November

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reach out, feel your way, unfold into the unknown

be beautiful in the moment

be wild and brave in uncertainty

Last xmas I made this calendar, writing intuitively in response to the photos I’d chosen.

I had no idea then that these words would be the best I could say to farewell a brave little soul as she leaves this world to find her way in a new one – to “ramble the stars wild-hearted and wondering” (as suggested by @sarah.patience.elwell)

Last night, of all the possible nights, the thin veil parted to let this little one cross over. We talk of Samhain as a time when the spirit world walks among us. Perhaps this is also a time for the living to cross over. A time when all the energy and effort spent trying to stay alive is released and the spirit is freed to move on.

Farewell my dark gypsy queen, my feisty willful companion.

 

 

 

 

September

look closely, notice the details

colour and shape and texture

nature designs the costumes of out lives 

September begins. I’m tired. It’s been a long cold wet winter. I need this reminder to look closely, to find the small treasures in the world around me. 

Just yesterday I saw tiny flowers that look like stars. I imagine a cloak of white stars to wrap myself in, to lift myself up out of the winter and into spring. 


©clairegriffin2017

August

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watch the sea
waves keep coming, waves keep breaking
in all this change is constancy

I’ve been reminded of change lately – the passing of seasons, the rhythms of life. The fact that nothing lasts forever, but our memories hold our dear ones close.

Going out in the garden today it was heartening to see fresh green growth, and new flowers, even though we’re still in the midst of winter.

And my old cat is seeking warmth, a blanket, a knee, and today, a sunny corner of the couch. She is sleeping her days away – I hope her dreams are sweet.

July

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walk barefoot on the cold, wet ground
accept the weather as it comes
rain soaks in, feeding the ground

We are now seriously in the midst of winter. We had the shortest day last week, and this is when I start to feel tired of the darkness. And rain. So I remind myself just how much good the rain is doing for the land, and I try to relax into this dark season, welcoming the sunny days when they come. And they do come – cold crisp bright days that make me tingle and feel alive.

I really should have made reference to Matariki last month. The seven Matariki stars usually appear in May or June and mark the beginning of the New Year. It is celebrated at the first new moon following the appearance of the Matariki star cluster, (known as Pleiades – and other names – in other parts of the world). This year, 24 June was the beginning of Matariki.

Matariki is the end of the harvest season. A time for people to gather together to remember the past and look to the future. This is the time when the darkest days of winter have passed and we look forward to the lengthening, brightening days.

So, we’ve just finished our annual celebrations and the star cluster is still visible in our skies during July. This is the time to start looking forward to the end of winter.

 

June


shift your rhythms / attend to the night / tune in to moonrise and moonset / fluid and regular / dark in the light / light in the dark

Here’s my calendar page for June. I’ve been so busy and distracted by 9-5 work that I almost forgot to post this. 

I’m definitely feeling the need to shift my rhythms – to accept getting up in the dark, getting home in the dark. I’m trying adjust to winter – to slow down and not push myself to do too much. 

I welcome those bright clear winter days when they visit – but today is cloudy and cold – just me and a book bundled up keeping warm. 

I’ve got some writing ideas underway – just taking me ages to finish things. 

©clairegriffin2017