Spring, Glorious Spring, is here! Encapsulated in the grip of Winter, we have been waiting for the enlivening energy of Goddess to revive us and bring forth Her promise of new life, new energy, and new manifestations. The seeds that began their quickening at Imbolc are bursting with life-affirming spirit and providing visual cues that Goddess is extending across the land.
Meteorological Spring officially begins on the 1st of March, but Spring weather does not really settle in for many areas until after Spring Equinox. Here in the mid-Atlantic, we had a very mild Winter and although March can bring snow, I tend to trust Mother Nature. My flowering dogwood tree is already starting to bud, robin redbreast is happily hopping around the yard, and the geese are returning from their southern retreat. I think we might just have to call it!
As we prepare to celebrate our Happy ReNEW Year, we can also pause for a seasonal review. How did you overcome? What may need to be left on the tundra of Winter? What pruning and cutting may be done to facilitate new growth, especially paying attention to the energies and events of the eclipses? What are your intentions for the Equinox to carry you out of Winter and into Spring? Who are the Goddesses supporting and nourishing you right now?
Spring Equinox brings the world again into a balance of light and dark. The Winter Crone takes a step back and the Maiden of Spring is revealed to perpetuate the cycle of life. The activation and energy of the Spring Goddesses affirm the potential of our creative lives and invite us to dance, sing, and stand in the shower of blessings. The Holy Hygge of Winter is yielding to Spring temple cleansing and re-arranging.
Laughing Woman is dancing into our life, bringing joy, wonder, and lots of laughter. She revels in the liberation of Spring and the gifts of new beginnings. Offer up your gloomy winter humdrums and allow her to bring the restorative power of big, belly laughs and the warmth of small, shared chuckles. Laughing Woman is the embodiment of delight and the YES of our creative powers!
Remember the old rhyme from school days, “April showers bring May flowers”? Buds turn to blooms and we see Goddess showing off her adornments, intoxicating all of our senses.
By May, Goddess is ripe and Her fertility sweeps the land, stirring the fires, and calling us to rise up and dance with HER! She is irresistible, alluring, confident, enchanting. Not only does She embody the land, but Her grace and sovereignty is the source of all those who would represent the land. Ancient traditional celebrations of Beltane and May Day included dancing the Maypole, bonfires, sacred sexual rituals in the fields to fuel the crops, and celebration of Goddess in Her prime. There is no romantic poetry to Beltane – it is primal, a bacchanal with Goddess at the center as Creatrix. The theme is FULL BLOOM.
The message of the Goddesses of Spring is to embrace life; say YES to the new; and dance, shimmy, and shake all the cobwebs of winter from your soul. We are restored and the celebration of Goddess is contagious to our Seasonal Soul and Spirit!
I wish you the blessings of Spring, unequivocal YES’s to and from the Universe, the grace of Goddess, laughter that lights up your Soul, and the blooming of your hopes and dreams for this season.
Thank you for connecting and supporting MotherHouse of the Goddess – I am ever-so-grateful for each and every one of you.
WAYS TO CELEBRATE SPRING EQUINOX & THE SEASON
Divine your Goddesses of Spring and create meditations and practices around them. Or treat yourself to a Goddess Card Reading with me to see what Goddesses are surrounding you right now!
Gather with women in your circle to celebrate Goddess HolyDays and Moons. Choose Holydays from the Goddess Calendar and create ritual celebrations for your favorite Goddess.
Attend a Spring Festival in your community.
Join MotherHouse Goddess Temple for our free, online Goddess Meditation Circle!
Spring Clean your home, sacred spaces, temple, sanctuary. Banish and Bless with incense, sage, Palo Santo, and resins. Make sure to give yourself and everyone in the home a good cleansing to clear the cobwebs of Winter! Mists and oils to banish and bless are available from our favorite Goddess Vendors below.
Set your crystals and other magickal tools out under the Full Moons near Spring Equinox for a lovely lunar boost.
