Seasonal healing wisdom
Long before our modern way of life, numerous cultures followed a more simplistic path. Guided by the natural cycle of birth-life-death-and-renewal, our ancestors marked their seasons by celebrating each phase of the wheel of life.
Connecting to that older time and to our ancestors helps us feel a sense of rootedness and belonging to our place. The old ways connect us to the natural world and its non human inhabitants, showing us how to be fully part of it.
There are four special occasions during a year — two equinoxes and two solstices — that have astronomical significance and they mark the beginning of the four seasons. An equinox occurs when the length of the day and night is equal. A solstice is the opposite of equinox in the sense that the earth is at its highest tilt away or towards the sun.
Below are some ideas as to how you can honor and align with the energies of the changing seasons for optimal healing, flow, and growth. Each section has ceremonial and ritualistic suggestions. The solstices and equinoxes as well as full and new moon are especially potent times for ceremony and ritual. Mark them in your calendar and enjoy discovering and working with the magic of our sweet Mother Earth!
New green life is stirring in nature after the winter sleep. There is increasing light, the days are lengthening, and the nights are shortening. We begin to feel empowered to reach out for what we want and to take risks. Spring is all about new beginnings and birthing new ideas. We feel a yearning for the unknown, the new, and the unchartered. The potential and fertility of this time can be used to create opportunities for positive change in our lives and in the world.
Common themes associated with spring are: mental healing and awakening, dreaming, renewal. creative inspiration, new life, new beginnings, rebirth, fertility, the maiden, balance, and passion. Throat and third eye chakras.
Ceremonial Suggestions: Allow yourself to feel the expansive energy of this season. Celebrate the miracle of life. If you have a yard, work the soil with your bare hands.
Meditate on the following three questions: What wisdom are you bringing with you from the dark of winter? What are you awakening in yourself? What would you like to see sprout in your life?
Enjoy a cleansing bath floral scented essential oils such as Rose, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, and Helichrysum. Light a pastel colored or white candle for the maiden.
Gather a circle of friends around a fire to share stories, dreams, and music. Light a white or pastel color candle on your altar and leave a small note with your intentions for the year.
Spring Equinox occurs on March 20 or 21, and it marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere of earth and the beginning of Fall in the southern hemisphere. Spring Equinox is celebrated as the first day of spring, when day and night are equal in both hemispheres.
Summer is a time of intensity, renewal and great potential. It is the time of most light in the year and a highly spiritual time.
Common themes associated with summer are: physical healing, celebrating the triumph of light over dark in the individual, celebrating the return to wholeness and the fullness of life, abundance, fertility, expanded consciousness, fire, passion, creativity, and gratitude. Solar plexus and crown chakras.
Ceremonial Suggestions: Experience the heat, especially if you live in a hot place. Deeply sense into the abundance and life fore of all things green and growing.
Celebrate the outer and inner fire with a bonfire. Play, drum and dance with your friends and loved ones. Gather fresh herbs like Lavender and Rosemary and gift them to the fire with your deepest wishes.
Make a fertility altar of light, gratitude, and abundance.
Leave a sun wheel mandala offering on the earth. Infuse it with prayers for peace and healing on our planet.
Summer Solstice occurs on June 21 or 22 and marks the beginning of Summer in the northern hemisphere, and the beginning of Winter in the southern hemisphere. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year.
Fall is a time to strengthen and build our inner life, a time to count our blessings, and to seek balance. The animals gather and prepare for winter as cold weather and shorter days are fast approaching. Decide what to harvest on the social and emotional levels, and what to let go.
Common themes associated with fall are: emotional healing, death and rebirth, grieving and letting go, gathering, embracing darkness and light, the mother goddess, balance, gratitude, and starting over. Sacral chakra.
Ceremonial Suggestions: Take time to really notice the earlier setting of the sun in the evening and the later rising of the sun in the morning. The days grow shorter quickly this time of year. Let the darkness pull you into your center.
Seeds form in the fall. Sense this energy of new beginnings in your lower belly and draw on it for spiritual work, creative projects, or deep passion. If you are a female, tune into your womb and allow any grief or loss stored there to surface.The spiritual purpose of loss is to move us closer to our essential nature.
Do a fire ceremony and release what no longer serves your growth and healing. Have a written note or a prayer stick (twig) ready to give to the fire.
Call on Indian goddess of destruction and renewal, Kali, to help you face your fears and move through resistance to change.
Make a delicious meal with your friends and family and celebrate your manifestations of inner and outer abundance.
Fall Equinox occurs on September 22 or 23 and it marks the beginning of Fall and Spring in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively.
Winter celebrates the presence of spirit and the power of faith and hope that our dreams will come into manifestation. It is a time of patience, like that of an expectant mother who can sense the soul of the child within but must wait for the first indication that physical life is truly within her. Rest is necessary for the growth that comes later in the season.
Common themes associated with winter are: spiritual healing, reflection, stillness, nurturing, slowing down, resting, listening for guidance, honoring our ancestors, celebrating the return of light, gratitude, patience, prayer, releasing burdens and conflicts, the crone, forgiveness, dreaming, and setting strong intentions for the new year. Root and heart chakras.
Ceremonial Suggestions: Sense into the night sky and the stars. Do a meditation walk in a snowy winter landscape and enjoy the peace and purity around you. If you see a stag , feel his deep strength, his grace, and know that you are in the presence of the oldest totem animal.
Welcome in the darkness by lighting candles and letting them burn all day. Decorate a jar and make your own lantern. Call on your guides and angels.
Do a fire ceremony and release burdens and conflicts into the fire. Set your intentions for the following year.
Nurture your creativity. Honor your inner sage or crone by asking: What wisdom do I have? In what areas need I grow in my wisdom?
Gather friends and family and acknowledge the challenges and triumphs of the year gone by. Share your hopes and dreams. Pray for self, loved ones, and the world.
Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 and marks the beginning of Winter in the Northern hemisphere and the beginning of Summer in the southern hemisphere.
Like our ancestors have done from the beginning of time, we too could honor the cycles and the seasons to remind us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are an undeniable part of. The earth has a lot of healing wisdom for those who listen.