Here Comes the Sun

Well we had the annual Spring Forward time change and the Spring Equinox this week and a full moon is coming.  The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer and all this sunlight has made the trees sprout their leaves.  All the birds are pairing up and so it begins the cycle of rebirth.

Allergies aside, Spring fever is definitely on the rise and this gave me an excuse to learn more about Ostara, is it a day, or a Goddess?  Ostara is celebrated as the Spring Equinox, but is also the name given to the White Goddess of the Dawn.  She is scant mentioned in the scholarly writing’s of Bede, the Christian Monk, aka, Saint Bede right around the 5th Century.  My Anglo-Saxon ancestors would have held festivals in her honor during Eostremonath,since they, like my Celtic ancestors, would have celebrated the Wheel of the Year and the Sabbats.

I like to think of Ostara like this…….

Image created by Helena Nelson-Reed

She embodies earthly renewal and rebirth of nature and is associated with the eggs and the hare. The hare is associated with the moon and the egg motif is found in the creation myths of many cultures and civilizations around the world.  The rebirth myth was adopted by the Christians as Jesus being reborn. The motif of a dying deity appears in the creation mythologies of many ancient cultures all through antiquity.

In this excerpt taken from D.M. Murdock’s, “Easter: The Resurrection of Spring”,
The springtime/Easter resurrection myth occurred in Greek mythology with the tale of Kore/Persephone descending into the underworld to reside with Hades, leading to the death of winter. Her re-emergence out of the underworld represented the springtime renewal of life on Earth – thus, Persephone’s resurrection symbolized eternal life, precisely as did that of Jesus and the Egyptian god Osiris.

Comprising the entombment for three days, the descent into the underworld, and the resurrection, the spring celebration of “Easter” represents the period of the vernal equinox, when the sun is “hung on a cross” composed of the days and nights of equal length. After a touch-and-go battle for supremacy with the night or darkness, the sun emerges triumphant, being “born again” or “resurrected” as a “man,” moving towards “his” full strength at the summer solstice…”
 

I believe that Spring is a time to align with the energy of the season and honour the rhythm of the Earth. It could be a time to reflect and do some mental Spring cleaning and maybe facilitate some growth and evolution into your life as a form of renewal.

 

It is a time to celebrate and thank God that the Sun will come out tomorrow!

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Back to School

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Well today is the first day of school for many kiddos in Texas.  I am sure that for them today brings with it a mix of emotions ranging from fear and dread to anticipatory glee, depending on which grade they are entering, if their friends are in the same class, which teacher they got and how well they perform within the public school system.

Being the last of the Baby Boomer generation, I remember when I heard the words “back to school” and was filled with complete dread and grief over the ending of those summer days where we had no time schedule and swam at the local pool all day, of course going back to school also signaled that the seasons were changing and Halloween was coming.

I remember that a sweater was always an essential part of my new school attire, when I think back, I remember September mornings were a little chilly and according to NOAA’s historical climate data, the average temp in September 1970 was 79°, with the low being 55°.  Weather.com states that most of the Southwest and all of Texas has been warming at more than 1°F per decade.

Kids today don’t need sweaters and very few of them need any #2 pencils thanks to technology.  I believe that the generations following the Boomers’ are smarter, or definitely could be thanks to Google.  Back in the day, the powers that be assessed our knowledge with the annual Achievement Test, where we spent two days answering and filling in bubble tests.  Today student achievement data trends show that math and reading scores have increased over the last three decades for kids in the US.

Teachers today have the ability to incorporate global learning on a scale like never before. Paperless classrooms and no textbooks will prepare students for the future and our new technical paradigm; I am still undecided about where these kids will find their inspiration. It could be that in the new world, technology will motivate students to learn, or it could be that students who are not self-motivated will undergo an evolutionary shift, a “survival of the technological fittest”, if you will.  Professor Al-Rodhan believes that humanity will experience “Inevitable Transhumanism” where humans will enhance their abilities through the convergence and adoption of a number of emerging technologies and engineer their own evolution.

In “Inevitable Transhumanism? How Emerging Strategic Technologies will affect the Future of Humanity”, Prof. Al-Rodhan postulates that technology will have tremendous potential to impact the future of humanity.  That gives a whole new meaning to “No Child Left Behind”.

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