I wrote the following on the Winter Solstice itself — the sentiment remains!
It’s been pouring here on our little island, with no chance to see the Jupiter-Saturn “Christmas star” conjunction. But I want to wish you all a Merry Midwinter and Joyful Winter Solstice. Today was the shortest day of a very long year. May blessings and beauty abound through these hallowed nights and days when the “sun stands still,” and may they spin us into a year of bounty, health, peace, and well-being for absolutely one and all.
Poet Kevin McManus and I have been collaborating across land and sea (Ireland and the U.S., respectively), with me putting harp to his rich earth-based poems. Please enjoy this video that I put together today. Kevin narrates his poem. Harp music, art, and photos are by me.
Last year I put together an audio to celebrate the Ancestor time of year (late autumn, aka now). “Follow the Deer” honors the depth and breadth of our heritage, and this year I added some video. As beings of the earth, even the stones, plants, animals, and bio-regions in which we live are family. Illustrations, photos, narrative, and harp music are by me. This video is only two minutes long.
Show 51 – “Heartwood” – continues our adventure with fairy folklore and greenwood magic, with a pause to experience the tree lore and medicinal properties of Hawthorn. Hawthorn offers powerful medicine for the heart, both in physical and spiritual-emotional ways — and, I believe, wise teachings about connecting to one’s heart for our human family at this time.
The second hour is a re-airing of Show 5. Discover the folklore and magic of the plant Foxglove amidst the music.
As always, you’ll hear traditional and contemporary Celtic music, with forays into other genres.
In Show 51 – “Foxglove Music and Magic”: Enjoy poetry from Kevin Mcmanus and harp with Shayne White (Distant Oaks), Margot Krimmel, and Siobhán Armstrong (The Irish Consort), and plant wisdom from Darcey Blue French.
In Show 5: Enjoy a Welsh fairy tale as told by island storyteller Allison Cox and read by me, and harp with Alan Stivell, Derek Bell (The Chieftains), Vicki Parrish (The Standing Stones) and Debra Knodel, Cynthia Cathcart, Shayne White (Distant Oaks), and folklore from Mara Freeman. Find Show 5 Play List and Show Notes here.