Imagine a moonless night on a mountain top where you can see the stars shine with all their brilliance. All the while, knowing there is more beyond what you can see. And then focus on a single star- it will appear closer and with unmatched clarity.
The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, falls on the 21st of December this year. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the day where we experience the shortest day coupled with the longest night. For many ancient cultures and some modern, this was a time of celebration. It’s a time to welcome warmth and cheerfulness during a season that may feel cold and dreary.
The ample rain we received during the winter and spring this year made for an abundant garden. This bounty welcomed a few new plants and encouraged some of the established plants to reach new heights. Offerings of healing, wisdom, and whimsy were shared throughout the season. I invite you to relax a few moments and prepare yourself some nourishing herbal tea. And then join me as I share some stories from the Magical Garden in summer.
Winter is a time of rest and regeneration. While we may be called to hibernate, we are also being encouraged to plan and organize. This year my winter season began in autumn. This was due to personal commitments I had set for myself — one of those included expanding my knowledge of healing plants. So while my blog has been a bit quiet, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been bubbling with ideas to share. On the contrary, I have a list of drafts and ideas that are waiting for the continued spark to be birthed into existence fully.
One day this summer my youngest said to me, “I’m craving a milkshake.” I agreed that one did sound good on that relatively warm day. However, that is something we rarely purchase. So my next thought was to make one at home, but we didn’t have any ice cream. I wonder what happened to all the ice cream in the freezer?