Puddling around in the studio, watercolors inside, pouring rain outside. Green medicine in my glass: an infusion of fresh nettle tea, which glows a jewel-like green a day after steeping the fresh leaves in my teapot, a green tonic for spring cleansing of the body systems, laden with winter sluggishness.
I’m thinking of rainbows as I watch the clouds toss and turn outside my window, knowing that eventually blue sky will appear again and will be filled with rainbows . . . I mix paints and make color samples in my journal, following the progression of one color into the next.
Plant medicine to drink, and art medicine in my brush, blending shades of green, not sure where this going, but it’s fun to slosh color around on a rainy equinox day, testing some different papers with water media . . . As I drink the last of the nettle tea, I try to match the shade of green in the glass, and remember not to drink the rinse water.
All in all, a glorious way to spend a rainy vernal equinox, balancing between my creative pursuits and nourishing my body for the coming warm months. Blessed be!
p.s. After I posted this, I realized this is not only Ostara, one of the names of the spring equinox, when the days and nights are of equal length, but two other fabulous holidays too: Holi, maybe my favorite Hindu holiday where everybody has a big party and throws brightly colored pigments at each other while dancing in celebration, held the day after the first full moon in spring; and Nowruz, the Persian New Year, another day of celebration which always falls on the vernal equinox. And the full moon was last night, though we couldn’t see it for the rain clouds. All of these holidays fulfill the basic requirement of any pagan holiday, according to my son, who says they are all just excuses to get together and sing out, “Whoo!” Works for me! In honor of the Iranian people, I’m adding one more green photo to this bunch, one of my favorites from the short season of hope in Iran in June of 2009 before the crackdown came on the protestors in the streets of Tehran. Source of this photo, and lots of other wonderful ones, is here. This photo copyright Associated Press, taken by Ben Curtis.