Hey good folks, it’s March.
This month’s title comes from the Roman God of Conflict, Mars. The Anglo-Saxon settlers of Brittania known as it Hlyd monath which suggests “stormy month,” or Hraed monath which suggests “rugged month.” These descriptors actually assist me take into consideration this month that typically brings the promise of spring after which instantly says, “psych!” and turns once more to winter.
For these of us within the Northern Hemisphere, March 21 is the spring equinox, the official first day of spring. And for the Anishinabe folks, March brings the Onaabani-giizis (Snowcrust Moon). In Dakota, the phrase for March is Ištá wičháyazaŋ wí, which interprets to Sore Eyes Moon (snow blindness). March teaches us the worth of each/and considering and the notion that there are a number of truths: spring AND snow.
March reminds us that our world is complicated, simply because the options to local weather change are.
The traditional Celts assigned the Alder Tree to this month. The Alder is likely one of the first vegetation on the scene after a forest clearing. With its capacity to supply extra nitrogen to successional species, it helps to ascertain woodland areas. It serves as a bunch plant for a number of butterflies, together with the White Admiral. It additionally supplies meals and canopy to quite a lot of animals together with beavers and songbirds. Its bark has medicinal makes use of as a mouthwash and pores and skin tonic. For Celtic peoples the Alder was related to new beginnings, therapeutic, and willpower –– themes we’re embracing as a corporation.
I’m reflecting about how the Alder, tree of the month of March, could be our inspiration. What new beginnings can we create this month? Maybe there’s one other approach to again our statements of allyship with motion; maybe it’s time to discover new methods to reside our commitments to local weather justice.
How can we contribute to therapeutic — ourselves, our communities, our planet? How can we be much more decided in our actions for a simply world past local weather disaster?