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Changes Surrounding the Vernal Equinox

As we entered into March, a strange energy overtook me.  Perhaps it was that, while the rest of the country remained captive of the snow and ice, the West coast has had a warm, early spring.  Perhaps it was, as some astrologers suggest, the Pegasus energy surrounding the eclipse on Ostara. 

Whatever the muse we attribute with providing motivation, I have felt an invigorating sense of determined purpose.  After years of plodding through a collaborative project, my co-author and I are nearly finished with the revised manuscript.  After years of a loss of mobility from a degenerative knee issue, I finally started taking my health seriously and used my new insurance to get physical therapy. 

In one month of rebirthing energy, our household is undergoing changes.  Just as my son emerges forth into his own budding personality, my daughter seeks the cocoon to ruminate on her ideas of self.  Even my partner has been grabbed by an urge to exercise his core each night.

With changes come the unknown, and I have fought hard against the doubt and worried thoughts that once crippled me.  By acknowledging when I've become trapped in cyclical negative thinking, I'm able to be proactive by using some of my tools to calm my brain: magnesium, meditation, and tapping taught to me by an EMDR therapist.

I have looked for strength from the sources that inspire me most: my guides, the gods, dance, and family. And with all things, I am staying in the present moment to take charge of the little things (not the kids), like the choosing between doing my good work and playing a video game, like sitting down to tune out the mess and getting up and dealing with it.

In your own life, as change comes sweeping in to upset your routine and reorder your perspective, be mindful of the small choices you make.  Be aware that as change comes, so do opportunities to reshape how we approach the world.  In so doing, we change the world in small ways.  With mindfulness those changes can one day make a big impact both for ourselves and the communities in which we live.

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Raven lives in a forest with her two homeschooled children, partner, and several demanding cats. She enjoys performing, cooks a mean burger, and is obsessed with farming, but has yet to adopt a goat. Her publications are listed at


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