We could all do with an energy boost right now to help put us back on track after the long winter months, and spring has long been associated with a fresh start and new beginnings.
The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere when the sun passes over the equator moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere. At this point, the North Pole begins to lean toward the sun once again; day and night are approximately the same length.
Death And Rebirth
According to astrology, the Spring Equinox represents the awakening of the Earth after the long winter months. It is thought to represent a period of struggle between death and rebirth and light and dark. It is recommended that we allow this day for the Earth to settle. From this point onwards, the Earth moves into the warmth of the sun, and each day will bring more sunlight. This is a time of rebirth and growth and is considered a time of great joy and celebration as nature emerges from the darkness, fresh and renewed, ready for the year ahead.
Shifts And Changes Within Us
The same can be said for us, as we emerge from our winter hibernation where we’ve been inner-focused over the winter months, and we now start to emerge into the world once more, ready to take a more outward focus to life and living. We also need to respect the day of the Spring Equinox and the processing of light and dark within us and allow the shifts and changes to happen, ready for the next day where we’ll be given the opportunity to emerge once more refreshed and renewed. It is in this higher state of awareness that we then plant the seeds of our desires.
Shifting Old Stagnant Energies
Many cultures celebrate their New Year in line with the Spring Equinox. They have developed numerous decluttering and cleansing traditions over time to help shift old stagnant energies and give our energy a boost. It is considered good luck to thoroughly cleanse the home, inside and out, in order to discard the old in preparation for the new.
We, too, can benefit from this with an inner and outer cleansing. An inner cleanse would be a detox on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level and is a great way to support us in letting go. This calls for us to self-reflect and decide what we want to keep and what we’d like to discard.
- Salt baths are an excellent way of detoxing the body and cleansing the aura.
- Smudging is a great way of cleansing our energy.
- Self-reflection helps us identify what we want to keep and what we want to discard. This relates to anything from habits to relationships to career.
- Affirmations are a positive way to affect our conscious and subconscious minds to help alter our thinking patterns, habits, and behaviour.
- Meditation helps raise our energy vibration and enables us to find stillness and peace within.
An outer cleanse would be to clean our home, inside and out, and let go of material possessions we no longer need or use.
- Deep clean the house, inside and out.
- Carry out the necessary maintenance and repairs.
- Sort through food items and discard out of date produce.
- Declutter the attic and garage and put in place an efficient and tidy storage system for easy access.
- Sort through the clutter and discard what you no longer need or use.
- Sort through your wardrobe and remove items never worn or hardly worn and give them to friends, family or charity.
- Wash, air and repair your winter clothes and store them ready for use next winter.
- Sort through your spring clothes, wash and freshen up your brightly coloured clothes and shoes and put them in your wardrobe.
- Sift through paperwork and file what you need, and shred what you no longer need.
- Open all windows, play classical music and smudge each room to clear old, stagnant energy.
Colour has long been associated with mood. And the spring pallet is fresh and uplifting compared to the winter colours, giving us a fresh new look, uplifting our energy, and boosting our mood.
Healing through colour is a therapy that dates back to the ancient Egyptians and is a healing practise that is continued worldwide today. It’s based on the idea that colours create an electrical impulse in our brain which in turn stimulates hormonal and biochemical processes within the body. Depending on the colours used, these processes will either stimulate or calm us.
After the bare winter months, spring is the time when nature comes alive and treats us to a dazzling display of colour. And as any gardener knows, spring is a time of great work in the garden. It helps if we can get outdoors and spend as much time in nature as possible, absorbing the colours and light and rejuvenate ourselves.