September 2021 to March 2022 (Samhain to Equinox)
It didn’t rain. We welcomed old and new. Mick the Parrot man came for the first time, and fitted in well, sharing Basil with Shona.
We gathered and talked around water. Rachel began: we are born in water, we came from water millions of years ago; and what the buddha pissed I drink – through time and space, our water system goes round and round in a closed circular system.
What does water mean to you?
Safety – without it we are lost
Happiness – I like to see the sea
Fun – because I enjoy swimming
Water aid – because many don’t have access to clean water.
Wild swimming after which I feel cleansed, refreshed
I like to swim every day – it’s like a baptism, and here in the east when the sun is rising out of the water it is a perfect combination of fire and water.
Sailing with my husband and daughter
WG Fields, “Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish fornicate in water!!” (Kally – scribing for Pete resorted to miming)
Our bodies are mostly made of water, and like the tides are influenced by the moon.
The air we breath comes to us naturally. Water is the greatest resource precious we have.
People use rivers like they can get rid of everything.
Sound of the waves pounding on the beach
The power of a cold shower
Freedom floating in water, letting go, gravity does not have the same force
Relaxing to swim and I like drinking it too
The saddest moment of my life was when I realised I could not have a bath any more.
Water aid – companies like Cocacola taking the water away from people wanting access to clean water.
Then Rachel told us a story of Shiva’s hair forming the Ganga river.
We warmed up with Chi Gong – Marion played her flute in the trees. The parrot and dog partaking.
Naomi reminded us of Sister Water from Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun – introduced to her by Fr Eric Doyle OFM (who was also known to Rachel by extraordinary chance)
Canticle of the Sun
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.
With Creative Kally we did floated colour in water and did some marbelling and water colouring, potential basis for our Christmas Cards.
Gabrielle shared with us, her remarkable blanket knitted but not in patchwork squares. She would reveal HOW at another time…
Finally around a warming fire we all made or water noises, thinking of Dean Parkin.
Sept 30 – Introductions
Oct 7 – Weaving and Dying
Oct 31 Samhain Sunday
Nov 4 EARTH
Nov 11 AIR
Nov 18 WATER
Nov 25 WOOD
Dec 2 METAL
Dec 9 FIRE
Dec 16 (Solstice)
Mar 7 (Equinox)
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