Well, we have well and truly flipped into Winter, by the looks of things. I’ve switched the wreath on my door (last Friday) from “autumn leaves” to “spruce boughs” (and poinsettias and ice crystals… sort of), and will be doing The Decorating at some point this week.
I’ve spent the last two weeks doing transcription contracts (with more to come – YAY!) and dealing with this year’s Rainbow Youth Forum (which went quite well, last Thursday – hurrah!), but now I’ve got a bit of a lull, and I’m trying to put it to good use – both by playing catch-up on things I’ve neglected (a couple of emails to respond to, and invoice to send out, that kind of thing) and by getting a bit of a jump on (a) the DIY Secular Xmas stuff and (b) the Midwinter party that I host every year. Oh, and that whole anniversary thing.
Once again, I’m looking at how to make my Solstice goodies more local than before by incorporating the fruit butters and salsas I made over the summer into my midwinter feast.
Once again, I’m trying to plan out how best to use the resources I’ve got, and how to most inexpensively get ahold of the ones I don’t got (case in point: the ruined suede coat I picked up for $12.99 which, I hope will contain enough useable suede to make multilple purses, purse linings, caps, and other goodies for various recipients), for making Goodies for everybody.
Once again, I’m re-purposing second-hand goods, re-cycling old materials from candle wax to shirt sleeves, re-visiting the skills my ancestors practiced regularly (canning, weaving, spinning, sewing…) and re-imagining how This Time of Year can look as a Pagan chicky with culturally-christian roots (and practicing-Christian ancestors, for that matter, who are still a part of my life).
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised – what with this Moon having been called “The Great Recycle” by my wee date book – that I’m going the upcycling route for Secular Xmas presents this year. But this isn’t a post about Solstice. Not really. Even though that’s kind of what I’m concentrating on right now. It’s a post about the New Moon. So let’s get on with that, shall we?
Long Nights Moon covers most of December and the first couple of Days of January, as well. In addition to being “The Big Recycle”, Long Nights Moon touches on radical honesty, partying (go figure), and many different levels of exploration.
Maybe now is the time for you to go winter-camping and explore some wilderness (dress warm, and learn how to dig a snow cave before you go). Use that radical honesty to explore your relationships and map out where you and yours want them to go. Explore your inner landscapes through trance work or pathwalking, and see what new knowledge you’re able to bring back. Explore family herritage through hunting up old recipes or combining traditional ingredients in new and innovative ways, then share them with your family, community, or tribe.
Long Nights Moon is also Crone Time, inward-spiraling time, and Root Time. A time to pour a glass of whisky to the Hag of Winter, light candles in your windows to bring warmth and light to your home, and take stock of the past year with the help of journals and tarot cards, dreams and reminiscing friends. What has been memorable? What have you learned? What have you taught? Where do you want to go next?
Me? I learned how to spin and weave, and got (a little bit) better at facilitating discussions. I taught someone how to knit (not sure if it stuck, but it took me a few tries, so…) and got people thinking about relationships at the intersections of polyamoury and power-exchange. Getting married (just shy of a year ago as of this writing), attending the Feminist Porn Awards, and watching my wife make a major and very joyful career change have all been pretty memorable.
Where do I want to go next?
I want to go inwards (fearful as I am) and take another gander at my Internal Landscape
I want to go forwards with ordering pastured, ethically raised pork from a local farmer.
And I want to go outwards, editing an anthology of queer women writing about polyamoury and power exchange, and making more contacts in leather and sexpositivity cultures (I’m particularly interested in attending Playground next November), especially if they have another panel or three looking at the intersections of sexuality and spirituality. That would be awesome. 🙂
What about you?
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