Commemorating the change in season used to be a common reason to celebrate. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, there are a variety of places that celebrate each new season with a unique celebration.
The Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival when the fall moon is at its brightest, filling their skies with bright lanterns and eating moon cakes.
Decorating the Christmas tree has roots in Pagan and Christian winter festivals, originally a ritual to welcome the winter solstice.
In India, the festival of Navroze is held on the spring equinox, and has people hanging jasmine and roses from doors and windows.
Welcoming the changing season is a great way to connect with earth energy, grounding yourself and your health for the fresh energy that comes after winter’s hibernation process. Spring welcomes rejuvenation, rebirth, and new ideas, and here are five ways to dial into Mother Nature’s cycles to help you welcome those spring vibes.
1. DIY FLORAL WREATH
Buy yourself some fresh blooms, and pull inspiration from India, decorating your entryways with hanging flowers. Press a thin needle and thread through the centers of snipped flowers, and make a DIY wreath to hang on your front door or living room window.
2. HOST A BOUQUET TRADE
Gather your girlfriends for a morning brunch with mimosas and fresh fruit, and have everyone bring a small bouquet or tiny plant. Draw names, or do a gift exchange, to each snag a new plant baby to welcome spring.
3. ULTIMATE SPRING DEEP CLEAN
We all know how to change our bedding, empty our closets, put away our winter clothes, and toss out all the expired food in the back of the fridge and cupboards, but awakening the energy of your home’s spirit is a great way to welcome the changing seasons. Open all the windows, doors, and cupboards in your house, and burn some dried herbs, flowers or wood in a fire safe dish, and waft the cleansing smoke around your entire home, sure to get in every nook and cranny to cleanse your space energetically. Check out these great smoke cleansing items.
4. CLEANSING FLORAL BATH
To welcome spring, plan a healing soak in your tub, with the most luxurious salts and essential oils you can find. Add roses, lavender, eucalyptus, and more of your favorite flowers to your bath, letting the water’s surface be completely covered in fresh blooms. When you’re finished your soak, use them to make a DIY floral wreath! Check out this healing foot soak.
5. BUILD A SPRING ALTAR
A personal altar is a great way to carve out your sacred space and to honor your spiritual practices and self-care. A personal altar can be a small table top that you leave undisturbed for a set amount of time, and decorated in some of your most cherished items. You can set out springtime crystals like citrine, carnelian and aquamarine, burn a candle or incense, or place any other items that are sacred to you. Honor the changing seasons by setting out a fresh bouquet of flowers, or by planting new seeds in a small pot of fresh soil.
Vanessa Kunderman is a fiction author, poet, and avid crystal collector. She has published stories alongside Stephen King, Alice Munro, and Anais Nin, in “Woman, an anthology” a collection of works celebrating strong female dynamics. As a student of core shamanism, Vanessa advocates adapting traditions to create new modern sacred studies. She has a background in motivational speaking and teaches workshops grounded in her self-care and spiritual wellness website, Rogue Wood Supply. She is a mother, cancer survivor, and a lover of the True North, and believes smudging can fix almost every sour mood. She hails from the prairie woodlands of Canada. Connect // Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.