She turned to the Sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor, ‘Winter is Dead’
Happy First Day of Spring! No matter what the temperature says, we Southerner’s know a few things about this “Spring Thing”.
We know that it’s never a good idea to plant anything before Easter because we always get another cold spell. We know that a snowstorm, though unlikely, is not out of the question. We are ready for temps that can be roller-coaster-like, so we don’t put away the Winter stuff even if we have not seen much Winter yet. We know with Spring comes pollen, a lot of pollen. We also know that this spring pollen explosion brings a vision of beauty not to be rivaled – the flowers, trees, grass – everything has awakened from its Winter sleep, ready to put on its best dress, get up and get out. We treat the soft Spring days with reverence and awe for at any moment the Sun can flex its strong-arm and send us into the infamous… HOTlanta of Summer. More on that later…
So, let’s take a look at this Spring Equinox. The official day is Monday March 20th. It’s the perfect balance of Light to Dark when the Sun passes over the Equator and we have 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. For a short time, the Earth’s axis is neither tilted toward nor away from the Sun.
It’s heartening to think that all things can find balance no matter how big or small, even if just for a moment. I always try to remember that balance is a wobbly state at best, and that it’s actually in the falling that we learn balance. It’s in the attempt and the recovery that we grow.
Growth is what Spring is all about. We are being coaxed from the dark, inward nature of Winter toward a slow emergence into the Light. Take your time and unfold. If you’re feeling stuck try a yoga class and meditation. Focus your energies on clearing out the old stuff that you may be holding on to. It’s a great time to Spring-clean inside and out. Nourish your body with cleansing foods like asparagus, dandelion greens, beets, green apples, make a nice soup of leeks and potatoes.
You can also use organic high quality essential oils in a diffuser or in a spray bottle around your house. A few great ones for clearing old energy are lemon, grapefruit, orange, geranium, lavender, clary sage and eucalyptus.
Spring is a celebration of sweetness, innocence, new crops, birth, longer warmer days…. an ease held in a gentle breeze.
May you delight in this time, find a new adventure… be brave and behold the gift of unlimited potential.
Okay, that’s all for now, gotta rest to grow!