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Spring Has Sprung — Musings on Spring and Easy Spring Rituals to Rejuvenate Your Mind and Home

Witchy and poetic ways to enjoy a good spring cleaning!

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I don’t know about you, but I love spring. Spring is a new dawn; a new awakening. It is the time when you do rituals to burn what’s left of winter — all that is old and sad — and with it any lingering thoughts that are holding you down. It’s the time to start afresh. Not that you have to turn a leaf to start an entirely new chapter; it’s simply an excuse to get rid of what is no longer serving you. And once you have done so, you’re free to get high on the scent of spring blossoms as they fill your mind with wonder and hope. It’s the kick you need to move in the direction of your dreams.

I personally feel that nature gives us a chance — an opportunity — to live our lives much better if we follow her cycles. If we let the old die with winter and take the time to rest as nights are long and cold, then rejuvenate ourselves as spring comes along, we feel better.

While winter is an excuse to enjoy candle lit nights, spicy brews and hot chocolates, all while wrapped up in your favorite cozy blanket, spring is an excuse to clean out the house, dive into pastel colors, breathe in the scent of spring blossoms, set new goals and drink flowery brews. It’s a heady feeling of excitement as you see shoots springing up from the ground and bulbs turning into blossoms.

An Easy Spring Ritual

Feeling ready to kick the old and start something new? Try this ritual. If so inclined you can always do it on a full moon, or new moon, for that witchy feel. Personally, I think the cycle of the moon is like the cycle of the seasons: it gives you an excuse to follow routines and do rituals that serve you. If you every full moon take time to give thanks for your blessings and bask in your achievements, while every half moon you clean out your mind and home and every new moon you set new intentions, you have a healthy check on what’s going on in your life. There’s nothing supernatural about it — it’s simply an easy way to stay on top of your mental health and goals. Most of us forget ourselves. We don’t even stop to register how we’re feeling. Then, suddenly, we find ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. It doesn’t have to be like that.

When you live in harmony in nature, things simply become easier.

Nature gives us the perfect excuse to optimize our lives. It’s silly not to take it.

Step 1: Toss Out the Old

It’s time to dig into your wardrobe, your drawers and all the other nooks and crannies of your house — go through them to find anything you no longer need and throw it out.

As you go through your home, start going through your mind. Are there any thoughts that no longer serve you? Maybe it’s a fear of being hurt. Maybe it’s thinking men let you down. Maybe it’s thinking your body is holding you back. Maybe it’s the longing for an old lover.

As you toss out your old belongings, toss out the thoughts that are no longer serving you, too. If you like, you can write them down on a piece of paper and burn them!

Step 2: Clean

Simply mix some water with lemon and vinegar and set about cleaning the house. You can also sprinkle in some lavender essential oil, as well as lemon and orange essential oils (and any other oil you like, but take it easy if you have pets and don’t use tea tree oil in any large quantities if you do).

As you clean, think about what it would feel like if your mind was a clean slate. If you did not have a preconceived idea and a go-to reaction to everything. Think about seeing the world with new eyes. What would it be like not to judge? What would it be like to simply explore everything? To not know?

Step 3: Smudge Your Home

Smudging is the ancient tradition of burning herbs to clean the air. In modern days, burning sage has become incredibly popular. Unfortunately, sage smells a lot like pot. Thankfully, you can buy nice smudge sticks filled with different herbs.

It was rumored that the incense makers back in the day were less likely to die from the plague. In modern days this has been attributed to the fact that smudging actually kills bacteria. The air becomes cleaner if you do smudging.

On a weekly basis, aromatherapy using an oil diffuser might be the better smelling option, but smudging ever so often does freshen the air. And when you clean your house ritually, it just adds a certain feeling as you go from room to room. This is the time when witches start banishing the bad and welcoming the good, while no one knows if that does anything at all, it will help you set your intentions. What we focus on creates our reality. I bet your neighbor lives an entirely different life from you, even though they may only live ten meters away from you. This is because they focus on different things. Think different thoughts. So setting your intentions and refocusing your thoughts is a good practice.

This is simply the part where you let go of the old thoughts and welcome in the new ones. While simultaneously getting rid of the smell of dust in your wardrobe.

Step 4: Light a Candle and Make a Brew

When you clean your home, it’s nice to clean your insides too. So why not put together a spring brew? You can buy a nice herbal blend from the nearest store, or put together your own. I like a mixture of lemon balm, chamomile, mint and lavender, or rose. A large dose of chamomile and a little bit of everything else. It’s a refreshing, yet calming, tea.

