Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vernal Equinox

Printemps has arrived in our tiny french village--all the goddesses are lining
up: Aurora ushering in the dawn with her elbow length pink satin gloves.
Ostara, the Celtic goddess of spring, hopping down the bunny trail--(thanks to
her we have painted eggs and chocolate rabbits).
Demeter is showering everyone with fistfuls of green, now that her daughter,
Persephone, has returned from the underworld. I bought some scarlet geraniums
to please her!
Day and night in perfect balance, we press dozens of seeds into the waiting earth.

     "unknowingly, we plough the dust of stars, blown around us
 by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain." ihab hassan.

In the orchard the Mirabelles and Damson plums are showing off their
veiled finery like nervous brides...following a quick hard shower: "il pleut comme vache qui pissant" (the french say) "it rains like a cow pissing"- 180 degree rainbow arches over the field behind the orchard. 

 Aristotle was the first to pay serious attention to rainbows.
In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path made by a messenger (Iris) between Heaven and Earth. For me it was a gift from the Gods, & I still believe there is a pot of gold there somewhere. 

Loads of ancient rituals to mark this day, but a modern one in USA, Annapolis, Md."The Burning of the Socks", caught my eye--for 34 years the residents of Chesapeake Bay have been burning their socks to herald the arrival of sockless summer.  Good place to open up a sock store (in the autumn).

So what does the tarot have to say about the first day of spring?
The obvious choice:  The Queen of Wands - she is spring itself, sexuality and
fertility in motion.  Her element is fire & she's full of passion, creativity and spirituality.
Don't deny her, it is a call to action, time to take stock, look at the options, move forward-
with force. Are you ready for a career change? Or is it time to stoke the fires of L'Amour?
You have the imagination and resources you need at your disposal! 

"Nothing happens unless first a dream" - Carl Sandburg


  1. This experience is like showering in spring rain and drying off in gentle sunshine...I'm going back in for more.

    1. Thank you...let that gorgeous smile be your umbrella!

  2. Beautiful! Your delightful way of expressing Spring's cheerful return and your insightful notes with dashes of humor and poetic verse are inspirational. They splash color on my weary spirits (caught as I am, indoors working without much time to play with Spring's happy muses). But later I will take my daily walk (which is in prep for our shared Italy tour...Rudy; always a goal in mind for A personality types...) with more awareness of my surroundings thanks to your lovely, cheerful reminder.

  3. Arnell, my type A tarot sister in arms, West coast muse,
    I finally figured out I needed to publish the comments...ahhh complete control of the heliosphere if not the blogosphere! thank you for your delightful bon mots! xxxrudy

  4. one of these days I will follow your lead. I know it is the only way to express feelings and emotions that are trapped inside. It must be very cathartic to be as free as you. I so enjoy your "ancient of of mooching!" around to quote one of my best friends who is always mooching around! love n' hugs x

  5. Dear Honeysuckle,
    It's taken a long time to become "free"-- still a daily struggle... but flinging the heart open becomes a habit; the honeysuckle cannot stop itself from growing and being what it was meant to be--and you will too,
    Such a gift to read your comment on this 1st day of the New Year! Thank you for being there, love to you & Ron xxx