...the dainty delicate leaves and lavender petals of our crocus are shyly opening up in our yard, slowly, keeping watch for another blast from winter...We've had an incredible winter here in the Northwest, "the big snowstorm" which was actually five rolling in one after the other covering us in frozen white in January. Then at least three more blasts of hail and snow more recently. But Spring Equinox, the "Vernal" Equinox, finally came this past week - "when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from, nor towards, the Sun" Wikipedia explains... a day of equal length of day and night. In fact, "equinox" means "equal night", a celestial event when the sun crosses directly over the earth's equator.
This time has been recognized and celebrated by a multitude of rituals to nature, god or gods for thousands of years by humans as a signal that the seasons were turning, the energy rising in those gestating green plants that would feed us and keep hunger at bay, a time of rebirth and creation coming, and a shifting towards the light again. It puts me in mind of spring cleaning which I am doing today (and will be doing for a while to get things fresh and in order)... in between short bursts of art and writing which I love and keep me going. I am literally "clearing the decks" since ours are crumbling and will be demolished and rebuilt this coming week, a huge project, as is the inside spring cleaning. But what a blessing to have a better one overlooking the garden below to enjoy the coming blossoming and light of spring and summer and watch our local crows flocking every evening to their rookery.... And I contemplate the seasonal wonders that I am part of, the metaphor of moving from darkness to light, the spring cleaning of the interiors and exteriors of my landscape, and painting my life on a fresh canvas. Every day is a blank page to be filled.
For today's meditation time, I enjoyed the video "Flowers in Growth", with great time lapse photography of flowers, which was produced by SpiritonSound with music from Luka Van Den Driesschen. Relax a few minutes and contemplate spring and renewals and what it means for you.