March Equinox
20th.March 2004

A typical Australian Outback scene, after a dry summer, and before the winter rains

Waiting for the Rains
Many places in Australia, not to speak of the rest of the arid world, are still desperate for rain. This includes Adelaide, the capital city of the driest state in the driest country in the world.
But in other areas of Australia, on the North-West and East coasts, terrifying floods have occurred, and there is danger of further cyclones and consequent flooding.
The flood water will soon reach the lower portion of the River Murray, upon which we depend for much of our water supply, bringing with it all the salt depositied on the banks during the long drought, and, in common with many third world countries, this water will no longer meet WHO standards for drinking water. Though in our case, we are only reaping what we have sown, through poor management, and interference with the rivers' natural flow and flood cycles.

As I write this, the sky is full of war-planes. No! I am not in Palestine, Afghanistan or Iraq! This is supposed to be entertainment! To keep the crowds happy during the intervals of the Clipsal 5000 motor races, which are polluting the centre of our beautiful city with noise and exhaust and aggressive vibes for most of this week. Not to mention the disruption of traffic and the greenhouse gas emissions.
What is it about us humans, that we can derive enjoyment from such things? I simply don't understand.

rainbow

This Sunday, March 21st is

Mothering Sunday

and this Mothering Sunday page is dedicated to mothers everywhere
who are mourning children and relatives recently killed or mutilated in the maelstrom of hatred which has engulfed the world.

Easter

Easter Day, or Easter Sunday, is celebrated in the West on the first Sunday after the Full moon following the March Equinox.
This year the dates for both the Orthodox and western churches coincide, so we'll all be celebrating together.
Good Friday - 9th.April
Easter Sunday 11th.April

Solar Calendar

Equinox 20th March 6.48.36am GMT

Lunar Calendar

Dark Moon - 20 March 10.41.19pm GMT 00°Aries39'
Full Moon - 5th.April 11.04am GMT 16°Libra.
Dark Moon - 19th.April 1.22pm GMT 29°Aries49'
New Moon occurs when the first slender crescent is visible in the East at sunset - usually 2-3 days after Dark Moon
These times are Greenwich Mean Time
Find out when they will happen for you at the
WORLD CLOCK

Here is more about the cycles of the Moon
from the Permaculture Association of South Australia's 1988 Calendar


And here's my own latest page - all about the green places in London where I spent as much time as I could during my childhood - and which almost certainly inspired my decision to return to, and re-earth the cities

Autumn blessings, Spring vitality

More about Solar and Lunar Festivals in Southern Australia
butterflyInspirations (recently updated)

And a final thought, from the Introduction to the Designer's Manual, on Permaculture Design Philosophy:

"A person of courage today is a person of Peace.
The courage we need is to refuse authority, and to accept only personally responsible decisions."



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