Although Spring seems to have arrived a bit early here in California, with blossoms and pollen abounding, the official beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere this year is March 20th.
Awareness of the earth’s natural rhythms harmonizes us with her cycles, it helps us align our personal cycles with nature’s, which can give us more grounding and ease in an often unstable world. As the renowned author Joseph Campbell said, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” The equinoxes and solstices of the year give us the perfect opportunity to do just that.
These four points of the year give us markers of time and seasonal shifts, as well as divine moments to pause and evaluate our personal lives; both practically and spiritually. What needs pruning and clearing, on the homefront and mental planes? What is to be harvested, from both our work in the world and our internal self-work? What are we planting, tending, seeding, fertilizing and growing, within and without?
Spring Equinox carries with it a growing energy, as we crawl out from the depths of winter and slowly increase in daylight all the way towards summer solstice. We might use this time to reflect on the lessons of winter, of what we learned in the dark and of our shadows, as well as envision the future. Energetically we move from retreat to emergence, as we begin to reach our tendrils towards the silent pull of what we yearn for. It’s a great time for tapping into potential, planning and planting, and revitalizing all that’s gone stagnant in our lives.
Astrologically, spring (or vernal) equinox marks the end of the watery feels of Pisces season as the sun moves into fiery Aries. We are invited to take our cultivated new dreams and begin to act on them. A crucial practice before acting or embarking on anything new however, is grounding. Grounding means coming back to self, center, presence, calmness, connectedness and awareness. It means connection with self, earth, and others. Below is a spring time meditation to root yourself into the gentle glow of all that is about to bloom.
It is adapted from Arin Murphy-Hiscock’s book, “The Green Witch.” The best time to perform this meditation is on or around the spring equinox, or when many new things are emerging in the natural environment where you live.
Vernal Equinox Meditation, by Arin Murphy- Hiscock
Ideally this meditation should be done outside; in your garden, in a private and secure spot in a public park or beach, or even on your balcony or patio. If you have access to forests or fields, these too make ideal places in which to encounter and attune to the energy of spring.
Wherever you are, may you find a moment of reprieve amidst the earth and a simple way to match your inner nature with Nature itself. The world might be swirling, uneasy and churning, but you can’t stop the wheel from turning. Happy blossoming!
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