These children are full of the joy of spring. Yet at the end of October their schools and kindergartens will be encouraging them to don witches’ hats and commemorate death.
What are we on about?
How did this happen, that a northern hemisphere festival crept in and colonised our southern hemisphere minds in such a way?
I don’t object to honouring death. In fact I support us doing so — but I’m traditional. I want to be holding hands with nature when I go into the dark themes. I want nature to show me how, and to feel I’m at one with the cycle of life. Not this disjointed feeling.
For my northern hemisphere readers
If you are in the northern hemisphere, in the dying season, I would like to encourage you to go to the deeper meaning behind Halloween.
For my southern hemisphere readers
If you are in the southern hemisphere and feel the pressure from your children to take part in Halloween, maybe you could accept it as a pantomime, without letting it distract you from what is happening in nature.
Because October 31 in the southern hemisphere is the time of high spring, peak green, rising sap, and surging creativity.
Do you really want to miss out on all that?
Antidote the death scenes with bouquets of flowers, crowns of green, sprigs of green in your buttonholes, bird song, your song, poems, dancing and rejoicing.
Launch a new project.
Tackle the hard stuff.
Nature will support you.
Nature will laugh and link hands with you.
Dare to do what you’ve been putting off.
Let peak green embolden you.
Go with the surge!
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