Snow Spiders and Other Mid-Winter Marvels

Along the path

Evidence of nocturnal and diurnal visitors.


Big Honkin’ Rock with water stains from snow melt.


What! A snow spider?

Oh, well, so I didn’t do  the alignment so well.  Too bad, so sad.  If I wait to do this “perfectly” the post will never be made!

Yesterday was a beautiful mid-winter day.  While the bunnies sunned, the chickens foraged, and the songbirds fed, I walked the Laughing Labyrinth.  Being out again was just plain nice.  I mentally prepared for the two Distant Reiki sessions, clearing space, centering…well all this sounds lovely, but I just was “outside” and that was good.

So, the labyrinth platter will have earth tones and I have left the decisions to the artists, Kim and Thom Norby of Norby Studios in Sundance, Wyoming. How fortunate I am that three years ago, the Ohlens and Nancy and Brian gave us the housewarming gift of the mugs.  Our relationship has grown over the years and I so respect their skills, artistry and personalities.  Lovely people who complement our lives.

Back to the labyrinth – a snow spider?!?  Also sunning itself on the snow.  How amazing is that!  I wonder what the actual species was, but I really do not care. I just enjoyed seeing it and talking with it, although I am not sure it was so keen about me.

And, the possum tracks, deer tracks wandering in and out as they please – read:  not following “the path”, but following their path.  Hahahaha!

The center was calm and quiet.  I stood in the crotch of the tree like so many other pilgrims have and looked into the branches, at the buds, beyond to the cornflower blue sky.  And just rested.

On the way out, the pudding stone called to me, so I sat.  Pretty amazing to look at the house from that perspective.  And, a new feather?  Or I am just unobservant.  But, I am glad to keep feathers on the porch for pilgrims to use in the labyrinth and either leave, take home as a memento and grounding, or return to the porch for another pilgrim.

Now, second star to the right and straight on until morning.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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