Vernal Equinox-Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:15pm EST
By Mary Swanson
Dear, Sustainable and Ever-Renewing Children of the Earth,
Happy Spring! The Vernal Equinox has arrived! Three months after the Winter Solstice, we say goodby to old man winter and hello to the newborn Spring.
Equinox is the time when Day and Night are of equal length. In the northern hemisphere, Day will increase for the next three months until Summer Solstice gives us the full warmth of our Sun.
People have always celebrated this time of year as a time of resurrection and rebirth. In the Pagan world, this is the celebration of Eostre or Ostara. The fecundity of rabbits the abundance of eggs, the greening of the land and blossoming of flowers are all Mother Nature's way of showing us there is Eternal Life.
Bonfires and feasts, waking at dawn, shaking off the stiffness of months living inside buildings... however you choose to celebrate Spring, remember that whatever you have mourned the loss of, whatever darkness you have found yourself stuck in, now is the time of year to remember Life eternally renews itself.
If you've been sad, worried, stressed or come through your own dark night of the soul, take a walk outside and let the natural world heal you. Whatever your beliefs are, go outside and breathe in a little Life.
Blessed be, Mary
_________________________________ Allow ...by Dana Faulds
There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel. Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet. Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting it all in -- the wild and the weak; fear, fantasies, failures and success. When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your vision with despair, practice becomes simply bearing the truth. In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the whole world is revealed to you.