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.  

May 10, 2024

Beltaine Reflections: Dancing in the Rain
By Holland Hook
Photos by Mike McConnell

2024JoyJoy!

    We gathered for a Beltaine celebration at Four Quarters, marking a splendid start to the 30th year on this land as we welcomed the warmth of spring. As nature does, it bestowed upon us a beautiful gift—the opportunity to celebrate our collective resilience and gratitude under stormy skies.

Read more ...

The 2024 Wheel of the Year is at the Printer!

The2024WheelisComing 1200

By Kurt Griffith, 13 January 2024

The 2024 Wheel of the Year is on Press!  Huzzah! We worked really hard going into the winter holidays with final layout, editing, and pre-press to turn around the 2024 Wheel of the Year, and gotten our annual calendar out to our press in a good way! We’ve our usual heady mix of Calendar content, all about Four Quarters, relevant and thoughtful articles, essays, and photography – almost all of it Member-provided. We like to think we can be rightfully proud of that!

This is the earliest we’ve able to turn around the calendar in over a decade, and all it took was iron discipline sticking to our deadlines, some hard work, an acceptance of losing a page or two, and not waiting around for people who said, “I’m thinking of writing something.” Pro tip: Write it anyway, then we’ll have it for next year. Well done, and thank you to everyone involved with the effort!

Read more ...

December 29, 2023

2024 Schedule-at-a-Glance is now Available!
By Kurt Griffith

NowAvailable2024 800

In advance of our annual Wheel of the Year, The 2024 Schedule At A Glance is now available! 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, Hosted Festivals, and Church Events through the end of the year. So start marking your calendars, putting in for those vacation days, and saving up that lunch money to get on the Land!
 
We’ve also gotten the 2024 Wheel of the Year out the door!
It's that time of year again, we've been working feverishly going into the winter holidays with final layout, editing, and pre-press to turn around the 2024 Wheel of the Year, and gotten our annual calendar out to our press! In the new year, we'll be updating the Web Site Event Pages, preparing the Member's Muse, and digging onto planning the 2024 season.
 
Do you want your own copy of the the 2024 Wheel of the Year sent to you, absolutely FREE? Visit our Publications Page
 
 

 

November 12, 2023

We Need Your Stuff!
By Kurt Griffith, Art Director, WoTY

CallForContentFall23 1200We're already well into building the 2024 Wheel of the Year, and we need your content!.

It’s that time of the year again! New Stones are Risen. Samhain has passed. Thanksgiving and Winter Solstice are on the horizon. So once again the Board of Directors, and captive Art Director and Designer Kurt Griffith retire to our monk’s cells and engage in the annual ritual of cobbling together the Wheel of the Year for 2024. We have our pencils, calendars, event planners, astronomical tables, and even a crystal ball, bones, tarot decks focused on eighteen months out...

The Wheel of the Year 2024
Call for ARTICLES & Photography

Once again we are calling out to each and every one of you for your articles, prose, poetry, art, brilliant photographs, to fill out yet another edition of the Wheel of the Year. You don’t need our permission to write an article. JUST WRITE IT 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!

Read more ...

October 23, 2023

Samhain is Almost Here!
By Orren Whiddon

Feast1The Reflective Feast: Breaking Bread with the Dead. – Samhain 2022.

We just wanted to remind everybody that Four Quarters Samhain starts this Friday! There's still time to register, and we would love to see you!

The weather will be beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies during the day, and the mid-fifties at night. Simply perfect! And the leaves are at the height of their colors-the Land is simply stunning right now!

Read more ...

Sept 17, 2023

Ceremony at Stones Rising 2023
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell, Etain Preston, Kurt Griffith

WedsDinWednesday evening was our first shared meal in the pavilion as the early birds assemble.
Sharing our meals, with everyone eating together, was a new and wonderful addition to this years Stones Rising.

     Time moves so quickly. Just two weeks ago we were in the grips of severe drought and what seemed to be a perpetual heat wave. We gathered together and a new stone was raised in circle. Then, finally, the rains came. The river rose and there was a new scent in the air. A first night of chill breeze and the leaves began to turn. And fall.
     We have so many pictures of this years Rising, which was itself very picture worthy. The addition of architectural grade lighting in the natural landscape has made possible new ceremonial approaches that are deeply beautiful and moving. Including all food as part of our registration, and sharing that food together, made for a deepening connection and community of purpose among all of us.

     And so I will let the pictures of this years ceremony speak for themselves, with just a little comment. In a week or two I will add a photo essay on our preparations, and then the actual Rising of the Stone. I hope you enjoy!

Read more ...

July 3, 2023

The New Stones Have Arrived
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell, Pam Alexander, Tom BlackHawk

WebTrucksA deep contrabass rumble echos through the hills as the big boys shoulder their loads.

     The Friday before Drum and Splash arrived misty and cool; with the promise of something big in the air as three tractor trailer flatbeds rumbled up our hilltop, carrying the next few years of stones for the circle.
     The crane from Digging and Rigging arrived at 7 in the morning, and at 7:30 fresh coffee with hot sausage biscuits were served from the Farmhouse kitchen.
      Then the fun began.

Read more ...