Starlight and brilliance of Sun's solar flare White and golden red Woven tapestry of Jet black Cosmos.
Green and brown Of fertile land Blue of sun kissed Watery basin.
Rainbow of color Spread across Pattern of cloth Textured and etched In crystal and stone.
Blackness of heated striation Of rock's core as gentle bud Pushes upward towards sun's Radiant blessing as Gaia sheds Her parched skin and dons Spring's Celestial mantle of lusty fertility.
This post is excerpted from my online course, A year and a Day on the Wiccan Path. It was part of the lesson focusing on The Natural World and seemed most fitting in celebration of Earth Day 2015. Enjoy!
Today was laundry day. And unpacking day. And grocery-shopping day. I returned late yesterday from Festival of Souls near Memphis and it was my second festival in as many weeks. I am grateful to be home to settle into Samhain and wash my socks.
Two weeks ago, I was teaching at the Southeast Wise Women's Conference, which used to be called the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference. It is exactly what it sounds like. In a gorgeous mountain setting--that was the site of the old Black Mountain College.
It's late August. The grass is bleached blond, the weeds at the roadsides are turning brown, and I'm starting to feel reminiscent about rainy weather. But there is a quality of light in late August that says summer is waning, and the bright half of the year is winding down. In a month we're going to turn the corner and the dark half is going to begin, and that's when we will find ourselves indoors more. Now is a good time to consider whether we're ready to be cooped up with ourselves. Are we ready for the inward turning that often happens in the winter? Are there things we'd like to let go of, so that we don't have to carry them into the shadows with us?
During the last days of this August, we can harness not only the energy of a waning moon, but also the energy of the waning year, to help us with this process.