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March Manifestations

MARCH MANIFESTATIONS “Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew There was milk and toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses.” -Joni Mitchell Every March, I continue my yearly tradition of spring-cleaning and with Joni Mitchell’s soprano in my ear, I begin the task enthusiastically, singing like a girl without a care in the world until I realize my floor, desk, basically every surface is drowning in clutter. Where did it all come from? What will remain and what…

Brigid: Walking the Line Between Grace and Gumption

The start of February marks the turning point of winter and depending on a weather prognosticating groundhog, we will either soldier on or be welcomed by the early buds of an early spring. Feb. 1st-2n encompasses a mash-up of holidays from St. Brigid’s Eve, the pagan festival of Imbolc, the Christian holiday of Candlemas and good old Groundhog Day. Flames, eternal and purifying, tie together many of these celebrations and I even add in for good measure, the life-affirming party that is Mardi Gras on Feb. 9th Despite the month starting off with a bang, I’ve been having flashbacks to…

The Two Faces of January

In Roman lore, Janus the god of beginnings and endings whom the month of January is named after had two faces, one reflecting towards the past and the other towards the future. Whatever one chose to do on January 1st marked an omen of what was to come for the year ahead. To this day we still hold on to this tradition and many of us started off 2016 with a bang of promise, magical intentions and champagne soaked seductions. As the universe would have it, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn has proved a rude awakening to many lofty resolutions and…