Well here we are on the cusp of Autumn and I have not written in my blog since the spring. Dear god where did the time go.
Time is something of a bugbear of mine, does it exist - no entropy exists but the measurement of that entropy is a very human thing. Other animals are controlled by the seasonal passage but only we Homo Sapiens are the measurers of time. Does it control us - yes and I beleive that the more precisely you measure it the more control you give over to it. Chronos is a terrible maste, if you let him get his hands on your heart. He causes us to worry about time instead of enjoying time. He makes us think we have obligations and does not allow us to realise that there are no obligations other than those you chose. We dont have to go to tescos, we dont have to watch a programme on TV, we can choose to slow down and enjoy the moments in between the breaths.
The other thing about time is that the older you get the faster it goes. I can remember the 6 weeks holiday as a child and they were endless, boring in fact, after all there are only so many times you can watch Champion the Wonderhorse and the Flashing blade before you have to naw off your left leg with the poinlessness of it all. Days were weeks and weeks seemed to stretch into infinity. Albert Einstein was a god!
But now a holiday is almost a teleport device from the friday you finish to the Monday you start again.
My daughter, now 27, has recently left home to live in Cardiff and start her life as a teacher but only 1 day ago she was 5 and on my lap. Where did it go!!!!
This year has been an amazing one for DragonOak and for myself.
The workshops we run have been really sucessful and I think everyone who has attended them has enjoyed. We are closing after September for the year and having a bit of a rest until March of next year where we kick off with Julian Vaynes amazing Shamanic Workshop. And I am very excited that we are having a Camp for Hekate in May at the amazing Lammas earth center in Pembrokeshire. T
his will be a fantastic oppurtunity not only to share our practise but to gain insights into other peoples work.
DragonOak itself has grown and we have enjoyed a really busy year of studying things like working with the plant spirits, astrology, planetary workings, festivals and full moons.
We have had a handfasting in the group which was a wonderful thing to be part of, we have had new students enter into the study programme. and we have spent time together laughing, studying and general making a nuisance of ourselves.
I have spent some time updating the library here so that there is more study material for those who havent got it and am going to try to do that more regularly.
I have spoken in several different conferences on subjects such as Hekate and working with Mugwort and during that time Ihave met some Incredible people.
Well I am at the moment making Jam, but the fruits have been VERY quick coming through this year so I nearly missed them. My grannie would say that the devil pisses on blackberrys if you pick them after Setp 21st but I will warn you that the Divil is pissing early this year!!!
Equinox on the 21st is a wonderful ritual and then its Samhain, bloody hell thats come around quick.
Autumn for me is a time of introspection, its when I look things and think about what I need to get rid of in my life. Its actually a good time for me to start things off as well. Its an academic year thing, a hangover from getting that new satchel in the new school year. Its also a time of Candles and conkers and wet misty days.
One thing we do have to do is fix the temple that we work in. Years of damp and wet winters and summers, well lets face it its Wales have made the roof rot to the point where its is irrepairable so we have booked a builder and are getting it redone. Sadly this means moving all of the accrued temple detritus out so that it does not look too weird for the builder. A good time for a throw out methinks.
So what are you doing this Autumn?