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Lighting the Way with Martinmas

On November 8, 2016 By

By BRANDY NICHOLS


Martinmas arrives at just the right time of year.  Where I live, the last of the Autumn color and fanfare blew away the week before (or earlier!)  The woods have clearly gone to sleep and the shadows have wintry feel to them.  It’s dark much earlier, […]

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The observation of the rhythm of the year with celebration and festival life is universal among humans everywhere and of every age. Since the beginning of time, there is evidence that all peoples have celebrated the rhythm of life, returning to ritual and routine year after year, marking time, showing reverence […]

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The Holy Nights

On December 24, 2011 By

How do you or I experience the Spiritual World at the midnight hour of the soul’s year?

The veils that separate and obscure our individual interaction with the Hierarchies thin, even lift, at this time in the Cosmic Year. With the veils lifted, we might see Star-like Imaginations that lead us to where we can […]

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Advent Spiral

On November 30, 2011 By

Last Winter, my family participated in our first Advent Spiral with our Waldorf-inspired homeschool group. It was an exquisite experience and we looked forward to participating again this year. When we learned we would not be available to attend the group’s 2011 Spiral, at first we were sad, but then brightened at the idea of […]

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Children and their families come together the world over in Waldorf communities to celebrate Martinmas with a lantern walk under the starry night sky on November 11th each year. This tradition originated in Europe and has continued here in the US and been taken up around the world. 

We meet just after sundown at the […]

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Martinmas Lantern Walk

On October 21, 2011 By

We’ve been making balloon lanterns this week. Lantern making directions here.

We’ll gather with friends, new and old, hear a story about a small boy who makes a lantern to hold Father Sun’s spark and walk through the woods, share a meal and have a bonfire.

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Though much is changing, I stand strong

And in the darkness, shine.

For sleep, the plants and creatures long

But I have work divine.

 

For sun-seeds golden I’ll be sowing,

Warmly from my heart’s depth’s glowing,

Into winter’s icy flowing.

Michael Hedley Burton

Star Child

Star Child, Star Child
We welcome you here
Your heavenly door
Comes around once a year

To help you remember
From whence you have come
Your long journey down
To your new earthly home

Star Child, dear Star […]

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Summer Solstice

On June 27, 2011 By

 

Dear Readers,

In the turn of the  year, we are in Saint John’s Tide or the time of Summer Solstice.

To celebrate, Christine Natale shares with us another of her beautiful fairy stories The Return of the Sun King in celebration of Mid-summer or Saint John’s tide.

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The Return of the Sun King

On June 27, 2011 By

Once upon a time, there was great sorrow among the fairy folk. Something had happened to the Fairy Queen, Titania. She had fallen asleep and would not wake up.

The winter had come, terribly cold and full of ice and snow. In the fairy wood, no fires were burning. The seed babies were […]

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