The auto-da-fé

It won’t stop snowing. This isn’t funny anymore. If it ever was. Not now. Not now that this may be the winter of our undoing. ‘Tis the season of bad moons and black moons, cold stars and colder sunlight. ‘Tis the season of ever winter and never Christmas. ‘Tis the season of the Inquisitor. AllContinue reading “The auto-da-fé”

Greg was right and I need to lighten up

All right, before you get all worried and start sending me frantic Facebook messages, Twitter DMs, and emails asking me if I am okay, please read on. I’m not completely admitting I’m wrong, here. Just partially. (And, really, when am I ever okay?) To read the full hash of the Great Jon Stewart Liberal-vs-Leftist Debate, withContinue reading “Greg was right and I need to lighten up”

It’s OK to talk to dead people if you want

October is the month in which we bear witness to the precise opposite of spring. Some years, like this one, we see this made manifest in brilliant and awe-inspiring fashion, but whether the deciduous leaves delight us for weeks with tons of fire or skip stubbornly right from green to brown, then straight to theContinue reading “It’s OK to talk to dead people if you want”

Don’t give yourself a heart attack: A meditation

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 oftenContinue reading “Don’t give yourself a heart attack: A meditation”

The Wizard’s Homecoming

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 theContinue reading “The Wizard’s Homecoming”

Happy equinox: Another season come round again at last

A few nights ago, in the midst of a boisterous crowd around a fire, a friend of mine kept stopping me midsentence: “Wait, wait, hold on, just a second,” he’d say, holding up his hands out palms forward, fingers to the sky. “Just hold on and look at all this. Look how perfect all this is.” HeContinue reading “Happy equinox: Another season come round again at last”

The sunrise salvation party (XXXV)

One of the coolest things about the I Ching is the way it manages to so simply describe events and possibilities we know to exist, things we know to be real and yet simultaneously know to be intangible, unprovable, and even to some degree imaginary. Fortunately, the I Ching is not an insecure Scripture. ItContinue reading “The sunrise salvation party (XXXV)”

I said hi to a hunter in the sky: A constellation meditation

Last week, late one night, Orion rolled up over the side of the horizon. I hadn’t seen the rough old bastard in a while. I never see him in the summer. So I said hey, what’s up. I don’t care for the winter, but it’s good to see you again. Everybody knows it’s time forContinue reading “I said hi to a hunter in the sky: A constellation meditation”

Secrets of a harvest moon

Four AM, damn near the navel of the sacred-of-ages forests of southern New Hampshire. The brilliant silvery reign of the Harvest Moon continues yet unabated, the lateness of the year’s own hour betrayed by the relative absence of any of the harbinger’s of dawn. The fake aurora borealis, however, those orangey slivers above Nashua andContinue reading “Secrets of a harvest moon”

The wizard is on duty

A few words before we get back into things In my last post, I half-seriously indicated that I might take the month of July off. Much to my own surprise, it turned out I wasn’t half-serious about this at all. I was completely serious. Here we are, pretty much August. ¿Donde esta aqui? Likely, thisContinue reading “The wizard is on duty”