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Spring Equinox 2017
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you, the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world - Harriet Tubman, abolitionist.
Like many Equinoxes, this can be a time of weather squalls. To make changes, we need to stay focussed whatever is going on around us and that is not always easy. At the beginning of this Equinox, it is a good time to allow healing to take place and meditate on our dream, vision for the future. Part of this meditation could be around differing values from others and interestingly identifying differing values within ourselves.
This can be a heady three months which can include irrational thinking and high passions leading to risk taking and poor boundaries. One of the paradoxes will be, on the one hand, a sense of adventure and creativity and, on the other, a sense of reserve and caution. This can be interpreted positively as "pause and breathe" before taking any action. We need to slowly put our vision into place and at the same time allow space for adjustment. A bit like sewing seeds, allowing room for growth and those lovely surprises.
In our enthusiasm and opportunities to put our vision into action, we may become too honest and plain speaking, like the squalls. This, in turn, could lead to being insensitive to other people's feelings and a distorted sense of power. There is also a challenge that situations and people may not be what they initially appear to be. Patience and being circumspect will serve us well. A true vision is usually collaborative and personal. Bringing about change, nurturing our resources personally, within our "families" and within our communities is what this Equinox is about.
The Spring Equinox is also about joy and wonder, watching everything come to life ...
Spring Equinox 2018
“One of the basic rules of the Universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” Stephen Hawking.
Spring always brings with it rebirth in every aspect of our lives and, as with the birthing process, change as well as joy. This year in particular, an element of unpredictability and chaos which is mirrored in the weather. The need to spring clean and declutter extends to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives not just the physical.
In order to manage the possible chaos, it is important to find time to be still, even reclusive to rebalance our energies and focus. For those of us who have specific spiritual practices it is helpful to ask the question: am I seeking perfection and over complicating my practice? Be aware of acting out of shoulds and possibly superstition, this can be very subtle at times. It is equally important not to judge others over the choices they make regarding spirituality. Some people already practice seamlessly which is the message of this Equinox rather than striving for public perfection.
The Spring Equinox brings with it potential, a sense that everything is possible. We can learn from our creative abilities and how we use them. The theme of self-care and reflection continues from the winter and will help us to stay focused. Where do we need to be teachable and where do we need to step out of our comfort zones? There will be the challenge of paradoxes - on the one hand being organised and on the other easy going, being diplomatic versus pedantic, creative freedom versus limiting self-expression. Alongside this will be a desire to be a pacifist, be of service to humanity against ambition, possessiveness and intrigue. Interestingly self righteous outrage can be very destructive when believing we are doing the right thing.
At this time of year, there are surges of energy and therefore it is helpful to set our intentions for when they happen as this is often when boundaries are pushed back. It is also when a desire to resolve injustices and subsequently to find lasting solutions manifests. Taking space to reflect and practicing when to be seen/heard or not, will enhance our ability to discern whether we are reacting with a purely emotional response or with integrity.
Despite the challenges of this Equinox and a need to simplify our lives, there is great joy this Spring.