The News from Four Quarters

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Building, 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.  

March 18, 2020

A COVID-19 PSA from Four Quarters InterFaith

coronavirus dark 1200x800Virus visualization. Courtesy Center for Disease Control | COVID-19 at cdc.gpv.

Here at Four Quarters we have been tracking COVID-19 epidemiology and policy developments closely, with official guidance developing daily. Current policy thinking is that COVID-19 will reach peak infection in the USA during the next 4 to 6 weeks, and begin to subside in late May. Whether there will be following waves is unknown. Four Quarters will enthusiastically cooperate with national policies of containment, noting recent CDC guidance limiting group sizes to below fifty persons, and especially the recently released Imperial College London Report to be found here.
      For these reasons we are now cancelling all events and Moon Services at Four Quarters until the Summer Solstice weekend of June 20th, which will mark the re-opening of camp with Sweat Lodge, Stone Circle Ceremony and a Community Feast. Registrations for both Beltaine and Fires Rising offer full refund or credit by calling our office. The best epidemiological projections at this time are that these events and Drum & Splash, BigDub, Honcho and Stones Rising will remain unaffected, but that can change.
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 December 14, 2019

Winter Scenes: A Photo Essay

1Lets start with cattle. Our herd of Scottish Highlanders.Thats "T-bone," our yearling white calf.

This is a photo essay,   over 30 pictures intended to give a flavor of life here on the Land.
As the skys darken, and the winds grow brisk we set about the work of Winter.
The Land in repose, but we living here confirmed in the never ending rural cycle of the seasons.
Plan. Prepare. Repair. Make ready for the promise of the Sun's return!  Enjoy!
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January 22, 2020

2020 Schedule at a Glance Available

2020 CalendarAtGlance 600fadeWe relase our year's scheudle before to give folks a heads up for their year. .

The 2020 Schedule At A Glance is now availale! Members, friends, guests and interested parties can download a printable PDF of the year's schedule here. We have just about all of our events listed, our regular Spiritual Events, Moon Services, Festivals, and Member Events through the end of the year. So start marking your calendars and putting in for those vacation days and saving up that lunch money to get away!

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January 9, 2020

Moon Service, January 18, 2020

waning gibbous moonOur Winter Moon Services tend to be small, intimate, and involve a warm hearth.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to you from Four Quarters! We hope the winter is a time of peaceful reflection for you all. Please join us as we gather around the warm hearth on January 18 and celebrate our first Moon Service of 2020!  Church Supper at 5:00 PM, Service Follows.

Winter Moon Services are a great time to get to know each other better and share ritual in a small, intimate way. If you are interested in volunteering to host or help with ritual, winter services are a great time to try it out and lend a hand! Contact us if you are interested in leading a service.

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 December 19, 2019

A Hunters Prayer

TheHuntFour Deer cold aging from the winters hunt. Fresh Venison stew for Yule-Tide Friday night.

I, beside this quiet doe
Kneel and for a minute mourn
Between my victory and her woe
My quickly beating heart is torn.

I, on this mountain midst the oaks
Vow to this beast that once had life
We will give thanks when down below
We taste your strength...
Your sacrifice.

December 8, 2019

Winter Work

Griffith FarmhouseNov2019 4828 1200The Farmhouse, November 2018 - The work moves indoors, to workstations, office desks, and kitchen tables.

After a long and busy Spring and Summer, the festival season at Four Quarters peaks during Labor Day weekend's Stones Rising, when we perform the inspirational community work of adding stones to the Stone Circle, the "beating heart of Four Quarters" since that very first day over twenty-five years ago. As the Autumn days grow shorter, the festival season winds down with Samhain followed by Yule and the Winter Solstice. The arbors are put away. The sweat lodge is put to sleep for the winter.
 

But the work does go on, it merely turns inward. We turn to the planning of the coming year. We reflect on the season past and meditate on the year to come. We also look at the numbers, always a process that can bring a... sobering perspective. And always, planning, planning, planning. For most of our major events, planning the next year's typically starts even as we're putting the candles, drums, and shovels away.

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November 8, 2019

Call For Articles

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It’s that time of the year again! New Stones are Risen. Samhain has passed. Solstice and Yule are on the horizon. So once again the Board of Directors, and captive Art Director and Designer Kurt Griffith retire to their monks cells and engage in the annual ritual of cobbling together the Wheel of the Year for 2020.  We have our pencils, calendars, event planners, astronomical tables, and even a crystal ball, bonds, tarot decks focused on eighteen months out.

So once again we are calling out to each and every one of you for your articles, prose, poetry, brilliant photographs to fill out yet another edition of the Wheel of the Year. People approach us and say, “I have this idea…. ” We have some news for you; you don’t need our permission to write an article. JUST WRITE and get it to us. Material that we have, we can review and choose to use. Stuff that we don’t have, however brilliant the idea, we can’t use!

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