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  • Kelly Ryan

How to celebrate the arrival of Spring

The spring equinox is on the 20th March this year, but spring celebrations are not just for people who want to greet the dawn at Stonehenge. Here are a few ideas to try out this year at home. Seasonal festivals are a time when you can reflect and think about where are going. If there are areas of your life where you need change, this is a good time to act. Lengthening days bring energy, hope and optimism. What seemed impossible in the bleak months of winter can seem possible now.

Donate to a worthy cause

We live in a planetary biosphere in which every living being gives and receives in a continuous energy exchange. When you ask the universe for something, give something back. Donate some money to a green charity, plant some seeds and nurture them, feed the birds. Have a clear out and donate unused items to charity. These small actions can create an energy flow.

Gather with your loved ones

Invite people over for a spring meal, and try to build the menu around sustainable produce and foraged ingredients if you can. Check out various guides to seasonal edibles. More conventionally, leeks, chives, and asparagus all come into season around the equinox. Dress the table in greens, yellows, and the imagery of spring.

Take to the great outdoors

Are there special places you could visit – a standing stone, an ancient woodland, a rocky shore? Explore walking paths near you and where they might take you. If a trip to the park with a buggy and toddler, or a dog is more practical, then go for it. Wherever you go, mindfully engage your senses with the natural world around you. Look at all the different trees, plants, and wildflowers. Listen to the birdsong – the cooing of pigeons, the harsh cries of rooks or gulls, the delicate melodies of songbirds. Touch the rough bark of an old tree and the smooth bark of a young sapling.

Do some candle magic

Traditional practices such as candle magic help us focus our energies on what we want. They plant messages in the unconscious, so we notice opportunities and have the confidence to take them. Choose a candle colour that appeals to you and distil what you want into a simple phrase such as, “May a new job come my way.” Light the candle for eight consecutive evenings. Each time you do, say your phrase, then imagine you have found a new job and are feeling delighted and grateful. Spend a few minutes sitting with this feeling and leave the candle safely burning for a while. Each time you blow the candle out, say, “So be it.” Now create channels for opportunities to flow your way. Contact people who might help you, attend events where you can network, look at job ads, and see what the universe sends.



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