There is warmth in the air today. Yesterday I was very excited to see the first buds on one of our trees. Mother Earth is starting to awaken from her winter slumber.
In the last few days I have started thinking about cleansing. Cleaning up the ‘diet’ and also cleansing the house. With the lengthening of the days, warmth returning to the air and Spring just round the corner this is the perfect time to embrace this energy.
A while ago I was introduced to the Wheel of Life, a way of observing, connecting and living within the cyclic nature of Mother Earth and the seasons.
There are four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) and celebrations that relate to the position of the sun:
Winter begins with the Winter Solstice which is between 20 – 23rd June (Southern Hemisphere) and 20 – 23rd Dec (Northern Hemisphere) and is the beginning of the Harvest or Solar calendar year. Winter is a time of reflection, gathering in and stillness.
Do you take time out for yourself and embrace stillness?
The Spring Equinox is between 20 – 23rd Sept (Southern Hemisphere) and 23 – 23rd Mar (Northern Hemisphere) marks the beginning of Spring, where the day and night are of equal length. New beginnings, gestation and possibilities are all aspects of Spring.
What possibilities do you see in … (choose an area of your life)?
The Summer Solstice is between 20 – 23rd Dec (Southern Hemisphere) and 20 – 23rd June (Northern Hemisphere) marks the beginning of Summer with the longest day and the shortest night. Summer is a time of great activity, movement and being outside.
How do you engage with life when it is in full bloom?
Autumn Equinox is between 20 – 23rd Mar (Southern Hemisphere) and 23 – 23rd Sept (Northern Hemisphere) marks the beginning of Autumn, where once again the day and night are of equal length. This is a time for gratitude for all that we have, of bringing the family and community together and acknowledging all the hard work that has been a part of the year.
What are you grateful for? How do you express your gratitude?
There are also four cross quarter days which are celebrated as part of the agricultural calendar:
Imbolc is the end of July/beginning of August (Southern Hemisphere) and end of January/beginning of February (Northern Hemisphere), is the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and marks the first signs of Spring. The long Winter is finally coming to an end, hope is in the air.
Can you see the first signs of Spring when you have been journeying through an emotional winter?
Beltane is the end of October/beginning of November (Southern Hemisphere) and end of April/beginning of May(Northern Hemisphere), half way between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice and is a festival celebrating fertility of the land, nature and animals, also including us …….
What aspect of your life do you feel most fertile (creative)?
Lammas is the end of January/beginning of February (Southern Hemisphere) and end of July/beginning of August(Northern Hemisphere), half way point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and celebrates the first fruits of the harvest. What we have sewn/planted we now start to reap.
What are you beginning to reap that was planted ‘seasons’ ago?
Samhain, end of April/beginning of May (Southern Hemisphere) and end of October/beginning of November (Northern Hemisphere), half way point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice and is the final harvest festival. It is also the end of the harvest year and the beginning of the new year.
Once again the cycle of life continues.
What do you wish to complete before you head into the new year?
Together these 8 celebrations mark the Wheel of Life and the solar year.
I share this with you as a way of starting to connect more deeply with the cyclic nature of our seasons, Mother Earth and the cyclic nature of our own bodies. With each change of season there is a change of energy and wisdom that we are invited to bring into our own lives.
There is a wonderful quote from Joseph Campbell “The function of ritual….is to give form to the human life, not in the way of mere surface arrangement, but in depth.” I believe that by recognising the changing of the seasons and celebrating this change, in what ever way feels right for you, we start to bring ritual into our lives and a deeper connection with ourselves, each other and the Divine.
So for us in the Southern Hemisphere, we are heading towards Imbolc, the first signs of Spring.
Which I have seen on the trees. So with this energy of emergence and new beginnings, I am going to be starting an internal cleanse – more green smoothies, cleaner eating and more water. I am also going to start detoxing the house, looking at each room, how do I want that room to feel, to represent and then clearing out anything that does not fit in with this new feel. I’ll be starting with the kitchen as this is the heart of our heart, literally and figuratively. Time to shake of the winter robes and embrace a lightness in Spirit.
Can you feel the stirrings of new beginnings? Are you feeling drawn to cleanse either the house, a room or your body? How will you mark the changing of energies?
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