Today we welcome the Vernal Equinox, otherwise known as the Spring Equinox to the UK.

With its arrival comes a wave of infectious excitement as many tribes, communities and spiritual folk join hands to honour and celebrate the beginning of the season of abundance.

Whilst I appreciate that every season carries its own beautiful bounty, Spring has to be my favourite and days like today remind me why.  There is an almost unspoken ‘buzz’ that fills the air as collective energy refreshingly upgrades and becomes nothing short of life giving.

For anyone who has followed my work for a while (thank you), you will know that for the last year or so I have written blogs around the Solstice and Equinox arrivals.  Usually by sharing my plans for celebrating these important occasions or by providing you with insights into what you can expect from the season ahead.

This year, I believe that there are a growing number of people looking to connect to the Spring Equinox.  Perhaps new to their journey, they may be unsure of how to invite in the energies of this season or what is the ‘best’ way to celebrate it today.  The truth is, as always, there is no right or wrong and the ‘best’ way is to simply follow your heart or tribe into worship and service.

However, I am on hand with my top tips to give you some ideas of how to spend your Spring day!

1. Find a circle, a tribe or a gathering

Spring is the ultimate season of connection, and for many being close to like-minded kin is a must today.

There will no doubt be an array of Equinox inspired events in your area, either today or within the window of its potent energies.  Pagan temples, Avalonian landmarks and Wiccan fellowships will have open doors and arms today if you are called to join them.  From sitting in ceremonial circle to attending a sacred site, being amongst like minded or attuned communities will really set the tone for the coming months.

2. Build or change your altar

You will have perhaps seen me share my pictures on social media this week, following my newly dressed Spring altar.

I find this to be one of the most exciting and humbling experiences.  Having a space within your home or garden to honour and give thanks for the approaching season is a wonderful tool of connection.  It becomes a focal point for Spring and encourages you to gather and craft as you source seasonal treats.

Whether you are about to dress your altar for Ostara or like me you choose to create an over-lighting Goddess of Spring, changing your altar to reflect the colours, fruits and energies of this season is a great way to connect and a fun thing to do today.

3. Dig for victory

Spring is known for being the time to sow new seeds of intention as we finally break free from the shackles of Winter.

It is the season of rebirth and nature, so what better time to get out into the garden.  Weeding, garden maintenance and planting are great ways to watch the season unfold, as you will have the pleasure of witnessing the fruits of today’s labour take root over the next 3 months.  Garden centres are lovely and inspiring places to spend an Equinox.  Treat yourself to a new (or second hand) pot, some pretty plants and a handful of seeds and get your hands in the earth…the source of all connection.

4. Cleanse and clean

It’s not called ‘Spring cleaning’ for nothing!

Today is an open portal to release the old and to make way for the new.  Giving the house a deep clean, finding homes for that surface clutter and even clearing out the wardrobe of Winter and unwanted clothes is a great thing to do today.

Follow this up with a cleansing smudge using tools such as sage, palo santo or even floral room sprays and Bach remedies (Crab Apple and Walnut are particularly cleansing!) whilst asking any energy that no longer serves you to leave your home.  If weather allows, crack those windows open to visualise it leaving and the clean renewed air filling its void.

5) Book a treatment

Booking a therapy such as Reiki, Crystal Healing or any treatment that supports the flow of energy around and out of the body is a loving gift to yourself and makes the transition into a new season that much more seamless.

This is even a great time to start a new Bach mix, especially if you’re feeling sluggish, lack confidence to seize this next phase or need motivating to go out and grab Spring’s opportunities.

6) Craft, bake and make

Spring encourages us to get creative and to start new projects.

Making our homes the focus of our attention creates strong foundations and encourages us to invite others in to share our space.  Today, start that up-cycling project you have been meaning to or give the walls a lick of brightening paint.  Make something from scratch or even mend it.

Crafts, baking and DIY projects have Spring written all over them so get busy today and try something new.

Perhaps even sign up for an art class or further studies of interest…Spring encourages you to try something new so ride on the coat-tails of this energy change.

