Monday, March 21, 2011

black & white moonday

Sometimes things are black & white. Sometimes they need to be, like night & day. Opposites are parts of a whole so opposites attract. It is something to think about because like attracts like, too. The more you think about it, the deeper you have to go.

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. --Goethe

We used to make equinox cookies for the spring and fall equinoxes -- round sugar cookies, half frosted with chocolate and half with vanilla. Nothing fancy, a tube of sugar cookie dough ready to slice and two cans of frosting. This was not normal fare around here but seasonal changes had a strange effect on me. Sometimes we gave them to neighbors who I'm pretty sure thought we were slightly odd. But they liked getting the cookies.

Instead of making spring equinox cookies yesterday and scaring the neighbors, I decided to make an equinox cloth to represent the balance of light and dark. I see this as eventually evolving into a sunflower, a plant I've chosen to ally with for a time.

Today is the first spring moonday going into the sign of Scorpio in a few hours. The Super Full Moon is only two days old and Spring Equinox one day old so there really isn't a strong sense of the waning moon yet. Contrary to the Roman calendar, this time is when astrologers (in the Northern Hemisphere) mark the beginning of the New Year, as the Sun enters 0 degrees Aries. And it's not too late to do full moon/spring equinox work by first noticing what has been fulfilled, then taking pause for reflection, forming intentions, and making choices regarding them. Those intentions and choices will manifest during the next year.

Scorpio is a water sign so it brings the quality of cool moistness. Water represents our emotions and inner feelings, and we may seem to go deeper into them than we normally do. For some, the intensity can be uncomfortable. I personally sometimes have the feeling of having sharp edges during Scorpio days, that's my best description of it. The parts of the body affected are the urinary tract and the sexual organs so tonics and medicines for those parts are well-used now. At the same time, they are the more sensitive areas with infections and menstrual cramps possibly acting up.

With Spring's arrival, now is when life becomes so very busy with garden planning, clean-up and planting. When we start to cook or otherwise prepare the last of it in the freezer or on the shelf or whatever early-green-goodness can be foraged from the gardens. When the carpets and upholstery should be cleaned and the windows washed. When things start leafing out and the grass grows before our very eyes. Busy, yes, but so very welcome. 

How are you welcoming Spring?

14 comments:

joe said...

oooh! i love your equinox moon! yes. everything in balance. now and in each moment. your thoughts always tug at memories and heart strings from my quiet, more pagan past. there are times that i miss those days and find their memories manifesting in new practices and thought streams. one of the many reasons i always enjoy reading your blog. thank you for these gifts!

bright blessings &
namaste'

joe

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I went on a long walk with my 4-legged companion Sydney yesterday and took a couple of pictures that whispered of Spring right around the corner. I can feel it in the air and hear it with the birdsong and frog-song! I've been working on my heart quilt-let and am deep in love with each stitch. Tomorrow our carpets are getting cleaned and then I'm sure I'll bustle through here organizing closets, changing clothing over from cold weather to warm weather, and storing away wool blankets and pulling out cotton ones. This is my favorite time of year. A time of renewal and I can see why some cultures would consider this the beginning of the year.

;-) Debi

deanna7trees said...

unfortunately my allergies keep me from gardening which i used to love to do. i am enjoying the red buds that are blooming and all the bulbs popping up out of the ground as i drive through town. what i really wanted to respond to was your black and white cloth which looks to me just like the cookies we used to eat in NY. they were about 4" in diameter and are called 'black and whites'. frosted in chocolate and vanilla as you describe. they were a soft cookie and o so delicious. wish i had one right now.

woman with wings said...

Joe, thanks for all your kind words. I feel the same when I read your thoughts, always come away from mht with something to think about. Always.
Namaste.

woman with wings said...

Debi, oh my gosh, you are the spirit of Spring, itself! Frogsong? So lucky. I haven't heard that since I was a child. I have a suggestion -- would you like to trade houses, say about Thursday, when your carpet is nice & clean & dry? Just let me know what time and I'll book a flight! I know that you are somewhat ahead of Colorado up there in the PNW, it must be just gorgeous about now. It's nice here, too, but it's just not as GREEN as there. Happy Spring, Debi!

woman with wings said...

Deanna, I was wondering why you gave up gardening when I saw your fabulous garden journals. But there's always a balance to life, right, and now you do all your wonderful creative, artistic projects -- sort of like indoor gardening. Your saying that about the cookies makes me want one right now, too! Sugar attack. I might have to do something about it -- 80% chocolate does not sound satisfying in the least and that's all I have...

Cheryl Razmus said...

I welcomed spring a little in advance because Saturday was just so wonderfully soft and welcoming to return to the outdoors. I finished embroidering a spring weaving from the Boro class, got down on my hands and knees to photograph some snowdrops up close, then drank a glass of wine with the glorious setting sun on my face.

Today my husband called from his errands to say we needed to take a long walk before dinner where we delighted (like Debi) in a wondrous concert of birdsong and frogsong.

woman with wings said...

Cheryl, your day sounds perfect right down to the frogsong. (I don't get it -- is this normal to hear frogs in the spring? I've only heard them after it rained and that was a long time ago.) I love your day with embroidering time and then wine outside at sunset! If I could choose my favorite kind of day, it would include those things, too!

Marie said...

We are welcoming Spring with more snow :(
Love the black and white moon.
I think that is so funny about the neighbors..he he.
I will say I have heard a large woodpecker and a few birds...a good sign. :)

woman with wings said...

Marie, spring snow! I know we're not out of the woods yet either. March is our snowiest month, normally. Of course, things aren't normal anymore, last I heard. I love the woodpeckers and all the rat-a-tatt-ing they're doing, just not on the house gutters!

Pat Ruske said...

Feels like spring up at the Littleton Museum farm - three new baby lambs - all black -so tiny and staying close to Mom. I love your equinox moon. We watched the supermoon come up from the park up the street - what a sight.

liniecat said...

Smashing moon and must try the dandilion leaves tonic, sounds great with buttered french bread yum!
This scorpio is not at her best, maybe the strength of the moonday is upon me but I feel blethered.......a yorkshire word for tired out! I reckon I need the dandilion leaves!
Here in the north of Uk, buds are bursting on trees, birdsong everywhere, even at 4am when it was still dark this morning ( dogs needed a pee..)daffodils ablaze of yellow and gold and the flowering cherry trees are in full blossom...blissful...but, we could still have snow by next week knowing the great british weather!

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Pat! Oh, baby lambs, what could be more precious than baby lambs? That moon was glorious, sort of a light apricot color, so beautiful...

woman with wings said...

Liniecat, I love that word, blethered, and think I'll adopt it! It just sounds like it's tired!
The weather is a trade-off, isn't it? I've seen pictures of your lush English gardens. We cannot even begin to compare in Colorado with our 15" annual precipitation (or something like that). I am extremely jealous!

And I hope you like the recipe.