Dear, Kind and Caring Children of the Earth,

The Vernal Equinox is here! The first day of Spring is here! The time of year when day and night are of equal length is here. The sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer and it’s time to shake off our winter doldrums, go outside and breathe a little fresh air!

Even if it’s still cold and snowing where you are, sap is rising. If you take a walk in the woods, you’ll see all kinds of life coming through the remnants of nature’s compost. The ends of every branch and twig reach out with new growth.

This Equinox finds us at the 6th gate of a long-grinding and seemingly endless period of recalibration. In the language of astrology it’s called Pluto square Uranus. It’s been going on since June of 2012. Some are more affected than others but we’re all going through a process of change. We’re letting go (Pluto) of what no longer works and opening to new ideas (Uranus). It’s not easy. But each time we do it, a kind of magic happens: Sudden, unexpected breakthroughs.

Whatever you’ve been having to let go of, take a walk outside and see what’s trying to get your attention.
Life may be trying to reach out to you.

Namaste,
Mary
ps The photo was taken by Janna Fournier in Big Sur, CA
pps As some of you know, I’ll be heading back to Vermont in June of this year. You can always find me under the “contact” button on my website: maryswanson.net


Hokusai Says

Hokusai says Look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,

every one of us is ancient,
every one of us has a body.

He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if yo sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.
–Roger Keyes

Here are some links to more information about the Equinox:

http://belsebuub.com/articles/the-spiritual-meaning-of-the-spring-equinox
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/riteofspring1.html
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/errata/a/equinox_eggs.htm