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Thanksgiving

Samain                                                                          Thanksgiving Moon The waxing Thanksgiving Moon has been on daytime display. It stood directly east of us yesterday, splitting the lanes of Highway 6 going into Denver. In the clear blue, baby blue sky it looked like one of those establishing shots in a movie where there are two moons visible in the day […]

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Sukkot, 2018

Fall                                                               Harvest Moon The sukkah went up last Thursday. Sukkot, a seven day harvest festival that began on the 23rd, Sunday, commemorates the temporary structures built during the exodus. The Tabernacle, a moveable temple with the ark of the covenant in its holy of holies, was the main religious structure during the long trek from […]

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Mabon, 2018

Mabon                                                                      Harvest Moon As I type the heading here, I can look up and see the aspen groves near the peak of Black Mountain. Like golden islands in a dark green ocean. Part of the ever changing beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Mabon is the second harvest holiday and comes on the autumnal equinox. (The […]

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Oh

Lughnasa                                                             Harvest Moon Tomorrow we peek over the transom toward the fallow season. Six more weeks of harvest,  the heart of the harvest season is now, then Samain, summer’s end. Up here the temperature cooled off overnight and we’re at 35 degrees right now, getting close to a first frost. There’s even a small hint […]

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Deep in the soul

Lughnasa                                                                 Harvest Moon Today is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, the day when God seals the book of life for another year. May you be inscribed in the book of life (for the coming year) is a greeting we will hear today. It completes the ten days of awe that began back on September […]

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Cheshbon Nefesh

Lughnasa                                                                  Harvest Moon As the moon’s change, so does the Jewish calendar. We’re now in the month of Tishrei, its first day, Rosh Hashanah, the new year of the world. All over the world, throughout the diaspora and in Israel, Jews will be celebrating the new year, shana tovah. This is short for l’shana tova […]

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Blood and Soil

Lughnasa                                                       Waning Summer Moon Labor Day. The bookend to Memorial Day. In my youth the end of summer because school started the next day. Labor Day falls between Lughnasa, the first fruits harvest festival and Mabon, the second harvest festival. Mabon falls under the harvest moon, about which I learned this fascinating bit of lunar […]

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Food and Animals

Lughnasa                                                                   Waning Summer Moon Yesterday was a big day. Kate did an “…awesome job on the food.” I heard this from the Bailey Patchworkers lead, a woman with a great and commanding presence. (the IW breed standard). To do this she got there around 8 am and didn’t leave until 3 pm. She was still […]

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Waiting for the darkness

Beltane                                                                             Sumi-e Moon Got an e-mail from Mario Odegard. “…over Loveland pass to Dillon, WOWww mind blowing.” The mountains have that way about them. He was on his way to visit a friend in Frisco. Probably not many folks count down to the Summer Solstice, but I do. It marks my favorite turning point in […]

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Sad. Conflicted.

Beltane                                                                               Sumi-e Moon Memorial day. Means honoring war dead and veterans. Means the 500 mile race in Indy. Means parades.  Means heat and sticky asphalt depressing under the weight of tanks and half-tracks in small towns. In my immediate family. Mom and Dad both veterans of WWII. Mom overseas in Algiers and Italy. The Casbah, […]

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