The Winds of Monte Rosa

On the coming of the Equinox in chaotic times. Everything of that day was autumn. The sun beamed in friendly fashion down upon our rock stronghold. It was still quite warm and formidable, but something in its character revealed the beginnings of its terminal wane. The wind, blowing steadily throughout the day’s adventure, made fewer … Continue reading The Winds of Monte Rosa

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The Shuffle of Destiny

It's been a lot of years since I regularly used the shuffle feature when listening to music. I know some people still do this, and it seems likely that I'll get some vehement pushback from enthusiastic present-day shufflers, but we all know Peak Shuffle happened years ago. Streaming radio services, however carefully curated by you, … Continue reading The Shuffle of Destiny

I’m Not Dead Yet (but I did lose a week)

Yeah, it's Friday afternoon and up til now I haven't posted anything in a full week - and the last thing I posted may have seemed a little ominous. Good news, everyone (well, hopefully, you think it's good news) - I am still here on Earth! I find this fact absolutely glorious. But then...if I'm … Continue reading I’m Not Dead Yet (but I did lose a week)

Live Tree or Die: This Week in Divination

The benefit of divination, despite what you or I may commonly think, has nothing to do with knowing the future and everything to do with understanding the cosmos. Divination is a funny thing, because sometimes you get these results where it’s like, “Either I’m gonna die or I’m gonna end up like a half immortal … Continue reading Live Tree or Die: This Week in Divination

There Were Days Between

There were days, there were days, There were days between. Summer flies and August dies, And the world grows dark and mean. Comes a shimmer of the moon On dark, infested trees; Singing man is at his song, The holy on their knees, The reckless are out wrecking, The timid plead their pleas. No one … Continue reading There Were Days Between

One Last Beginning (Can You Feel the Crispness?)

It happened during a quick after-work drive through my hometown. It was the last hour of golden evening daylight. Townsend, where I grew up, is a very small and very average town. (Seriously, click the link.) It sits along the north-central edge of Massachusetts, and it’s one of the greatest places on Earth. I ended … Continue reading One Last Beginning (Can You Feel the Crispness?)

Be like grass. Or like water. Or both.

Note: While I'm working on getting out the long-awaited Episode 18, I thought it worthwhile to adapt certain portions of Episode 17's liturgy into post format, for your enjoyment. If you wish to listen to the entire liturgy (which I recommend), you can find it here on SoundCloud or search Wizard of Monadnock on any podcast … Continue reading Be like grass. Or like water. Or both.

Vacation is Dead (Long Live Vacation!)

Like Merlin returning from Bermuda in the animated Sword in the Stone, I’m BACK, fresh off a glorious week spent smack on the elbow of Cape Cod. I’d probably be dead or lobotomized were it not for vacations like this one. And look, this isn’t an advice column - I’m not here to tell you … Continue reading Vacation is Dead (Long Live Vacation!)

Mercury Gets Right, Rainbows Connect

I know it was a bit of a tease - I showed up on Medium and then made three posts in three days and then...silence. Knowing I risked losing whatever tiny amount of momentum I had managed to amass, I made the calculated decision to take the week off before resuming regular activity next week. … Continue reading Mercury Gets Right, Rainbows Connect

Lammas in the Retrogrades

One of the things I hate the most is being forced against my will to take good advice. I hate it even more if it seems like I’m being forced to take good advice by fucking meddling planets. I can accept that a certain degree of my existence is at the mercy of the Wheel of … Continue reading Lammas in the Retrogrades