Each year, during the “time out of time” between Solstice and New Year’s, I work on a Life Review. I like to look back at the most significant moments of the year gone by, the creative projects, spiritual practices, work accomplishments, and sorrows and disappointments too. This past year was full of surprises. During the ...Continue Reading…

Yesterday I did my annual New Year’s reading, using this spread from the Gaian Tarot book. I used Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s Dark Goddess Tarot, and will be doing a comparative reading with the Gaian and the Victorian Fairy decks. I received 3 majors out of 7 cards, plus 3 Fire cards! Love this: What do I ...Continue Reading…

Artwork by Sulamith Wülfing, 1901-1989. May the blessing of Wonder be upon you. May your soul awaken to the glow of the newborn Sun. May you find your life is a fresh page waiting to be written upon. May you begin again, be born again, a new self and a new journey. May you turn ...Continue Reading…

Ahhh. Hear that? It’s the sound of snowfall, of twinkling lights on a Yule tree, of children fast asleep. It’s the hush of Winter Solstice, this quiet, this stillness. Someone asked me how I celebrate the Solstice. My favorite way to mark the holy day is by honoring my own desire to withdraw into quietness. ...Continue Reading…

Today we prepare for our 17th annual St. Lucia Party, in honor of She Who Heralds the Imminent Return of the Sun. It is a joyous and bittersweet time. A few months ago, Craig and I decided this would be the last Lucia Party that we host in our home. It’s time for someone else ...Continue Reading…

(The following piece is the Week 1 Reflection from Gaian Soul Seasonal Practices for Yuletide / Midwinter.) Finally comes the time of withdrawal, the hidden time. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray cloak. Everything is still and silent. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray veil. . . ...Continue Reading…

Dear friends, A Blessed Winter Solstice to you! Early this morning I sat in my studio and gazed eastward out the window, steaming coffee mug in hand, with my cat Cleo curled up in my lap. My studio was lit only by candles and twinkle lights as I watched the dawn slowly emerge. It was ...Continue Reading…

(This is a repeat of a post from last year. Playing this game has become a Winter Solstice tradition for us.) My friend James Wells created this lovely game to play with family and friends for Winter Solstice. It’s a lovely way to honor the turning of the Wheel at Solstice, and to deepen bonds ...Continue Reading…

On the Sunday evening after our Lucia Party, my co-hostesses and their families lingered around our sparkling Yule tree into the darkening evening. We had spent the weekend together, and they weren’t quite ready to return to their individual homes. We knitted, napped, snacked on leftovers, and read stories to each other from my collection ...Continue Reading…

Last weekend we celebrated our 15th annual Lucia Party, dedicated to She who Heralds the Imminent Return of the Sun. Her feast day is today, December 13th, which just happens to be a New Moon too. An auspicious day indeed! Someone on Facebook asked if I am Catholic or Swedish, and the answer is no. We celebrate ...Continue Reading…

There were over 200 entries to win 3 spots in my Midwinter class, here on the blog and on Facebook, and I wish I could just add all of you! Thank you deeply for all the comments, appreciation and flowing love. It goes both ways! I pulled these 3 names out of the hat this ...Continue Reading…

(Don’t forget! We’re raffling off one spot in the Gaian Soul Practices for Yuletide/Midwinter e-course! Leave a comment below to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly Thursday night.)

Last year at this time, I launched my contemplative, creative, seasonal e-courses with the Yuletide / Midwinter session. Already the Wheel has come full circle, and a lovely group of folks are gathering once again to practice self-care and nourish their inner lives during the crazy-busy holiday season. Almost half the people who took the ...Continue Reading…

Dear Readers, As I lay in bed this morning before dawn, enveloped in darkness, I reflected on the year gone by. I thought about all the traveling I did this year and how many lovely people I met, from Santa Fe to New York to Lake Ontario. I thought about the way we chatter on ...Continue Reading…

This is the week of Solstice, the Return of the Sun! It is the time when the Sun emerges from the dark of the year, and is reborn to gain in strength until its peak next Summer Solstice.   The Awakening card features the tomb/womb of Newgrange, Ireland, where the sun’s first rays on Solstice ...Continue Reading…

My friend James Wells created this lovely game to play with family and friends for Winter Solstice. It’s a lovely way to honor the turning of the Wheel at Solstice, and to deepen bonds with each other.  You can read James’ instructions here, on his blog. James adds that ”if people want to do so, they ...Continue Reading…

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