I’ve just returned from a busy but rewarding few days in Western Australia, where the weather was wild and Wintery, but the heartspace at my three concerts and my workshop was warm and lovely. Now I’m back in Melbourne – somewhat exhausted and doing my best to rest before a big concert on Saturday night, and more recording on Friday and Sunday. (more on this exciting concert below)
Tomorrow, August 2nd, marks a sacred turning point in our Wheel of the Year. Here in the Southern hemisphere it is Imbolc – the first stirrings of Spring. A few blossoms are beginning to show themselves in the local woodlands; wattle, greenhood orchids, sundew orchids, and heath. This is a time of rebirth and awakening, that calls us to courageously push forward, breaking new ground.
And in the Northern Hemisphere it is Lammas – the first of the three sacred harvests. We honour the gift of the early harvest by baking bread and dedicating this to the Earth, in hope and celebration of the bountiful crop that is to follow. It’s a golden and ripe time – and the first hint that Summer will soon become Autumn.
Yesterday I took a long, long walk along the beach, and celebrated the Imbolc energy by taking a (very) quick dip in the sea. It was cold indeed, but very cleansing. I walked for hours and hours, until there were no more footsteps in the sand. Then I noticed little paw prints darting here and there over the sand. Guessing there was a little fox friend nearby, I proceeded quietly, and sure enough, soon I was met by a gorgeous russett face staring at me from the edge of the tea-tree woods. We both stood perfectly still and held each other’s gaze for at least a minute – which is a long time when you are in the flow!. She or he then turned around and ran into the bushland, fiery tail ablaze. On my return trip, I took a photo of our footprints together.
Ok, now for some concert news. On Saturday night I’m part of a triple bill line up, with two other fantastic Melbourne bands – Dandelion Wine and Geamala. The Northcote Uniting Church is a gorgeous building, and for those of you in Melbourne, this will be a special night indeed. I’m playing with my full band (Tim on Guitar and flute, Rachel on cello, William on drums and Aaron on violin). I’m the first act on, so don’t be late!
THE WINTER HEARTH:
A NIGHT OF MUSICAL ESOTERICA WITH WENDY RULE, DANDELION WINE AND GEAMALA
SATURDAY AUGUST 3rd
NORTHCOTE UNITING CHURCH
$20 tickets at the door
Sending everyone Magical blessings for this turning of the seasons.