On Spring Equinox, day and night are equally balanced, with Light Ascending. We’re at the midpoint between the depths of darkness of Winter Solstice and the peak of light at Summer Solstice. It’s the same place on the Wheel as a First Quarter Moon in the lunar cycle — halfway between the Dark/New Moon and the Full Moon. On my Gaian Tarot card, The Wheel, the Spring Tree is at the top of the card. Above it is the First Quarter Moon and the astrological symbol for Aries, the cardinal sign that ushers in this season. The image of the Wheel helps us to remember just where we stand in the cycles of the sun and moon, and any other life cycle. We’re moving, always moving, morphing from one place to another, from one form to another.
I was born under a first quarter moon, so I have a natural affinity
for this “half and half” place. I’ve always loved Spring Equinox.
It’s our anniversary too. Eight years ago on this day, under a
waxing Taurus Moon, Craig and I were handfasted (and married a year
after that). Yesterday we agreed, we’d do it all over again.
Meanwhile, in the natural world, we discovered that on Equinox:
– A pair of woodpeckers are building a nest in our chimney
– Skunk cabbage is gleaming like a beacon of yellow light around the pond up the hill
– The red-flowering currant is pink and sweet and oh, so welcome
– The deep magenta petals of salmonberry are unfurling
– The leaves of chocolate lilies are taking over the meadow down on the corner
– And the day was half storm, half sunshine; half chilly, half warm. How appropriate.
Just about everyone I talk to agrees that this is one of the most difficult winters we can remember in the Pacific NW. Snowstorms in November and January, and snow again on March 1st. Power outages, again and again and again (the last one was a few days ago, due to a traffic accident — not the weather). Icy roads. Unremitting grey skies. Rain. Lots of it. Floods. Cornfields-become-lakes. Low-lying back roads to town closed. More than one person I know is seriously considering moving to sunnier climates.
Me, I grew up in southern California. We took the sun for granted. Here, sunshine is cause for celebration.
But I have to admit, I am looking forward to warmer weather and Light, Ascending.