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

~a funny midwinter~

well not so much funny haha as~strange

the weather has been freezing and sunny and vast areas of the village not touched by the low midwinter sun remains frozen from day to day~today walking back from my mums home i passed a row of four donkeys all enjoying the leaves remaining on a large blackberry bush, their shaggy fur drying in the patch of weak sun.

i have been feeling very contented~settled this past few days and for the first time i do not have the feeling for 'christmas' as i have in past years

its almost as if the enforced change brought about by my nans passing this year has made me not worry about not feeling the same about christmas any more.

christmas to me has never been about religion~when i was small it was about a holiday from school, maybe snow, our annual monopoly marathon and of course presents.

when my dad left my mum it was about keeping things nice for my mum, then when my gramps died it was about having nan here instead of alone in her flat...

and now...

christmas is still about family~of me and swampy sharing the day with my mum and sister and her new boyfriend (another change to our old chrsitmas tradition) but to me...things feel oh so different.

this year i feel i have been given the keys to alter my perception and not feel guilty about not feeling 'christmas' as my family perceive it, instead it has been my pagan path that has been in the foreground~i can finally say to myself that yes i am celebrating the solstice/yule/midwinter not christmas.

it doesnt matter that i give gifts and send cards relating to christmas because in my heart i know what matters to me and i wont stop celebrating with my family because of it~i can still respect what is important to them and enjoy the day with them...

while there in my heart and surrounding me in my home is my own path, keeping me warm, nurturing me, bring me joy


miss*R said...

~ wishing you & swampy a truly blessed & peaceful yuletide season ~ look forward to catching up in 2010...

Tina said...

I completely understand what you are saying - I felt about the same this Christmas, knowing what is important for me and finally being ok with how it is "celebrated" around me. Thanks for putting my thoughts into your words!

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