Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me
Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand,
In the moon that is always rising,
Nor that riding to sleep
I should hear him fly with the high fields
And wake to the farm forever fled from the childless land.
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill (last verse)
Oil on prepared paper on board.
Across the northern hemisphere many schools and universities start their academic year in September. In western astrology and astronomy, most of September sits in the sign of Virgo. For astrologers the positive traits of Virgo include a love of learning and teaching, discrimination between meaningful and trivial, a will to work for the greater good, industriousness and efficiency.
Late September is the beginning of the time of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Pre-dating the Olympian Gods, they bring the harvest and therefore nourishment and survival to the people.
Reaping only comes after the hard work of planting and nurturing.