The Lustiness of Spring

There are words in our language, which describe qualities of Nature, that we don’t often use, I believe, because we don’t understand the meaning of these words and we don’t see ourselves as part of Nature. “Lusty” is one of those words.

But since everything about our being alive has to do with the fact that we are beings of Spirit dwelling in the physical world of Nature, one of our natural, innate qualities is lustiness.

When we think of “lusty” we immediately make an association with the word “lust.” While in our culture we generally take a negative view of “lust” as “usually intense or unbridled sexual desire,” in fact, there are other definitions than this in my dictionary. Definition #1, which is obsolete, is about pleasure and delight, and definition #3 is about enthusiasm and eagerness.
 


Spring Equinox 2021

Today is the Spring Equinox, the halfway point between the shortest day on Winter Solstice and the longest day on Summer Solstice. Today the number of daylight hours equals the number of hours of darkness. But it is also the day when Life begins to emerge in all its glory. I’ve heard Spring Equinox referred to as “the birthday of the Earth” because the plants and animals that have been hiding and hibernating begin to come out and show themselves. New flowers, new leaves, eggs, baby animals all arrive now becuase there is light and heat, and food to support them.
 


Changing Seasons

Today is the first day of spring, according to the placement of the sun. I know our calendars say that March 21st is the first day of spring, but ancient calendars based on celestial events have a different pattern.

Instead of the winter and summer solstices and spring and fall equinoxes being the beginning of a season (as they are on our calendars), the solstices and equinoxes mark the mid-point of the season. In old language, summer solstice is midsummer and winter solstice is midwinter.

 


Late Winter / Early Spring 2021


 
In the circle of natural time, today is what is known as a “cross quarter day” in the Celtic tradition. Though each part of the world has it’s own traditions around natural time, being half English and Scot, I use the Celtic tradition as part of my heritage.

So today is the halfway point between Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and Spring Equinox, the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice, when the day and night are equal in length.

Though our industrial civil calendar won’t say “First Day of Spring” until 21 March, today marks the point where Life is beginning to come out from underground, with a seedling or two, or with a groundhog coming up to check the conditions.
 


Stargazing on Winter Solstice


 
Today is Winter Solstice, which makes tonight the longest night of the year.

This year the Winter Solstice is especially special because on this very day there is a “great conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the sky. Tthe two planets will almost touch in the sky. Both planets will be at 0 degrees Aquarius from 20 through 24 December. Larry and I plan to go out tonight to see this.
 


A Change of Culture


 
On Saturday night I watched a new holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel.

Larry and I have watched a lot of Hallmark holiday movies over the years, but this one was different in a way that really related to what we are doing here with Lifely.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah is the story of an adopted Christian woman whose loses her adoptive mother and then meets her birth mother, who is Jewish. The theme of the movie is about the problems and rewards of this woman integrating into her new family, who has a completely different culture.