Balancing extremes at First Fruits

Balancing extremes at First Fruits

  As the season changes and shifts on February 2, how do you balance extreme realities —   such as the inert face of the parched earth with the juiciness of ripe stone fruits and berries? If you are in the northern hemisphere, read on, because extremes can...
Can it be summer without sunshine?

Can it be summer without sunshine?

    How do you lean into the gifts of summer when it is rainy or cloudy and not very summery?   This is what a reader from Tauranga at the end of last summer. Sarah wrote to me, wondering, ‘Many of the summer blessings you describe in Dancing with...
Art in Nature: Openings to the sea

Art in Nature: Openings to the sea

    OPENINGS TO THE SEA: Summer Solstice 6/1/1983   Once again, I was returning to sand rituals at summer solstice, a pattern that would continue. When my son travelled to stay with his father for the first part of each summer, I took up residence in...
Make way for Beltane — again!

Make way for Beltane — again!

    I was surprised. She didn’t want to be Persephone in the school play. I thought all the girls would have lusted after the part of the maiden, dancing with her friends amidst the spring flowers, her head crowned with a ring of blossoms. But not...
Breaking the shell at equinox

Breaking the shell at equinox

    Have you heard how sweet and clear the bird song is now — especially in the mornings?   Birds are busy mating and nesting as spring equinox approaches on September 23. The pīpīwharauroa has returned from its winter pilgrimage, singing ‘Kui,...