winter

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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Hot Tea on a Cold Day

Sometimes there is nothing more refreshing than a piping hot cup of tea on a brisk, cold day.

Tea takes me to other places in my mind, places I’ve never been, places I dream about and conjure in the vast regions of my imagination.

What is it like to stand inside the Taj Mahal? Does it smell sweetly of spice?

What would it be like to walk along the River Thames in London, a mug of Earl Grey tea warming my hands?

I take a sip of my cinnamon tea on this first truly cold day of the autumn and breathe in this season of Halloween.

Mmmm.

Photo credit: baysidejournal.com

The frigid days of winter – a poem

Winds blowing, ferocious
Plow their way into
The frigid days of winter

The trees bend, give way
To rushing snows
Painting themselves in layers

Blue and white, cold and pure
The crystals on an artist’s brush
Create a morning snowscape

Pagan Poetry – Björk

In my humble opinion, one of the most magnificent songs this Icelandic songstress has ever written. It feels wintery, cold and icy…a musical segue into the winter season.

Listen and fall into the magic.

And I thought I knew winter…

I live in the Southeastern corner of the United States. We have hot and humid summers and fairly mild winters in this part of the country.

As I type this, the forecast for today is 53F and rain. (more…)

There’s something captivating about Capricorn…something that I can’t explain

The sun is moving into Capricorn, and on the Winter Solstice the new moon will be in Capricorn as well.

What a great day! (more…)

Happy Winter Solstice 2014

May peace prevail this Solstice-time.

May hearts be warmed by the hearth fires, glowing bright in the darkest night.

May love flow. May happiness grow.

As the earth rolls into the winter season, dressing herself in blankets of snow, all is calm.

All is still.

The yule log burns away the cares of this year that’s ending, purifying the home for the year that is to come.

May you find joy at the turning of the earth’s wheel, and may you attract to yourself the things you desire in 2015.

Photo credit: theartof12.blogspot.com

Winter, the perfect time for stargazing

Have you ever noticed how the winter night sky seems extra dark and clear? The autumn season is rolling toward winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, making this is the best time of year to get out and look up at the stars.

The cold sky seems at its most transparent at the wintertime. The sky appears inky, and the stars shine so bright that you can actually see their colors.

Every star is not just plain, boring white. (more…)

The Cold St. Nicholas Full Moon – December 2014

The holiday season is here in full force, and Saturday, December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. What a wonderful day to have a full moon!  (more…)

As the earth turns toward winter, my thoughts fly north to the top of the world

When the cold winds begin to blow here in the Southeastern United States, I am drawn to the furthest northern lands on our beautiful planet.  For some reason, autumn and winter make me crave the barren landscape of the Arctic regions of the earth, the lands of ice and snow, the lands of the Sami peoples of Scandinavia, and the beautiful joik music like this presented here.

Wimme Saari is a joik singer from Finland, and if you listen to his vocalizations you will hear a similarity to the chantings of Native American tribal peoples.  Fascinating stuff here.  Hope you like it and that this will help your spirit prepare for the icy weather to come.

Peace.