Do you struggle with the uncertainties and changeability of spring?
Alongside bare trunks and branches, new grass flies through the earth, and I marvel at how these delicate blades can find their way through such water-logged soil.
Above, thunderclouds gather, unleashing torrential rain that sends me running for home without a coat. Hail lashes incipient buds. Magnolia blossoms are torn, petal by petal, and tossed to the ground.
The old myths
The old myths describe the battle of the seasons, but their focus is mostly on the solstices, those points at the outer edges of the sun’s reach. The Celtic Holly King fights the Oak King, or the Maori sun god Ra changes wives.
But it seems to me that spring is where the big battle lies.
There’s a saying in Europe: Spring bounds in like a lion and creeps out like a lamb. Here in the southern hemisphere however, spring doesn’t bound in like a lion, for it first has to fight off the dragon claws of winter.
No sooner has spring made its first merry appearance, innocently flaunting snowdrops, crocuses and hyacinths, than the winter dragon charges in to stomp on new growth, blast the blossom from the trees and lash with lightening that splits trunks wide open.
Yet under the surface of the earth a greater power is slowly gathering. The globe is turning and tilting, soil is warming, earth worms wriggling, insects awakening and bees buzzing out of their hives once more to make honey.
Life goes on. Nothing stays the same.
In your own seasons of loss, hibernation or despair, you may have gone through such spring-like struggles, not just once but several times.
A friend gave me a cartoon by Michael Leunig, entitled ‘A Herbal Remedy for Lifeache.’
The remedy consists of ‘One patch of grass, a mild day and two large trees.’ After lying on the grass under one tree while contemplating the second, ‘pain will subside,’ says Leunig. (You may view the cartoon on my Facebook page, julietbattenbooks)
If you have a heartache to ease, bodily pain to manage, or you are longing for replenishment, I wish you a mild day.
Sense into the regenerative energy of spring, a season that will not be defeated, a season that very soon will turn into leafing of trees and the leafing of you.
Also, you may like to check out my Spring Attunement, a meditation and ritual that you can do in your own home, to help you harness the creative energy of spring.
This blog post is an excerpt from my Seasons Newsletter. To receive the Seasons Newsletter, you may sign up on the home page of this website and receive a free audio meditation.