|First Light, 16th December 2013|
When I composed and uploaded my last Earth Pilgrim post way-y back last June, I had absolutely no idea of the approaching curve in my Path that would find me in late September bidding farewell to my much-loved Dragonfly Cottage and lead me here to Lightspring Glen by Winter Solstice. This new part of the journey would be very much a roller-coaster and stretch over several months before I could finally step off its wild ride and onto the sweet land that is now my home in Sidney Center, New York. I would have fine and interesting company along the way with the surprising number of folks who aid and abet the process of searching for a new home and then help (or at least appear to help :-) ) hopeful new-home owners like me make their way through the maze of the purchase process. (As I recall this now, the Carnival Analogy fits quite well!)
It is now a full month since taking up residence, a whole lunar cycle with the Cancer Full Moon coming our way at dusk today. After the long-awaited closing on the 11th of December [11:12:13], the Season's first major snow storm nearly canceled my plans to move in at once. But thanks to the fabulous help of my new neighbors who pitched in with the hauling and toting and who also plowed the 10 inches of snow from the driveway, on the night of the 15th I climbed under the bed covers, turned off the light, and gazed out in awe at the moonlight playing softly on the snow of my incredible new back yard. I was simply too excited to fall asleep for a long while, but exhaustion finally took over. When I woke in the morning, it turned out this Dream was solid, gleeful reality. The thermometer hovered near 10 degrees when I stepped outside with my camera to capture the image of the day's first light beginning to fill the hemlock woods beyond the pond.
Long ago on another Winter's night when I was more a poet than any other sort of writer, a poem came to me. Its opening couplet sounded itself confidently in my inner ear, "The Path leads on, I must depart / To hidden places of the Heart"
And so it does lead on, this beautiful Path that is my life. More stories will follow as I take my first steps into this indescribably beautiful landscape and into this New Year. Time and spirit willing, I look forward to your company.
|On the path to the upper pond|