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This time between Samhain and Grianstad an Gheimhridh (Winter Solstice, in Irish) is more and more my “cauldron time” — a time of slowing down, a time of deep connection with the land, and a time to contemplate and reset before Father Sun completes his waning cycle and, at Solstice, once again begins to wax and energize.

This poem reminds me that — like the Sunflower — at this time of year, I too am “weary of time” and counting “the steps of the Sun”.

Here is “Ah! Sunflower” by William Blake.

I photographed this sunflower at the UBC Farm in a previous autumn.
Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, 
Who countest the steps of the Sun: 
Seeking after that sweet golden clime 
Where the travellers journey is done. 

Where the Youth pined away with desire, 
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: 
Arise from their graves and aspire, 
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.


How is this season, this time, manifesting for you?

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