Gifts of Meadow and Mire

Freshly laid frog eggs.

Freshly laid frog eggs.

Fuzzy fiddleheads erupt from the floor of the pine grove.

Fuzzy fiddleheads erupt from the floor of the pine grove.

Dandelions mark the natural date of Beltaine on our land.  It was 5 days later than the calendar date this year.

Dandelions mark the natural date of Beltaine on our land. It was 5 days later than the calendar date this year.

Still working on identifying these lovlies.

Still working on identifying these lovlies.

Garlic mustard is gaining more and more of a foothold, sadly.  I will be making a lot of pest this year.

Garlic mustard is gaining more and more of a foothold, sadly. I will be making a lot of pesto this year.

The swans have returned.  I can't wait to see if we get cygnets again this year!

The swans have returned. I can’t wait to see if we get cygnets again this year!

Make Like a Crane

Happy Vernal Equinox! I think I heard the first “official” spring peeper this morning. However, being one of those snow-lovers, it’s been bitter-sweet to watch the glaciers recede in parking lots and on lawns. Their retreat leaves behind all manner of debris, a miniature echo of the glacial processes of the last ice ages. The archaeologist in me wonders what the current glacial retreat will reveal–probably not the plastic shovels and swords of the early 21st century, but maybe still something interesting.

Since I’m traveling, I won’t be dyeing eggs like I had planned (that’ll be next week), but I will be outside, standing on one foot with one arm behind my back and one eye closed, in balance at the moment of balance.

Blessed Ostara!

Practicing Together #7

Apple Blossom

Seed thought taken from Leaning into Mystery: Practicing Together #12.

I noticed that destructive thought loops are like parasites: separate them from the host and they will die.

In more cheerful observations, I’ve heard both wood peckers and swans in the past week. And I was able to witness a rather impressive swan display as I walked around the brook yesterday. As the female nested, the male took off across the water, slapping the surface with his wings. It sounded like a series of gunshots, intimidating to say the least. Swans can be dangerous creatures if riled and this was a good reminder of that.

This week, I invite in poise and balance, inspired by my woodswalking, and having so much fun wobbling along logs with my son. Poise and balance generally seem like stuffy terms to me, and I want to figure out how to play with them more.

Ways this could happen: literally practicing balance with Crane qigong; more log balancing in the woods. I want to experience this viscerally, not just in my head (although that’s a pretty big place, too!).

What went well: Finished the Planetary Sigils project! ‘Nuff said. 🙂

Updates: Garden is still waiting expectantly. The seeds are sitting on my counter, begging to be put in the ground. My attic is still a mess, waiting for the book cases to be put in. This is making crafting challenging to say the least, not to mention bigger spiritual exercises. So for now, the woods and the kitchen altar will have to do until I get my woo!space back.

Practicing Together #6

Seed thought taken from Leaning into Mystery: Practicing Together #11.

I noticed that I got a lot of practice failing last week! I though I did complete a number of large projects, I also dropped a number of balls in order to do so. Like, being two weeks behind on the Pagan Blog Project, for instance. But, with the spring peepers peeping and the first mosquitoes snacking on my hemoglobin, it all somehow seemed ok.

This week, I invite in awareness, noticing how my inner and outer worlds interact with each other. I can often get distracted by one or the other, so paying attention to my emotions and how they affect my actions is something I want to work on.

Ways this could happen: Asking for awareness in my morning ritual. Pausing throughout the day to check in with myself.

What went well: I definitely got my geek on. In some ways, I think I went a little overboard with it, which derailed some other projects that I had in the works. The next step will be harnessing the geek, rather than letting it run over my life. Ooops.

Updates: I didn’t get to work on the calendar, but I did get the spring crops ordered—in fact they arrived today. I felt like I broke through to the sunlight after a long, hard March (when SAD tends to kick in for me). Breaking through was tough, but I’m feeling a lot more together by the beginning of this week for sure. And, my Ovate tutor wrote back–I’m not fired! Not that I thought I would be, but a fear of disappointment always lurks when I write to her and it was nice just to be held by her very kind words.