The equinox today, the first day of spring. Here in mid-Wales it is wet, and thankfully so. Since the snows melted in February we have had no rain, and while the weather has been truly beautiful, we had got to the point where ponds were getting low and plants and trees have not burst their buds for lack of moisture. In this rural farming community it is particularly important for the grass to begin to grow, to feed the new born lambs and their mothers. So, it is lovely and appropriate that the rain is falling as spring begins officially.
This is the day that every place on earth will have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. If you recall, the equinoxes and the solstices together create the cross, and so there are significant mystical connotations to this day. It means also that we are about a quarter of the way through this year, and that is quite a startling thought. The time has gone as if it were a week only, and yet for so many people it has been a time of major activity and change, whether it is internal or external.
It is good the equinox falls at a weekend, time for most of us to be able to draw breath, to look back at what has been achieved and to look forward with anticipation - and to enjoy the moment, for what it is.