rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy

My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.

Wilfred Owen

merry meet

i hope you all had a magical Samhain.

i have spent today catching up with my studies.
i did take my work with me camping last week and managed to write up some notes and write my rough draft on a sonnet.
today i moved onto music...i must admit i was a little bored until i discovered most of it was about Jethro Tull's 'Songs from the Wood'...as i have mentioned to someone, i have loved and been listening to the whole album for over twenty years so to find it in my books was a real treat!

speaking of treats...i collected my copy of 'Solstice at Stonewylde' from Kit Berry yesterday and had a lovely time chatting with Kit (and Pauline from Sister Moon, who i have only really met as a customer...so it was nice to finally have a chat! see my links to her site)
as i knew she would be, Kit is a truly special person and it was an honor to finally meet after 'chatting' via the Stonewylde forum and e-mail.
a bit later Kit caught me reviewing my shopping list sitting in Pippin...we had parked right next to her!
i look forward to our next meeting!

i have yet to start the book...my catch up has taken a big chunk out of the day and i have a few pages of another book to finish. i usually have several books on the go, but i want to give 'Solstice' my full attention.

i spent some time doing my family tree...a big thanks to Leanne who sent me a link to a site that has proved invaluable and enabled me to move further back in time!
now knowing great grandads birth place and by the fact there was only one john gaul born in swansea in the ten years leading up to the 1891 census (!!!) i have discovered he had a brother and sister, Thomas and Mary and his parents, my great great grandparent were James and Margaret.
i am feeling faintly astonished that from knowing almost nothing two days ago i now have names.
i just hope my next session in tracing my dad's side of the family proves as successful.
i have a slight head start in that my dad sent me a copy of my grandad george's birth certificate so i have the names of my great grandad/grandma,John and Elizabeth, their address, up in County Durham...i remember grandad George's geordie accent very well!... as well as the information that looks like great grandad was also active in WW1 as a private in the Durham Light Infantry as well as being a collery engineer (i do know my grandad George joined the navy to avoid going down the mines and spent WW2 on the North Atlantic convoys between America and Russia...i am constantly amazed he survived those years) what i would like to attempt is find the origin of my surname, Williams...obviously a Welsh name, so i am wondering whether mining ancestors moved from Wales up to Durham.

anyway enough of my ancestor ramblings!

so Samhain has passed and we move through the final turn in our wheel and the approach of Yule...the beginning and end of the Celtic year.
the melancholy i felt in the days before Samhain has passed, my ancestor truly did contact me and is still with me...now my bat family has come to visit, so it is time to go greet them.


Leanne said...

you're welcome Lee, glad the links were a help!!

Leanne x

miss*R said...

sending big hugs to help with melancholy... I am sure i have a 'spell' somewhere.. will look it up.

oh and let me know what sites you have searched for ancestors.. Daisy gave me heaps when she was alive and i have used them alot.

I day dream often about my ancestors - what they were like, what they did during their day.. I know most of my Cornish ancestors were tin miners.. but were the women wise women? did they have a Book of Shadows? maybe I need to do vision quest back in time to see.. once, I heard them talking when I was meditating but I could not quite grasp what they were saying.. but the accent was delightful!

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France