Nature Awareness: Change and Potential

The forest is full of exciting energy right now.  It’s similar to the energy I feel in the autumn; it’s change and potential. The ice gives way to the warm sunbeams penetrating the forest canopy. Copious deer droppings around these icy terreriums reveal that they are serving as watering holes until they evaporate. Even afterContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Change and Potential”

Nature Awareness: Baby On Board!

Now that the temperatures are starting to rise (slightly) and there is more daylight in the evening, I’ve started to take Bee out for walks with me.  We don’t go very far, but it’s nice to get outside and share that with her.  It’s how we saw our first robins and red-winged blackbirds of theContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Baby On Board!”

Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!

The week’s stress comes to a head on Sundays, and the call from the forest is strongest then.  Come dance with the trees!  Come lose yourself in the quiet!  Come heal!  So I listen and go. It snowed last night.  Not a dusting but a proper, North Country snow.  Everything was melting over the lastContinue reading “Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!”

Nature Awareness: Signs of Spring

It’s the Spring Equinox and it’s snowing in the North Country.  Go figure.  Of course, if you look, you’ll find signs of spring all over.  Nature just doesn’t throw a switch and say, “Tada!  Spring now!”  The transition between seasons is a gradual process full of growth and decline. I spent the last couple weekendContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Signs of Spring”

Nature Awareness: Deer and Coming Spring

Off to the forest with offerings tucked in my coat pocket, I trudged through the snow. Though much of it has melted, certain areas, especially the places between human dwellings and the forest, are still very deep. Movement was slow and difficult without snowshoes. As always, I thought of my spirit animal, the white tailedContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Deer and Coming Spring”

Nature Awareness: Pure Joy

The previous weekend, I went out into the forest.  I needed it.  I was feeling some cabin fever.  We’ve had snow on top of snow on top of snow.  Furthermore, I had had a terrible, no good, very bad night the day before.   The forest was calling my name. I was already trudging throughContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Pure Joy”

Nature Awareness: Some Northern European Ash Tree Lore

Since the last couple weeks have been bitter cold or too snowy to safely walk in the forest, I stayed close to home and gave some thought to the tree nearest me. I recently started an exploration of the ash tree in my front yard.  Of course, I will continue to visit the forest regularly,Continue reading “Nature Awareness: Some Northern European Ash Tree Lore”

Nature Awareness – January 18th, 2014

The ice thawed quite a bit on the weekend, and the bitter cold hadn’t returned, so I decided to take a stroll to the forest.  I missed it last week, even with my desire to learn more about the tree and other beings around my home.  I did stop and say hello to the ashContinue reading “Nature Awareness – January 18th, 2014”

Nature Awareness Journal – January 9th, 2014

  It’s a beautiful day in the North Country. It’s warmer than the week before. There was even a small bit of sun earlier. A perfect day for a walk to the forest. Only… yesterday’s rain made the lingering ice even more hazardous. The driveway and remaining “snow” are really slick. Walking the short distanceContinue reading “Nature Awareness Journal – January 9th, 2014”

Natural Awareness Journal – January 5th, 2013

 Begin a regular practice of attunement to the land, including outdoor meditations and offerings to the Nature Spirits. It is suggested to pick a place easily accessible that you might be able to go to several times a week (such as an overgrown fence – row, a more ‘wild’ section of your backyard, possibly a city park, or even a balcony garden, etc)Continue reading “Natural Awareness Journal – January 5th, 2013”