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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”

Fresh Wild Violet

The Spring Equinox is the day (in March for the Northern Hemisphere) where the amount of light and the amount of darkness are equal from which point afterwards the amount of light will be greater than the amount of darkness until the Fall Equinox (in September for the Northern Hemisphere).  It marks the end of the half of the year when the darkness is longer than the day.

These ephemeral, liminal times of the year are centered around pausing, balancing, and re-orienting.  All the resting, waiting, and dreaming of the cold, dark times are coming to a close, and we are poised at the starting line of a new time.  We don’t call it ‘spring’ for nothing; it is a feeling of sudden action and motion after a marked time of stillness.  Like a coiled spring, everything with all of its bound and restrained potential is about to let loose.  This is that brief moment, the space between inhale and exhale, the split-second pause following the signal to “Go!” in which we hover.

Like with the equinoxes, the new moon is a pause between one stage and the next.  A new moon is when the moon is reflecting no light from the sun back to the earth; it appears completely hidden.  Traditionally the new moon marks the end of the last moon cycle and the beginning of the next one.

Many other things in nature reflect this pattern of ending and beginning again, like the seed coming from the death of the old plant containing in its small form the potential for a whole new plant to grow.  Eggs are another example of hidden potential waiting to be born, and this is probably a big reason why eggs came to be associated with springtime celebrations.

In order to spring forward, the things that fetter us must be removed, hence the prevalent practice of ‘spring cleaning’.  We sweep out the dust and cobwebs from our homes and our minds, and we let the fresh air come sweeping in.  Creating clear space for new things to manifest is an essential part of the continuing cycle of life, a cycle that those of nature-based traditions (in my case, druidry) aspire to align with rather than fight.

So in the spirit of the Spring Equinox and today’s new moon, my choice for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh at The Daily Post is the image of an unusually pale Wild Violet, an early spring flower, in vibrant springtime grass from last May.  The month of May is not usually what we would call ‘early spring’, but last year’s winter was particularly long.

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