As the Nth. hemisphere awakens from their winter sleep and with the breathing out of the Earth forces, those in the north are opening themselves up to the forces of the Sun. The darkness of winter departs as the buds burst forth. The Earth is reborn and there is new life everywhere and the celebration of Easter, with it's focus on rebirth is anticipated.
Here in the Sth. hemisphere Earth is beginning it's breathing in. The natural world is preparing for it's sleep ( not that we experience it to the extenct that those in the north feel it).Although the days are still quite warm, they are getting shorter and nights much cooler. Here and there changing colours can be seen. The complete opposite to Spring, Autumn is inclined toward "death".
Why is it then that we are also preparing for Easter, along with the Nth. hemisphere?
We should be celebrating the influence of Michael. The festival Michaelmas, that those in the North, would celebrate on Sept. 29th. Now I know very little about Michaelmas. It is not a well known festival here. But according to Rudolf Steiner, to know Easter we must first know the Michael Festival.
In Autumn we begin to feel the darkness and Michael, as the protector against the dark of night, is with us to help us slay our dragons. '' Michaelmas should become the festival of soul courage from which will ray out what will give other festivals right content'' according to Steiner.
For the past 20 years or so, I have struggled with the Christian festivals, Easter in particular. For me it was always celebrated at the wrong time of year. And now from what little I have read and understood of Steiner's ''The Cycle of the Year'' I am beginning to realise the importance of all the festivals to the seasons, and here in Australia they are celebrated in the opposite season to which they belong. Jesus was born in Winter when the soul forces were within, and yet we celebrate in Summer when our thoughts are of the ''outer''.
So here on our farm we are preparing for Michalemas and a harvest festival. I'm not sure what that will look like yet but it won't look anything like Easter.
What are your thoughts on our upside down celebrations. Do that sit right for you?