If you want to detox, then there are other herbs you should use and likely one tea in the morning, one for lunch and one in the evening. An herbalist will be able to help you put together the herbs that will best serve you. Because just detoxing doesn’t do the entire job — you want to support your body too. With today’s obsession with detoxing, people forget that supporting your body is as important as cleaning it.

As you brew your tea, think about staying cleansed and curious. An empty canvas exploring life. No need to know. Just a curiosity to find out. Then set your goals as you light a candle and sip your tea. You can write them down. And really dig into the heart to figure out what you want. What some people don’t realize is that they can’t manipulate others into helping them achieve their goals. If you want a happy and healthy relationship filled with love and a shared dream for the future, then that’s what you should focus on. Not that X person will bring you that. X person may fall away if that’s not what they want.

Goal setting is a lot about letting go and having faith.

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A Spring Poem or Spell

Call it a poem, call it a spell, but the below words are ones you can read to enjoy, or read out loud to set your intention. If nothing else, they’ll make the cleaning seem a little bit more poetic. It’s a romantic way of living life. And I much prefer it to thinking about dust mites.

let the cold winds come

caress my skin

and bless me with their cleansing

let them dance through my house

and rid me of what is old

what is no longer serving me

or holding me down

spring awaken me

tease me with your fragrant scent

let the blossoms bloom

and my nostrils flare

let me bathe

in a new dawn

where hope

is the music

that makes my heart beat

let me make my intentions clear

and let me see the path

that unfolds

as I’m ready to step forth

let spring bless me

with her cleansing force

and imbue me with her sense of hope

to give me strength

to move forth

in the direction

my heart wishes to go

Enchanted Words About Spring

I found the below quotes on Quote Garden and I absolutely love how they make the magic of spring come alive.

Spring forever appears
 the soothing music part
 of lyrics unspoken. 
It thaws the frozen fears,
 mends the wounded heart
 that Winter has broken. ~Aarno Davidson

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective


Well I remember, in my boyish days,

How deep the feeling, when my eye looked forth

On Nature, in her loveliness, and storms.

How my heart gladdened, as the light of spring

Came from the sun, with zephyrs, and with showers,

Waking the earth to beauty, and the woods
 

To music, and the atmosphere to blow,


Sweetly and calmly, with its breath of balm.


 ~James G. Percival, "Poetry," c.1822


Oh, Spring is surely coming,


Her couriers fill the air;


Each morn are new arrivals,


Each night her ways prepare;


I scent her fragrant garments,


Her foot is on the stair.
 

~John Burroughs, "A March Glee”


Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring. ~Terri Guillemets


The window is open and a warm, delicious little breeze comes wandering in. It smells of magnolias and dogwood and it whispers in our ears enticing little stories of gurgling brooks and cool woods. Yes, we have got spring fever and got it bad. ~Country Life, June 1922

In Closing

Spring, as everything else in life, is what you make out of it. I choose to see it as a period for cleansing and rebirth, as well as the perfect opportunity to get high on life! 


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It's really hot outside right now - and sometimes the question is, what are we going to do now to offer the kids something despite the heat? We have some tips for you, maybe you can use them with your little ones.


Water fun in the pool


We have a pool in the garden, but it is not very big, about 3 meters in diameter, in our eyes absolutely sufficient for a fun or quiet cooling. Surely you can not swim in it, but in order to "dive" for an object, or "water dances" or just to relax, it is definitely enough.


One should not forget that also in the water to the sun protection must be thought. That means, as in the outdoor swimming pool: do not forget to apply creams. In the best case, the pool is in the shade or is protected by a larger parasol. Ours is in the sun - we hold the children in strong heat and sun to regular water breaks, so that they can then stay in the shade. Sometimes they do not see it directly, but with some persuasion and an ice cream or drinking break, it works.


Water fun without pool


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Not everyone is in possession of a pool, has no garden or simply lacks the money for the purchase. Alternatively - as with us earlier - a small pool of water or an old bathtub can be set up and filled or even just a bucket of water, where it quickly sets the fun, namely, if you use small syringes and injected each other wet.

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Or fills bombs and plays catching, at some point they are sure to break and depending on how cold the water is, in some the screaming is certainly great.


Do you have gradients on the property? Then try a waterslide. A tarpaulin is laid out, at best a slightly longer one, filling a bucket of water and sliding down with or without a butt-end slide. Or build a shower or a sprinkler, where you can also refresh yourself wonderfully. However, this is more likely if you can take the water from a well or rainwater collection tank. Tap water is too expensive.


