On the 28th of September I celebrate my birthday, another reason to stop and think about the season and the year to come.
Old Wisdom and the Spring Equinox in Australia
I just love spring! It has such a special feel to it.
The Spring Equinox happens in Australia between September 21 and 23. This year it happens today at 6.23pm.
Mathematically, we are at a quarter point for the seasonal year. Day and night are completely equal in time and from tomorrow day will be longer than night.
This balance in the earth’s days reminds me that we should stop and calibrate things in our own lives. We should seek balance. This often means that we need to do a clean sweep, re-evaluate and change things a little.
In days of old, the Spring Equinox held great hope to people because it symbolised the end of the cooler weather, the emergence of seedlings and the anticipation of new crops. The houses were opened and the soot of winter fires cleared out.
We still hold onto this time of ‘Spring Cleaning’. It’s time to pack away blankets, tidy our cupboards, donate clothing that doesn’t fit and generally de-clutter.
We take this time to sow our summer seeds, work out what seedlings we will need and think about harvesting what is abundant now.
Lavender is in abundance at the moment, which tells me it is time to make new skin care products and soap. After harvesting this crop of lavender and picking some rosemary and spinach for dinner, the house smelt sensational !
The many new colours of the flowers, the sounds of the birds and the smell of a potential summer breeze on the wind makes me stop, think and bring everything back into balance, ready for a fresh new season.
Do you have a spring ritual, a cleaning ritual or any other special things you do to bring in the new season ?
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