Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Photo: C.J. Prince
Article: The Farmer's Almanac
First Day of Seasons: 2012 and 2013
When Does Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Begin?See chart below to see when seasons begin for 2012 and 2013—namely, the spring or vernal equinox, summer solstice, fall or autumnal equinox, and winter solstice.
The four seasons are determined by changing sunlight (not heat!)—which is determined by how our planet orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis.
- On the first day of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. See our First Day of Spring page!
- The first day of summer—the summer solstice—is the longest day of the year, the Sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting shorter. See our First Day of Summer page!
- On the first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—day and night are each about 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days after the autumnal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. See our First Day of Fall page!
- The start of winter—the winter solstice—is the shortest day of the year, when the Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting longer. See our First Day of Winter page!
|Seasons of 2012:|
|SPRING EQUINOX||March 20, 1:14 A.M. EDT|
|SUMMER SOLSTICE||June 20, 7:09 P.M. EDT|
|FALL EQUINOX||September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT|
|WINTER SOLSTICE||December 21, 6:12 A.M. EST|
|Seasons of 2013:|
|SPRING EQUINOX||March 20, 7:02 A.M. EDT|
|SUMMER SOLSTICE||June 21, 1:04 A.M. EDT|
|FALL EQUINOX||September 22, 4:44 P.M. EDT|
|WINTER SOLSTICE||December 21, 12:11 P.M. EST|
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Which ever deck I hold in my hands seems always to be my favorite! Today a card from the Morgan-Greer Tarot fell to the floor...from somewhere! The magic of working with these cards. The deck was tucked in a lovely velvet bag on the other side of the room. That's how the cards work, how a deck calls me.
The Morgan-Greer Tarot is an excellent deck for beginners, and a welcome breath of fresh air for those long blessed with tarot decks.
In the Rider-Waite tradition, the art work cleverly does a close up of the action. The cards are uniquely borderless, like you're in the scene, not observing from a distance.
I sorted my cards, the Majors and the suits into Rods, Cups, Swords, Pentacles, just checking to tally 78. Except for that wayward card, the remainder was in order.
The Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Arcana: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World.
The Fool is 0. Strength is 8 and Justice is 11. I always check. This is my preference though they are often reversed. The natural progression of the Fool's journey seems to want Strength in the 8th position.
Whatever deck dances into your hands this day, enjoy its gift, the color, design, history and message for the moment.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The High Priestess settled under the cedar trees, listened at the dining table as her sisters spoke of her truths. Rotarota: Tea and Tarot met to dance with wisdom. Here are some of the images received during writing meditation:
grace beauty mystery a woman blessed happiness purity balance
in control even in darkness
not afraid to make decisions
she shines like the stars wise
she gives good advise she weaves the web of all that is
ever changing mood of all seasons
stream of time growth and change
half concealed oracle of delphi
in stillness comes the answer this too shall pass
it is not always necessary to pass on all of your knowledge
guidance of the moon
Image by Mari-na
Demure as the Mona Lisa's smile, she waits at the beginning of the deck, following the flippant Fool and the eager manifestor the Magician. This day she wishes your attention. She is not just another card. She offers solace in the long journey to the World.
Here are her questions for you:
Do you see me as a maiden or crone? Why?
Do you see me in your dreams? Ask as you enter dreamtime for I will help you.
What are you ignoring?
When do you feel trapped?
What secret do you need to reveal?
Why do you study tarot?
What wise women support you? How am I present in their faces?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Gaian Soul: Waiting for Lady Spring
|Illustration from "Folktales Children Love" by Watty Piper, ca. 1957|
Gaian Tarot / Gaian Soul News from
Joanna Powell Colbert
"At the crossroads of Creativity,
Nature & Spirituality . . .
|March 6, 2012 ~ Gibbous Moon in Leo|
Here in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, March begins in rain.
And in snow.
Yesterday I counted three kinds of snowflakes: big, fat, fluffy ones; thin watery ones; and hard pellets of hail.
Today I woke to a chickadee's call.
I hear a faint whisper: "Persephone returns!"
They say that in Seattle (a hundred miles to the south), the salmonberry is in bloom, snowberry is leafing out, and the yellow lanterns of skunk cabbage are rising from the primordial mud. On the island, I'm told, the red-flowering currant is beginning to blossom.
But not here.
So yesterday I went to the woods in search of Spring.
(Click here to read the rest of the story, and to see photos, sketches from my nature journals, and pages from a book I've owned since childhood. The story of Lady Spring in that book is responsible for imprinting me at a young age with a love for the Divine Feminine!)
|C, I just wanted to let you know a little bit more about what we'll be doing in my e-course, Gaian Soul Practices for Spring, that starts next Sunday. |
In this session, we will emphasize nature journaling (with camera, drawing, and/or writing), on finding a "secret spot" outside, and closely observing the seasonal changes in your own (proverbial) back yard. (Not unlike the story I just shared with you!)
We're also going to study some of the Maiden Goddesses and Goddesses of Spring, along with the myths of the dying and resurrected gods who were precursors to the Christian story we all know so well.
If you've ever longed to experience the archetypal season of rebirth and resurrection in a mindful, creative, nature-based way -- this may be the course for you.
Today, March 6th, is the last day for the early bird price. I'd love to have you join me and a warm circle of lovely souls who have already gathered to walk this path together.
Class starts next Sunday March 11th, and lasts for five weeks.
All the details are here. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Just hit "reply" to this email!
|May the Greening of the Land Bring a Rebirth to your Soul,|
P.S. Here's what one happy student said about my Gaian Soul Practices for Candlemas course:
"I so loved the course. It kept me centered and gave me new eyes to really see and appreciate this time of year when the earth is transitioning into Spring. I always thought of the post-Yule season as an endless time of seemingly barren winter, but through your course I was able to celebrate this time of the Land's new awakening. Since I love Brigid, it was so good to celebrate her sacred time too.
Plus, now for the first time in my long life, I have a journal! I write, I 'draw' (not well but joyfully), I gather beautiful images from magazine and paste them in. I use watercolor pencils and have the best time illustrating my pages. I love it! It's reflective and healing and just fun. I even wrote a poem that is now enshrined in my new journal. :-)
I realized how much I loved your course this weekend when my email box was empty, without a new week of reflections and real-time, hands-on activities that tie in with the season." -- Mimi C., New York
Thank you Mimi!
Gaian Soul Practices for Spring
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Friday, March 2, 2012
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