Hurray for the Spring Equinox! It’s finally, officially Spring! The ‘official’ Equinox occurred on Thursday, March 20th, at 12:57 pm EST. Our daylight length here where I live – 12 hours 10 minutes. I love it!
But I knew ahead of time that spring was on its way. How? I SAW BEARS!!! I did, I did! I was driving back from delivering Saver of Bugs to school when I noticed some black blobs at the bottom of a tree in a fairly open area. I did a double take and stared. BEARS!!! They were very close in size and not all that big so I figure they are last year’s cubs. Momma must have been in the tree line. Regretfully, I was driving on a main trucking route at speed. Stopping for pictures would have put me on foot going back to get pictures at dusk. Getting smooshed by a truck was not on my agenda. Or as my son said, “Hit by a truck?! Seriously?! How about EATEN by a freaking BEAR?!” 🙂
But back to Spring! The following is a partial reblog from a post I did last year. I just couldn’t think of anything more I wanted to add to this:
“…Once Upon A Time Long, Long Ago… when I was working horses and gardening and nature loving on a daily basis and was in tune with the seasons, this part of spring was expected and accepted. It was known as March Madness (and had nothing at all to do with basketball) or Spring Fever (and had nothing at all to do with big retail sales). This really hit me in the face since I have been struggling for several weeks now.
Between the lengthening days, more noticeable now, and the dramatic swings in the weather (that barometric pressure going up and down affects your body), animals and people alike are restless, moody, depressed and ecstatic all at the same time. Life can swoop from awful to wonderful from one step to another. It is just that time of year.
Those believing in Fairies say the upheaval is the passing of seasons from one Fairy Queen to the next.
Greek mythology talks of Demeter (in brief, Goddess of the Harvest), cursing the world and taking life from all growing things; when her daughter Persephone is taken to the underworld by Hades. The deal to bring Persephone back is that for 4 months of the year she must return to the underworld. During that time Demeter grieves and nothing grows. Persephone’s return marks the beginning of spring.
Pagans and Witches have celebrated Ostara for hundreds of years (It’s the precursor to the Christian holiday of Easter). This holiday is celebrated on the Spring Equinox when the hours of day and night are equal. It is a celebration of rebirth as the world awakens from its winter sleep and “life” begins anew.
It’s all about Change. From our seasonal sleep we are thrust fairly abruptly into our “awakening”. There is a primal need, often unacknowledged by us humans, to take advantage of the cycle of growth, resulting in “March Madness” or “Spring Fever”. When I was working on the farms, allowances were made for man and animal alike. “This too shall pass.” (Or in some cases, “Aw hell, it’s spring again.”) In this “modern” civilization we forget that we, too, are creatures of Mother Earth and thus subject, to a certain extent, to her whims. We may forget our “roots” but our bodies don’t. We need to be patient with ourselves and others right now. Acknowledge and accept the unsettled feelings as part of life’s cycles. Remember that with this huge burst of Mother’s Earth’s creative energies, things are bound to be unstable for a while. Just hold on tight!”
The symbolic rebirth of Mother Earth after a long, hard, cold winter was supposed to be cold and nasty. So I decided two days ago, with warm beautiful weather as company, to once again go looking for Spring outside. I also decided it was time to start cleaning up out there and started by bringing the plants out of the garage.
Daffodils, weeks late, finally poking up through the grass! YAY!
More Daffs in the garden!
Buds on my small Amelanchier Laevis.
To save money, I grow a lot of things from seed and shop the clearance racks, especially at Lowe’s. And life being what it can be not everything has made it into the ground. The Dump (aka our garage) is too full for a car, so the back of the driveway is a convenient place for plants in pots. This winter I put plants I knew wouldn’t survive outside in pots in the garage. Unfortunately, there were still a lot of pots in the driveway that had to deal with an unusually severe winter.
My mint survived it’s winter in the garage and is starting to grow.
And my Lemon Balm.
The Coreopsis on the left was in the garage. The one on the right spent the winter in the driveway. It is still asleep. Or dead!
But my Monarda in the driveway is still alive and awake!
So whether you celebrated the Spring Equinox on the actual Equinox or whether you celebrate on the calendar Equinox (the 21st), I wish you a happy beginning to your Spring!