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In Bloom: Growing In a New Direction

This last week has been a marvel. Since they were planted a few weeks ago, so many of them have grown. Three kinds of squash, beets, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, borage, mustard, sage and Swiss chard are thriving so much that I've had to transplant them. My pole beans are half my height. By the time our last frost has arrived in June, I'm sure they'll be grazing the ceiling.

My living room has become a veritable greenhouse, with seed trays, planters, pails and bins of herbs and veggies and I've run out of places to put them. Still, my heart is grateful for this abundance, and for my ability to help keep these growing green things alive. As soon as I find more space, I'll be planting ornamental corn, rainbow carrots, sweet corn, peas, lavender and rosemary.

I also celebrated my 37th birthday and I spent much more time than I was expecting tending my seedlings. Something about a birthday feels like a fresh start and a time of reflection for me. I've also been in the midst of the final preparations for launching my new project, Birch and Brisingamen.

With Bealtaine and Summerfinding quickly approaching, the sense of opportunity and new beginnings is palpable. For me, this is a time of working magick to release obstacles, protect prosperity, welcome in abundance and breathing energy and focus into fresh starts.

Mugwort smoke. The scent of beeswax candles and ritual baths of rosemary, peppermint, hyssop and rue. Fresh laundry dried by the wind. Cobwebs cleared out of the corners. Within and without, releasing the old.

In the spirit of new beginnings, I leave you with a favourite poem by Anthea Yang.

This is how I know:

because I am hungry,

because I can hear my

heart beat outside of me,

because when the ocean called,

I had to teach myself how to swim

so she could teach me

about survival.

This is how I know:

because I am no longer

an abandoned city,

because everyone is

coming home,

because it doesn’t hurt

as much as it used to.

This is how I know:

because the sun

is expanding her light,

because I wake up in

a brighter place than I was,

because the universe

is not dying, only


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