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Spring Equinox altar

It was pure pleasure to celebrate the Spring Equinox today with the Stone Circle Interfaith Community. Level Two protocols made it a little more difficult but the facilitators took every care to ensure we were all comfortable with the arrangements.

Each person introduced themself and spoke about what spring means to them. I was glad to have the opportunity to mention the fact that today is Suffrage Day.

Many beautiful and inspiring words were said. I just wish I could remember more of them. At one stage we gave “eye hugs”, good practice for when masks need to be worn, and were invited to remember that whenever we look into someone’s eyes we are looking at a person who is loved by the divine spirit.

The many challenges that are being faced around the world were acknowledged and we were led in a meditation to send loving-kindness out across the globe and the universe.

Song, dance, and story were part of this ritual which was spiritually strengthening and sustaining.

We spoke of spring with care and love
which honoured earth and worlds above

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Today is the Spring Equinox.  It was at 1.30am this morning to be precise, and I like precision.

Lately I’ve been feeling weary and old.  Things very close to home are good, but wider considerations are not.  Today I’ve decided to go back to making a daily list of five things I can be grateful for, which always tends to put me in a positive frame of mind.  I’m aware that my lists can be repetitive, and my hope for the increasing light is that I will find new things to be grateful for.  Lately I’ve had little inspiration for creative writing, so today I’m recycling a rhyme I wrote five years ago, with updates.

 

September twenty-three’s the date
when balance will predominate
that is the special day when light
is strictly equal with the night.

In Aotearoa we can see
the signs of nature breaking free
the trees are full of blossoms and
sweet smells of spring pervade the land.

But on the planet’s other side
in England where my daughters bide
they’re heading for a winter drear
while we get summer over here.

At equinox I like to think
the distances between us shrink
like us they’re poised around halfway
at that mid point twixt night and day.

This deadly virus on the prowl
means that so much of life is foul
here we’ve gone down to Level One
elsewhere strict lockdown means no fun

At this date all the world might share
a perfect balance everywhere
We pray for peace that it may come
as we seek equilibrium.

 

©Ruth Gardner

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Spring Equinox was the focus of our celebration today.  This is the time of year when day and night are of equal length, and in the southern hemisphere we can look forward to the days growing lighter and warmer as we head towards summer.

We each shared a personal symbol of balance, then did a meditation that guided us towards whatever we hope to see renewed.  Later we were invited to plant something in a pot to take home.  I was pleased to receive a spider plant to nurture.

Spider plant

I shared an equinoctial poem that I wrote several years ago:

Equinox Entreaty

September twenty-three’s the date
when balance will predominate
that is the special day when light
is strictly equal with the night.

In Aotearoa we can see
the signs of nature breaking free
the trees are full of blossoms and
sweet smells of spring pervade the land.

But on the planet’s other side
in England where my daughters bide
they’re heading for a winter drear
while we get summer over here.

At equinox I like to think
the distances between us shrink
like us they’re poised around halfway
at that mid point twixt night and day.

At this date all the world may share
a perfect balance everywhere.
We pray for peace that it may come
as we share equilibrium.

 

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September twenty-three’s the date
when balance will predominate
that is the special day when light
is strictly equal with the night.

In Aotearoa we can see
the signs of nature breaking free
the trees are full of blossoms and
sweet smells of spring pervade the land.

But on the planet’s other side
in England where my daughters bide
they’re heading for a winter drear
while we get summer over here.

At equinox I like to think
the distances between us shrink
like us they’re poised around halfway
at that mid point twixt night and day.

At this date all the world may share
a perfect balance everywhere.
We pray for peace that it may come
as we share equilibrium.

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