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.

Notes:

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 …)

Listen:

Notes:

Used Ostara 2013 for casting circle.

Used Imbolc 2014 for Energy Work during new Maiden ritual