The moon, apparently, is closer to the earth now than it has been than anytime during the past 15 years. So I have wondered if this has brought the spring equinox balance of light and dark more sharply into being this year?
For me, I have felt the pulls of balance in the practice of my faith. Namely, I have looked past purely christian authors and widened my reading to a pagan author called T Thorn Coyle. Her podcasts and book ‘Kissing the Limitless’ have been a real source of renewed nourishment. I feel the fizz of excitement from thinking once again about The Divine, how shall I live an authentic life in response to my understanding of Godde and what is my daily practice in response to the work of in faith holistically with everything in the world?
Part of these questions were answered during a christian celebration of the cross quarter last Saturday. We were given ashes to represent the past and lavender for hope for the future. Dark and Light, Light and dark, a moment to reflect and then offer to God. Symbolic gestures connecting to our wild natures that crave more than words, more than thoughts but concrete actions that encapsulate our deep innerness. The church, ancient, stood in the midst of wilds. So rooting our following in Christ but intertwined with fields and trees of our country side. The outer landscape reflecting our inner culture. We reflected on the four points of the compass, a passage from the bible and thought of where we were in our journeys. I felt the center of the balance, the edge between then and to come. Standing next to a pine tree I felt at first the chill of the tree shadow and then the heat on the bark. Both present, both dancing in the apparent paradox. Yet in the silence, life could be heard. Life of both to come from the sound of popping fir cones producing seeds floating down and life begun in the lambs bleating for their moms in the surrounding fields.
So while we worry and fret about seemingly important concepts, life moments go on and in those moment is simply God.