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Autumn Equinox 2011 - Southern Hemisphere

~Spring Equinox, in Northern Hemisphere ~

Boysenberry leaves in Autumn

Boysenberry leaves in Autumn.
Mattress spring fence in background - see Radical Recycling

Autumn leaves

What an extraordinary time it has been since the beginning of February!
Floods, snow, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis - so much destruction of habitat, and such loss of life, a great deal of it human.
But while the scale of human tragedy is enormous, it is the inevitable result of the density of human population and settlement.
We have seen wonderful examples of heroism, commitment to duty in the face of great difficulty, and dignity in coping with hardship.
Generosity and courage, consideration for others - humanity has so many admirable qualities,
but it seems that it takes a catastrophe to bring them to our notice.

We have also seen revolution in the middle East, and in the places affected, much brutality, and many great abuses of power.

So much prolonged disturbing news can easily leave us feeling powerless and despairing.
Certainly most of us are asking ourselves if there is anything we can do.

It is natural for us to be concerned principally for our own species, and especially for those with whom we feel some kinship.
Certainly we can make donations to the various charities who are assisting those affected -
but please don't forget those organisations working to restore natural habitat and save wildlife.
The powers of thought and compassion, or prayer, directed towards the suffering can do nothing but good,
as well as relieving our own sense of helplessness
I also believe it is helpful to be even more aware of, and grateful for all that we have, and to remember that:

"The Earth is capable of replenishing herself and supplying every living thing with a home and sustenance"

Sarah King

Autumn leaves

Here in central South Australia we have been especially fortunate, and home harvests have been overwhelmingly generous.
Large numbers of people have been able to share in the abundance through Community markets, and Swap and Share meets,
which are also fostering the re-building of local communities.
I've made the effort to be more involved, and the company of fellow Permies, and many others creating and living simple sustainable lives,
is both rewarding and inspiring. It's particularly helpful when the media awakens vivid memories of
the powerlessness of being buried under piles of rubble when I was only 6 years old.
Even though I was eventually dug out uninjured except for lungs full of lime mortar dust, and immediately taken to stay with extended family,
that experience, and many others during the more than 5 years I spent in London during WW2,
has given me very painful insights into the feelings of, and empathy with, victims of both man-made and natural catastrophe.


Should you, like me, occasionally feel overwhelmed by the big picture, why not download the text of
Joanna Macey's Despairwork
As relevant today as when it was first written, the Rich Text file can easily be formatted
in your favourite document programme for easier reading, or used with e-text reader.
You may also find the Healing page helpful, and it has links to several online meditations
as well as pages which may help with feelings of many kinds.

Then get the feel-good juices flowing with some action. A quick overview of practical stuff can be found at
What Can I Do?


The Sun enters 00° of Longitude, or 00° Aries,
at 23hrs.21minutes GMT on 20th March
So Equinox happens at 9.51am on Monday 21st.March
here in Adelaide.
And there's a Full Moon on the previous day,
18.10GMT on March 19th.
4.40am on March 20th. in Adelaide.

While many here will be worshipping at the temple of the
infernal combustion engine (Clipsal 500) this weekend,

hopefully there will be others celebrating the fullness of life
and the coming of Autumn, the most comforting of seasons,

on the occasion of this happy co-incidence.

Easter Day this year is on 24th.April,
and this year all Christians will be celebrating it at the same time.
That can only be extra special, surely?

Autumn leaves

Why observe and celebrate the interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun?

The Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of most human belief systems originated in our observations of this Cosmic Dance and it's effects.
Everything is affected by the changing seasons and the rhythm of the tides.

Balance of the hemispheres

Why not commit yourself this year to celebrating in tune with these natural rhythms?
You will benefit physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and it will help you to truly re-earth.

For those who dismiss such practices are mere superstition, consider that:

"We cannot know more than a fraction of what exists. We will always be a minor part of the information system"
Methods of Design - 3.10.3

and that: "Nothing we can observe is regular, partly because we ourselves are imperfect observers.
We tell fortunes, (or lose them) on the writhing of entrails, or cathode ray graphics;
on the scatters of dice or bones, or on arrays of measures.
Are the readings of tea-leaves any less reliable than the projections of pollsters?"
Pattern Understanding - 4.1
from "Permaculture - A Designer's Manual" by Bill Mollison


Seasons and Calendars
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