Harvest in the Pacific Northwest

At the beginning of August many of my Pagan friends celebrated the first harvest, commonly known as Lammas or Lughnasadh (from the Celtic calendar system). That observance has never meant much to me. I am not a farmer, and have spent precious little time in places where early August means first fruits of any kind. Now in Washington, it means the height of summer, and I spend my summer time waiting for the days to cool.As August passed I began to have half-formed thoughts of salmon. Had my … [Read more...]

Not of this world

On my way to the grocery store I pass two churches. The first is a Lutheran church, an open and affirming one. I visited it last year, and while I thought highly of it, I couldn't sit through an entire service. These days I barely notice the large brick building with its stained glass and preschool playground. Until it hosts the farmers' market in its parking lot. Then I am there weekly, even if I bypass its front doors and sanctuary.The other church is much larger (churches here seem to be … [Read more...]

Midwinter

Midwinter is here. I feel it in my energy levels. I see it in the light. It's been cold here: dry and close to freezing most days. Today it warmed up enough to rain. In the mornings we're awake for the sunrises, but we don't have to wait long. The days feel ever so slightly longer. The growing light is welcome.The first part of winter always feels intense to me. It comes on the end of an autumn cull and the high holidays of Samhain. This year was no different. But the level of intensity of … [Read more...]

Collaging the year, part two: 2013

Yesterday I posted about my 2012 collage, what came to pass and what did not (click here to read that post).For 2013 I did a tarot reading. I used the Mary-El tarot. I drew the 9 of Swords, the King of Disks, the Devil reversed, the 2 of Swords reversed, the Moon, and the Hanged Man. Basically, I have yet another intense year ahead of me. (What I'd like to do is take a moment to whine about how intense and challenging everything has been for the last few years and how I'd really love it if … [Read more...]

Out with the old!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my leaving the UK and arriving in Olympia. This has been a big, exhausting, amazing year for me. I have learned so much. Let me share with you:*I have an irrational love of the British Isles. The land there feels good to me in a way that makes no sense. It took me a good 2/3 of my year to stop waking up missing the Welsh sky.*When you follow the magic, the Current, the flow, whatever you choose to call it, it will not disappoint.*I have … [Read more...]

One year ago, Wales

Today, if the world hasn't ended, marks one year since my family packed up and drove away from Lampeter. We pulled out of the driveway before dawn. We watched the sun rise on the incomparable Teifi Valley. Our car was headed for Cornwall to spend Christmas with friends before heading back to the United States. (I linked to my last real post in Wales over on today's A Sense of Place.)I find Washington to be far more wild than Wales. It makes sense: it's not been as cultivated for as long … [Read more...]

Link love

Today I started my official Friday blog at Patheos! First post is about the solstice and the play of light and dark. Enjoy! … [Read more...]


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