Archives for 2011

Family Winter Solstice Ritual

For those of you following this blog, you may have noticed that my family never manages to celebrate the Wheel of the Year on the actual solar date (in the case of the solstices and equinoxes) or the traditional dates (in the case of the cross-quarter day).  The reason for this is largely practical.  First [Read More…]

Back to my natural cycle

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the last couple days in Florida, I really started to miss Chicago-land weather — the cold and the gray.  I had trouble making sense of it myself, but I felt a distinct sense of disjointedness.  And I’m pretty sure it was all the sunshine and warm weather.  It [Read More…]

The Dying of the Light

So, I’m in Florida over Winter Solstice/Christmas and thinking how strange it is to be celebrating the darkest time of the year with sunny days and 80º weather.  We were at the beach watching the sunset and Dylan Thomas’ poem came to me: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn [Read More…]

Spiritual Discipline

Confession time.  Spiritual discipline is not my strong suit.  I left the Mormon church when I realized that I lacked and always would lack the discipline to live the Mormon lifestyle.  Why did I lack the discipline?  Because deep down I lacked the desire.  Sure I wanted to be a good Mormon.  But did I [Read More…]

First Snow

We had our first snow of the season yesterday.  My daughter was ecstatic.  I’ve always loved the first snows of early winter.  It seems to justify the cold weather.  And the way it covers everything in a blanket of white feels like forgiveness.  I always regretted tromping through freshly fallen sheet of snow in a [Read More…]

D. H. Lawrence’s Pagan Creed

I recently picked up D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers.  I’ve been wanting to read Lawrence ever since I read Ronald Hutton’s Drawing Down the Moon, in which he groups Lawrence with such proto-Pagans as Robert Graves, W. B. Yeats, Ernest Westlake and Harry (Dion) Byngham (of the Order or Woodcraft Chivalry), who were part of [Read More…]