(Book Excerpt) To be Reborn (Again) from Spinning in Place by Bart Everson

“Vernal Equinox Mandala,” the original work by Bart Everson.

[This essay is adapted by the author from “Spring in the Subtropics, Spring in the Self,” a chapter in Spinning in Place: A Secular Humanist Embraces the Neo-Pagan Wheel of the Year.]

Purification rites

Balance is not static but flowing, and the equinoxes represent this especially when considered as a pair. The primary difference between the vernal and autumnal equinoxes is their valence, their charge, their spin. As the sun passes through the equatorial plane in March, the Northern Hemisphere moves into the light half of the year, while the Southern Hemisphere moves into the dark half. The equinoxes are not static dead-ends but transitional moments, tipping points. Continue reading

(Meet Mago Contributor) Bart Everson

I needed a current headshot for a grant. Yes, I wrote a grant proposal, first time ever, and it was funded. Thanks to Olivia for taking this photo.

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband and a father. His formative years were spent in Indiana and northern Sweden, and he has lived in New Orleans since 1999. An award-winning videographer, he is co-creator of Rox, the first TV show on the internet. As a media artist, he works at Xavier University of Louisiana in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development, with an emphasis on technology, social justice, ecological wisdom and contemplative pedagogy. He helped found the Green Party of Louisiana as well as Friends of Lafitte Greenway, a nonprofit that has played a key role in constructing a greenway through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to writing  Continue reading