Early Summer

From Beltane 1st May, or shortly after as the heat waves catch up with the increased light waves (14th May), until Lammas 1st August, we move into early summer. ”In the western world, we are familiar with the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. However, in the Taoist understanding of time and change Read more about Early Summer[…]

Beltane or Calan Mai Union of the divine goddess and the green man

Calan Mai ([ˈkalan ˈmaɪ̯] “Calend (first day) of May”) or Calan Haf ([ˈkalan ˈhaːv] “Calend of Summer”) is a May Day holiday of Wales held on 1 May. Celebrations start on the evening before, known as May Eve, with bonfires; as with Calan Gaeaf or November 1, the night before (Welsh: Nos Galan Haf) is considered an Ysbrydnos or “spirit night” when spirits are out and about divination is possible. The tradition of lighting Read more about Beltane or Calan Mai Union of the divine goddess and the green man[…]

April

New life bursts forth from translucent red pomegranate tips on the branches of the handkerchief tree and I stand surrounded by a choir of lilac leaves as they open soft, furry, almost-purple buds and unfurl into delicate new leaves with blushed red tips sounding their notes to the warm bright spring sky  I am captivated, Read more about April[…]

April moon gardening

Aries lunation 1st New moon Dream plan. 3rd – 10th Waxing crescent Sew crops that develop below ground, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, radish, beetroot. 10- 16th waxing gibbous Sew crops that develop above ground lettuce, salad, cucumber, tomatoes & chillies, Peas, leeks, spinach, sprouts, pak choi, onions, chard, parsley & chives And annual flowers. Saturday 16th Read more about April moon gardening[…]

Vernal Equinox – Ostara

The time of the year equivalent to 6am The liminal space as we wake from winter sleep The full moon rises high above me. as cloud tips are blushed pink by the setting sun. And Branch tips bud all around us.A frog croaks gloriously. Later, our first garden fire of the year sends sparks up Read more about Vernal Equinox – Ostara[…]

Amaterasu – The Sun Returns

“Shines from heaven” Amaterasu Ômikami is one of the chief deities in Japanese mythology. The Sun Goddess, she is considered the divine ancestor of the Imperial line, and of many of the other key members of the Shinto pantheon. The chief deity enshrined at Ise Shrine, Amaterasu Ômikami was the daughter of Izanagi and Izanami, as well as the older sister Read more about Amaterasu – The Sun Returns[…]

February/March Moon gardening

Aquarius lunation – Water bearer – purifying & nourishing the earth 1st feb – 1st MarchEquivalent to 3.30 – 5.30am. Stirrings. Birds singing & nesting  Dreams turning into plans. Roots pushing down  establish foundations  Prepare the ground. First week. Friday 1st – Friday 8th.   New moon – waxing crescent Equiv to midnight to 6am      Read more about February/March Moon gardening[…]

Imbolc – In the belly & St Brigid’s day

Spring stirs This Celtic festival honours the goddess Brigid, who represents the maiden, and heralds the beginning of the awakening of nature. St Brigid and her magic cloak St Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (c. 451-525) is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with Saints Patrick and Colm Cille. Her feast day is Read more about Imbolc – In the belly & St Brigid’s day[…]