I have written about the changing of the seasons and the Medicine Wheel for a few years now. This time around, I am wondering what I can share that is new and maybe not written about in other newsletters and blogs. You know, something fresh and new like spring!
I imagine there are a few people wondering why should they observe the Spring Equinox. Why add one more thing to do to an already busy life? For me living in the Medicine Wheel, the Sacred Hoop, is a conscious lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that reminds us of our connection to the Earth, to Nature, to the Creator. The Medicine Wheel gives us a template or rather a map to describe the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of our physical life. Nature is our guide on this map. Taking time to observe nature and the energies described in the Medicine Wheel brings us closer to the Creator and to our ourselves. The observance of special times in the Medicine Wheel can be very simple to more complexed layered ceremonies.
For example, a simple observance can just be standing outside facing North East, the home of the Spring Equinox. Close your eyes and take a deep breath to calm yourself. In this calmness you can “hear” nature. Give thanks for the coming of Spring and ask for assistance to release or transmute something in your life. Then ask the Creator’s love to fill that void. Will this work? Yes, as long as you ask with a good heart.
An example of a more complex ceremony would be inviting friends and family to gather together around a fire. To call in the Spirit of the East to come and help those gathered to release/transmute an area of their life. Each participant taking a turn to speak their transmutations and their wishes of the energy they want to fill that void. As the group drums their prayers they feel their connection to Nature, to Spirit, to the Creator, to each other and to themselves.
Now, if you like, keep reading for some basic Spring Equinox information.
For us, here at La Vida Dulce, our home in Tomah, WI, the Spring Equinox marks a balance point of time when energy starts to rise as experienced through tree sap rising and beginning to flowing. Paul and I tapped our maple trees for their sap and we look forward (okay drool) to the maple syrup and candy to come. This time of year we balance a raw egg on its end which is a visual of the balanced energies this time of year. The Spring Equinox is a time of balanced male and female energies found at the mid-point of change just before new beginnings start. The betwixt and the between time.
As we move around the Medicine Wheel from the North toward the East, we encounter the crosswinds of the North East and the North North East. If you can imagine moving through the “dead” of winter toward the thaw of spring; through the wee morning hours to the sunrise; moving through death to rebirth. If you can imagine any one of these examples then you can feel what its like to be at the crosswinds. The Equinoxes and Solstices live at the crosswinds of the Medicine Wheel.
The crosswinds blow like the March winds. The crosswinds can come in like a lion or like a lamb. These winds may not be comfortable. The crosswinds can be unpredictable. The crosswinds are at times uneasy as they signify growth and awakening. The crosswinds can bring a wet snow storm or gentle cool rains to water the seeds that are ready to burst open. They are the vehicle that move us from the feminine energy of winter to the active male energy of spring.
In my tribe, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, we call March the Crane Moon as this is when Sandhill Cranes migrate back to the north. In their migration younger cranes are led back to their spring/summer home by more experiences cranes (their elders). According to Ted Andrews, Animal Speak, the crane is about feminine energies, birth, creation through focus, and longevity. Cranes also represent dance, music, body, language and communication (Spirit of the East), www.starstuff.com. Ted Andrew also says in his book, Nature Speaks, the Spring Equinox is a time to focus on conscious transmutation. In other words, be clear about what you want to change and what you want to fill that void when you observe the Spring Equinox.
May your Spring Equinox bring you many blessings.
All Rights Reserved. Copyright, Yvette Neshi Lokotz, March 2011.