Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sanity was calling to us and so we finally made our first expedition of the spring to our hidden parcel.
The road was in pretty good condition--just a few pockets of rutted, heaving earth in the more poorly-drained areas.
Our lot (not pictured) was in good shape and the ditch and culvert we labored over last year were in good working condition. All-in-all a satisfying trip.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
We have acquired a frightening assortment of animal antlers--none of which were killed by us.
The caribou came from Dillingham and the moose rack was my Uncle's.
I like the deer antlers here--they just seemed to belong there. For some reason, I find them more envocative of the Horned Man than the more majestive moose antlers.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Beltane is a fire festival.
I recalled this as I stood burning the waste paper this evening, watching the flames swirl around the drum of the burning barrel.
Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal equinox and the Midsummer, Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer in ancient times.
Beltane marks that the winter's journey has passed and summer has begun. Beltane, however, is still a precarious time, the crops are still very young and tender, susceptible to frost and blight. Fires are an important part of the Beltane festivities, to insure the warmth of the Sun's light, to promote the fecundity of the earth.
Beltane, and its counterpart Samhain, divide the year into its two primary seasons, winter and summer. At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon, whereas winter begins when the Pleiades rises at sunset.
Beltane, like Samhain, is a time of "no time" when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. No time is when the two worlds intermingle.
Magick is afoot!