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Rejoice!

I love the word Equinox.  My amateur Latin interpretation reads this as Equal Night, short for Equal Day and Night.  (My apologies to those Latin scholars out there, you know who you are!)  We are on one of the balancing points of the year.  Spring is starting, the whole planet is experiencing a twelve-hour day and a twelve-hour night.  This happens only twice a year, in March and in September.

There is something personally special about the Equinoxes for us as well.  Weez was born on March 20th (Happy Birthday, my love!) and I was born on September 21st.  We each came into the world on one of these balance points.  I believe that because of that, we each are a unique combination of opposing qualities, a constant paradox, unpredictable.  We are also perfectly balanced with each other.  The best possible case of opposites attracting–a pair that complements each other in all things.

I am taking the day off today (and yesterday) to celebrate Weez’s birthday and the coming of spring.  Unfortunately, she is sick, so my celebration is a bit one-sided.  The weather, however, is cooperating awesomely, although it is somewhat unseasonably warm.  Yesterday I weeded out last year’s vegetable beds in the backyard, and combined them into one nice big raised bed–about 3 feet by 12 feet.  I will start some seeds today, outdoors, because the soil and the earth are crying out for it. There is no life without risk of death, so I acknowledge that I am taking a chance of losing a few radishes and lettuces to frost, if we get a return to normal temperatures in the days to come.

In my explorations around the yard this morning, I saw…

…swelling buds on the pear trees…

…leaves coming out on the elderberry bush…

…new green growth on the blueberry bushes and the bush cherry…

…some perennial herbs returning to life in the medicinal herb bed…

…mini daffodils, crocuses, and little purple flowers blooming…

…crows flying by with twigs in their mouths to build up their nests for the season…

On this day of Equinox, also called Ostara, I wish you balance and the joy of new life.

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