the awakening solstice – mid summer ’17

bonzai dish landscape 4wwwBuild up season

time space

now future past

snatches moments gathered

death breath cry

troubles Yule solstice ritual

fire earth sky rain

art on ground

is ground

come and go

fill up


half a year from stop to stop

same fiery ball flying through the galaxy at speed

we spiral our perspective

creative rites around a minute celestial wobble

making meaning of every breath

awakening solstice has returned


stopped to ‘see’

filled with gifts not yet delivered.

foggy distance

lost in time

like dream connections quietly woken

quagmire dripping

marching on

they can not know themselves

for fear of dying

for fear of dying

Relics from the future……

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the 8 day challenge xs

Started as a Facebook challenge to post a B&W image depicting my life each day for 8 days with no people, no explanation and to tag someone else to do the same. I did not tag but was tagged by Susan Dickson (Tasmania) and Sherry MacDonnald (WA, USA) cheers ladies.



mr eternity

Arthur Malcolm Stace 1885 – 1967 was known around Redfern and the Sydney CBD as Mr Eternity. After serving in France in WW1 he went back to his old ways of alcohol abuse until he was helped by the inspiration of a preacher in August 1930 to become sober. Late at the Burton St Baptist Tabernacle he listen to John Ridley say he wished he could shout out the word “eternity” at Sydney. Arthur took this literally and began writing Eternity in chalk on the pavements of Kings Cross, Sydney CBD and out as far as Parramatta. He did this over 50 times a day and in his most productive times spent all his money on chalk. He was still around when I first started hanging around inner Sydney as a mid teen. I did see his chalkings but never got the full picture till much later. He fits my definition of artist………….

let’s clay with fire III – relics from the future II – lead up

let’s clay with fire III

You have heard of yule-time and relate it to christmas. in fact yule is the time of the winter solstice which in the northern hemisphere is in december, just before christmas. the yule celebrates the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new. it is a time when old baggage can be ritually destroyed through the alchemy of fire. symbolically one could for instance burn an object that symbolised the emotional poison ingested in the past. it is a time for renewal and a time to move on.

the southern hemisphere is not only different to the northern in the timing of the shortest day but the symbologies are shifted as well. in western culture the sun is a male enterty and the moon is female. in some austraian indigenous cultures this is the opposite. the sun is female, rising in the morning and adorning herself with ocher, spilling it on nearby clouds. she sets in the evening and discards the ocher making the sunset red. the moon on the other hand is a male, bringing the unwanted and unexpected.

which ever way you look at it, the shortest day is a time of celebration, for the new cycle that is beginning and the fresh start that is offered. we adopt ritual to enhance and enforce these manifestations of renewal. it is a time of sharing, hence gifts at christmas time in the northern hemisphere. some people celebrate ‘xmas in july’ as an anti christmas kind of thing but really the australian yule is 21st june. (varies)

winter solstice sees the world below close to the surface and the sun at its weakest, it is a time when these forces can join as one without destroying each other. when opposites can envelop oneness.

be part of the renewal process, don’t take your garbage into the new cycle (please, the planet can’t take any more). celebrate your renewal by being part of the winter solstice celebrations. make something to burn or fire in the bon-fire kiln weather it symbolises for you the past or the future, and join in the fun with food and music.


site as at 5-6-17

Rain slows work at Let’s Clay With Fire III

4 day weather forecasts


early in the site preparation..


Work has started on the site for this years solstice firing event “Let’s Clay With Fire III”. An in situ work this time around, in the form of a water feature gully sculptural solstice dish.

Check out this drone footage of the site.


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Yule – June 21st Winter Solstice 9.09am

Traditional Date June 21st

Yule marks the winter Solstice and is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  As a fire festival a popular custom at this time is the burning of the Yule logs. The Yule log must traditionally be the root of a hardwood tree, and in Australia mallee roots are ideal for this purpose, as are Tasmanian oaks and all types of Eucalyptus.  



The ancient and globally celebrated rites attending the Winter Solstice symbolise the innate creative powers of nature that lie just below the surface at this time of year. This festival of inner renewal intimates potential and suggests we often sow the seeds of our life well before we see the outcome. The Winter Solstice offers a wonderful opportunity to come together with friends or spend time alone and take a moment to refocus; to put dreams into place for spring; to contemplate the seeds we plant within our heart and the blessed Earth; to reflect on and be grateful for all that has come to pass. While winter has a profound effect on the world outside, the inner human journey similarly quietens and slows as the energy of the season supports introspection.


see also this amazing sbs article about indigenous star gazing.