This is a bit off topic from my usual yarn, but I’d just like to preface what I’m about to say as a way of connecting and relating to our Creator in a more natural and rhythmic way, by taking a look at the construct of the calendar we normally use, as opposed to what is actually going on in the cycles of nature and the cosmos.
This is the time of year when many people begin to suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or S.A.D. A part of this may be due to the fact that we’ve been taught to observe the times and seasons in a way that is, to say the least, slightly off from reality.
So I’m hoping you’ll indulge my slightly less “theological” emphasis and consider what I’m offering here. There is a natural order of things and an unnatural and distorted way that we have been taught to look at them: “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise,and knowledge to them that know understanding.” (Daniel 2:21.) Might we do better to observe the natural order along these lines?
70 days till Spring? Not.
Here’s how to look at it in a far more “natural” way than the calendar we’ve been stiffed with by the “powers-that-may-have-been-but-not-for-long”, and it will make you feel more hopeful – since it’s based naturally on the cosmic and earth cycles. Let’s start with the basics.
February 1- April 30 = Spring.
May 1 – July 31 = Summer.
August 1 – October 31 = Autumn.
November 1 – January 31 = Winter.
Stick with me on this one. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what I’m showing you here.
So Spring begins in about 2 weeks, not 6! That should make you sit up and take notice. Consider “Ground Hog’s Day” – the sleepers in the forest begin to awaken. Lambs on the farms begin to be birthed, and so forth. Nature’s signs are signals to us all as Spring begins its rebirth. It is thankfully time to bid winter goodbye.
Around March 21 comes the Vernal Equinox – equal night / equal day. This falls at the mid-point [about 6 weeks] between Feb. 1 and April 30.
Next up is what’s actually “mid-Summer” (by far older, more reliable, natural reckonings of times and seasons). It happens at Summer Solstice, around June 21, which is not the “1st day” of Summer. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year [northern hemisphere] with far more daylight hours. [Hint: Shakespeare’s play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.]
That means that the tipping point has arrived and little by little the days will start to get shorter…
Until they reach the Autumnal Equinox when we once again experience equal night / equal day, which occurs around September 21, again at that approximate half way point between August 1 and October 31.
Around November 1 we plunge again further into darkness as Winter comes our way, until we come around full circle to another tipping point at the Winter Solstice (with all its celebrations depicting the victory of the light over the darkness), that leads once more to longer and longer days. (Solstice: Sun stands still.)
So here we are, in mid January bemoaning that Winter has just begun, when it’s actually nearly over!
I find that when I observe the calendar in this more natural light, consciously noting the ebb and flow of the seasons, it does something really positive in spirit, mind, and body. For example, seeing Spring arrive in 2 more weeks instead of 6 (which in fact by the natural reckonings and cycles of nature and cosmos), ever since I’ve done this, I seldom suffer from S.A.D.!
Someone tampered with these ways of looking at times and seasons. It is in my opinion a very ancient psy-op! It’s been done in cultures all over the world. I won’t say who, but it will become obvious if you look into the matter. Yes, the truth is out there, buried in data and meta data…
Our way of relating to the Earth, to the Cosmos, and time itself appears to have been “readjusted”. Is that so surprising? Consequently people are more depressed, stressed out, and strung out than ever before – because even the calendar encourages us to be in denial of the cycles of our bodies which are meant to harmonize with Earth, nature, sun, moon, tides and so forth. (Follow the money, per usual?)
If we understand this and allow for a more natural pace and flow of things, there is far more serenity. Serenity leads to healing of mind, and a healthy mind can bring about a healthier body.
The question I’m compelled to ask is, why have we been subjected to an unnatural reckoning of time and the calendar which is roughly 6 weeks off from the actual natural courses of the cosmos and Mother Earth?
Maybe it’s worth considering this on a planet where every other good and natural thing basic to our survival, that touches our minds and bodies, has been tampered with?
I’ll leave you to your own thoughts and searchings, but will just say, Take heart! Spring is not as far away as we’ve been taught to believe that it is.
Meantime, feel the pulse of Nature. Hear her heartbeat in the times and seasons as the Creator appointed them. Touch the Earth. Look up at the sky. Stop and smell the breezes. Reach up with your imagination and soar among the stars…