Beltane Waxing Last Frost Moon
This northern spring, a season all its own, as is the northern summer, has turned cold and wet. Again. The cold weather vegetables have had a near perfect early growing season. This combination of occasional heat followed by cold and rainy days marks the uncertainty, the ambiguity of our spring, often a time when the weather is neither this nor that, a variety.
Later, in another three to four weeks at most, we will trend hot and hotter, finding ourselves by mid-summer in heat rivaling our southern states. As the days heat up, the vegetables and the fruits will flower, become pregnant, then fruit, giving us the food we love: tomatoes, beans, potatoes, apples, pears, cherries and currant. Perhaps this year, with the transplanting even the gooseberries will yield.
Then, by mid-to-late August, the evenings will begin to cool, though the days remain warm. The sky will become an impossible blue, a color found only in the heart and the mind’s eye. This sky absorbs all earthbound thought and transforms it into the higher concepts of heaven. This signals the onrush of the harvest season.