7) Give an offering

Perhaps one of my favourite things to do and the ultimate way to invite Spring into your life in my opinion.

Select seasonal flowers and fruits, bio-degradable items, protective tigers eye or loving rose quartz, and if you are lucky enough to be bleeding at this time then even add your menstrual blood in a gift to Gaia.

Take a stroll, follow you heart and leave your offering nestled by an inviting tree or within a babbling brook with a few words of gratitude and intention for the coming months.

8) Get active in nature

Getting out in nature for a stroll with your fur baby or even a jog along to your favourite music are other great tools of connection.

Why not practice some mindfulness whilst you are doing it.  Noticing how your body is feeling whilst exercising or even allowing your eyes to wander in amazement at the abundant fields, the scenes of green or the blue skies.

If you can muster-up nothing more today than a hop, skip or once around the block then you have done something to honour the day.

9) Visit a farm or butterfly house

Butterflies are such a vision of metamorphosis and remind us of the beauty in change.

Their synchronicity seems rather plentiful this season and witnessing them going about their business with their new wings today can be a lovely way to spend an Equinox.  Visit a butterfly house and if you are able to, ask one of the experts to teach you more about how they mate, eat and their life expectancy…it’s fascinating!

Or perhaps visit a community project or farm.  Often at this time of year it’s lambing season and you may be lucky enough to feed one.  Being amongst baby animals and animals in general can be a restorative feeling and a Spring feel good factor.

10) Answer your hearts calling!

Perhaps an obvious tip, but maybe not!

Too many of us feel that there is a right and wrong way of doing things and that honouring a seasonal change warrants spiritual bells and whistles…but it doesn’t!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, going to Glastonbury is no more enlightening than going to the end of your garden if you are not called to be there and are simply following suit.  Your heart, when open and free of ego, is your own personal sat nav to Spring.  Allow her to guide you to where you need to be and what you need to do today.  If you feel inspired to do any of the other 9 suggestions then do it.  If you have a ‘random’ place pop into your head, then visit it.  If your body is tired and you need rest today, then rest.

Answering your hearts calling today is ultimately the best way to spend a Spring Equinox.

Have a wonderful Spring everyone, however you choose to connect today, it’s coming and it’s going to be great!

Yours in love and Spring-light,

 

 

 

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When asked what my favourite season is, I answered without hesitation, Spring!

For many of us, Spring is an eagerly anticipated time of year.  It’s an opportunity to say goodbye to dark nights, cold weather and the anti-climax of Christmas, whilst welcoming a renewed sense of optimism in its place.  For me, it’s no different.

There is something quite magical about Spring.  I always feel it’s another chance to regroup and to refocus on my goals for the year ahead; picking up the slack from any January intentions or resolutions I might have missed.

From the sight of the first snowdrops peering above the morning frost to later enjoying abundant fields of dancing yellow daffodils, I have really started to appreciate the beautiful transition into this life-giving time of year.

On a recent walk with my little Audrey, I felt a sensory overload from the surrounding green landscapes and the sight and smell of newly emerging flowers and trees.  It made me realise just how many opportunities for mindfulness this season brings.

Mindfulness seems to be the ‘buzz’ word again at the moment, but it’s quite simply an easily adopted act of gratitude and a way to be present.   It’s even something you can get the kids to do!

It’s nothing more than a conscious decision to bring our wandering minds back to what is going on around us and to acknowledge the moment in all it’s witnessed beauty.   It can be the simple decision to stop and smell the flowers, the awareness that we are feeling a strong emotion, the decision to walk with our head up and not down so that we may take in our surroundings, or the appreciative focus on the inhale and exhale.  It is everyday tasks that so many of us take for granted, rush through or even suppress.

With the stresses and strains of modern day life, I quite often find myself slipping out of the present and either into the past or time-travelling to the future.  This can be a very dangerous way to live as not only can it bring unnecessary worries, but it also stops me living and understanding what’s going on within and around me.

