Part 4: Spring Equinox 2020
Dated 21 March 2020
The days surrounding Spring Equinox were splendid, but yesterday there was a
cold east wind without much sunshine. Nevertheless the Ceremony at the
Water Wheel Grove paid respect to the start of spring, giving balance to this
part of the year, as we now enter into six months of longer days and summer
warmth with the return of wild flowers, until some seeds morph into floating
cotton-wool in September and float above the countryside, highlighted often
by late summer sun into magic.
Obvious now the change is happening, the sun is setting out from behind a line
of fir trees, nearly at the top of the hill. We will be able to watch its progress
during these months and thank it for its many mesmerising sunsets.
Taking part in our Ceremony were the Sparrows, as always, also two Hen
Pheasants who were reluctant to leave. Perhaps they were the very ones who
had gone off with the bag of wheat that we were going to use for planting
during the Ceremony. More was found and all was well, apart from some minor
moments of non-attention.
We are fixed now to go into the time of year that is usually one of picnics,
seaside holidays and messing about by rivers. All of these are still possible
because nature is welcoming and best viewed with few people. It could be an
opportunity for more reflection than usual, insights that may make us aware
we are not after all owners of the world, not even owners of ourselves. If we
were we could decide not to get the Virus.
A light still burns in our Grove, joining together in connection with the light
from the Sunwheel Grove, giving out little spots of light into the Druid and
Pagan places with love and peace.
The photos sequence the ceremony day deep within the Glen from sunrise,
peaking over the hill behind, throughout the day with Grove features,
emerging buds and flowers, to sunset sinking over the hill beyond.