Spring, the Queen of the Seasons

May this Equinox bring you lots of energy and growth!

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 Please find time to pause, listen to your body, and attune to nature, taking advantage of this moment of astronomical balance between day and night. Nature is preparing to explode in the cyclic growth of Spring, our senses are stimulated, and our internal Nature responds to this call.

Listen, heed your intuition about how to mark this auspicious moment in your day. There are many ways to do so, and Spring is certainly specialized in calling our attention to many different things at once, so choose one and stick to it. This time is so rich and exciting! I can sense my mind jumping here and there, wanting to see all the new sprouts, taste everything, smell every flower.

I highly recommend taking a moment to do some balance poses, for example the Tree. Balancing reminds the body of its potential, it is a message of strength and focus, an invitation to active stillness and it promotes trust in all we can be and do. A good kinesthetic way to celebrate the Equinox! The Spring Equinox calls for action, and for seeding the future. It is a good moment to look at where you wish to invest your resources with the support of the level-headed energy of the Equinox. It doesn’t last long, make sure you catch it!

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Be Tree!

Root the future at this auspicious moment of balance

Do it exactly (California time) at 2:58pm on March 20th. Use this calculator to find the exact moment in your time zone.  

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 Kabir says:

There, where millions of Krishnas stand with hands folded,
Where millions of Vishnus bow their heads,
Where millions of Brahmas are reading the Vedas,
Where millions of Shivas are lost in contemplation,
Where millions of Indras dwell in the sky,
Where the demi-gods and the munis are unnumbered,
Where millions of Saraswatis, Goddess of Music, play on the veena
There is my Lord self-revealed: 
and the scent of sandal and flowers dwells in those deeps. 

You contain millions of seeds, plant a few (consciously or trusting the unknown intention of your unconscious) offer them to the Queen of Spring. May she nurture them and guide them to bloom.

 Spring makes me want to embrace the whole world, and my thoughts go to one who loved the world so wisely, calling us to love it too through her inspiring words.

Our beloved Mary Oliver left us with wonderful poems, many filled with gems that touch us so deeply we carry them around all the time like a lucky charm. This quote is one of those I carry with me, and play with it, as if its words are a candy I roll in my mouth.

There is only one question: how to love this world.

The world is here to stay for a very long time, maybe different from how we know it now. But there is no guarantee that we as a specie will last that long. Even more of a reason to love it. To treasure it as the temple of our collective soul, as the home of all our longings and the nest of our necessities.

I often ask myself how to love this world, knowing that if I do, I also love myself, and you, and all our brothers and sisters. I tell myself I “walk this world to love it”, every step an opportunity for connection, gratitude, and knowledge. I board airplanes with that thought, I buy new hiking shoes with the same intent, I drive my car, my bicycle and any other vehicle with that hope.

Here is the full poem containing that precious line. Use it as an inspiration to apply your creativity to anything you love, including making a SoulCollage® card.

Spring

   
Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring 

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

 how to love this world.
I think of her 
rising
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against 
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
coming 
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her –
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.
~ Mary Oliver ~

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The Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring (Vernal) Equinox occurs every year between March 19 and March 21. At the same time, in the Southern Hemisphere nature welcomes the Autumn/Fall Equinox, its opposite and mirror. While the Spring Equinox occurs at the same moment in time all over the world, the date and local time differ from place to place depending on the year and a location's time zone.

Many places in the world celebrate the Equinox. The western traditions of Passover and East relate to this time of rebirth and expansion.

But as far as I know there are not many architectural locations that capture its light. Although controversially for some, the great “Pyramid” of Chichen Itza in Mexico has been associated with the Equinox. Whether this is new age wishful thinking, or a reclaiming of an old tradition, I do not know. The place is captivating, its history dense with beauty and sorrow, certainly worth a visit.

“The snake of sunlight” is what some claim to see slithering up and down the steps during the Equinox. Apparently, the steps’ angle of the staircase at the main Pyramid is carefully constructed to create the optical illusion of a giant snake of sunlight move sinuously up and down. What we know is that a Mayan sacrificial ritual was performed at the altar of the main pyramid to mark this astronomical event.

Wikipedia tells us: “Around the Equinoxes, in the late afternoon, the northwest corner of the pyramid casts a series of triangular shadows against the western balustrade on the north side that evokes the appearance of a serpent wriggling down the staircase, which some scholars have suggested is a representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulcan. It is a widespread belief that this light-and-shadow effect was achieved on purpose to record the equinoxes, but the idea is highly unlikely: it has been shown that the phenomenon can be observed, without major changes, during several weeks around the equinoxes, making impossible to determine any date by observing this effect alone”.

 

Regardless, it must be quite intriguing to see it. Ask yourself, what is the Serpent of Light bringing me this year? What seeds is it coming to illuminate and enliven?

Create, dance, pray, or consult your SoulCollage® to mark this moment for 2019.

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