrating the goddess Sarasvati and the beginning of spring. And the Yoruban festival [...]

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An American Folk Revels

by Cari on 12/17/2014

in Wheel of the Year

“Crossroads: An American Journey” is perhaps the most profoundly emotional of all the California Revels shows I’ve seen at the Scottish Rite Theater in twenty-two years. I expect it is because this year the Revels comes home, and presents an American folk Revels that rings deep in our hearts. It is full of songs we [...]

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So many of the seasonal celebrations I follow are from the English agricultural calendar. My paternal family has English roots, so English folkways feel deeply familiar and pleasing to me. I was tickled this morning to discover this old postage stamp from 1981 Britain with its lovely image of the overflowing cornucopias, the corn dolly, [...]

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Beltane Blessings

by Cari on 05/01/2014

in Wheel of the Year

A happy, frolicsome and joyful Beltane to all this fine May morning! This photo is from last year’s horn dance in the predawn darkness. The local Morris dancers do a fine job of dancing up the sun every year, beginning with this solemn ritual. My art above was inspired by these dancers. Though circumstances this [...]

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Pilgrimage Song in Denver Exhibit

by Cari on 04/22/2014

in Book Art

I’m so pleased that my book Pilgrimage Song has gone a-traveling to Denver and is presently showing in Abecedarian Gallery‘s juried exhibit Artists’ Book Cornucopia V. The entire exhibit is viewable online here. The show, an eclectic sampling of contemporary handmade books, runs through June 7. My book is structured to evoke the pueblo’s central [...]

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Over the years, I have seen such pageantry, puppetry, antics and spectacle  as any Yule fool could possibly want. This year’s Revels, though, touched my heartstrings and played them more deeply than I expected. The story in this year’s show is, in a way, the story of Revels itself: bringing the past alive so that [...]

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Meadowsweet Magic

by Cari on 07/03/2013

in Earthwise

My ancestral English heart is so delighted with the appearance of two blooms on my small meadowsweet plant. I have been nursing this plant along for years, in a couple of different locations. I grew it originally from seed, so am sure it’s the English meadowsweet, filipendula ulmaria. Every summer I try to keep its [...]

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