Often misunderstood, Dionysus is far more than a wine deity. He is the Breaker of Chains, who rescues not only the flesh but the heart and spirit from too much of worldly regulations and duties. He is a god of joy and freedom. Any uncultivated, tangled, and primal woodland is very much his domain.
~ Tanith Lee, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest
Let’s take a walk. We can let our feet lead the way, and maybe we’ll end up hiking in the woods or dancing through the meadows or dangling our feet in the pond or the creek. Maybe we’ll encounter the Green Man who has swept through here as he does every year, bringing the spring greening with him.
Our remote ancestors said to their Mother Earth, ‘We are yours.’ Modern humanity has said to Nature, ‘You are mine.’ The Green man has returned to the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the Universe, ‘We are one.’
~ Terri Windling
It has been raining again. Day after day for over two weeks, the rain has been falling. The result of all that water coming to earth is a lush greening. Everything seems to glow with the color of spring green.
‘This place,’ said a deep voice from the trees, ‘is always where it is. All that changes is where those who need it are.’
~ The Green Man in the novel The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
I’ve written posts about the return of the Green Man almost every year since I started blogging at WordPress and I’m having a hard time expressing anything new and different about this time, in this year. Perhaps that’s because the Green Man, a symbol of spring growth and renewal, is ancient and trying to verbalize beginnings from A Long Ago is nearly impossible.
Maybe it’s best to just show you.
The earth has music for those who listen.
~ George Santayana
But we must not forget that all things in the world are connected with one another and depend on one another, and that we ourselves and all our thoughts are also a part of nature.
~ Ernst Mach
The creatures I seek do not want to be seen.
~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Thank you for wandering around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch with me on this rainy day. I don’t think we’ll see a sunset tonight. We have been seeing more sunrises than sunsets these days. It clears up in the wee hours of the morning, long enough for us to glimpse the morning rise of the sun before the clouds move back in. But if it should clear this evening, let’s walk out to the dock and watch from there. Sunset is at 8:03 PM. You will probably need a jacket. It’s barely gotten about 60°F today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Watching a peony begin to open; rose buds and raindrops; the green glow of spring; Lady Grey tea; finishing the ironing (for now — the ironing is never really finished).