“The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load. (Blake)
Golden Greetings on this Glorious Autumnal Equinox! (northern hemisphere)
I’d love to be a heron! Flying freely anywhere at any time, “fluttering and dancing in the breeze… which is the bliss of solitude,” gazing next to water and diving in, or standing on one leg as if in Vrksasana (tree pose). I’ve been lucky to sit quite closely to herons and, although they are always alert, they maintain their elegant, paced, meditative state.
On my way to the Farmers Market this morning, via the Japanese Garden in Holland Park, this other frequenter was gazing at the waterfall. Mostly, he watches fish (the carp are too large and the goldfish, too small) and makes his selection as if from a tank in a restaurant! He takes all the time he needs and it’s a joy and a privilege to be beside him to share that noiseless tranquillity and serenity.
The reflections there in the early morning Sun are exquisitely pleasing, he agrees:
Autumnal Equinox and Full Moon in Aries
Next weekend 29/30th September we have what some astrologers say will be the most intense Full Moon of the year (in Aries – my Mars is there!) but I’ve had a couple of those emotional moons in recent months, so perhaps it will be intense in hilarity instead! I hope so, especially as I’m so full of joy on this beautiful day. Walk gently with loved ones, strangers and yourself, particularly then, just in case. I know I will.
The Autumnal Equinox today, heralds the time the Sun rises later and the darkness arrives earlier so we have almost equal day and equal night. It’s a time for reflection of the past, renewal for the future, naturopathic cellular cleansing (in preparation for health throughout the Winter), enjoying the blue skies and sun before a level of hibernation, more lost in our modern societies out of rhythm with Nature and the activity of the Sky, as we lead the same lives as the rest of the year, which can be very depleting to our own energies. Then there’s the bountiful harvest at this time of year – and what a harvest again at the Farmers Market today! Here’s some of the produce I gathered this week:From 12 o’clock: Cavolo Nero (wonderful brassica for juicing and kale crisps); Spartan and Cox Apples; Carrot Leaves; Beetroot Leaves and Celery; Beetroots; Damsons and Coloured Tomatoes; Pears; Rocket and Giagolo Nero (a cross between Rocket and Cavolo Nero); Fresh Garlic; Cucumbers; Flat Leaf Parsley; across the middle: a massive bunch of Chicory.
Slow Process Olives and Giagolo Nero My Giagolo Nero Salad comprised: Chives and biodynamic Basil from my window box; Sun Dried Red Tomatoes; Fresh Orange Tomatoes; Capers; Pumpkin Seeds; Avocado with Fresh Wakame; and Slow Process Olives. Add a dressing – ambrosia!
(the unjust and gross mistreatment of an innocent olive is described in the poster below – double click to enlarge).
Last of the Summer Blueberries in a Raw Vanilla/Nutmeg Custard tart.
Meanwhile, the heron is producing ghrelin and salivating for more breakfast!
I wish you a beautiful, bountiful, placid and peaceful final quarter of 2012.
Happy Harvest from me and the Heron!