The Quickening

Song: The Quickening
Artist: Spiral Dance
Album: “From the Mist — A Retrospective”
Also on the album “The Quickening

Keeper of the sacred flame
from within the darkness came
new spring maid from winter’s crone
the brightest queen of morning song

Brigid with your white wand sing
move us to the cusp of spring
see the ravens come on wing
’tis the time of quickening


Sweet serpent rises from the earth
awaken fallen seeds to life
moving from the bright ones hand
soon fire burns within the land


The smith that forges iron craft
light bringer on the spiral path
sage and healer guide the plough
drink from the white, red eared cow


From the East the rising sun
keeps alive the sacred flame
the eternal fire for all the see
the giver of the prophecy ”



Equinox Chant

(Marie Summerwood)

Onward we go round the spiral
Touching darkness, touching light
Twice each turn we rest in balance
Make choices on this night
Make choices on this night

The Layers

By Stanley Kunitz

I have walked through many lives, some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.

When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites, over which scavenger angels wheel on heavy wings.

Oh, I have made myself a tribe out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!

How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses?

In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends, those who fell along the way, bitterly stings my face,

Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road precious to me.

In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered and I roamed through wreckage, a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:

“Live in the layers, not on the litter.”

Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations is already written.

I am not done with my changes.


Used Ostara 2013 for women’s retreat

Snake Woman

(by Starhawk)

Snake woman shedding her skin.
(Snake woman shedding her skin.)

Shedding, Shedding, shedding her skin.
(Shedding, Shedding, shedding her skin.)

Snake woman shedding her skin.
(Snake woman shedding her skin.)

Shedding, Shedding, shedding her skin.
(Shedding, Shedding, shedding her skin.)

Bird woman taking flight…

Star Woman shining bright…

Moon Woman riding the night…

Blossom Woman opening wide…

Snake Woman shedding her skin…

(Spyder systers weaving their web …)


pg 21 Circle of Song by Kate Marks


Used Ostara 2013 for casting circle.

Used Imbolc 2014 for Energy Work during new Maiden ritual

Used Oct 28, 2018 for University UU “Wheel of the Year” sermon.

Used April 7, 2019 for 1U “Wheel of the Year” sermon.


Rose Orange Potpourri


Happy Spring Equinox! We made these at Imbolc and shared them at Ostara. In case you wanted to make some rose-orange potpourri of your own… This makes about 10 sachets with about ½ cup mix in each.

  • 1 qt. dried rose petals
  • 1 cup dried orange or clementine peels
  • 1/2 c. dried lavender
  • 2 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean (cut or broken into small pieces)
  • 2 sticks cinnamon (crushed)
  • 1 oz. dried orris 
  • 20 drops orange essential oil

Mix everything dry together in a large bowl. Add the 20 drops of orange. Mix it again. Store in a 2 qt glass jar for 6 weeks for scents to blend. Shake periodically. Spoon into sachet bags when ready.