Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Celebration of the Equinoxes

I re-read one of my childhood books this week, one that I received as a child in South Africa. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories provided imaginative explanations for things that were part of my world. I read this book to my children when they were small and their absolute favourite short story was The Elephant’s Child. It was read so often that my youngest daughter could repeat it perfectly from memory at the age of four. Her preschool teacher was so impressed that she videotaped her doing so. The poetic rhythm, repetition, and clever alliterations that are used to describe the life of the little elephant who was full of “’satiable curiosity”, made the story a treat for the ear.

Each time the phrase “great grey-green greasy Limpopo River all set about with fever trees” was read, the girls would break out in giggles of laughter. Every equinox I remember that the Elephant’s Child's adventure starts in the middle of the precession of Equinoxes and continues when “there is nothing left of the Equinoxes, because the Precession had preceded according to precedent.”
Follow the links provided to read this story as well as others in the book. The site even provides the original illustrations by the author that are included in my book.

Happy Equinox!

(2006-09-23 04:03)


  1. Blessed Equinox to you too (my favorite of my path's festivals!)
    I love that story...

  2. I did not realize it was festival time for you. Those of us with city existences can get so far removed from the cycles of nature. I like observing the changes of season.

  3. The city can make it so hard to feel connected, I feel lucky in Spokane because we have a huge park right in the heart of downtown (free of druggies and such too...) It has the coniferous trees I miss so much in it too.

    We have 8 festivals in a year (one of each solstices and equinoxes and then 4 cross quarter -in between- days.)

  4. “great grey-green greasy Limpopo River all set about with fever trees”...

    Still funny! :D

    That book is still in my room.

  5. Oh! One more thing, as you know the book in my room had different illustrations in it, but I love the one you have on your post.


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