Having trained as both an artist and an holistic therapist, I have no doubt that colour, form and light have a profound effect on us, that images play a vital part in healing and that beauty is restorative.
Research has shown that our immune systems are boosted by the sense of wonder we may experience at the beauty of nature, spirituality and art. Neural networks in the brain have been shown to respond to harmonic principles. And if we so choose, the process of making art can be a means of devotion. We can connect to a higher consciousness and to healing energies through meditation and creativity.
Equinox = ‘equal night’~ from Latin‘aequus’ and ‘nox’.
During the September equinox, which takes place around the 21st September, the sun crosses the celestial equator, moving southwards in the northern hemisphere and northwards in the southern hemisphere.
Equinox = ‘equal night’~ from Latin‘aequus’ and ‘nox’. There are two equinoxes in a year, in March and September, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost equal. In March, in the northern hemisphere, it is known as the Spring equinox and in the southern hemisphere as the Autumnal equinox. (Please note that this article refers to the seasons of the northern hemisphere.)
The winter solstice is generally celebrated on the 21st December, although the astronomical date changes from year to year. This is the longest night of the year and, symbolising the rebirth of the divine spirit of life, it has been a time of celebration since prehistoric times, with religious and social festivities across all cultures. Ancient people considered the winter solstice, also known as Yule, as a very important time. Christmas Day is celebrated at the end of this period .
I used to visit a friend, Doris, when she was living in a care home and I’d often find her sitting by the window, with a view of an ash tree across the way. She loved that tree and often said that she admired its strength. Once I showed Doris a slideshow of photos that I’d taken in autumn, while out walking in an ancient wood.
“I will always remember walking in an enormous field of sunflowers, which towered over me and I stood for a long time, bathing in the golden glow. I was mesmerized by the velvety petals, the intricate patterns of the seeds and the buzzing of the bees. The huge sunflower heads were like a sea of faces, radiating brightness and warmth. The song of the sunflower filled the whole landscape and kept me lingering there throughout the afternoon.