wheel of the year

A new cold weather tradition

As I’ve gotten older, my body is getting used to the hot, humid days of summer in the South.

It hasn’t always been this way. (more…)

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On This the Eve of Halloween

This year, Mr. LaVeaux and I will be having a very low key Halloween. At sunset on Halloween, we’ll be cutting a pumpkin and making our first jack-o-lantern in many years, burning a candle and breathing prayers under the night sky, drinking beer and thinking about those who have gone on before us.

The changing season, oncoming cold weather, falling leaves…all of autumn makes me reflect upon the reality of death and our human mortality. And not in a negative, fearful way, either. Watching the Earth as she rolls toward slumber puts me in touch with what is real. It kind of makes the thought of death feel less scary. After all, it is just the final turn of the wheel of time, a wheel we were born to ride to the end.

Halloween, that season where the veil is thinnest, hearkens us to look within ourselves at the core of what makes us human. What makes us Earthlings. As from the Earth we sprung forth, and to the Earth we shall return.

And at the heart of this realization is a beauty so sublime, it can make a soul weep with joy.

Photo credit: wonderopolis.org

 

The Wheel Keeps Turning

It’s been awhile since I have been able to take some time to blog, and I’ve missed sharing thoughts and ideas with you. I hope your year is going great so far. Mine has been flying and it’s been a happy and productive one as well. The wheel of the year keeps turning, and as I grow older it seems that big wheel moves a bit faster with each passing year. (more…)

Halloween is in the air

It’s the week of Samhain, the witches new year, and I sit here contemplating it and what it means to me.

Halloween.  All Hallows Eve.  This is the time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest.  Because of this, communicating with the dead is much easier on Samhain.  The spirits are roaming around us all the time, but on October 31 they seem able to reach us a bit better than on other nights of the year.  Make an effort to speak to them this week.  Be prepared for a response. (more…)