Unlike guided forms of meditation, albeit a similar exercise, mindfulness isn’t about escaping the mind or body in order to relax.   We no longer want to imagine our feet in the sea or walking barefoot on lush grass, it’s now about doing those things in ‘real time’ and enjoying every bloomin’ minute of it…even the bits that seemingly go wrong!

During mindfulness practice we are encouraged to ‘check-in’ and to feel our pain within the body, note our feelings, ask our fleeting thoughts to come back to the here and now, and to really engage every one of our senses.  It does take an element of effort and practice, and initially can even be frustrating as it’s human nature to allow our minds to wander too far without significant training.

Mindfulness has become an essential part of my self care routine.  It is helping me to live more in the moment and in turn build abundance through acts of gratitude.

For me, I often find that I do my best thinking and feel more centred when in nature.  Whether that be by the sea or in the countryside, I always try to take in my surroundings and appreciate the simple pleasures such as the changing seasons, a birds song, a dogs wagging tail or a butterfly resting on a leaf.   Treating the experience with some effort in order to imagine I was using my eyes, ears and touch for the very first time, with the excitement and appreciation an infant would.  I even enjoy using the process to bring awareness and rationality to my feelings and blocks within the body; as they say “when you feel it, you can heal it”.

The official start of Spring will vary from person to person.  Some will see the 1st of March as the start of this abundant season, others witness the turning of the wheel to Imbolc as the seasonal marking, but for me I invite the upgrade with the celebration of the Equinox.  This is when I change the altar within my home and when I feel confident I have fully released and integrated the lessons and blessings of the seasons predecessor.

Spring really is a cycle of liberation and exploration, which encourages us to try new things, to take leaps of faith and above all else to give thanks for our wholeness and our surroundings.  It is the best time to practice mindfulness and gratitude.  Whether that be appreciation for my senses, for my freedom or for the simple pleasure of walking with my best friend Audrey.

I encourage you all to try some mindfulness today by getting outside to take in all that this wonderful season has to offer or by simply laying in stillness as you concentrate on the life giving breath moving freely around the body.

Yours in love and Spring light,

 

 

 

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“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown.  And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone, if your time to you is worth savin’.  Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone…for THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN” Bob Dylan

As per usual, in the true spirit of flow and divine timing, I find myself reflecting on my guidance and insights on the very eve of the Winter Solstice.  And in accordance with my increasing ‘style’ of channelled receivership, it has come complete with lyrics, this time courtesy of Bob Dylan!  For I personally know all too well right now that this particular Winter will bring times of change; whereby you literally have only two choices…to sink or to swim.

Tomorrow, 21st December, welcomes the shortest day of the year and marks the official start of Winter in the astrological calendar.  This is an energetically anticipated Winter season in the UK as this year it doesn’t just feel like a time for pagans and spiritual folk alike to witness.  I believe that as we are ascending as individuals and as a collective into the 5D, after whats been a very difficult and trans-formative year, a majority of us are ready (or almost ready) to embrace change, to invite alchemy and to take individual responsibility – and I for one cannot wait!  Together with a full moon following on 22nd, this feels more like a weekend to honour ancestral tradition, rather than just a day this year.

This is perhaps the first Winter that I have truly embraced, looked forward to and whole-heatedly surrendered to its unique seasonal offerings.  Because despite the season that usually brings 3 bleaker months and a ‘Crone-eque’ energy, I can really appreciate the invitation to rest, reflect and to build a nest from which I can fly come the Spring.  For this year I have physically let go by allowing my weary body and mind to rest, and I have learned how to emotionally succumb to my shadows as much as my light.  All of which I feel stand me in good stead for a reflective and strongly anchored Winter.

Winter for me follows on perfectly in theme from its predecessor, Autumn.  For like its seasonal colleague, Winter is just as much about letting go.   In Winter we are bare.  We hold no fruit on our branches and no leaves to hide behind; we are ourselves, naked, and more vulnerable to the light as much as the darkness.

