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Dear Friends,

In the yoga pose Warrior 3, the practitioner -- balancing on one leg -- aligns their body with the horizon line, mirroring the perfect balance of day and night, sun and moon.  Reconciling the energy of opposites creates healing.

Do you feel balanced yet?  A year ago this week, the world had just shut down. Vaccines are now miraculously rolling out.  My pear oaks have just put out buds, promising to bloom – but not yet ready.  I know how they feel.   Each of us struggles to regain equilibrium in our own way.

For our ancestors, winter was a time of constant uncertainty and living on the edge.  Their relief at the sun's return and the lengthening daylight is something we can imagine and especially relate to this year.

So it was a time of rejoicing.  At the Vernal Equinox, Anglo-Saxon Pagans made offerings of colored eggs to Ostara, a goddess of fertility.  Offerings of bread and cakes were made. Rabbits, especially white rabbits, were sacred to her as Ostara was said to be able to take the form of a rabbit.

The Spring Equinox is always a time for fresh new beginnings. Take action. Plant some seeds. Plan your garden. As the Earth renews itself, the ritual of Spring cleaning helps us rid our surroundings of left over negativity or stuffiness and welcome the new season. Clearing out clutter, letting go of what is no longer useful, can help us find the balance we need while we await the new.

Yours in Resilience and Renewal,  

Spring Equinox / Ostara - March 20, 2021

Yesterday's pear oaks --
Wind, where have you taken them?

Fierce joy keeps on keeping on
Buffeted… rebirth.








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*A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.
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