To eat and drink


You should always encourage the children to drink. Of course, they only do it when they are thirsty, and then it is already too late. There is then already a lack of fluid in the body. For example, 10-year-olds should drink around 1.2 liters a day. In case of heat, sports or illness this need increases. Outdoors, the glasses or cups should always be capped, as there is a risk that bees or wasps will fly in. The safest are lockable plastic water bottles.


Our favorite drinks are:


  • water diluted with water
  • Springs of any kind
  • sometimes cold tea (fruit tea, slightly sweetened)
  • water


To eat at noon in such a heat often nothing hot, but rather fruit, pudding and cold dishes, cereals with fruit, yogurt, milk and other things, which falls into our hands.


What you can do with children when it's really hot


Summer is finally here, and that's right! In the meantime, if it's too hot outside for you, we have collected a lot of ideas for "cool" activities with big and small children - whether at home or on vacation.


If the outside temperature is more than 30 degrees Celsius and the sun is burning, you should do the same to the inhabitants of southern countries: stay inside during the day. Unfortunately, it is rarely as pleasantly cool in Central European apartments as in a Moroccan riad or Spanish patio.

Our hot-tip game tip: Turn on the fan and spray each other with a water atomizer - the wind adds a great deal of "glorious cool" factor and the spray is so fine that the floor does not get really wet (and slippery).


Funny for smaller children are also soap bubbles, tissue paper snippets or light cloths that can fly in the vortex of the fan; the elderly may try to keep folded aircraft in the air with the help of the fan.

 

Summer Idea Number one: bathing, splashing and swimming


On the beach and the sea you have to do without - or at least wait until it finally goes on vacation? Well, it would be too hot for your little ones anyway.

Even on the smallest balcony fits a wash basin for prattling. With watering can, pots and scooping tools, little children are busy for hours. And if it is too hot even there, just sit in the bathtub with your child.

 

Tip for shower-only users: An inflatable paddling pool can be squeezed into the lowest bath.

 

Do you have a yard or garden, where the temperatures are reasonably bearable, then you can declare this area to the water playground (a meadow in the park is of course also). A garden hose with spray attachment, a few water guns from the toy store (which should be sold out, Amazon often provides the very next day) and self-filled depth charges are the basic equipment for a day full of "Aqua Fun".

Your imagination knows no bounds: homemade glitter-glibber , bodypainting with finger paints or ice cube massage - you'll probably find more "cool stuff".

 

On the way in the city it gets really unbearable on hot days - the children sweat and nölen, playgrounds lie in the sun and on the slide one burns up the A ... In many cities public fountains offer a splendid refreshment.

 

Experience report thoroughly before you let your offspring climb into these facilities:


How is the soil under water - overgrown with slippery algae, sharp-edged or with tripping hazards?

What is the water quality? (if it is not drinking water, infants should not bathe here)

How strong are the fountains, is there a risk of injury or are the facilities even endangered by playing children? (You have the duty of supervision! If your children break something while you are supervising them, the liability insurance does not cover the damage.)

Are there signs or prohibitions for the use of the fountain? Where many tourists are traveling, bathing children are often not so welcome.

Is the fountain in the shade? When playing in the sun, while they are pleasantly wet, children do not notice the heat and get a quick sunburn or sunstroke.


 

For reasons you should not let your kids play naked in such actions; instead of a bathing suit or bikini, T-shirts and shorts get better, which you then exchange for dry ones. After all, you use the fountain quite by accident and not specifically as an outdoor pool, right?

 

By the way, much cooler than bathing lakes are brooks - if you come to one (in the city area many small watercourses are unfortunately completely embedded in concrete or laid underground), then enjoy the ice-cold foot bath.


 

If you really want to take a good bath, the early morning hours or the time just before the closing time are ideal for a visit to the outdoor pool. If you jump into the pool first, you will enjoy cool temperatures, more space and shade on the sunbathing lawn; the soil is not yet so heated and the ozone pollution of the air is still low.


After work or a kindergarten visit you are best left with a visit to the outdoor pool, even if you really want to swim. At 6 pm, most of the outdoor guests are slowly packing up, the area is empty and you can enjoy the water until the end.

Tip: pack a light picnic and have dinner in the bathroom. Then you can put your clean, well-fed and well-made children directly to bed at home.

 


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