This past weekend was the Spring Equinox. It is a balance point in the year where the length of day and the length of night are equal. We commonly call this the First Day of Spring. I believe as an energy healer that we can really work with the energy of the earth cycles in our own personal healing and growth.
To celebrate spring I've been engaging in "spring cleaning" and as I clear out old boxes and papers from winter, it feels exhilarating to have fresh space.
I've also taken some trips to nature. Over the weekend I pulled out my watercolors and went with a friend to a field of wildflowers to paint outdoors in the sunshine. I found it to be a gentle meditation. Feeling the quiet presence of my friend as we talked and looked at beauty, I had so much gratitude for the warming, sunny world around us.
It's easy to get stuck in the same stories in life, again and again, but Spring invites us to break out.
As we move through this week, I was thinking about some of Doreen Virtue's earlier works, including her oracles cards. Here's an oracle to celebrate this past weekend's Spring Equinox (aka the First Day of Spring):
The Spring Equinox is also called Ostara or Eostre, named for the Germanic goddess of fertility who is celebrated in spring. This is where we get the profusion of spring iconography that has been rolled into the Christian holiday of Easter; Eostre eggs, the egg hunt, fertile bunny rabbits, eggs, breads, flowers, and sweets are all a part of the Equinox celebratory energy.
In the card above, there's a lovely quote for spring: "It is the perfect time for you you to start new projects, access new ideas, and give birth to new conditions."
I really like the idea of giving birth to new conditions. If you find yourself getting into the same rut with loved ones, or creating the same outcomes in your professional life, then meditate on the positive power you can amass to do something you've never done before, in those situations.
Spring is a birthing process. It is innately transformational. If you want to change standing conditions, feel into the new feeling of how your life is changing. It may not always be comfortable. Sometimes change also means letting go of feel-good illusions. But if you focus on where there is opening and new insight happening within you, you may actually feel some transformational bliss.
Lessons in Loving
Here's an old story from several springtimes back. For years I felt angry at a family member who I'd decide just wasn't loving me the way I "needed" to be loved. Then one day I decided to honor that this was how they loved. As I let go of my attachment to receiving that love from them, I was suddenly able to find that love within, and to source the experiences that I'd been missing and craving from other family members who were able to give them. It also allowed our relationship to improve. As I understood what they were able to give, I could set appropriate expectations and we ended up having some beautiful moments and breakthroughs.
The lesson of loving with that family member opened me up to healing other family relationships as well, and all of that happened as I shifted within, rather than my expecting anyone else to change. It was healing, and as I came to understand how I could care for my own needs and boundaries better, it drew me closer to family in general.
If I had stayed in the old story, I wouldn't have made those breakthroughs. Instead I changed my mindset and did the inner healing work to really be okay with a shift in life dynamics. Doing that created a ton space for new experiences to thrive.
To me, this is exactly what springtime, metaphorically, is for. We can celebrate the light. And as we work with themes around loving, forgiveness, receiving, and allowing within, we get the zings of inspiration to create new things. New growth naturally and effortlessly occurs.
RITUAL IDEAS & SEASONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Now let's talk about some basic metaphysical associations for spring--you know, the things you can use to build inspired altars, and to focus your energy in your home and work spaces as the season develops:
SEASONAL/ALTAR IDEAS: baskets, eggs, fresh branches & buds, clovers, daisies, wildflowers, water from a fresh spring, nests, floral scented incenses, lemon balm, verbena, candles (white or in pastel colors)
RITUAL IDEAS/ACTIVITIES: making seed bombs, herbal teas, egg hunts, nature walks, planting bulbs, bird/nature watching, manifestation magic, fertility rituals (with focus on inner safety and mindset), learn about & draw a goddess, honor the goddess, color eggs, create a Fairy house, yoni egg or steam, ikebana, sewing craft
GODDESSES: Ostara, Eostre, Maat, Freya, Frigga, Sarasvati, Persephone, Nepthys, Oshun, Flora
ANIMALS: butterflies, chicks, rabbits, lambs, robins, small birds
CRYSTALS: Amethyst helps us align mind and heart. Aquamarine really helps us this year with bringing emotions lovingly into balance. Rose Quartz helps us hone the loving energy. You might also work with bloodstone (ancestors), moonstone (dreams & intuition), aura quartz (miracles), smoky quartz (clearing), shungite (clearing)
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com