In the countryside, with a creek flowing through our property, and woods all around, dragonflies and other woodland creatures were a gift to me as a child. Winged ones continue to bring inspiration. Around the world, dragonflies often symbolize transformation with their iridescent wings and graceful flight. They appear in haiku and stories, on Zuni pottery and Diné necklaces. Order Ordonata, suborder Anisoptera, they are important insects known as messengers between the worlds, at times appearing as ancestral spirits, inviting us to take time for reflection.
The last quarter of the lunar cycle is a time of reflection before the Sagittarius New Moon, Solar Eclipse. Leah Whitehorse notes: “Align yourself to what is important and let your light shine.” https://www.leahwhitehorse.com/
Autumn brings release of leaves, poems, paintings, a time for a return to creative acts. Along with the Sun trine to Saturn, we have a Venus-Nepture trine (Scorpio-Pisces).
“This is also a wonderful creative influence as Venus represents beauty, harmony and aesthetics and Neptune is imagination and the arts. … (a time) to tap into these energies by painting, taking photos, dancing….” — Leah Whitehorse, https://www.leahwhitehorse.com
Again, grateful to Moss for including my poem “Blend, clay, coffee” in their Volume No. 6 which had a delay in release to this month https://mosslit.com/
Also, grateful to Syracuse Cultural Workers for including las abejas son nuestras amigas, a small mixed media painting I created in memory of my father, in their 2022 Women Artists Datebook
Lammas is a seasonal turning point in the wheel of the year, mid-point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. Two months back-to-back with Aquarius Full Moons, now Leo Sun and soon another New Moon.
This summer, I remember Francis Weller sharing that our work “is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them.”
Carrot, Rabbit, Clay
make a pinch pot
paint it turquoise
add small red beads, silver
form a rabbit of natural clay
sculpt a bowl in its back
add sacred objects:
small gemstones, coins, feathers
dried carrots, blue corn meal,
- Gwendolyn Morgan
Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea, Homebound Publications
From unexpected snow for the Lunar New Year, Year of the Ox to Valentine’s Day to late February, each day is a gift. We prepare for Spring Migration, greening, blossoms.
“Creating worlds, we choose one word over another: cherry blossom or plum blossom, eagle whistle or kestrel, stratus or nimbostratus, spells or incantations – seed syllables of the luminous auric field. She asks: What emotion will you release so you may choose another?”
Epiphany signifies illumination, a sudden intuitive perception, a moment of revelation. In the midst of an on-going global pandemic and much chaos, may we allow the earth to illuminate our path. Within the foliage of our west coast rain forests, we hear the sweet song of the Varied Thrush, feel the rain on our skin, watch the deer forage, find mushrooms beneath fern fronds, and remember we are connected to the earth.
With much gratitude to Esther Vincent Xueming, Editor-in-chief and Founder and The Tiger Moth Review for their inclusion of my poem
Wishing you a Happy Diwali! Eagle, Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swans flew overhead around sunrise every day this week. As we enter into this season of gratitude and light, may be listen to all the beauty around us as we give thanks for the gifts we have received in this life. May we honor our ancestors, teachers, compañeros, friends and family along the journey. May we honor the Sandhill Cranes, the White Pelicans, the Trumpeter Swans, the geese and migratory birds that gather along our creek banks during this extended migratory time. May we honor the winged ones, the deer and all the woodland animals that cross our path. May we honor the mosses, plants, flowers, trees and stone peoples. May we give thanks for the celestials, the Moon and Sun and Stars, the celebrations of light around us. May we honor this earth, our home.