Tomorrow, March 20, is the first day of spring! I am always so happy when spring arrives. With the arrival of spring, I feel what humans have felt since the beginning of time; the joy of rebirth and a sense of awe and wonder at the return of the light.
Spring, of course, follows winter. The winter solstice, usually December 21, is the point in our earthly seasons when the sun is at it’s lowest point in the southern sky. It remains stationary for 3 more days. The nights are long and we huddle around the fires praying for the return of the light. At this time throughout the northern hemisphere, celebrations abound as we come together to reassure ourselves that life will renew again. Then on December 25 the sun begins its slow movement north, slowly giving us longer days and more light. Winter is a time for us to go inward, to deepen and to experience the mystery of the underworld. The seeds we plant germinate.
After that long season of internal work we get our reward. At the Spring Equinox we experience the resurrection, the rebirth of the light and joy bursts forth from our hearts. Flowers are starting to bloom, birds are back and singing their songs, and gentle breezes caress our souls. I even saw my first butterfly of the season today!