Opening to First Light

Opening to First Light

    Are you noticing a shift? — subtle but unmistakeable?   It happens every year around six weeks after winter solstice. Yes! The returning light (despite kickbacks of chill) begins to bring warmth with it. It can feel like a long wait for this relief....
Stories for the solstice fire

Stories for the solstice fire

  How do you maintain your inner fire at winter solstice, when thunderclouds rumble through the sky and cloudbursts drench the air, bringing plummeting temperatures that set you shivering?   If you are in the northern hemisphere, you will soon be celebrating...
Can it be summer without the sun?

Can it be summer without the sun?

  How do you lean into the gifts of summer when it is very rainy and not very summery?   This is what a reader from Tauranga asked recently. Sarah wrote to me, wondering, ‘Many of the summer blessings you describe in ‘Dancing with the...
A winter vision

A winter vision

    A winter vision In the sheltered quiet of winter, a woman is knitting She dreams a future into the stitches She makes sure the colours are bright. She will plant a river bank when the earth warms She is planning a food garden She is planning acts of...
Storms and Setbacks

Storms and Setbacks

The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still.   I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street.   The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little car was...