"You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming." ~ Pablo Neruda
The first day of Spring has always seemed strange to me. When I lived in colder climates, it never felt at all Spring-like in March, usually with snow covering the ground and still having to trudge around in heavy coats and boots. “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” they taught us in kindergarten, but I never felt the soft comfort of a lamb before June, or at least May. Now that I live in a tropical climate, there is so little difference between seasons (except for the extreme heat and humidity of a few weeks in summer), that the dawn of Spring feels equally anti-climactic.
Today — March 20, 2019 — is the first day of Spring. There will also be a supermoon, which I may or may not be able to see, since we’re in some unusually cloudy and rainy days here. But the full moon will rise and will appear unusually large for those who can see it, because of its temporary closeness to the Earth (a perigean moon). The last time there was a full moon on the Spring Equinox was 1981. That’s surprising to me, how infrequently some things like this happen. It makes me think about Spring 1981, so very long ago. It was a time of major changes for me: a long-distance move, new work, and big changes for everyone in my family. “Upheaval” is the word that comes to mind. Nearly everything in my life changed. And it was all good.
Spring tells us that death is followed by rebirth and darkness is followed by light. It delivers hope, faith that things will get better, that the future is good. It symbolizes clearing out the old, dark, dusty staleness and replacing it with light and movement, growth and action, clarity and freshness. It brings an awakening, as if from a long sleep. These changes arrive with Spring both literally and metaphorically. What happens to the Earth affects us on every level. We feel refreshed, renewed, energized, and awakened. We start thinking about making changes, shaking things up, and heading in new directions. We plant seeds that we hope will bear fruit down the road. We make plans.
This inspires us to clean and clear our homes, making it a particularly busy season for Feng Shui. It urges us to release things that have outlasted their usefulness to us and things that we have outgrown. Decluttering becomes a natural outgrowth of our desire to leave the past behind and begin anew. It's somehow a bit easier to let go at this time of year, as the promise of a brighter future takes hold of our imaginations. We can see it, feel it, and believe in it. The energy of Spring manifests itself all around us, and also within us.
"Spring drew on ... and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps." ~ Charlotte Bronte
While the Spring Equinox signals rebirth and renewal, the full moon symbolizes completion, fruition, and fulfillment. It marks an ending rather than a beginning. A supermoon inspires awe with its size and brightness, signifying a super-sized sense of apotheosis. We see the culmination of growth to its maximum, and sense an especially important ending. This is the last supermoon of 2019, the last time we will be inspired to look up in amazement at this particular phenomenon for this year. So we will look. We will remember the infinite Universe around us for a few minutes, and feel the closeness of our moon. We will, perhaps, feel a little bit smaller than usual, a little bit less significant, a little bit more connected to something so much bigger than ourselves and our lives, that we will relax and let go a little bit more, too.
Endings and beginnings, beginnings and endings. The cycle of Life. Let's just stop for a moment and notice it.