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Holy Night

  Over the past week I’ve been really conscious of something in me that longs to mark this time with ceremony and celebration. Something in me wants to make it special, as people have done at the winter solstice and New Year for millennia, recreating the world anew. Yet I’m also aware that the rituals our culture presents me with seem sadly hollow. “Consumeristmas” is a fitting term for the materialistic orgy so many of us indulge in. I struggle to get my head around the scale of it....

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Enriching the Earth To enrich the earth I have sowed clover and grass to grow and die. I have plowed in the seeds of winter grains and various legumes, their growth to be plowed in to enrich the earth. I have stirred into the ground the offal and the decay of the growth of past seasons and so mended the earth and made its yield increase. All this serves the dark. Against the shadow of veiled possibility my workdays stand in a most asking light. I am slowly falling into the fund of things. And...

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