Yesterday, at an equinox gathering, I planted three scarlet runner beans, each with an intention I hope will grow to fruition.
Equinox is about balance, as light and dark share the day equally. My mind was balanced between the sunny hilltop world where we met and the darkness of underground in the spot chosen to become our house site. Our excavator was waiting for the right weather to begin, and my intentions were drawn to that definitive act of building.
The first seed was for the group, with whom I hope to celebrate many more equinoxes.
The second seed was for myself. I hope I will have the strength to participate fully in the building of our house. A part of me wishes that Doug and I could build every bit of it with our own hands. But since that is not the path we have chosen, I want to put my hands on as many parts of the process as I can and help as much as possible, and that leads me to my final seeded intention.
The third seed was for everyone who works on building our house. I hope everyone who participates in this project will find fulfillment in their tasks, take satisfaction in their work and get a chance to express their creativity. We’ve given a lot of thought to the energy needs this house will have, but I am also hoping it will generate great communal energy.
After gently pushing those three seeds into soft potting soil yesterday, today I watched the symbolic beginning of our house as our excavator, Bruce Lease fired up his backhoe and began to dig a pocket into the south-facing slope where our house, Underhill, will be built.
This is a very violent process. I’ll be very glad to get beyond it.