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 Double Rainbow Guy' Paul Vasquez, a one time MMA fighter, has died - Bloody  Elbow

A double rainbow with horizontal, cloud-to-cloud lightning between the bows.

How's that for an omen?

Sweetwood Temenos in southwestern Wisconsin. The Warlocks of the Driftless have foregathered to raise—finally—the one-ton megalith of pre-Cambrian limestone called the Bull Stone. On the eve of the Raising, we go down to do some site prep.

Thunder has been rumbling continuously in the distance for quite some time: longer non-stop thunder I've never heard before in my life. Clearly, something big is moving in. Well, the rain will be welcome. Here in the Midwest's Driftless Area, as elsewhere, it's been a dry Spring.

Just as we finish our work, the heavens open. Soaked to the skin, we stand there laughing. Some guys strip off. After the prolonged heat and drought, our skin drinks in the cool rain. So does the Land.

Singing a Thunder song, we trudge through the downpour up to the pavilion. The rain drums on the metal roof. We stand, watching and listening.

For a good half hour it pelts down, a good thorough soaking after a long thirst. The Storm rumbles off Eastwards as, nearing its setting, the Sun shines out in the West.

Then the culminating moment of grace when Rainbow spans the East, vast, accompanied by her twin sister.

We stand, marveling. Someone sings a hymn to the Rainbow Goddess, Daughter of Sun and Storm.

Suddenly that final bolt of lightning, brilliant, between the Bows. It's a moment of utter holiness, piercingly beautiful.

“Well, gentlemen, there's our omen,” someone says.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, Congratulations!
  • Katie
    Katie says #
    Beautiful! A very good omen indeed.

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sugar maple | Description, Uses, & Facts | Britannica


With the Summer festival season nearly upon us, I thought that I'd write a chant to honor our regional pagan land sanctuary, Sweetwood Temenos: so-called from its sumptuous sacred grove of sugar maples

Among other things.


I've Got Sweet Wood


I've got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

You've got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

We've all got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

la la la la la la


He's got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

She's got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

They've got Sweet Wood

(clap clap   clap CLAP clap)

la la la la la la


Then you go around the circle, naming names, to embarrass honor those present.

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