and the nearing time of incorporeal incorporations:
linger or languish
flee, numb, or cherish--?
Teetering between frosty dawns and warm meadow suns
Dropping into the Wheel of the Year
Take a moment to bring conscious awareness to your location in the Wheel of the Year...
Here in Central Virginia, we've passed the Autumn Equinox. Nights are getting longer. In some versions of the Wheel of the Year, this time of year is associated with the time of day that's after sunset. It could also be associated with the Northwesterly direction. Spend some time outside after sunset. How does your body live in that particular pattern of light, temperature, and mood?
For many plants, we can observe the green fading into yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and blacks. We've already celebrated our big harvests of food and medicine, though we are likely still harvesting, especially things like squashes and nuts. For many, energy is being sent downward into the roots for the colder seasons. Though it can feel like a season of slow goodbyes, there's always deviations from the generalization. We say hello to crispness and new colors. There are of course plants who stay green all winter long. Some plants like witch hazel have flowers even in the cold season. Some plants like hazelnut might simultaneously have mature nuts as well as freshly setting catkins in preparation for next year.
What resonates most for you about this time of year, this time around?
Note catkins and nut cluster on the same branch of this Hazelnut!
This past spring, I was interviewed for Little Bluestem's podcast project called "By the Seed of our Plants." Click here to listen via their webpage, or subscribe to their podcast via whatever platform you use for podcast listening.
Little Bluestem is a great organization. I especially enjoy their teaching about "Why Local Genotype Matters" as well as Non-Human Personhood. They are doing inspiring work in Central VA. Check them out and support them if you can!
A lot of ecosomatic practitioners, myself included, can have a tendency to study the immaterial arts, such as dance. While the body is fleshly, mineral, and liquid material, a dance is itself ephemeral. It may leave imprints upon the place of occurrence, but the dance itself does not end up as something tangible you can hold and give to someone else to touch. It can be felt, but not touched, exactly...
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