As folklore tells us, for thousands of years, Spring has been recognized in many ancient traditions as the start of the true new year. This is the time to awaken and to make the changes for the natural year ahead.
In the ancient wisdom of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Spring corresponds to the element of ‘wood’ which relates to the liver organ and corresponds to the free flow of upward Chi to move us forward, activating our plans into animation and action.
Spring is the time to step forward, out of the box and step up to the challenges and shift to a greater paradigm, awaken awareness and expand our experiences in life, especially including our relationships, environment, health and spirituality.
In many cultures, Spring is the magical season that reflects renewal, rejuvenation, rebirth, resurrection, regrowth and of new life and is seen as the start of better times ahead.
Springtime is traditionally the time to cleanse, to detox, purge, to let-go and move forward into new pastures. Spring may be regarded as the favorite season, being not too hot and not too cold, enjoying a temperate climate and yet with the promise of warmer weather ahead.
Also, as we can see it’s the season when nature comes alive, with the birds tweeting in the morning, when you can open all the windows, enjoy exploring outdoor activities comfortably, and to smell the freshness as all the flowers that are blooming and enjoy the beautiful picturesque of the green grass, flora and trees. Spring is analogous to the morning, being the start of the day. In ancient cultures, where mankind was more in-tune with nature, spring was clearly regarded as the beginning of the new year.
At the special time of spring equinox, is the occasion to celebrate as both the day and nights become equal, with each being close to a 12 hour long period and now with movement tilting towards where the daylight hours gradually increasing expand as the season progresses towards the peak of summer.
If we were truly to honor our nature, by being in-tune with nature we also would be regarding spring as the true beginning of the new year. Just as 6 am may be regarded as the start of the new day, so too is the spring equinox the start of the new-year. At this point we have overcome what may be considered as the relatively more withdrawn, inward, feminine or yin period and have transitioned into the more outward, masculine and yang aspect of time and have awakened to a fresh new future.
Take a stance to honor your nature this spring equinox, by celebrating the beginning of a new year. Consider what you choose to partake in at this most significant time may well set the path of what lies ahead for you in the year ahead. You can learn more in the ‘Living with the Seasons’ seminar with Ra.
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