Beginning Anew …

Santa Barbara Sunrise
Sunrise in Santa Barbara, CA. Copyrighted photo by D. Bridge

Where has the time gone??? I started this blog a year ago in the fervor of the newly conferred PhD. I had every intention to write consistently but apparently life had other plans for me. But here I am a year later renewing my intention to tend to this blog. The past twelve months have been a bit of a roller coaster but I arrive here to this time with the hopes that the upcoming months will allow me time to be more settled and to spend more time going more deeply within. Hopefully, this will result in some actual writing being accomplished! Maybe it is somehow auspicious that I set out to do this writing on Leap Day, to be published on March 1.

Leap day … the 29th of February … is a day to keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in alignment with Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds, to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and it starts on the March equinox. I was not previously aware of this, but there are some rules regarding when leap years occur. 1) Years divisible by 4 are leap years 2) If the year is also divisible by 100 it is NOT a leap year unless 3) If the year is also divisible by 400 then it IS a leap year.

In extremely simplistic terms, it means that in 365 days, the earth is 6 hours short of completing its orbit around the sun. Leap year helps to make up this shortfall so that the way we measure time is once again aligned with the movement of the planets.

The Leap day of a Leap year, then, is a day to “get caught up” and to become realigned with the celestial beings as they travel around the solar center. It is a day to learn from the outer, natural world about our need to stop and find our “solar center”. To ask “what is at the center of who I am – what is my essence? And then to consider what other aspects of your inner self orbit around this center of your self. Are they in alignment? What work might you need to do to tighten up your inner solar system in order to step out ready to embark on the new tropical year?

May all be well …

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