Spring Equinox


The Equinox is coming.  The year is turning over – light replacing dark.  This is a time of change – unsettling – stirring.  I have mixed feelings about it – equal longings for the dark days of winter and the bright days of summer – an internal conflict.  It will pass as the year moves …

Elegant Crone-ing~


She dances wild and casts her will She’s fiery coals, and winter’s chill She weaves and spins, she boils and bakes She kneads the bread and bakes the cakes She listens well, yet, it’s all been told She’s peaceful now that she is old Her basket is blessed with herbal charms She rocks the broken …

My Cold Friend~


Brown birds at the window, black cats upon the ledge~ Gray squirrels skipping tree limbs and creatures in the hedge~ Winter straw and barren fields freezing in the dale~ Candle light and raisin cakes part the dewy veil~ Welcome my cold friend, I’m jumping in my seat~ The dark time is upon us, the earth …

How Finnish People Deal With the Cold.


10°C/50°F Tenants in Helsinki turn off the central heating, the Finns start planting flowers. 7°C/44°F Also planting vines. 5°C/41°F The Finns are sunbathing, while the sun still gets over the horizon. 2°C/36°F Italian cars won’t start. 0°C/32°F Pure water freezes. -1°C/30°F Your breath becomes visible, time to start planning the vacation to the Mediterranean. The …

Relinquishing Winter


Throughout the winter my spiritual rituals centre on fire and light – an instinctual attempt at creating a balance to the dark days.  By and large I spend  my time in a cosy, isolated retreat – protected by the weather.  I love this time of year – the contrast between the comfort of home and …

almost winter… november


Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun! One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air, Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds ran, Or snows are sifted o’er the meadows bare. One smile on the brown hills and naked trees, And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast, And the blue Gentian flower, …