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Poor Will's Almanack: November 25 - December 1, 2014

Shawn Harquail
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Throughout North America, sunset reaches its earliest time of the year as the sun moves deeper into Sagittarius, and the waxing Sandhill Crane Migration Moon hurries migration time for the last of the birds.

The mornings are often silent now – no birdsong – no cricket song, and into that silence, into the basket of the whole year, gently, instinctively, I place all of the other signs and moons and suns, filling it way over the top with what and whom those phases have nurtured from the beginning.

I fill that ephemeral basket, woven from cycles already gone, with an inventory of things past and disappeared, past and still present and still to come.

I hold in my memory this container of my perceptions, my feelings, longings, so truly without number. They are like the leaves of many shapes and colors and textures and odors that have come down around me in the past weeks, images and sensations that were at one time connected to, attached to, acts and touch, movement and stillness, making sense in their own context once. –

The memories are like leaves which were once attached to branches, making sense together, forming vast communities, great nations producing shade and protection and glory, now loosed and taken from their scaffolding gone to the wind and time like songs that have lost their melodies.

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. I’ll be back again next week with notes for the first week of late early winter and the third week of the Sandhill Crane Migration Moon, the third week of the sun in Sagittarius AND THE VERY FIRST WEEK OF THE NEW NATURAL YEAR. In the meantime, fill your basket now. Next week, you get a brand new one when the Natural Year begins.

Poor Will’s Almanack for 2015 is now available. For a sample of this new annual, and for information on how to order your copies, visit www.poorwillsalmanack.com

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Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.