Spring Has Sprung!
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Author: Ruby DragonLily
Posted: March 28th. 2016
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To be Pagan means to follow some type of earth based belief. This belief brings us closer to nature in a way some people do not ever get to discover. Nature, no matter the season, is a spectacular show. In the summer time, we enjoy the warmth of the breeze, the green grass between our toes, and cold drinks. Then we slowly transition into fall where we enjoy putting on a hoodie, sipping cider and sitting around a campfire to keep the chill off. Winter sneaks in on us and we move into our coats, hot drinks and a good book while sitting at the window watching the snow fall. This is a time to meditate and reset our lives all while waiting on spring so we can marvel in that first glance of life in our grass, plants, animals, and us.
As we start off the calendar year we will cycle through the holidays as we have been taught for our specific path. Do you know the true meaning of why you are celebrating the holiday? Have you taken the time to listen to nature and what that holiday means to you?
Imbolc is a time when the sun is shining a little brighter each day and we bless new beginnings and fertility. Even if it is a cold February day, step out and enjoy nature as it slumbers and stirs. Sit still and watch the winter animals play and be thankful. If it is too cold to sit outside do an activity to keep warmer during your outdoor time such as a walk or hiking where you can enjoy quiet time in nature.
Ostara pops in for March and shows us a sampling of what our new beginnings and fertility brought us. This is a time to watch new growth appear and start to blossom into life. It is normally warm enough to bundle up and sit a spell outside and take in that fresh air that is warming up. Spring has officially arrived.
Beltane makes quite a splash for us to start May 1st. The earth opens her arms to us and invites us to celebrate in all her glory. The plants are in bloom, the animals are producing, and the crops are strengthening for harvest. This is a time to celebrate with a May pole and have a big outdoor party.
From here we jump into Summer Solstice in June, Lammas in August, Mabon for September, start the new wheel of the year in October with Samhain and finish the calendar year with Yule.
Let’s look at spring though. For this is the time of new beginnings.
We spend most of the winter in our homes just observing the outdoors as we run to and from our cars all bundled up. We forget we need to ‘stop and smell the roses’. Spring comes and we are still wrapped up in the daily routine and the hustle and bustle of life. Let’s face it; life gets in the way of living! In order to truly live and not just exist one needs to ‘stop and smell the roses’.
This year instead of just doing ritual for holidays, spend time reflecting on what that holiday means to you. Go out into nature and reconnect. Put down the electronics and spend time on you and what you need to do more than just exist. Do what feels right to you, hike, meditate in the woods, go for a swim in a stream, sit under a tree with a good book or take a walk. Doing these things will lessen the day to day burdens we have and help us understand our beliefs better which in the end makes us healthier.
For years I have been in that corporate rat race of upper management and always having the cell phone and laptop attached at my hip. It was what was expected of me from not only society but my family too. I know the busy life and how you get caught up in it and the next thing you know you have missed the last few holidays or just did the ritual just so you can say I did it. Our bodies tell us when we have had too much stress or not enough downtime yet in our busy lives we put off listening to them. That is how stress builds, illness gets worse or more often, you get grouchy or you just aren’t yourself.
Let nature and your beliefs carry you through. Take time to leave the electronics off and see what is transpiring around you.
Spring is a time of year we can shake off the old and bring in the new. This spring instead of just doing the ritual listen to your inner self and find nature within your life. Sit, listen and learn from the elements. As you call in the quarters take time to close your eyes, raise your arms in the air and notice what you are saying and let the elements flow into you.
The North represents earth and, if allowed, can flow up through your feet and through your body and give you strength. East represents the air that can fill your soul with life. South represents fire and takes away your negativity and stress. West represents water, which will cleanse you of your toxins and fill you back up with a fresh outlook. For those that believe in Akasha or the center power, use this power for enlightenment and flowing into nature as a whole.
Look at the holidays you follow with a different outlook and you will gain more from the powers that are all around us. You in essence will be able to ‘stop and smell the roses’ which is what takes us from life to living. Even if then you get back into that busy way of life at least you know inside your heart and soul you are true to your path and have an outlook to see beyond the daily hustle. Listen to your inner thoughts and your body and don’t forget to get to know your path.
It doesn’t matter what path you follow, even if you aren’t of an earth-based religion, being out in nature is a helpful way of being a part of a spectacular show in life.
Bright Blessings to you and your family.
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