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Gathering and Preparing

The Harvest – Vincent Van Gogh
The true harvest of my life is intangible –
a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.

— Henry David Thoreau

Euphrosyne is our guide as we celebrate the harvest season and prepare for Winter’s barren time. In light of the way events are moving in our world, it becomes ever more important that we gather in what will feed us in whatever dark and hungry days that may lie ahead. We would do well now to talk to our grandmothers and other elders who remember and can teach us the old ways of living well, but within the constraints of difficult times.

For now we have crossed the threshold into the darkening of the year. We are less than six weeks from the final harvest of Samhain, and if the killing frost has not come to your hometown yet, it is surely on its way. Except, of course, for those who live in sunnier climes, or our friends below the equator who, of course, are celebrating the beginning of Spring.

By now, you should be completing all the harvesting of tender herbs, veggies and fruits. Even if a freeze hasn’t yet zapped your sensitive plant friends, the waning daylight and chill at night is not friendly for them. Either bring them indoors with you, or honor them as you reap them.

I like to sing songs of thanks to my summer annuals and herbs as I bid them goodbye. I make it up as I go along, singing to them of their special beauty, their splendid generosity, the ways that they have graced my table or my magic. And for those that I’ll be composting, I reassure them that they are returning to the dark, warm womb of Gaia, where they will be transformed with love to be reborn again next year in a new form.

Tomorrow, we’ll begin exploring some ways we can celebrate the harvest time with magic and beauty. May the cheer and festive Grace of Euphrosyne bring us bounty and wisdom for the days that lie ahead.

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  • October 2, 2008, 2:39 pm ARIE

    zmWe can also get food from the wild.
    There are plenty of plants, roots, seeds, nuts, out there that can be eaten.
    Maybe even in your neighbourhood you can find trees with fruits that nobody really pays attention to. I usually pay attention to whatever grows where I go.
    Eat the seeds of fruits.
    The native people have a lot of knowledge and can survive in the wild. Sometimes it is necessary to eat food that we woudn’t normally eat, but that would nevertheless sustain us.
    Love / Arie
    And THANK YOU you so much for your efforts to uncover the Matrix. Maybe more people will become aware of it’s existence and then given the opportunity to take the red pill.

  • October 3, 2008, 3:28 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks so much Arie. This is so true. I remember one of my favorite people ever (although he became sort of a joke on Saturday Night Live) was Euell Gibbons (“Stalking the Wild Asparagus”, etc.)

    We really are surrounded by bounty and blessings, if we had more wisdom to know it!

    And thanks for your note about my political posts…I have tried to keep this space upbeat and gentle in a world that needs more beauty, less ugly.. but when you’re staring at an oncoming train wreck, I guess I can’t help but shout sometimes.

    And you are so right, it is EXACTLY like trying to uncover the Matrix. But I don’t seem quite able to leap tall buildings in a single bound or flash around in psychedelic slo-mo. 🙂