A Time For Release And New Beginnings
Spring Has Sprung- A Time For Release And New Beginnings
Happy Vernal Equinox friends!! At precisely 5:58 pm tonight, the sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator, marking the precise moment known as the Vernal Equinox (from the Latin word vernare, which means “to bloom”). Today also marks the beginning of a new astrological year as we head into the first sign of the zodiac, Aries.
Spring is a time for new beginnings; a time for cleansing and releasing what is no longer serving us. It also sparks a desire for growth, change, revitalization and renewal. If you find yourself feeling especially ready to let go of particular feelings, of old habits or behavioral patterns, of baggage, etc. now is the perfect time!
One of the best ways to intentionally and effectively impact feelings, thoughts, and behaviors is through ritual. Here are a few rituals you might consider in your effort to release the old and welcome in the new.
1. Plant Some Seeds
This can be both metaphorical and literal. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and do some gardening. Allow the process to be creative, nourishing, and replenishing. Often times there is nothing better than fresh air and a little sunshine. On a more metaphorical level, what you plant grows and your mindset and intentions are no different. If you want to encourage positivity and abundance then you need to ‘plant’ what you wish to see blossom. Take some time to sit quietly and set intentions for the coming months. Hold on to each intention in your mind, and then take a moment to thank the Universe for each specific thing as though you already have it.
2. Clean Out Your Closet
Clearing out your closet is one of the best ways to release and let go. It automatically makes us feel lighter and opens up space. Give away things your haven’t worn or used in over a year, throw out items that are broken or in disrepair, and make a commitment to give something away each time you purchase something new.
3. Create Your Own Cleansing Ritual
Our bodies carry all of our stress and negativity. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on our mental and physical state. Participating in a cleansing ritual can help release negative vibes, clear the energy in your field, and open you up to new beginnings. Cleansing rituals can be done with Sage or Palo Santo (see our last blog post When In Doubt, Smudge It Out for detailed instructions on energy cleansing), candles, baths, and even with fire ceremonies. One of my favorite letting go rituals is to write down everything I intend to release on a piece of paper. Once I am done, I burn the piece of paper to symbolize the release of all the things that are no longer serving me.
If you’re looking for additional tools to accompany you through this time of letting go and embarking on new beginnings, crystals can be wonderful allies. Clear Quartz is a balancing stone that brings clarity and harmony- two important aspects for making decisions and manifesting intentions. It helps align your mental and physical state and amplifies the properties of other stones you surround it with. If you’re interested in wearing energy jewelry to assist with your manifestations, you can find our Clear Quartz bracelet here.