Dancing the Wheel in March: St. Patrick and St. Gertrud

Dreiblättriger, grüner Spross vom Sauerklee in einem Blumentopf. - Dancing The Wheel in March © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Trefoil, green shoot of wood sorrel (a kind of shamrock) in a flower pot.

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Tomorrow, Saint Patrick and Saint Gertrud are going to dance into the Spring Equinox, which is approaching on March 20th 2021.

While Saint Patrick was known to me since a visit to the US in the 90’s, I learned about Saint Gertrud, also known as Gertrude of Nivelles, only two years ago. Amongst others, she is the patron saint of the Gardeners as well as the forest and meadow fruits. Therefore she is seen as a messenger of Spring and in German we have some old sayings and a lot of weather-lore about her day of honour.

Personally I like it that there is a female patron saint for Spring as well as the idea that she is dancing towards the Equinox with the 200 years older patron saint of the Emerald Island.

As I started this blog in Ireland, I have written about Saint Patrick a few times in the past years. One passage of a post from 2015 about why I still honour this date to this day, I would like to share, once again:

So, what do I celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day – a non-Christian, non-Irish, pacifistic woman?

Well, first of all, I do like shamrocks! Their symbolism is rich, far beyond the part connecting the Trinity with the trifoliate plant and the luck for the four-leaved one. Many varieties of the clover are edible and rich in vitamins. They grow in various conditions and come in various shapes. They are little and easy to overlook, yet powerful. Those who bother to look will find great beauty in the sometimes tiny blossoms. And when I was a child, our garden was full of white clover. Although the neighbours did laugh at us, most of the year, for rather having a clover field than a lawn, they did envy the beauty this brought in summer, when the whole garden was covered with little white blossoms and a faint scent of honey was in the air.

Also, looking at the legend of St. Patrick, I cannot help but admire his path. He followed his heart and what he believed in. He found a way to express this. It seems that he truly loved his people, in spite of the hardships he endured in Ireland, before. He managed to step beyond all the fear and judgment this must have brought to him. He was not afraid of learning something new, of bridging the wisdom between the two belief systems he encountered.  And he had the courage to speak his truth – even to the authority of his church. And all this happened, to my knowledge, without spilling the blood of another. So he might even be an example for walking a peaceful path.

Last but not least, I am very grateful for the time I had in Ireland (as well as for the second time and for any further trips I hopefully make there) I feel so gifted by the experiences I encountered – all of them. The land, the people, the energies – in a wonderful way they all taught me something about who I am. Honouring the day of the patron saint of Ireland is my way to say thank you.

With this in mind:

Lá Shona Fhéile Gertrud agus Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!

Happy Saint Gertrud’s Day and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

– where ever you are in the world and whatever you believe in!

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi

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