BELTANE BLESSINGS

THE SPIRITS OF THE FOREST WISH YOU A JOYOUS BELTANE

At Beltane we celebrate the joys of being alive! I fantasize flowers, May baskets, garlands, dancing in the sun! It is mid-Spring, after all. In this coastal rainforest, however, it is still chill and the rains keep coming. The garden is a bog—skunk cabbage pushes up in the beds. Yet, in a moment of sun, the forest glows with psychedelic green—oxalis, trillium, and fern return like old friends. Suddenly it seems that everything is radiant with new leaves.

In the old cultures, people believed that when we give each other love and pleasure, the whole Earth is pleased. Flowers bloom brighter; birds sing more joyously, and the body of Earth is fertile, for Earth is a living being and all her creatures are part of her body. The veil between worlds is thin on Beltane; Nature Spirits come close, waiting for the moment when we are able to see.

What does the power of Love bring alive in you? What growth does it engender?

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POEMS IN A PANDEMIC

CHILDREN OF THE VOICE

We are Children of the Voice

Born of the Holy Word

Shaped from the Breath of Cosmos.

Listen– and you will hear.

What will it say through you?

 

Sitting here in Darkness

I see the Dawn opening.

Between the woven branches of trees,

my voice sings out welcome

as Light grows.

 

Riding in my silver car

through the empty streets

we fly, my Husky and I,

singing our morning song.

Joy soars through her in howls to the sky.

 

We are children of the voice.

What is the song I sing?

 

Walking in the forest, I stand beside you.

Cedar” I say. And you say, “Come closer.

Touch my skin. Feel the strength within.

Can you hear my voice

singing in the wind?”

gwendolyn

 

IN THE STILLNESS

In the stillness

of the forest awakening

the morning bird sings.

 

In the stillness

of towns shuttered in fear

each evening doors open

Voices rise and bells ring

We are grateful!”

the people sing.

Sending out a web of Love

they weave it round the Earth

watching it strengthen and grow.

 

In the stillness

deer graze peacefully in back yards

dolphins swim in clear channels.

An eagle soars above me as I walk.

Remember. Remember.

What it means to be “at home.”

gwendolyn

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THE WEAVER

THE WEAVER

A visitor came

Wearing a dark cloak.

He wrapped it tightly around himself

and spoke of what he saw–

All things gone wrong

disease and death and war.

 

Try it on,” he said

as he went out the door.

I did not want the darkness

I struggled with its weight,

but found he had left it anyway.

The heaviness fell around me.

I tried and tried to take it off

But it was only when I asked my Heart

What can I do to find you again?”

That the answer came.

 

Give me the Beauty that you see.

Let me hold it for you.”

 

Then I began to remember–

rain turned to rainbows by the sun,

new leaves shining in the morning light,

dogs running joyously on the beach,

people laughing and waving,

from a distance, echoes of love.

 

My Heart grew larger and began to shine.

I will weave a cloak from moments of Beauty

sewn with the golden thread of sun

and the silver thread of moon.

I will wear it lightly

so it flows around me

with the changing winds.

gwendolyn

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SPRING EQUINOX HOLY DAY CEREMONY CANCELED

WANDERLAND RAINFOREST SPRING EQUINOX HOLY DAY CEREMONY CANCELED

(but Spring is not!)

Although we are joining in the community effort to not give the coronovirus a chance to spread, I would like to share with you the meditation that would have been the center of our planned ceremony. It is a “walking” meditation; that is, you let the words go through your mind as you walk through your day. And your day will, of course, always present all kinds of bumps and jolts, surprises, and– Beauty. The meditation helps you keep Balance while you go through the changes.

From the Navajo

Hózhó náhásdlíí’

Walking In Beauty (Blessing)

Today I will walk out, today everything unnecessary will leave me,
I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.
I will have a light body, I will be happy forever,
nothing will hinder me.
I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.
I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.
I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.

In beauty all day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons, may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With dew about my feet, may I walk.

With beauty before me may I walk.
With beauty behind me may I walk.
With beauty below me may I walk.
With beauty above me may I walk.
With beauty all around me may I walk.

In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
My words will be beautiful.

As you walk the Earth, welcome the return of Spring as life returns in a myriad of forms. Here at Wanderland, trilliums are budded; oxalis is opening on the forest floor; and the golden ears of skunk cabbage are tuned to bird song and spring breezes.

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SPRING EQUINOX HOLY DAY CEREMONY

 

SPRING EQUINOX-

HOLY DAY CEREMONY

Thursday, March 19, 12-2

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

May the Beauty I love become what I do.”

We stand at the Gateway of Spring; Dark and Light are momentarily balanced. After Spring Equinox, every day is brighter than the one before as Earth blossoms into Spring. At Wanderland, skunk cabbage pushes up through the bogs like golden ears—opening to the song of the early morning birds. The plants on the forest floor awaken. It is a time of rapid growth and change. What is unfurling in you? What are you dreaming into form? How do you find balance in change?

For the teaching on this day, we will dwell with the Creation Goddess of the Huichol Indians of Mexico—“Grandmother Growth.” She dreams form into Being from her Heart. Her teaching is that you are a Sacred Being here for a purpose—to find your Heart Path and to walk it all the days of your life.

In this Holy Day Ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, we will explore the meanings of Balance and Beauty and how they form a foundation for envisioning new growth and shaping the future. The Ceremony will contain myth, story, and ritual.

There is no charge but suggested donations of $10-20 toward the maintenance of the forest sanctuary are welcome. The ceremony starts at noon. Please do not come late. Questions: contact gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-6389. For more information on Wanderland Sanctuary and Iseum, go to our website: wanderlandrainforest.org

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