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Children. The decision to bring them into the world. A world. This world. Our personal avatars into the future.

Avatars, earthly incarnations of gods and goddesses. Or, virtual representations, or alter-ego.

This world, the Anthropocene Era: systems beginning to fail, great die-out of species, climactic shifts, even the seasons, the great rhythm, put in chaos.

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As spring arrives, We Revelers focus on the balance between day and night. We talk of spring as a time to celebrate equality and union. We think of the peace that we will feel lying outside in the grass. We think of the flowering trees and the young tender vegetables that will soon replace our cabbage and potatoes. But, we must remember, that though the coming equinox announces the arrival of spring, we have hardly arrived in a season of peace. In fact, we’ve just reached the climax of the battle.

Those who follow These New Old Traditions know that the season of The Push has just passed. The Push is our limbo season, our cleansing tide, and our time for burrowing in. I also see it as the beginnings of our labor. It is the time we have to prepare ourselves for the birth and union that is about to come. It is easy to think during The Push (or at least to hope) that that was the hard time… when our new season of growing tide arrives with the Spring Equinox, we will have found the moment of release we’ve been craving. Too bad! The rhythms of the earth have other plans for us!

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After attending a winter solstice get-together that was entirely infused with ritual and meaning, I decided to recreate this experience on the vernal (spring) equinox. Although the winter solstice gathering was enjoyed by a large group of extended friends, I am spending March 20/21 with my lover, and so we planned our intimate rituals accordingly. Large group or small, creating your own rituals gives new meaning to any holiday, especially ones whose meanings have been largely forgotten.

My dear editor reminded me:

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We Revelers in the New Old Tradition recognize a time of year we call “The Push,” which begins around February 1st and extends all the way to the Spring Equinox on or around March 21st. Admittedly, The Push is not a holiday you will find on any calendar outside of our tradition. You will not find its name on any government list of holidays. Nor will you find The Push mentioned in any text book, “A People’s History of…” or otherwise. No, The Push is unique to this band of merry makers and takes its cues from the times when we could all use a little help getting through what needs gettin’ through.

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