This Winter exposes us in many ways and expands our truths.  It closes down many gateways, opens more, and brings the painful lessons and baggage of 2018 to a climax for us.  Therefore, if you have done the work this year in terms of now finding yourself in deep and reflective surrender upon the Solstice rather than bitter resistance, then I believe you will be rewarded as you travel into another season and ascension opportunity.

There is no doubt about it, this season requires a giant leap of faith and mammoth strides into the unknown!  Channels and light-workers, including myself, are struggling to get clear insights into what the season will bring, as there is a loss of connection together with unsettling ascension symptoms.   It can be tempting during the Winter to seek readings, guidance, to be susceptible to outside influence and to simply ignore the need to be patient and listen to our own hearts and callings.    The solar plexus, third eye and crown are particularly heightened around the time of the Solstice and this is making for heavy and weary bodies.

NB: As well as a personalised Bach mix, utilise Cerato for the self doubt, Impatiens to settle down the need for answers,  Walnut for the sensitivity to a seasonal change and ascension and Olive for being over-tired.

The Solstice feels more important than ever to celebrate this year, and feels about the weekend as much as it does the day.  Calling for rest, self-awareness and lots of self love and care.

I am not surprised that I started to get insights about where to be tomorrow some months back, as in many ways I am travelling lost right now, whilst painful cycles wrap-up and I am waiting for seeds I have sown to grow and show me the way.  Pathways are unclear and we can no longer rely on old ways of coping or living; being pulled for the final times right now between chaos and clarity.

People, particularly narcissists, ego driven energy vampires and alike are falling away as those ready to ascend are shedding the hangers on.  I for one am adopting self forgiveness and self mastery at this time – making clear intentions about who my customers are in 2019 and just which communities of people I am willing to serve.  Our audiences and circles are changing, as are the ways in which we love ourselves and others, thanks to the lessons this year.

The time between the last Winter Solstice and this one has been huge for me, and has felt like I have been travelling and breaking for a lot longer than a year.  As a result I am really starting to pull back and to put my own needs and healing first.  This feels a fundamental thing to do for all of us so that we stop allowing others to ride on our coat-tails in order to avoid their own pain….that’s it now, whoever doesn’t want to learn how to swim will be forced to sink until they do.

We are letting go now and this weekend feels so important in both gratitude and forgiveness for ourselves as much as for anyone else who has travelled with us to date.

I wish I could tell you what is on the other side of the Solstice, which usually is much easier to predict, but right now it’s simply a time to trust, to be patient, and to ride the storm.  Be prepared to flow and to adapt more than ever this season as plans cannot always be made when we are required to follow our guts and the universal signs.  For example I have been called to Barry Island tomorrow as per guidance I received some months prior, but on the eve of the Solstice my ascension symptoms are crippling my body with heightened pain and fatigue.  But as Winter is indeed the season of rest, integration, laying foundations and self-mastery, then I trust all of those things can be achieved pottering within my own home as it can walking the Welsh beaches.

On the eve of a very powerful weekend I wish you all peace.  I wish you all a prosperous new year and season.  Remember to follow your own path this season, embrace the unknown and the seas of change, whilst increasing your self care during what can be more testing times.  Utilise the Bach remedies as this is a season known for it’s triggers and emotions.

You can read more about coping with the festive season in my latest blog here

Happy Winter Solstice!

Yours in love and Winters light,

 

 

 

 

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Blogging on the morning of the Autumn Equinox, I feel as though my guides have well and truly left it until the last minute to bring my words and energy together!

I have always enjoyed the change in a season, but it was only a year ago that I actually started celebrating each turn of the wheel and really witnessing the beauty and energetic opportunities that each individual season brings.  Spring and Autumn have always been my personal favourites, and that’s because they both hold a rebirth in many ways.  Coming out of the darkness of the Summer and Winter, which are times when we tend to be triggered, reflect and go inward a lot more; the two Equinoxes can bring a sense of long-awaited clarity and new beginnings as a result.

Today, 23rd September, marks the Autumn Equinox for 2018 and the official start of our beloved Autumnal season.  The season of colour, of magic, of abundant nature and of opportunity.  Anything is possible in Autumn.

