March Equinox 2005

A visitor made her home on my porch last night!

May you spend a blessed and peaceful Equinox!

On Sunday morning I was woken at about 4.30am by the magnificent Follow Moon, with the planet Jupiter depending from it like a diamond drop. For some two hours, until the moon finally dipped below the treetops, I was privileged to experience this magical cycle. The brilliance was sometimes veiled in misty clouds, sometimes so luminous that the entire garden was bathed in light and those subtle colours which only moonlight reveals. As dawn approached, birds began flying towards the river, silhouetted against the lunar disc. As the sky lightened and the Moon descended, the trees and the waking birds in their nests were backlit. The only sound was birdsong.

Lunar phenomena, unlike those produced by the Solar cycle, are the same all over the world.
So I hope that many of you were able to observe this particularly close conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter.

Those two hours of sheer magic, free of man-made sound because of the holiday,
gave me much needed respite from the pain caused by the events of last week.
It is not appropriate here to go into detail, but as some of you already know, I have suffered for many years
from complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and associated anxiety and depression.
I am more grateful than I can express to those of you who emailed me with your good wishes and positive energy.

And just as the Equinox reminds us that in all things there is balance,
so I am mindful of the gifts which these conditions bring with them.
Because so much in everyday life is, for me, a trigger for pain and terror,
I have become acutely aware of the myriad moments of joy and peace which others may not even notice.
I have become a collector of small wonders, of everyday miracles.
Look closely at my amateur photo - you may just see the delicate spiderweb, spun trustingly across my porch,
and glinting with rainbow colours in the sun.

I have truly discovered, and cling, often desperately, to the words from The Prophet:
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."

Autumn Leaves

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Solar Calendar

Autumn Equinox - Alban Elued - (South)
Spring Equinox - Eostre (North)
Sun enters Aries - 20th.March 12.34 GMT
In many places Daylight Saving ends (in the South)
and begins (in the North) at 3am on Easter Sunday, 27th.March
Samhain, Hallowe'en - Southern - 30th.April
Beltane, May Day - Northern - 1st.May

Lunar Calendar

Full Moon - 25th.March 21.00 GMT 5°Libra 18'
Dark Moon - 8th. April 20.33 GMT 19° Aries 06'
Full Moon - 24th.April 10.08 GMT 4° Scorpio 20'
A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs with the April Full Moon,
and will be visible wherever the sky is dark and clear
at 10.08 GMT
The New Moon occurs when
the first slender crescent is visible in the East at sunset
usually 2-3 days after Dark Moon

Both Solar and Lunar Calendars is used to calculate the date of
Easter Day, for the Western Churches, falls on the first Sunday
following the Full Moon which follows the March Equinox.
which makes it 27th.March 2005.
Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter Day on 1st.May this year.

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Autumn Leaves

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

All you ever wanted to know about eclipses -


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."

with love from Margaret RainbowWeb

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