Wheel of the Year Paper Sun Catcher

You will need semi-transparent origami paper for this craft. You can use tape to hang the completed sun catcher in the window so you can see the light shine through the paper.

Start with a square origami paper.

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Fold in half on the diagonal. Open back up.  You have made a guideline crease down the middle.

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Fold left and right corners in to line up with middle crease.

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This is your completed “petal” shape.   Make 8 of these.

step 4

Start with one petal at a time.  Line a second petal up against middle crease of the first and use glue stick to paste them together.

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Alternating each petal as you go around the circle makes something like this.

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Another possible arrangement of petals to show main seasons on top and cross quarter points in between.

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You could make each petal in a different color to match the simple vector wheel of the year.  Depending on how you pasted them together, they could look something like this.

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Or like this.

step 9

If you would like to have an open center, fold the top point in to touch the other folds.

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When glued, there will be an opening in the center.

If you liked making this one, consider getting the Paper Suncatchers kit by  Christine Gross Loh. You can also get more paper.   You can store unused paper in a plastic box. 

Enjoy!

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Rainbow People

Song: Rainbow People
Artist: Inanna, Sisters In Rhythm
Album: Skin And Bone

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

When I look into the eyes
Of all the people I see
It reveals a kind of knowing
A shared identity

Beneath the outer shell
Of skin and bone
Ancestor voices
We don’t walk alone

We’re sharing our stories
And our memories
We lay the bare
The essence of life’s mystery

Threads come together
To form a tapestry
Of beauty, deep feeling
And rich conplexitity

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

Sombala ba rumba
U mauil chi jiem
Chippu kakilambu
U musti jump in

Sisters in rhythm
Brothers in time
Three against four
Isn’t fine

From the 53 countries
Of the african beat
Senegal, Mali, Gambia
Just to name three

Connections of all people
As we share a common ring
North, south, east west
Sharing as we sing

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

Healing vibrations
Are soothing my soul
The power of music
Connecting us all

Sounds of the drums
Bass on tone slap
Weave through your body
You can’t hold it back

History of slavery
And wars over race
On this one planet
We share the same space

Just stand up for justice
Let your voice be strong
Drum call for freedom
Take part in the song

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

The way that I see it
We’re all rainbow people
The way that I see it
We’re shining with life

LISTEN

She’s Been Waiting

(by Paula Walawotiz)

She’s been waiting, waiting
She’s been waiting so long
She’s been waiting for her children
to remember to return

Blessed be and Blessed are
The lovers and the Lady
Blessed be and Blessed are
Maiden, Mother, Crone

Blessed be and Blessed are
The ones who dance together
Blessed be and Blessed are
The ones who stand alone

LISTEN

 

VARIATION

I am a Witch

by Gerina Dunwich

I am a Witch
With rhymes and reasons.
I am a changeling like the seasons.
My mother is the Moon,
My father is the Sun,
With Goddess Earth am I as one.

I am a Witch, a Pagan child.
Mother Nature’s spirit wild
Grows within me, Flows within me,
Meandering like a spellbound stream,
Enchanting my every waking dream.

I breathe the air of liberation,
I tend the fire of transformation,
I drink the water of creation,
Earth-magick is my conjuration.

I am a Witch of shadow and light,
Of Avalon mists and ravens’ flight.
I am a Witch, with pride say I,
For a Witch’s soul does never die.

Stonehenge

Song: Stonehenge
Artist: Kellianna
Album: Lady Moon

Mother Help me
Mother Heal me
Please release me
From all things worldly
That do not serve me
Mother Love me

Within these stones
I feel the power
I am reborn
As I break
these chains that bind
And now I’m floating
light as a feather
As I break
these chains that bind

I’m gonna break
these cahins that bind
I’m gonna break
these chains that bind
I’m gonna break
these chains that bind
Yes I will break
these chains that bind

Oh Blessed Mother
you empower me
yes You have shown me
just how to set myself free
And now I’m soaring
up in the clear blue sky
As I break these chains that bind

Yes I have broken
these chains that bind
Yes I have broken
these chains that bind
Yes I have broken
these chains that bind
Yes I did break
these chains that bind

LISTEN

Inanna

Song: Inanna
Album: World Between Worlds
Artist: Wendy Rule

Queen of the dawn
Jewel of the sky
Symbol of all that is beautiful and must die
Into the Dark
Into the Night
Into the Shadow descending from daylight
Inanna…
Shedding your robe
Losing your crown
Bow to the Serpentine sister who calls you down
Share with the world
What you have found
When you were underground
Inanna..

LISTEN

“Element Chant” Beads

This design is inspired by “Element Chant” by Spiral Rythmn.

SUPPLIES

  • scissors
  • a 1″ split ring
  • 8 ft purple satin rat tail cord 2mm thick
  • 12 white pony beads
  • 10 purple pony beads
  • 2 beads each of green, blue, yellow, red
  • 4″ x 6″ white organza bag (optional)

DESIGN

Make sure you understand the basic skills required.

Fold the cord in half and tie a lark’s head knot to attach it to the split ring. This design has knots in between sections.

element chant section

The sections go like this:

  • 4 purple
  • 4 white
  • green, blue, yellow, red
  • 4 white
  • 2 purple
  • 4 white
  • green, blue, yellow, red
  • 4 white
  • 4 purple

Trim ends to desired length. It should look something like this. You can add a label or charm to it if desired.

element chant beads

 

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