The traditional Wheel of the Year is divided into two halves, light (spring and summer), and dark (autumn and winter). The light energy is now building as we approach the place of balance, the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, known in Pagan traditions as Ostara (March 20th).
Spring is a time of rebirth. These are the last inward days of incubation as we prepare to bring ourselves back into the world. The metaphoric seeds we have stored through the winter are almost ready to be sown, and soon, mirroring what is occurring in nature, we will see the first signs of life, shooting up from beneath the warming earth. All that has been sleeping will begin to wake.
In conversation recently, it was mentioned that this time of year is much like preparing to give birth. There is anticipation for what is to come, and the preparation for it. We begin to feel anxious, “Isn’t it here yet? I’m ready!” Spring cleaning feels much like the nesting instinct experienced toward the end of a pregnancy. It is a time to climb out of the quiet, dark cave of gestation, moving upward toward the growing light. It is a time of cleansing and clearing space; a time to let go of that which is no longer needed, in order to make to make room for that which is to come.
Feel into and align with these energies. Find what needs to be cleared and release it. What seeds are you planting? What is it you are hoping to bring into your life during this next light phase?