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In Winter Landscapes, the Promise of Spring

Imbolg (the ancient holiday also known as Candlemas, also celebrated here in North America as Groundhog Day) marks the lengthening days, the coming warmth and light, and the new growing season of spring. After the historic wildfires devastated Northern California … Continue reading

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Saving the Soil on the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice traditionally commemorates the end of the growing season – the year’s shortest day and longest night – and return of living things to the soil. As the days begin to lengthen once again, it’s a time of quieting … Continue reading

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Fire Stories and Signs of Hope

The evening of October 8 began strangely – we went outside and remarked on the warm, high winds. That night, the deadliest fire in state history blazed throughout northern California, awakening residents of multimillion-dollar homes as well as mobile homes … Continue reading

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Who’s ‘Shrooming Who?

Happy Imbolg! This ancient Gaelic celebration falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It’s traditionally a time of divination – of weather in particular, watching to see if serpents or badgers emerge from their dens (the basis for the … Continue reading

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Feast of All the Dead

The wheel of the year turns so rapidly…and now we find ourselves already at All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, a festival marking the end of harvest and the coming of the dark, of winter. This is the pagan new year, and falls … Continue reading

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Beach Burn: Purging the Past

As I posted previously (December 19, 2011: Winter Solstice), I’d long planned to destroy my old journals. B. helped me carry a heavy bagload to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on a warm, drizzly winter night. We located a fire pit, … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is celebrated by many cultures the world over. This time of year, the tilt of Earth’s axis veers farthest from the Sun, on the shortest day – when the sun’s highest elevation is the lowest of the year … Continue reading

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