Ah, Spring! What a beautiful time of the year! Nature comes back to life and we do the same. We start spending more time outside and after all the time at home, inside our comfort zone, we are now ready to set the intentions to get what we truly want. We already got rid of what no longer serves us to create a better life, so now it’s time to nourish our seeds and let them grow so we can harvest the gifts mother nature and the universe have in store for us.
- Why should we all honor spring?
- Things to do to honor spring
- Pagan spring festivities
- My favorite ritual for springtime
- Honoring a spring deity: Aphrodite
Why should we all honor spring?
Our evolution, the evolution of man, is undoubtedly linked to that of the Earth. Man has always lived in contact with nature and has always recognized Spring as the miracle of rebirth, something that was asleep, in a passive state, and that in a moment due to natural forces comes back and is born again.
Spring is the time when the hours of daylight equal the hours of the night. From this moment on, the days become longer and nature awakens to a new cycle and a new beginning.
Throughout history, we know how the ancient populations had special rituals in this Springtime in which the movements of the sun and the moon were represented and ceremonies were performed to celebrate the awakening of Mother Nature.
All this does not only happen outside of us, but Spring is also fulfilled within the human being. We ourselves are a land and we keep within us a seed, an embryo that has not yet been born, a potential not yet developed. The rite of Spring is a commemoration not only to our planet but also a rebirth in ourselves.
Things to do to honor spring
There are some things you can do to honor spring and to truly let the energy of this precious season connect with you.
Taking a rejuvenating energizing bath
Winter is like lethargy so it’s your time to boost your energy and get back to life completely! A rejuvenating energizing bath is what you need to make it happen! Sometimes a bath or shower can give you a great boost.
If that’s what you need, your allied oils are grapefruit, lemon, mint, eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, and thyme. Some of these oils, such as grapefruit and mint, are also excellent antidepressants, so perfect if you want to find a good mood more easily.
Using essential oils
- Rosemary: Its aroma has an energizing effect.
- Lemon: It helps you refresh and start brand new.
- Mint: Its scent is associated with cleanliness, freshness and has a positive effect on mood making us more active. Think that it is one of the most used aromas in gyms, precisely because of its ability to prepare people to deal with physical exercise with energy.
How can I use these essential oils?
You can put them in your bathtub or you can use an oil diffuser to let their energy pervade your space.
Create a vision board
Creating a vision board is perfect for spring! Be honest and clear about what you would like to achieve in the upcoming month so the universe will have the possibility to grant you with the gifts you deserve.
You can start creating some fresh foods with seasonal natural ingredients and give thanks to Nature for its gifts.
Making some spring tea
Energizing lemon and ginseng herbal tea is the perfect tea for spring. The tiredness and weakness perceived by the body, that sense of perennial drowsiness, can be linked precisely to the passage of the season and the consequent lowering of the immune defenses.
You just need ginseng root, guarana seeds, and an organic lemon.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, turn off, add the ginseng root and guarana seeds and a few lemon peels. Leave to rest for about 7/8 minutes, sweeten to taste with honey or concentrated apple juice, adding a few drops of lemon juice, and, to taste, fresh mint leaves. You can drink a couple of cups during the day, both hot and cold.
Avoid taking it in the evening, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
As spring is all about starting to work on what you would like to achieve in life, you should rely on a candle that is related to the kind of thing you are trying to attract (see more in the ritual section).
If you don’t have a specific intention in mind, you can choose a candle you like and that makes you think of spring. To me, it’s a pink candle as it reminds me of cherry blossom!
Pagan spring festivities
Spring equinox (Ostara)
The spring equinox ritual is the dramatization of an ancient story of Gods, the celebration of a natural event perceived as something divine that separates sacred time from the human one of everyday life.
Why a ritual for the spring equinox? The ancient traditions are full of sacred, religious, collective but also family ceremonies, celebrated in the home or on the occasion of particular passages of life full of meaning, such as birth, marriage, and death.
Similarly, dances, offerings, and great drinks were celebrated in honor of the Sun during its main passages of the year.
The two solstices of summer and winter are the points where the Sun reaches the highest and lowest point in the sky. While the spring and autumn equinox indicates when the night has the same duration as the day.
This occurs at the precise moment in which the apparent path of the Sun crosses the zodiac and crosses the celestial equator, i.e. the horizontal plane that cuts the sphere of the sky like an orange in two halves.
During the spring equinox, when the Sun enters Aries, the Sun passes in the upper half of the sky and from that moment the night is the same as the day with 12 hours of light and twelve hours of darkness.
The hours of light will be valid over those of darkness, until the summer solstice, which is the moment of maximum light, when they will slowly begin to decrease.
Three wonderful months of light, hope, and activity await us and since everything comes to resemble the environment that surrounds it by analogy, we too become more enthusiastic, dynamic and confident in the future.
For all these astronomical and ritual reasons, celebrating a small rite on the spring equinox has the meaning of aligning with ancient traditions and with the energies of the sky, especially with those of the sun as a protagonist.
True, the lunar calendars insist on the importance of the moon phases and daily experience confirms how much the moon phase is relevant for agricultural work and daily activities. Instead, from the perspective of a rite based on the passage of the sun such as the spring equinox, it is the act of the day that prevails by taking the helm over that of the night.
For this reason, even if in fact on the day of the spring equinox, the Moon was waning, remember that this rite is based only on the position of the Sun without considering the position of the Moon.
My favorite ritual for springtime
Get a pot and a flower bulb
- To encourage a fresh start, wear something red
- prepare a glass of red wine or the herbal tea I listed above
- establish your intention for the year to come
- take three sips of wine or red herbal tea and repeat your name, date of birth, and intention with each sip
- strongly rub your hands together
- place the flower bulb and place it on the forehead, heart, and belly
- ask for help in realizing your intention
- plant your bulb in the earth
- water it with water and a little red wine or herbal tea
- Give thanks with gratitude with a bow
The color of the flower can be adapted to the type of intention:
- of love: pink or red
- spiritual: purple
- money: green
- study or travel: light blue
- a child: white
Honoring a spring deity: Aphrodite
The Greek deity that reminds us of spring par excellence is Aphrodite, the young and splendid goddess of love, who evokes the most sensual side of the season, that is that magical power of attraction that makes mating and the consequent birth of everything possible.
To honor her, spend some time outside in nature and look for her beauty.
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