Mark your calendars– the vernal equinox is coming on March 20, and the start of astronomical spring in the Northern hemisphere. Lighter days are here again. And there will be a full moon on the night of the equinox!
This full moon of March is called the worm moon, or the rising sap moon, associations of spring and new beginnings.
The calendars we use reflect our cultural values, our named and numbered days. The solstices and equinoxes may seem less significant to us today. But the movement of the earth around the sun, and the changing phases of the moon, were the first calendars, and many of our celebrations are determined by the sun and moon. Here is an article about it in the New York Times.
March is the time of changing seasons. There is melting snow and massive flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, and already many tornado outbreaks. In Chicago, March can bring rain, sun, high winds, and even snow–sometimes all in one day.
But we know even in this changeable season, weather events are becoming more extreme. The climate has changed. The kids know this. They are demanding action NOW–for their future, and the future of generations to come. This is the promise of spring to me–the rise of young life demanding to live. But climate action is for everyone, especially the most vulnerable of us. We are all affected and involved.
May we all welcome the spring sun, and the full moon.
May we all feel the promise of the future in the days to come.
If you want to celebrate the vernal equinox and the full moon, SLOOH will be hosting a special program. You can find out more about it here.