The Gift of Spring

After months of bitter cold and darkness we think that spring will never come. We long to be outside without the constraint of heavy coats and boots. And then one day it arrives; The streets are filled with people seeking the warmth and light. Cafes are filled with happy faces soaking in the sunshine and the parks and streets are filled with children and adults excited to play outside again as the days grow longer. The whole world seems to celebrate the sacred ritual of rebirth. Our senses are stirred.

Spring is a time of infinite new possibilities. April 1st, in fact, used to be considered New Year’s Day, and anyone who didn’t realize it was considered an “April fool”.

Every culture, past and present, celebrates the promise and fertility of spring with sacred rituals. In Rome, the lengthening of the day that followed the vernal (spring equinox) was marked by sacrifices to celebrate the death and rebirth of Attis, the god of vegetation. Goddesses of fertility – the Greeks’ Aphrodite, the Native American’s Spider woman, Mexico’s Tonantizin, Africa’s Oshun, Norway’s Freya, and Rome’s Flora – were all honored in the spring.

Rituals of Spring: This is the time to honor your sensuality. Experiment with scents that heighten your awareness to the world of senses. Fill your home with the fragrance of roses, jasmine and lilacs; listen to the sweet- songs of the birds. Eat foods that taste of spring.

One of my favorite legends says if you bathe your face in the early morning dew of spring, you will have beauty all year long. Get up early one morning and try it.

Clear Out: Release the heaviness of winter by cleaning out your home. In ancient Rome women cleaned their house in honor of the goddess Vesta, the goddess of the hearth. Get up early and gather clothes, toys, books and other items that clutter up your space. Donate them to a shelter, a school or a needy family. Include your children. This is a great way to create the space for “new life” to emerge; it reinforces the idea that giving is a blessing. When you are finished, you will feel lighter and it will change the energy in your home and life. Purify your space by burning sage or copal. Open up all the windows and let the fresh air in.

Flower Power: Patricia Monaghan in Magical Gardens inspired me to give flowers tied with ribbons on which wishes for the season are written to friends and strangers that you meet during this time. It reminds me of the early peace marches in New York when we gave out daffodils to strangers as a sign of peace and hope for the world.

Most importantly, enjoy this new season that is upon us and make it your mission to relish in the gifts of spring!

Work With Me: In addition to private coaching, I also facilitate Weddings, Baby Blessings, Space Clearings, New Home/Business Blessings and rituals for all of life’s transitions. Call our office at 212-741-3358 for details.

I’m taking the show on the road! If you’d like to sponsor a one or two day workshop in your city, contact shakima@barbarabiziou.com to discuss.

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