From Samhain until Dec 25th is my favourite time for celebrating. For me it is a creatively inspiring time of withdrawing, embracing the decent into darkness, filling sketchbooks and reading novels infront of the fire.
Whilst society would have it other.
The growing frenzy around Christmas unwittingly being driven by the rising tide of darkness, serging towards solstice, suspending us in a few days of ‘flat water’ until the suns ascent is clearly seen and the year has well and truly begun anew.
This year I am have been trying to be really organised with Christmas stuff, getting all my orders and stuff done early this week and although I have managed it, I am finding it hard not to be swept along with the pushing tide.
Just to keep me on my toes, or rather ‘off ‘ my toes. I got a hoofty slap for not listening and put my back out! This enabled me a rather luxurious afternoon of reading (a gift I had bought, so very careful not to bend the pages! She’ll never know lol) and still rather a lot of hobbling about.
I have, however managed to squeeze in making myself a solstice ring! The copper base was made for me years ago so after a bit of hammering and additions, the oak and the ivy ring was born. It just needs a bit of cleaning up now.
So today, I am going to tidy up a few last items, shut up shop and attempt to find the currently elusive calm within and spend the next week Residing In The Still Place.
Happy Solstice one and all. Seasons blessings and see you on the other side.
Quite recently I attended a poetry and sound workshop with Jackie Juno and Rachel Miller, It was super fun, we wrote pages of words, chopped them up, swapped them about and then plucked poems out of them. This is mine. It seems pertinent to share it now.
The deep dive of love being made.
A death which must come,
This soil body of mine,
P.S.......ok, so i'm not actually going to do nothing! I've got parties to go to, marzipan fancies to make, mulled wine to drink AND I have to turn my niece into a snow queen on sunday, to parade with fairies,elves and other things typical of village life!