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!
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.
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
is the music
that makes my heart beat
let me make my intentions clear
and let me see the path
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
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!