Create a Spring altar (indoors OR outdoors) adorned with the signs and symbols of Spring (see below).
Spend time in Nature. Nothing is as restorative as communing with Goddess in Her abodes – forests, wildlife preserves, parks. Take a walk and collect items to add to your Spring altar.
Bring fresh flowers into your space. Choose flowers and colors that match your Spring intentions. The Magic of Flowers by Tess Whitehurst is a wonderful addition to your magickal library.
Spring is the perfect time to undertake a new study or practice … see online courses with Kimberly and online courses with Mystery School of the Goddess.
Have a Spring celebration to dye eggs for everyone to take home and use for their altars. Use all natural dye for the eggs (example: beet juice is for red eggs, blueberry juice is for blue eggs).
Walk a labyrinth to embrace the cyclical nature of Goddess and the Seasonal Soul – contemplate the lessons of Winter and how you are being called to integrate those lessons into the creation of Spring.
Go barefoot and stretch out on Gaia. Allow Her energy to energize you!
Spend some time with babies, children, baby animals – see the world through eyes of wonder and joy.
Create a Nature Mandala – use all natural and organic items, such as seeds, flowers, sticks, and stones, and food for the animals. Offer it up to Goddess in ceremony.
Adorn a Wishing Tree – write wishes and prayers on ribbons to tie on a special tree. Make sure the ribbons are loose enough for the tree branches to grow!
Some Goddesses of Spring: Gaia, Oshun, Flora, Artemis, Bhumi, Eostre, Ostara, Freya, Kore/Persephone. Proserpina, Sita, Brigid, the Charities/Graces, Hera, Aphrodite, Maeve, Boann, Diana, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Erzulie, La Sirene, Lakshmi, Eos, Ix Chel, Bast, Kuan Yin, Lakshmi, Iris, Saraswati, Shakti, Blodeuwedd, Eurynome, Ishtar, Tara, Astarte
O Mother Sun by Patricia Monaghan
The Goddess Guide by Brandi Auset
Carnival of the Spirit – Seasonal Celebrations by Luisah Teish
Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
The Grandmother of Time by Z. Budapest
Rituals of Celebration by Jane Meredith
Speaking with Nature by Sandra Ingerman
Wild Kuan Yin Oracleby Alana Fairchild
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF SPRING
Archetype: Maiden, Laughing Woman
Spring Themes: Creation, Birth and Rebirth, Renewal, Spring Cleaning, Beginning, Resurrection, Vision, Joy
Time of Day: Dawn
Astrological Signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini
Colors: the pastel colors of the rainbow
Foods: Apricots, Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocados, Carrots, Chives, Fennel, Leeks, Morels, Peas, New Potatoes, Lamb, Rhubarb, Spinach, Watercress, Fava Beans, Butter Lettuce, Chayote Squash, Fiddlehead Ferns, Ramps, Strawberries, Mangoes, Radishes
Flowers: Pansy, Yellow Trillium, Hellebore, Bloodroot, Snowdrop Anemone, Lilac, Cherry Blossoms, Iris, Grape Hyacinth, Crocus, Daffodil, Tulips, Hydrangea, Azalea, Dogwood, Narcissus, Violet
Animal Allies: Rabbits, Unicorns, Serpents (as a symbol of renewal), Most Birds, Winged Insects, Queen Bees, Frogs, Toads, Butterfly, Deer, Beaver
Crystals & Gemstones: Amethyst, Citrine, Amazonite, Moss Agate, Celestite, Green & Gold Amber, Topaz, Rutilated Quartz, Yellow & Green Calcite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Rhodocrosite, Pink Quartz, Gold Quartz, Rainbow Hematite, Opalite, Pistachio Opal
Spirit Guides and Elementals: Sylphs, Fairies, Angels, Unicorns
Adorning Altars: Spring flowers, painted and colored eggs, flower chains, bird seed and other types of seeds, feathers, spring vegetables