Living far away from the lights of the big city helps me pay more attention to the phases of the moon, which in turn nurtures my connection to Nature’s rhythms and cycles. Full moons are a good time to finish projects, ‘clean up’ and release anything that is unhelpful in our lives (just as New Moons are a great time to start new projects.)
Tonight I made a fire outside and brought my new drum out. Accompanied by coyotes howling in the distance, I took some time for stillness. Then I expressed gratitude and reflected on things I want to release in my own life. Then it was time for some singing and drumming! The acoustics are amazing as the fire pit is actually on a ‘peninsula’ surrounded by a small canyon (see daytime photo below and notice how the land just drops around the edges of the fire pit). Tonight, the sound of my voice and drum carried over the canyon with a bit of an echo… it was fantastic! Lucy stayed near me, keeping busy exploring the bush nearby.
Planning my life in harmony with the rhythms of Nature nourishes my spirit and allows me opportunities for stillness and reflection. Good night, everyone! And don’t forget to put out some moon water…
I have been reading several of your older posts since finding your blog the other day. ( I found you while looking for a fenced in medicine wheel garden) We have one here at home and it has not been fenced in, but after something ate all my little broccoli crowns, we find it may be necessary, if we are to eat our own veggies.
I have enjoyed your postings and am somewhat envious of your life in the wilderness. This picture of the fire pit with the surrounding birch trees compelled me to comment. I spent my summers as a teen in the Ontario “bush country” and loved, loved, loved the birch trees! My favorite time to look at them was at dusk, when they seemed to glow from within. I still have old recipes that I learned to cook on a wood burning stove, written on pieces of bark.
I have always wanted to go back to Canada to spend time in the woods, near the lake. When I do, I will be sure to bring my drum. 🙂
Thank you for your comment! I would love to hear more about your garden. Even if you decide not to fence it in, putting something nearby that makes noise and moves unpredictably may help. I hang long pieces of VHS video tape from the fence and it floats and moves with the slightest breeze and makes a crackling sound. The birds hate it. I also like hanging aluminum pie plates (all sizes) all over the fence. As they are light, the wind moves them and they make all kinds of noises as they bang against the fence. I also hang net bags of human and dog hair around the fence… fabric softener sheets and net bags of zest soap bars. I did not have any deer or rabbits all summer. However, by fall the pocket gophers were getting my potatoes from below the ground! This spring- raised beds with fine gauge metal chicken wire on the bottom… Of course, it always helps to plant more than you need! Cheers!