Dear, Amazing and Resilient Children of the Earth,

Spring is here!  The Vernal Equinox has arrived.  At Equinox, Day and Night are of equal length. Winter is pulling back and from now until the Summer Solstice we’ll feel the warmth and strength of the sun increasing every day.

Just as the birds are sending out their songs again, we humans feel like doing a bit of crowing! Just as the little green shoots are breaking through the soil, we’re wanting to get outside, breathe deep and feel the sun on our skin. Life is coming up fresh and new at Equinox and each of us can participate in that.

Our ancestors celebrated the first day of Spring with feasts and bonfires, symbols of fertility and praise for the resurrection of life.  In every culture on earth there is a celebration of rebirth at this time of year.

This has been a long winter in Vermont.  Months of sub-zero temperatures have been wearing everybody down.  Now,  everywhere you look you can see life coming back to the trees and bushes, rivulets of water cascade down hillsides.  Birdsong is nearly miraculous after the silence of deep snow.

In the language of Astrology, this is a time of great change.  As we step through the portal of this Spring Equinox we’re being guided by a spectacular Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse about 13 hours before the exact moment of equinox.

The next time a solar eclipse happens on the same day as the Spring Equinox is on March 20, 2034.  After that, this combination of events will occur only twice more in this century.

On March 16th, we came through the final Uranus/Pluto square. For the past three years we have all been experiencing a kind of revolution.  In the macrocosm of world events and in the microcosm of our own lives, we have been experiencing the tumult & chaos of established power (Pluto) being challenged by the need for change and growth (Uranus).

As we celebrate this first day of Spring, we do so with a strong wind at our backs.

During these past three years of turmoil we have all gone through our own personal meat grinders– letting go of what we thought we needed to survive, in order to enter into our new lives.  Solar eclipses tend to reveal things that have been hidden & signal deep and profound change.   The completion of this Pluto/Uranus transit signals a new world order, whether we’re talking about the world out there or the world inside.

May you be experiencing a resurrection.

Namaste,
Mary


"For Longing
Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease.
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
May the forms of your belonging- in love, creativity, and friendship
Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
May the one you long for long for you.
May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
May a secret Providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.
May your mind inhabit your life with the sureness with which your body inhabits the world.
May your heart never be haunted by ghost structures of old damage.
May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.
John O’Donohue, from To Bless the Space Between Us~All rights reserved."


“Robin” oil on canvasboard by Mary Swanson

check out these links for more information about Equinox and the Solar Eclipse:

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/total-solar-eclipse-vernal-equinox-spring-new-supermoon/44013327
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/ostarathespringequinox/a/AllAboutOstara.htm
http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/spring.html