With only a few remaining days before Advent begins and a whole lot to talk about, I've scribbled some off-the-cuff dispatches from the autumn below. * I’ve seen a lot of deer and also several black panthers. The deer have been real, the panthers have not. * I remember this one moment one morning in … Continue reading The Panthers Have Not Been Real: Dispatches from Autumn
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
I’ll just come right out and say it: I have a very uneasy relationship with the holiday of Lammas. Seems like an odd thing to say. Isn’t it strange for a wizard committed to observing the eight major solar holidays of the year to speak badly of one of them? How does one have an … Continue reading The Dogs of Lammas
Welcome to the Dark Side - the Dark Side of the Year. That's why Samhain (aka HALLOWEEN, fam) was such a big deal for the Celts. It's interesting - what I typically think of as "the middle holidays" in the Wheel of the Year, the ones that fall between the solstices and equinoxes, were actually the main … Continue reading All the Ghosts, All the Saints, All the Souls
Harvest time, yet again. In terms of the year's cycle, we may as well call it The Moment of Truth. Some might go so far as to say "Judgment Day," but let's not let our sense of drama completely get away from us. In any case, it's kind of a BFD - now we see the … Continue reading HARVEST TIME: What Have I Grown?
All you fall-lovers can go to hell. Happy Autumnal Equinox, you smug bastards. All right, all right, enough of that. I'm baiting you and indulging myself - on purpose, of course. The truth, as ever, is more complicated. My baiting indulgence and cruel cursing is rooted in a couple of factors. For one, I've noticed a … Continue reading You can take your pumpkin spice lattes and….
[Author's Note: This was initially written several days ago, but not posted immediately.] Some, unready to let go, may accuse me of jumping the gun here. Labor Day isn't until next week! September doesn't even start until Thursday! And technically, summer doesn't even end for three and a half more weeks! All true - though … Continue reading Summer vacation is over
When you really start closely following the phases of the year, especially when relentlessly broken down into six-week segments, time really starts to speed up. It’s sort of the opposite of what you’d think – a watched pot never boils, and all that. You’d think constantly watching the progression of the natural seasons of life … Continue reading It’s like time, man – trying to make sense of what’s left
Careening in the background, uncontrollably and at a breakneck, toward the mid-autumnal new moon - and its priestess-goddess and all she and it might portend - the question of the hour is whether the dawn is the most personal or the most impersonal of all the phenomena of wonder to which we are regularly and often … Continue reading Don’t give yourself a heart attack: A meditation
It's a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago; Mama, mama, many worlds I've come Since I first left home. Going home, going home, By the waterside I will rest my bones, And listen to the river sing sweet songs To rock my soul. -Robert Hunter, "Brokedown Palace" I wonder if the fact that the … Continue reading The Wizard’s Homecoming