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Meán Fómhair: The ritual I plan to do

For all those who struggle to assemble their own rites, I will attach mine for Meán Fómhair, the autumn equinox. I use a variety of sources to assemble my rites, from the chants I know (and some I occasionally write, although … Continue reading

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Peace, retreat and the master’s tools

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Ursula LeGuin’s The Eye of the Heron, which I read years ago. While I don’t have a copy handy — I plucked it from a library shelf at the time — it’s one of the many … Continue reading

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Creepy-crawly: The virtues of the Fomhoire

In the vision, the ants loom like giants — akin to a horror film. And similarly gigantic, a catbird appears with its keen black eye and gobbles them up. It then takes flight and then lands, appropriately catbird-sized, on Brighid’s … Continue reading

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Eight of Cups: Leaving one path and finding another

The Eight of Cups has always haunted me. Its image: A traveler headed toward the hills, lit by the full moon, cloak unfurled and walking stick in hand. Behind her, a stack of shining goblets, beautiful in the moon’s light. … Continue reading

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No Maypole? No problem! Tips on celebrating the Feast of Flowering

No doubt they rose up early to observe The rite of May, and hearing our intent Came here in grace our solemnity. — Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream The great hinge of the year swings to Beltaine, the Feast of … Continue reading

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You can do it: On excellence, “talent” and 10,000 hours

“That pose you did — it’s like poetry. I could never do it,” a woman says to me after our morning yoga class. I’ve practiced yoga on and off for at least 17 years, and there are some poses — … Continue reading

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Poem: Equinox

The blue has returned, a harbinger of the next generation of robins, the bold hydrangeas on the neighbor’s bush   but that’s all in the planning just now. There is white snow and shreds of white cloud the meltwater rushing … Continue reading

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