Last Friday on my Nature outting, I sat at the edge of the water watching as golden glints of light glistened on its surface in the afternoon sun. The cold wind sent a wave of ripples across the gleaming dam, and as usual the moorhen and ducks sailed in silence. It was clear that this was the last cold snap of a fairly mild winter. Although there were two days of light snowfall in the mountainous coastal region late last week, it wasn’t as heavy as usual. Even the bite in the air wasn’t as icy as one would expect a wind whispered from the snow dusted mountains in the South to be.
Winter has been interesting this year, because I’ve experienced it so differently. I’ve explored the season with my intuitive senses, worked with its energy and I’ve been open to receiving so many of its sacred gifts. So it has been a period of healing, insight and full of wild whispers too. So much so, that a part of me is almost sad to see the seasons turn. But alas, it’s time to move on and with change comes new beginnings and reasons to celebrate.
Today, we celebrate the first day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Although the Spring/Fall Equinox is only on the 22nd September, 1st September is traditionally considered the start of Spring. I’m not sure why – My guess would be that perhaps this is because Spring sets in sooner down here than it does in the North. In this part of the world, the first signs of spring are already visible in the last month of winter. New growths have been sprouting and flowers have been starting to bloom for a few weeks now. That said, this year I was pretty surprise to discover some things blooming as early as July – in the dead of winter.
So September is all about beautiful weather, blue windy skies and planting before the first rains arrive in October. I’m looking forward to getting to work in the garden, tending to the herbs that are coming back to life and planting new ones too. I’m looking forward to the return of the butterflies and certain species of bird that I haven’t seen in months.
Now is the time where I get to work, Spring cleaning and clearing out the dust and clutter that have settled with winter. It’s a time for nesting, redecorating, bringing more Nature as well as fresh energy into my home. What I love is that it’s also a more social period spent reconnecting with friends, getting out more, going hiking and being able to sit out in the garden with a glass of wine while star-gazing/moon-gazing when the evenings get warmer. So as I greet the arrive of Spring, I invite the lessons, blessings and wild whispers that this new season has to offer. And I send love and blessings to you all too.