A wizard’s summer vacation (Happy solstice!)

The end of the year, the beginning of winter, the year's darkest days, the period we commonly think of as Christmastime - this is undeniably a magical time. As the cold and darkness surround us, we are warmed by our spirits and our companionship; facing the difficult days ahead, we are yet filled with mirth and … Continue reading A wizard’s summer vacation (Happy solstice!)

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The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 2 (A Photo Journey)

Yesterday, when we left off, our heroes (myself included) were scaling Monadnock's final stretch, that place mostly above the artificial treeline where you think you're there already but there's at least a half hour to go and you're very, very tired and kind of staggering along. That's how the experience is for me, anyway. The … Continue reading The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 2 (A Photo Journey)

The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 1 (A Photo Journey)

As is only fitting for 2013's Day of Longest Light, and in keeping with my general tendencies toward wildness and not thinking things through, on the evening of June 21, I set out to climb my beloved mountain. This is a chronicle of that fateful and life-changing trek into the heights of divine communion and … Continue reading The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 1 (A Photo Journey)

Which way to the Banquet? Midsummer’s Day Six

Way back in December, I posted this crazy rambling rant exploring ways to cope with eternity even though our brains can never quite grasp it and even though random effects of eternity sometimes intrude into our daily lives and thoughts and dreams. Even as solstices themselves are made to look arbitrary in the face of the … Continue reading Which way to the Banquet? Midsummer’s Day Six

Ask, Seek, Knock: Midsummer’s Day Four

Well, everyone, it's Day Four of Midsummer - we're well into it, now! Hopefully my dear readers are joyfully living this out as much as I am. Endless greetings and blessings. Today is a holiday! Perhaps you're stuck at work and it feels just like a regular old Monday, and all that entails, but this … Continue reading Ask, Seek, Knock: Midsummer’s Day Four

Standing Sun, Standing Man

Given that it's Midsummer's Afternoon, I am not going to take up very much of your time with talk. This isn't the time for talk - or for reading and writing, really. This is the time to stand beneath the standing sun, feel the fire, and prepare yourself to carry that fire onward into the … Continue reading Standing Sun, Standing Man

Happy Solstice Morn! It’s the Longest Day of the Year!

Six months ago, the new light was born, Half year later, its victorious morn. The promises made in darkest of days, Fulfilled when the sun stops dead now to blaze. What recently only had the potential to be, The sun shines bright so permits us now to see. What stiffness in our backs, whate'er our … Continue reading Happy Solstice Morn! It’s the Longest Day of the Year!

The Bells of the Heavens Toll: It’s Midsummer

Did you see the waxing gibbous moon last night? It shone so bright it may as well have been full. That should give you some idea of what we're in for. I don't know how else to tell you, but this weekend is actually magical, and it starts today at noon. No, it doesn't, you … Continue reading The Bells of the Heavens Toll: It’s Midsummer

Day of the Ancients: A Wizardy Father’s Day Message

On Sunday, those among us lucky enough to have fathers and perhaps even grandfathers still with us will thank and honor them with funny cards and beer and Amazon gift certificates. In no way would I ever diminish the importance and the magnitude of our living fathers and all they have done for us, but … Continue reading Day of the Ancients: A Wizardy Father’s Day Message