Updated: Mar 4, 2022
From Imbolc (Feb. 1st-2nd) to Beltane (April 30th-May 1st) we welcome spring. In the northern
hemisphere Imbolc is the half way point between winter solstice and spring equinox. It is a Celtic-pagan holiday honoring the turning of seasons deep within the belly of Earth; the return to light, fire, creative energy, and fertility. Imbolc also honors the fire goddess Brigid. The church later turned Imbolc into St. Brigid’s day, as the Irish would not give up their worship of the goddess. Beltane (also a Celtic-pagan holiday) is the half way point between spring equinox and summer solstice. Beltane is spring at its peak and holds the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energies. It is a celebration of fertility and the coming of summer.
As spring looms, fertile ground awaits. There is the promise of longer days, more light and fire. Now is the time to recognize our “underworld journey” through winter. Are there any remnants of things asking to be cleared and cleansed before planting the seeds of spring? Spring cleaning is a tradition with purpose that lends itself nicely to the emotional as well as the physical.
The Wheel of Fortune came out as the theme card for this ritual and is divinely aligned. The wheel marks the beginning of a new cycle with the number 10 (the 4 and 6 in the supporting cards give us another 10!). This card asks that we look over lessons learned before moving into the future. When we come from a place of gratitude for all that has passed, the wheel spins and generates more good fortune. With the wheel we come into expansion, abundance, prosperity and optimism. Remember that your hand helps to turn the wheel. Where will you focus your intent? What seeds will you plant?
With the 4 of Shells/gentleness in the feminine space (drawing in/creating), we are encouraged to look at where we are holding onto poisonous or toxic barbs. Where is there fear or anxiety? This card invites us to come into stillness in order to clear out stuck emotions (spring cleaning), listen to the internal voice, and return to a state of emotional balance. When we are gentle with ourselves and our less desirable emotions, we are able to create gentleness and enter a state of ease and flow.
In the masculine space (outgoing/action) there is the 6 of stones/compassion. Roses and rose quartz represent the heart, love and compassion. This love must begin within before it can radiate out. Self-love means forgiveness for past actions and being less than perfect at any moment. This card indicates a time of manifesting love on the physical plane through compassion.
The flower oracle cards that make an appearance for this ritual are juniper, lavender, and cedar. Both juniper and cedar are ruled by the element of fire and the sun (Brigid, fire, returning light ring a bell?). Juniper flower essence helps to calm the heart, relax the body, and clear the mind. It also brings positive perception with the sun. Cedar encourages vitality, promises brighter days through darkness, brings courage and confidence. Cedar also ushers in rebirth and clears away emotional congestion. Lavender brings calm to the mind and emotions while helping us find balance and discernment.
All of these elements tie together nicely to crate a ritual that brings us forward through Spring. What process began during the winter? Are there remnants of that process that need to be cleared before beginning this new cycle? Gentle, calm and flowing with compassion, we courageously open our hearts and welcome the vitality of spring!