It’s the first day of spring today in the northern hemisphere and for someone living in Canada, it’s a huge deal. A new beginning to the end of all the months of snow, heavy jackets, smelly boots and a “Mr. Frost – enough already” mentality.
So what changes on the spring equinox, apart from the date heralding the start of a new season and equally long days and nights? In my case, it is a shift in my psyche.
Ofcourse, you can shift your psyche whenever you feel like, but our subconscious mind loves to play with symbols and the Spring Equinox is a symbol.
Also, in 2015, the spring equinox weekend has packed a lot of astrological action with a Total Solar Eclipse in the last degree of Pisces, coming on the heels of the 7th Uranus-Pluto Square. Tons of meaning there for an astrology geek and for the rest of us, just know that it is the Spring Equinox symbol on steroids.
So what does this symbol mean? Apart from the individual significance that this symbol has on our unique psyches, there are some common themes to it as well. These could be –
- It is the beginning of a new astrological cycle and a symbolic rebirth of our selves. The Gregorian calendar gives us a mental marker for changes in time, while the astrological calendar, with its psychic archetypes, gives us an emotional and intuitive marker for changes in time. In modern times, the importance of this calendar has been diluted by the perversion of astrology, in the form of ridiculous weekly horoscopes and the biases of the scientific and psychological community. But it has so much to offer, in terms of furthering our understanding of our inner strengths and growth opportunities
It’s all about flowing with the changing energy states and using the various energies and archetypes of the season for our benefit
- It is a psychic marker for us to come out of our wintery, retrospective hibernation and plant new seeds of creativity for the coming year. It’s all about flowing with the changing energy states and using the various energies and archetypes of the season for our benefit. Pushing ourselves to start a new project in the winter is like swimming against the tide. No wonder most New Year Resolutions don’t last
But what most of us don’t realize is that it is much harder to let go of beliefs when we have nothing to replace it with
- To release ideas and beliefs that do not help us achieve our potential anymore. Spring cleaning can be a metaphor for cleaning up your psychic closet as well. But what most of us don’t realize is that it is much harder to let go of beliefs when we have nothing to replace it with. Our psyche hates a vacuum. So the best way to let go is to embrace something new
- Starting something new this spring and going out of our well-defined comfort zones. It’s time to bust out of our comfort zones again. Do something new, take up a new hobby, join a dance class, start playing a new sport, take a continuing studies course in something that is very different from your career – do something different to shake up the monotony of winter
Personally for me, I took a short break from writing this winter and hence you haven’t seen too many articles lately. It was a conscious decision to replenish my creative fuel and now I feel more pumped to start writing again. I am even contemplating a writing project for this year and feeling through the initial desire to up the ante, when it comes to creative writing. But more on that later.
Enjoy the change of seasons, take a moment to pause and clearly frame your intentions for this season. What are you shedding and what are you embracing? Use the equinox symbol, use this springboard of creativity and experience the fluid alignment between Nature, your psyche and your conscious self.
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