Sunday, April 01, 2012

Earth Hour 2012

There is something about a lighted candle, especially a lighted beeswax candle.  These votives in their glass jars lighted our way around the house for Earth Hour 2012 on what turned out to be a lovely dark inky night, presaged by a magnificent flaming sunset that dazzled the eyes and stirred the senses. Had the evening been just a little warmer, an open air observance and a bonfire on the beach would have been grand.

Turning out the lights for an hour or so to honor the Old Wild Mother seems like a small thing to do once a year, but more and more, it seems to me that if we and this hallowed planet we all call home are going to be saved, it will be by modest deeds and humble tokens.  We should embrace such undertakings, individually, tribally and all together.

Intentionally seeing the world by candlelight or firelight for a brief interval is a respectful act - it is something we try to remember to do here on the solstices and equinoxes and are now thinking about doing more often, perhaps at new moon time.

How did you observe Earth Hour last evening, did you turn out the lights?


forever dorothy said...

It was warm enough for me to sit outside for the first time. It felt truly magical to be spending the hour thinking of the beauty of our planet with many other people. I plan to do it more than once a year, too. Gayle

the wild magnolia said...

fabulous idea, beautiful lighting, candles are favorites..

peaceful celebration....

i am upset with myself, i forgot....we RV'd to Lakeland, FL, in the excitement, Earth Hour 2012 fell out of my brain.

next year for sure, i was so excited, i will do it tonight.

Kameshwari said...

I was oblivious to the fact that an Earth Hour 2012 was being observed. :(

I can imagine the beauty of a circle of beeswax candle light around your home. You remind me that you live the life of a Juice Crone.

Cindy said...

Every evening that I am home, I turn out the lights for a while and only have candles glowing. I've done this since I was a child. My mother would tell me it was good to save electricity, and she said the candles would be calming in our home. They certainly were, and that's what sticks with me. My little girl is coming to learn this too..