Moonday Musings, Wheel of the Year

Wisdom of the Autumn Sunflower

Image by SergioByrdejnij from Pixabay

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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