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The autumn equinox arrives today. The great wheel of time turns. The darker half of the year draws near, whether we will or no. And as sometimes happens, “I was summoned, from the branches of night …” by an old friend. Hear Moving through this scaffolding of days Holding solace in dreams and murmurs of memory [...]

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It’s Lammas time again, the first of the three harvest festivals and the one that especially honours the bread and the brew.  My altar has artwork for the body of grain, bread art representing the female and male principles, two favourite corn dollies made by my daughter when she was young,  a favorite framed harvest [...]

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This year’s journal has arrived in summer, now opposite from the beginning of the calendar year. But since I observe time in a circular way, any day on the wheel of the year is the first day of the year that will follow. As usual I begin working on the pages long before they are [...]

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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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The Quickening Year

by Cari on 02/01/2016

in Wheel of the Year

I love the word “quickening.” It is a very old word, found in medieval Anglo-Saxon herbals, and still used today. It usually means when a pregnant woman feels the child move inside her for the first time. It is also a nice metaphor for this time of year. At Imbolc, winter begins to rouse from its [...]

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At this turn of the Wheel of the Year, we celebrate the first harvest of many to come. It is a subtle turn, here in high summer in middle California. Yet autumn is perceptibly in the air, in the shortening days and the stray coolness in the evenings. Everything is dry, dry, and seedheads are [...]

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Binding up a Year

by Cari on 06/02/2015

in Book Art

My annual journal follows its own idiosyncratic year, not the calendar. But each journal is more or less a year. Last year I had prepared the signatures, but due to a dramatic reversal in my life I was not able to bind them right away. Instead I filled one section at a time. This spring [...]

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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 double spiral is a form I have returned to again and again. When casting about for a form to represent the lyrics for “Let Union Be in All Our Hearts,” I finally opened the flat files and pulled out my old folder of spiral templates. It felt a bit like coming home. I briefly [...]

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Blessed Midsummer

by Cari on 06/22/2014

in Wheel of the Year

We are celebrating the heart of summer quietly around here. I have a little time between formal writing commissions to decorate my hearth altar. I am enjoying writing in my journal this year *before* binding the signatures together. A few pages are so much more portable. A little green gouache in a Speedball C-1 pen [...]

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