Viewing: seasons

Apr 16

April 16, 2017

Persimmons and White-Eyes, Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1880

The Singing Life of Birds

This is the season of birdsong, when even the smallest finch bursts his lungs and heart out for all to hear, and you’d have to be hard of hearing, hard of heart, or hard on time not to take notice.

Posted in Modern Bestiary

Mar 16

March 16, 2017

William Thomas Horton, illustration in The Savoy No. 7, 1896

As Night Recedes

For most of us today, artificial light keeps the night at bay, and the darkness of winter is avoidable, lightbulbs blazing.

Posted in Science, Sociology

Jun 21

June 21, 2014

Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England. Photograph taken between circa 1890 and 1900.

The Summer Solstice: Nope, Not Just for Pagans

Today’s the summer solstice, and if you have no idea what that means or instantly think of a circle of flower-bedecked pagans chanting together around a bonfire, you’re not alone. Our modern society has a very tenuous connection to the ancient festivals that marked the changing of the seasons. Now the summer passes by without any great cultural celebration to mark our gratitude for this season of fertility, beauty, plenty, and joy.

Posted in Sociology

Apr 20

April 20, 2014

Painting Easter Eggs, Mykhaylo Chornyi, 2000

The Ancient Roots of Easter

Easter is another opportunity to celebrate the fulfillment of the long cycle of the seasons: the end of winter and the rebirth of spring.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Mar 20

March 20, 2014

Crocusses, lythograph by Luite Klaver, date unknown

The Vernal Equinox: Spring Has Sprung!

Today there is a precious and momentary balance in which the day and night are equal in duration, held in shimmering equilibrium before the daylight begins it’s seasonal dominance and the night recedes more and more of it’s allotted time until the summer solstice.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Feb 24

February 24, 2014

Snowdrop, Temple of Flora, Robert John Thorton, 1807.

Winter to Spring: The Turning Point

Winter is the period of gestation, when life is hibernating beneath the earth, awaiting the renewal of growth with the sun’s increasing energy in the spring. Psychologically, this is the time when outwardly our life feels barren or deathly quiet, no creative fire or vibrant feeling disrupting the lull. But deep within the darkest parts of our psyche, in the realm of the subconscious, a seed is being carefully incubated for the moment when life is ready to begin anew.

Posted in Psychology