I think if God were to have an orgasm it would be called “Spring”.
Doesn’t it just take your breath away? Don’t you find yourself marveling at the awakening of nature? I don’t care where you go in the world but there is a moment in time everywhere that we experience a moment (or more if we are lucky) that we exclaim, “WOW!” The explosion of color found in the flowers, the buds on the trees coming into life, a warmth in the air and our emotions being lifted by the extra light and raised temperature. We can’t help but feel better! Spring is the season of new growth, and the signs of change are all around us.
Springtime is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life being born, and of the cycle of life once again starting. It is also seen more generally as the start of better times. At this time of year we begin to feel less sluggish, and become more open to inviting changes – both big and small – into our lives.
The symbolism of spring is one most people can appreciate. In all cultural traditions, the world over, it is a time of re-birth and new beginnings.
Throughout the history of the world, there are celebrations, ceremonies and religious observations that occur during the season of Spring.
- The ancient Saxons in Northern Europe worshiped the Goddess Oestre at the time of the Spring Equinox. The Godess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility along with the renewal of life.
- The Green Man in pre-Christian times is a spirit of nature personified as a man. He is believed to have been intended as a symbol of growth and rebirth, the eternal cycle of the coming of spring and the life of Man. It is a notion that Man was born from nature and the idea that Man is directly tied to the fate of nature.
- Christians celebrate Easter, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. Easter represents the fulfilment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
- The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The day falls on the first full moon after the northern spring equinox and lasts for seven days. (new beginnings)
- In Japan, the annual blossoming of cherry trees has become a significant national event. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a time for festivals and gatherings at parks and shrines. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, symbolize the transience of life, which is a major theme in Buddhism.
Holi is a lively Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring. It dates back to texts from the 11th century and is connected to both deities and rites of spring.Holi celebrates the story of a pure-hearted devotee, Prahlad who underwent many trials to maintain his faith as well as the burning of carnal desires by Shiva to reach a higher level of love.
Spring has always been considered as a time for change and personal evolution, and another common way to embrace the sense of optimism and enthusiasm is to have a good old clear-out. Spring cleaning has a very valuable function, psychologists believe. We de-clutter our houses of anything that we needed around us to feel more comfortable during the long winter months, and we bring in new items, symbolizing new beginnings.
Ultimately spring is all about opportunity – a time for cultivating the qualities of courage and optimism, of strengthening the belief in ourselves and our powers to achieve and overcome obstacles – the greatest of which is perhaps our own fear, which prevents us from taking risks and stepping into the unknown.
As the days grow longer and warmer, we can choose to capture that sense of freshness and renewal in order it can be remembered, savored and built on throughout the year.
So take this time to prepare. Let the thoughts of love and romance fill your heart and mind. Let the cleaning of your soul begin, and the believe in your own power to renew yourself. Clean out the weeds from your garden and plant good thoughts and healthy intentions. Spread your wings and fly! Be all you can be and know that God and nature are alongside you every step of the way!