Blessed Autumn Equinox!
I spent Saturday celebrating early with my lovely protogrove. We sang, honored the Earth Mother, and feasted on our bounty. I was honored to lead a friend and grovie’s mother blessing as our magical working. It was wonderful, and definitely a post for another time. Today marked the actual Autumn Equinox, and I had a quiet observation with family in the form of dinner – a soup made with homegrown potatoes and locally grown beet greens, a shared bottle of hard cider, and a bit of time outside with my garden.
Many of my plants have gone through their lifecycle, yielding small but enjoyable bounty. It’s easy to get discouraged by how little I grow in my containers, but I always learn something new, so it’s worth it. For example, this year I learned a better way to start tomato seeds indoors, had success growing lemon balm from seed, grew a bunch of snap peas (and have started another crop since they’re cold hardy), grew onions from starters, and even had a tiny success experimenting with okra. Along with a small pile of potatoes, a few tiny cucumbers, a little kale, some small eggplants, five large sunflowers, a surprise pumpkin, and a few pots of herbs, I think I did pretty well for a wee patio garden!
I’m grateful for so much other bounty, though. My daughter is growing well. Maybe I can’t grow enough food to feed us all winter on my own, but I’m raising a smart and sassy little girl! I’ve continued to support my family in many ways, even though times are occasionally difficult. We pull through together!
Intellectually, I learned how to knit socks, I’m improving my Spanish (yes, my Irish is on hold), growing in my profession, in my understanding of the local ecosystem, and in my understanding of Irish history and lore. I’m no Morgan Daimler, that’s for sure, but I apparently know enough to have respect in my protogrove*!
Speaking of my protogrove, it’s been a year since Northern Rivers Protogrove experienced a bit of drama in numerous forms. We persevered and learned from it. Members who had to take a step back due to health reasons have returned, we’ve gained another new member, and yet another was raised to Folk status after an initiation ceremony. We are a small group, but we’ve managed to stay active, continually improve our ritual skills, and have become an even closer family. We’re moving towards full grove status! Cheer for us!
Spiritually, and related to my role as a grove organizer, I’ve continued to (slowly) work through my various ADF study programs. I find myself growing in roles that help my community. Writing and leading rituals has done a lot for my liturgist skills. My divination skills have been improving too, and one of my protogrove members actually asked me to do a reading for her, which, again, honors me. I love giving back to my community, and it validates all the hard work I’ve been doing.
While I may not have a cornucopia brimming with tons of homegrown fruits and veggies, I think I’ve done pretty well with this year’s harvest. What are you thankful for this year? I hope you take time to count your blessings as you celebrate.
*I seriously admire Morgan Daimler. I would love to know a quarter of what she does! Read her books!