Happy Birthday, Life!

What does fertility mean to you?

Well… Not a lot. I mean, I could go on about it; I’m initiated into a Gardnerian-derived Wicca line, which is pretty much a fertility cult. (Though if anyone asks, you didn’t hear it from me.)

Also, Dionysos is the life of the vine, the force which brings the vine to flower and fruit, and the one who makes the hungry, hungry yeast eat sugar, piss alcohol, and make more yeast. So there’s a connection there.

But I just don’t feel it, you know? Come spring equinox, I don’t even get particularly excited about the chocolate, much less the spring. I’m much more into autumn.

Ah, autumn. I love living in California, but I really miss mid-western autumn. A billion shades of red and gold on the still-green grass, knife-edge of chill on the wind… Perfect Halloween weather.

Skeletons, ghosts, graves… Give me a midnight cemetery with frosted leaves underfoot, sharp black shadows, the feeling of dead eyes watching from everywhere and nowhere…

Come to think of it, where does fertility grow from? Dead things. We’re all worm food in the end (embalming aside), the stuff grass turns into green and and wheat turns into… well, wheat. Life feeds on death, ancestors are reborn into later generations.

Mr. Dead is the guy that throws Life’s birthday party.

So fertility is nice and all, but I’m more in tune with the phase before. I’ll help host, though.

My lover Ember and I have decided to go through Galina Krasskova’s Devotional Polytheist Meme questions together, over the next several months. We encourage our friends to follow along, and welcome links to other people’s answers in our comments, as well as your thoughts on our answers. Ember’s answer can be found at her blog, Embervoices.

About Ashley Sarver

Ashley Sarver is a queer, nonbinary trans femme, polytheist, gamer, and disability caregiver living in the San Francisco Bay Area. View all posts by Ashley Sarver

4 responses to “Happy Birthday, Life!

  • Red Roses

    There’s a lot of hidden secrets about death and life that most people do not know of or may not know anyway. : )


  • Red Roses

    I agree with you, I may love Winter, Spring, and Summer, but I still love Autumn quite a lot. : )


  • shelleylorraine

    I’m pretty sure I suffer from seasonal depression in the Spring (thought i hear its supposed to be only applicable to winter) 🙂 Autumn in the best!


    • Lon Sarver

      I’ve not been diagnosed, but I think I have a sort of reverse SAD. The extra light and heat in summer leaves me feeling drained and overwhelmed, as if the same stimulation that raises folks with SAD out of their downswings pushes me over into anxiety.

      So, yeah, y’all can have my share of summer. Bring on the autumn!

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