The Equinox and Solstice Cycle Taken from the Perelandra Garden Work Book by Machelle Small Wright www.perelandra-ltd.com The Perelandra Centre for Nature Research
There are four annual dates that are especially linked with Nature. They are fall equinox (around September 21st), winter solstice (around December 21st), spring equinox (around March 21), and summer solstice (around June 21st). IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE THIS IS OPPOSITE.
Astronomically, the equinox refers to the two days of the year in which the sunrise and sunset are twelve hours apart, with equal hours of day and night. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice is the longest night of the year.
But there is something else that makes these four days important, especially to a co- creative gardener or farmer. About twenty years ago a soil scientist tested the Perelandra garden soil and verified my suspicions about an annual energy cycle that is tied to the equinox/solstice rhythm. After testing the soil on and around those four days for over two years, he discovered that life vitality was released to the soil at the precise moment of each equinox and solstice. He also discovered that the level of life vitality that was released was different for each of the four days and created a consistent pattern that was repeated annually. When he tested several non-Perelandra soil samples, the same thing occurred, indicating that this is something that happens globally and is not unique to Perelandra.
Nature’s new year and the beginning of its annual growing cycle begins at the fall equinox. It hits its high point at the summer solstice. And then at the next fall equinox, a new cycle begins. During the fall equinox, the smallest amount of life vitality is released. At the winter solstice, a greater amount is released. At the spring equinox an even greater amount is released. And at the summer solstice, the greatest amount of life vitality energy is released. Within twenty-four hours after each solstice /equinox release, the life vitality reading of the soil changes to a level corresponding with what is released. The amount of life vitality that is “captured” and held in the soil during these releases directly relates to the level of the soil’s health. A healthy soil holds a higher amount of available life vitality. A depleted soil holds a lesser amount.
* You can find the exact date and time of an equinox or solstice posted on our web- site or you can consult an almanac—or you can Google it.
* All this testing was done using a radionics machine.
* If you’re in the southern hemisphere you’ll need to reverse the order of the cycle—our fall equinox and the beginning of our cycle is your spring equinox. The levels of life vitality released in the northern hemisphere are reversed in the southern hemisphere to coincide with the different growing season.
A high level of life vitality indicates that the soil contains the action elements required for efficiently producing and releasing nutrients to whatever is living and growing in that soil. Let me put this a different way: The average production cost for planting corn in central Illinois in 2010 was $533 per acre. Fertilizer alone was about $250 per acre—and rising. If you raise the level of life vitality in that soil, the fertilizer and seed costs can be reduced by as much as 45%. A high level of life vitality makes the entire soil process and activity that much more efficient. In short, the field with the higher life vitality levels provides more bang for the buck.