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The Value of Increasing Darkness

Samhain                                         Waxing Thanksgiving Moon The daylight is gone, twilight has fallen and night is on its way.  Now that we have entered the season of Samhain, the leaves have vanished from the trees and the clouds, like tonight, often hang gray in the sky.  Samhain means the end of summer and in the old Celtic […]

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Let There Be Darkness

Fall                                                Waxing Harvest Moon Let’s try darkness again.  In Taoism the familiar Taiji makes my point about the essential and complementary nature of light and dark.  Taoism gives equal weight to the yin and yang* represented in the taiji, the small circle of yin within the yang and of yang within the yin, emphasizing the […]

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Photocentrism

Fall                                              New (Harvest) Moon OK,I made this up.  Photocentrism is a focus on the virtue of light that, by implication, puts darkness in a negative or bad relative position.  Just because I made it up, however, does not mean I’m joking.  The context:  the docent annual meeting today and the presentation of a new December […]

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Following the Old Religion

Lughnasa                                            Full Back To School Moon Summer has three endings:  Labor Day which marks the end of summer vacation for many school children; and, for many adults like myself, kicks us into serious mode as all those years of conditioning continue to affect our attitude;  Mabon, or the Fall Equinox, which comes tomorrow, that point […]

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A Quiet New Year

Winter                            Full Moon of Long Nights We have gained back a few minutes since the Winter Solstice, so the New Year will arrive, as it does every year, with a bit more daylight than the grimmer days of mid-winter. The neighbors have begun to shoot off fireworks.  They are a restrained lot for the most […]

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Star Filled and Wonder Saturated

-4  bar steady 30.28   0mph SW  windchill -4   Samhain Waning Gibbous Moon of Long Nights I have a run of almost 3 weeks with no outside obligations.  This is a time of the year, even when I worked for the Presbytery, that I would stay home, take up a research project or a book I’d […]

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A Time of Burnt Sacrifice

85  bar steep fall 29.89  0mph WNW dew-point 68  Summer, warm and sunny Waxing Gibbous Thunder Moon We long ago passed the midpoint of summer, June 21, and have begun the fattening, browning, bursting journey to the harvest season.  It begins in earnest as July ends, but some early givers have offered themselves already:  lettuce, […]

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The Sun Stands Still

                                      A Winter Solstice shot by Jim Johnson from the plains near Hecla, South Dakota 23 88% 30% 0mph windroseWNW  bar 29.86 steep rise windchill21   Winter Solstice      Winter Solstice began at 12:08 AM this morning While doing some reading and meditating late last night, I came across something new to me.  Solstice comes from the word solstitial, to stand still in Latin.  […]

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The Dark Night Comes

40  60%  40%  5mph  windrose SSW  bar steep rise  dewpoint 27 Waxing Crescent of the Snow Moon  Ordinary Time A great wind blows through Andover today.  Literally.  40 mph gusts.  The grass in my window bends to the ground, leaves swirl up from the ground and my shed door, left open yesterday, bangs against the frame.  […]

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