The News from Four Quarters

 NewsLogoBuilding, planting and planning. Sharing ceremony and good, home raised food.
Oddities in the weather and how the orchard did.
Observations on the Global Crisis.
Earth Spirit and Earth Living.
These are all parts of the News from Four Quarters.    Enjoy.  

September 11, 2021

Stones Rising: A life changing event

Griffith SR21 9269 800 Through the Mother Stone. Welcome to the commiunity. Stones Rising 2021

Once again in the Stones I am reborn. Returning back for Stones Rising was one of the easiest decisions I'd made this last year. Since finding Four Quarters and attending my first event, my life has been permanently altered. 

Last year I was in a dark place. Between jobs, relationships and a home I didn't have much to look forward to. What originally started as a getaway week with my best friend quickly spiraled out of control as life didn't seem to want either of us to go. Tickets in hand but no car of my own, the trip didn't seem like I was going to happen.

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August 30, 2021

Stones Rising Tropical Storm Ida Update

Hurricane Ida Eye Path Projection - Accuweather 30 Aug 2021 Forecast Eye Path of Hurricae Ida, Projected Tropical Depression by the time it reached our region. Map - 30 Aug 2021.

While we are preparing for this years Stones Rising the remnants of Hurricane Ida will be swirling overhead. No worries, we have worked with hurricanes before!

Best predictions are for TORRENTIAL RAINS of at least four inches here at Four Quarters on Wednesday, then breaking rapidly for clear sky's and dry, sunny weather thereafter, simply perfect weather for a Rising.

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Projected impacts of Ida remmants into the Northeast. We expect drenching rainfaill for Wednesday. Map - 30 Aug 2021.

But the changing weather brings with it changing plans for our schedule. Our experience is that with four inches of rain in one day there is no way to keep our foundations and equipment from becoming water logged, so we are moving all of our preparation work until after the Wednesday deluge. We have rescheduled our concrete delivery for Friday afternoon, leaving precious little time to dig the foundations, form up the pour and attend to all of the other many details that usually take place during the week.

We have worked with tight schedules before, and it does add spice and meaning to what this great work is about. Bring your boot and gloves, and get dirty with us!

Find our more about Stones Rising  | National Weather Service

August 17, 2021

A Stones Rising Video Invitation

Stones Rising XXVII - Sept 1-6, 2021. Walking in Balance: Elemental Equilibrium.
An invitation to a Celebration of Hope and Renewal.

A Video invitation to Stones Rising 2021, conceived as a Celebration of Hope and Renewal. A six-day ceremonial working to restore Balance and Harmony in the world, to facilitate Healing among all of us, and of course, raise new Stones in the Stone Circle! Join us! We publised this video invitation on Facebook, and decided we really ought to share it with our web site visitors. Enjoy!

View on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/wUMrJ1eesLg

More information about Stones Rising

July 15, 2021

July 24th Full Moon Service “Honey Upon the Water”

Oshun July2021 700 Oshun, Orisha of the river, bringer of wealth and sweetness to humanity

The July 24th Moon service will be an honoring of Oshun, the Santeria Orisha (Goddess) of the river, bringer of wealth and sweetness to humanity. We will be making offerings of fruits, flowers, rum, and honey in honor of all the good things that Oshun brings us. We also make offerings to win future blessings from Oshun.

Oshun brings love, gold, and witchcraft to humanity. We honor her because her gifts sweeten our lives. It is said that she is the youngest Orisha, and she is known for her laughter, her dancing, and her beautiful fans. Her colors are saffron yellow and orange, and her number is five.

We will gather at the Fairy Cairn at 7:30 pm to make offerings to Oshun.

Celebrants are encouraged, but not required to wear white or yellow or orange clothing. Be aware that Oshun is a joyful spirit, and her ceremonies often end up with the celebrants spontaneously jumping in the sweet waters of the river for the sheer joy of Her.

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June 14, 2021

Bringing back a Full-Fledged & Fun Drum ’N’ Splash 2021

DnS Slider 01 Parade drummers Lighting up the night at Drum N Splash 2020.

Drum ’N’ Splash 2021

Wednesday June 30 - Sunday July 4th, 2021

We are gearing up for a fully-realized and festive Drum ’N’ Splash, restored to its happy, thumping, and splashing glory for all of us to enjoy. Last year, due to Covid-19 constraints, we had to assemble and prepare Drum ‘N’ Splash with an exceptionally short timeline and tight resources. Nonetheless, we still had a great event!  

As Pennsylvania relaxes its Covid mitigations, we continue to work closely with the Pennsylvania Dept of Health in maintaining safe public health during this public emergency.

We're planning a big year for 2021 with a lot going on, and plenty to do. A number of Crowd Favorites will be returning along with some New Presenters, more classes and workshops, and of course the solace and shelter of the Land. Here's some of what we have in mind for this year - click the link to see the schedule.

Draft Schedule of Activities for Drum ’N’ Splash 2021!

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May 17, 2021

Beltaine 2021  
       Orren Whiddon
and Mike McConnell


 DSC6259 How to Make a Beltaine

Take one nasty world-wide Pandemic
Mix well with Winter Seasonal Affective Disorders
Leaven with abiding Hope that The Lady and Lord's promise of Spring will be kept

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March 31, 2021

Sweat Lodge Build 2021

Griffith SweatBuild2019 0781 1200 Members of the Ceremony team rebuilding the Sweat Lodge frame, Spring 2019.

On Saturday April 17, 2021 we shall gather on the Land to rebuild the Sweat Lodge in Main Camp and we need your help. Lodge frames are subject to wear and the elements, and the stresses of ceremony. So from time to time they need to be de-commissioned and replaced. So, we invite all those with an interest to join the ceremony team and lend their hands to the effort. We expect it to be an all-day project and the more hands on board, the faster the labor, and if you're not watching out, you might even learn something! It is also a Labyrinth Build day! So plenty of opportunities to roll up your sleeves in a good way and give back to the Land.

We are ever grateful for the energy, effort and gifts of this labor to these sacred ceremonies and their service to the People. A Lodge Build is a powerful way to be of service and to add your energy to this good work. With enough help, and  the work done in good time, in a good way, we might even get to sweat in the rebuilt lodge! (Official First Sweat is scheduled for Beltaine - April 30-May 2, 2021This work is deeply ceremonial. The work itself is sacred, and an integral, critical part of the Sweat Lodge ceremony and it is how we learn. We often say around the Lodge, “we learn by doing.”

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