Topic Archive | EARTH HOLIDAYS RSS feed for this section

This page displays excerpts from the most recent posts on this topic.

Rose Hip Hooray

22. September 2009

0 Comments

Rose Hip Hooray

The equinox dawns dull and gray, no great splashy dawn to mark the season change, no chance to note the path of the rising sun to my soul, to position a stone for it to balance on each year. Yet within an hour the clouds first hint at the light pushing down above them, then slowly [...]

Continue reading...

Up Chimacum Creek With Two Paddles And A Poodle

21. June 2009

2 Comments

Up Chimacum Creek With Two Paddles And A Poodle

I was middle-aged before I ever rowed a boat, but since moving to the Olympic Peninsula, I’ve made up for lost time. In this magnificent region, there really is water, water everywhere—and most of it is safe to row in during the warmer/calmer months of the year. Most people up here paddle around in kayaks, but I wanted to be able to take my dog with me, and I needed a boat I could manage all by myself. So I got an inflatable boat, which tucks into the trunk of my car and allows me to explore some wonderful places. All I have to do is hook up the pump to my car’s lighter and voilà—in 15 minutes I have a boat.

Continue reading...

Unwinding On Beltane

30. April 2009

2 Comments

Unwinding On Beltane

Today is Beltane, one of the eight earth holidays—a cross-quarter day, between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Early pagans sowed their seeds at this time and did rituals blessing their fields. While we might find some of those ceremonies bawdy, what could be a more magical way to attune yourself to the fecundity of the earth than to be fertile and multiply right along with the crops? It is the lush season, the flagrant blooming of flowering trees and incessant buzzing of bees doing their part to perpetuate life. Part of me wants to loll about beneath a fragrant plum tree, while another part wants to join in the mood of the season and up my own productivity. Why not do both? Balance—what a concept!

Continue reading...

Evensong for the First Day of Spring

20. March 2009

0 Comments

Evensong for the First Day of Spring

This is my favorite day of the year. So much promise and hope, so much to look forward to, so much to enjoy right now. Planting season—in the earth and in my life. I always like to begin big projects in the spring, as it syncs them up with the cycles of the earth. We had sunshine all day long here in the far northwest, and it was wonderful to be out in the mildness for much of the day, contemplating and meditating on goals and dreams.

Continue reading...

Can You Feel It?

2. February 2009

1 Comment

Can You Feel It?

I love February because it has so many moods. It can catch us off guard with snow or tempt us with warm previews of spring. It’s the month here in the mild rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, when buds and sprouts emerge as welcome harbingers. The last few mornings I’ve heard more birdsong all around me, and that always adds more cheer to my days—even if the temperature hovers in the 30s.

Continue reading...

A Special White Winter Solstice

21. December 2008

1 Comment

A Special White Winter Solstice

I can’t ever remember being able to celebrate a White Winter Solstice except when I lived on Mt. Hood in Oregon years ago. That makes this year extra special. The madrona trees with their reddish bark look especially dramatic in their white coats. Living on the 48th parallel where light is a precious commodity in winter, [...]

Continue reading...