the four seasons
In Britain we live in a culture which has lost connection with the Four Seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The London Met Office, defining the year by heat rather than light, now starts seasons at the beginning of December, March, June, and September – in the middle month of the season – despite the fact that calendars still follow the traditional dates, setting Midwinter’s Day on December 13th, and Midsummer’s Day on June 24th.
In 1987 I discovered the ancient symbol of an eight spoked wheel – known as The Wheel of The Year. The four diagonal spokes on this Wheel mark the beginning of the seasons, and the four cardinal points of the sun mark the astronomically fixed solstices and equinoxes. I was to discover, as I attuned to Nature for the next three years, that this Wheel marks all kinds of shifts and balances in Nature. I have come to enjoy the many different qualities of rain, wind, trees, and light, as the Wheel rolls on into a Spiral of Years. As the I Ching (R.L.Wing) states: ‘the changing seasons create time and order in the consciousness of life, which, in turn, balances itself within the limits in its environment. These limitations in all of Nature give meaning to life and to the individual lives of people’.
NB I work with Native British culture, but today this is often interwoven with other cultures – Pict, Gael, Saxon, Celt, etc. – so I am using this website to unbraid these strands so as to reveal a clear picture of indigenous Native British history, culture and language.
written by Sheila Broun
The British Isles lies at the juncture of several regions with past episodes of tectonic mountain building…over the last 500 million years the land which forms the islands has drifted northwest from around 30 degrees south, crossing the equator about 370 million years ago to reach its present northern latitude, and was part of the European mainland. The seas rose between 14,000 – 10,000 bce, separating Ireland from the European landmass, and creating the Isle of Man. Between 8,000 – 4,000 bce the seas rose again, separating the British Isles from Europe. Of the 6,000+ islands in this archipelago, the largest are Britain and Ireland. The largest of the other 134 permanently inhabited islands are to be found in the Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland Islands; Anglesey, and the Isle of Man. The Channel Islands are not physically part of the archipelago.
information from Wikipedia/British Isles
Our Galaxy is called ‘The Milky Way’ and, according to Wikipedia ‘is a barred spiral galaxy, 100,000 – 120,000 light years in diameter, containing 200 – 600 billion stars, and an estimated 50 billion planets. Ursa Major, known as the Great Bear, is a constellation of stars visible above the horizon in the northern hemisphere throughout the year. The seven brightest stars of Ursa Major form the asterism, or pattern of stars, known as The Plough – which is a useful pointer towards the North. Several bright galaxies are found in Ursa Major, including the bright planetary nebula, Owl Nebula’.
information from Wikipedia