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HARVEST HOME: THE END OF SUMMER, THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN

In less than a week, July ends and August begins.  In the Hokku Calendar, summer ends with the last day of July, and the first of August is Harvest Home, as it was commonly called, or in older speech, Lammas, … Continue reading

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CANDLEMAS: SPRING BEGINS

Tomorrow is Candlemas — Imbolc — the old beginning of spring. Yesterday was the lunar New Year, celebrated in Asia, which is also the traditional beginning of spring. So we can see, as I have said before, that if one … Continue reading

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: SUMMER’S END

Every year I like to post this article again, with slight variation, to mark that time when one senses the change in the air that marks the beginning of summer’s wane into autumn. It is a time when one palpably … Continue reading

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THE TIME OF HARVEST IN THE HOKKU YEAR

In our busy modern world, particularly if we live in a heavily urbanized area, it is good to pause from time to time and reflect on where we are in the Wheel of the Year — the cycle of the … Continue reading

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THE SPRING HOKKU CALENDAR

Because the practice of hokku is so intimately connected with the seasons, I like to regularly remind readers where we are in the “old” hokku calendar in its traditional Western version, the Wheel of the Year, which very closely approximates … Continue reading

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THE OLD YEAR NOW HAS PASSED AWAY

For some of you, it is already the New Year — 2011. In the old hokku calendar we are still over a month away from the New Year, which comes on February 4th — just at the edge of spring. … Continue reading

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IT’S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY

Yesterday I discussed three “Western” calendar systems relevant to hokku — the traditional calendar, the meteorological calendar, and the “natural” calendar.  The first is astronomical, and depends on the relationship between the sun and the earth; the second shows us … Continue reading

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