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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.
Today is the day where the season of winter crosses with the season of spring. Its 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. So from now until 21 March, winter will get less and less while spring begins to emerge. Here in California we have "intermittent weather” that alternates between stormy and sunny, sometimes several changes on the same day!
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.
Here in California our hillsides are already green with new grass and a few flowers are appearing. But I also know some of you are snowbound.
Today I would just like to invite you to take a look around outside and see what is going on. Is it late winter or early spring? And just watch, if you will to see what date you start seeing signs of spring where you live.