German May Pole specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself.
You may have heard that it’s May 1st…traditionally “May Day” or Beltane, depending your region and religious background. It’s not celebrated much in the United States, but when I lived in Germany during the early 90s, there were still many festivals to enjoy.
Maybe because Europe is more north than the USA, maybe it is that we are more separated from the growing of food and livestock in the many major cities that we live in. In the “States”, we are generally less aware of how our food is produced or the link between spring and the growing cycle. Spring is the time when the fields are beginning to show the first signs of crops peeking through the soil. It is also the time of year that in more agriculturally-aware culture that the breeding of livestock is most prevalent.
Humans in our technologically-advanced society get our food mostly from grocery stores in cans or plastic wrapped containers, far removed from any sign of growth or harvest. It would be safe to say that city kids (and a lot of their parents) have never been to a farm, having little in the way of understanding what food production looks like or even comes from. That is a pity. When we lose sight of where food really comes from, we forget that it is something that we should be grateful for in more than filling our stomachs.
In the photo of a German May Pole, they have specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself. Beltane brings these all-but-forgotten traditions back into our memory, even if it’s only through arm’s length photos of what many would consider, at best, quaint. At worse, pagan with all that word’s negative connotations.
We don’t need to change our religion, or even go back to living on the farm, to celebrate and recognize all this season celebrates as May Day. Luckily, farmer’s markets and larger selection of organic foods at our grocery stores have returned a little piece of nature back to our dinner table. Just for a moment, dance and sing around the Tree of Life, even if it’s only a photo or video that you have to gaze upon. Take time to celebrate this wondrous time of the return of life and the fertility that supports it.
The March equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks that special moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north. In 2015, this equinox arrives on March 20 at 22:45 UTC, or 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
Here’s what we in the Northern Hemisphere know about this equinox. Our sunrise is earlier now, and nightfall comes later. Plants are sprouting. Winds are softening. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, people are enjoying the warmer days of spring. Meanwhile, south of the equator, autumn begins. There is also a total eclipse of the sun at this 2015 March equinox. Follow the links below to learn more about the vernal equinox.
Found this picture on Facebook, tweaked it in PhotoShop to brighten and adjust the perspective…but loved it, so I felt moved to post it!
Spring is in the air, but not there yet
We’ve got a couple more weeks until the official start of Spring and Passover, closely followed by an earlier-than-normal Easter. Not exactly beach weather…yet…but time to get out of the winter doldrums…:)
I totally missed going to the beach last year and plan on catching up, in spades, this coming season. What’s your favorite beach activity? In or out of water?
Several years ago, a friend of mine who was way into the Unity mindset, taught a class based on Eckhart Tolle’s first best-seller, “The Power of Now.” Now, he has another book. It’s not a particularly “new” book…nor concept…really; much like “The Secret”…it’s no secret either. What Eckhart has done is provide a kind of instruction manual, in layman’s (or laywoman’s) term, of self-ascension.
Eckhart tells us:
“A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm.
So, here is the connection to this particular time, that of Easter. The metaphysical meaning of the risen Christ is NOT about whether or not there was/is a historical Jesus—even if the story is true—or just a retelling of a resurrection myth (of countless religions). The point here is transfiguration…transformation of self from what is dualistic/physical to oneness/awareness. We are at this crossroad in human growth where ascension is eminent…it’s palpable and pervasive. Is there fear surrounding what this all means? Sure, of course, we’re biologically programmed to be change-adverse. But, have we reached the tipping point in collective human awareness to push us to the next level as a species? I suspect it’s much like putting a frog in a pot of cold water and slowly turning up the heat. The frog has time to get use to the change in temperature…right up to the point it’s being cooked!
I’d like to think that human beings are at least slightly more evolved than the average frog. Most of us have felt the need to change and grow, and, for the most part, we are doing that. Is it fast enough? Will it matter whether we’re ready when the pot starts to boil and it’s either do-or-die. Some people are already leaving this wheel of life. They are choosing to not change in the most dramatic way possible; they’re dying. This is not a judgment from “up high”, but rather, a decision made at their soul’s level to not continue to be subjected to the onslaught of current events…and the pressing need to evolve.
Perhaps we’re in time; learning to release the attachments that I’ve held on to from the “past” which no longer serve me. I have found the people I planned to find in this lifetime—blessings upon blessings—and they continue to be instruments of this greater plan; the plan to evolve ourselves while assisting, by example, others who cross our paths. Thank you for making this an exciting journey—and this is just one more step down the road—a road we are making up as we go…