I only have to travel a few hours north of home to still find the early morning hours between midnight and sunrise to be more like winter than spring despite what the calendar tells me.

This morning, further north, but still spring,
there were ice crystals on the rocks.

It doesn’t take much change to make
things look different from the recent past.

The future – one or two seasons away?

Deep Time

Photo by Sami Anas on

The chronology of Earth’s history: not present,
opening into past and future, not measured
in hours, years, but epochs and aeons,
recorded in stone, stalactites, seabed sediments,
drifting tectonic plates, and stopped only by
our fallen Sun in five billion years.

Photo by Lorenzo Castellino on

Aion (e-on Greek: Αἰών) is a Hellenistic deity associated with time, the orb or circle encompassing the universe, and the zodiac.

The “time” that Aion represents is perpetual, unbounded, ritual, and cyclic. It is a future that is a returning version of the past. This kind of time contrasts with the empirical, linear, progressive, and historical time that we know and that was represented by Chronos. That sense of time divides into past, present, and future.

In the latter part of the Classical era, Aion became associated with mystery religions which were secret cults of the Greco-Roman world that offered individuals religious experiences not provided by the official public religions and were very concerned with the afterlife.