Manure and compost, Nature’s crap, not the human kind, nourishes and enriches our growth and that of the planet. Compost fuels plant growth, restores vitality to depleted soil and soul. Healing requires the introduction of truth and authentically “beneficial organisms” that ward off dis-ease. To be ready to heal, I’m learning, is fraught with contradiction in that we at once exercise resistance and generate roots. On this April 7 New Moon, the Almanac reminds us: “The roots of garden vegetables can travel to amazing depths—often several feet. The deeper you can work compost and manure into the soil, the more there will be for the roots.”
This is where your truly radical self emerges, once the climate is changed, the waste and B*S removed. Roots can then burrow wildly deep. bell hooks writes, “when we love the Earth, we are able to love ourselves more fully.” Liberation is always restorative. So, too, is composting.
New Moon in Aries. Full Pink Moon in Scorpio (April 22).
Tea bags are my stealthiest composting strategy this season. See Joanna Yarrow’s 1001 Ways to Save the Earth for great tips on how to use organic and natural teas for composting.
Spring beckons us forward, calls our attention to needful things—healing, composting, fertilizing spirit. Mother Nature is agitated at the start of the month, blasting chilly winds. Do not fixate on the temporal she seems to delight, cautioning us to be present, listening, to dress ourselves as needed for climatic shifts with things and beings. Like the Alice Walker poem, “parry yourself from the stones.” Keep warm.
In a season that conflates toxic politics and wildflowers, care for the self is all the more essential. A few sustainable remedies that I’m using:
Planting a growing a list of medicinal and edible herbs to include, basil, lavender, rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro, mints… I’m late this year, but anticipating both the health-promoting benefits and sweet tastings.
Celebrating National Earth Day on April 22nd, and on April 23rd, with the powerful women of Harriet’s Apothecary who invite you to affirm notions of self-love and community action on their 2nd year anniversary. Join them in the always eclectic village of Brooklyn, USA.
See you on next month’s New Moon.
In light n flight, Pamela
Stay green. Stay Square.