It’s a time when we are happy to slow down a little, to appreciate the simpler things in life like a walk in the park to witness the falling leaves or a natter with a friend over a pumpkin spiced latte.  Nature is arguably in its most beautiful form as pockets of browns, golds, oranges and reds seem to fill every street, park, and corner of the world.

Nature comes out to play for perhaps it’s final time, with insects such as spiders coming into the house to mate (something so many of us dread!) or wild animals seen gathering food before they go into hiding over the cold Winter months.  There is a crisp to the air and we enjoy collecting fallen conkers, apples and leaves with the children, or for any gathering Goddess’s altar!

Food is at its freshest and tastiest during this time of harvest. When those who have been working hard in the fields or on their allotments reap the fruits of their labours, bringing us plump pumpkins and succulent squashes fit for any hearty homemade soup bowl.  It really is the most beautiful of seasons, and every sight and smell associated with September through to November is nothing short of a comfort blanket.

If you are inspired by nature like I am then this season really calls for you to put on those wellies and to get out and about!  It’s a much slower paced season, yet we often achieve most of our goals and bring together the majority of the years healing and lessons.  That’s because there is a clarity to Autumn and a real supportive and universal magic.

September is the start of the school year and as a result a new spiral of learning.  Along with this month we all start new beginnings in our own way, and this is a time when we want to learn, we want to tie-up lose ends and we want to expand our knowledge, putting an end to procrastination.  October brings myth and magic.  A month when we can dress up, wear masks and be both enchanting and enchanted, increasing our connection to other worlds as the veil is at its thinnest.  And November brings fire and light.  Whether that be Diwali or good old bonfire night, we use this month to ignite passions and creativity and to start a month of celebration and connection.

The order of Autumn, particularly as the Equinox is followed by a powerful full moon in Aries tomorrow, and as always is surrounded by many planetary activity, is to LET GO!

Nature thriving in it’s season teaches us so much about what we can expect from the coming months.  You do not see a tree panic because it has Halloween costumes to make, or a squirrel with anxiety because it’s annual bonfire night celebrations aren’t going to plan do you?  That’s because nature adapts to what each season calls for, and in Autumn you will see them busy, but with a quiet confidence that they will get the job done all before Winter comes.

Trees stand tall and take root, only letting go of their leaves which no longer serve them.  Animals gather food, insects mate, and the flora and fauna start to die back to protect itself from a looming Winter.  It’s a month of preparation and of harvest.

There is a sense of achievement with this season and opportunity is literally everywhere…acorns are no longer just in the trees, but on the ground, at your feet!

This particular past years spiral of healing has been tough for many of us as their has been a collective shift and ascension, so coming into Autumn there is a sigh of relief for many.  We cannot completely rest on our laurels, but just like the nature around us we can now enjoy the fruits of our labour.  Starting to apply our newly found clarity and knowledge over the next few months, just as if we too are going ‘back to school’.  We can be grateful for our painful lessons of the Summer and feel renewed with the change in energy.

Letting go and forgiveness are key this season, as coming into today there has been a heavier energy, which I for one have been feeling on a huge scale.  You may have been experiencing lower back pain as the root chakra grounds, chest pain as the heart chakra has been expanding and releasing old loves, and headaches as the third eye opens to help us see our paths more clearly.  I’ve personally had the ‘energy flu’, which on top of overdoing it with my new house move I have felt pretty wiped the past few days, but I can see the beauty in my body adapting to this new season and in the need to ‘let go’.

Letting go isn’t just about the obvious sense of letting go of people and patterns that are toxic or no longer serve you on your path of healing, but it’s about letting go of outcomes and surrendering to the great unknown.  That can even be something as simple as taking more rest days if your body calls for it (but your busy diary doesn’t), or eating that slice of cake instead of refusing it….as these things are all tests from the universe that you are willing to trust and to let go of the human need to control.

Since becoming more consciously aware of the changing in seasons, both in my energy body and desire to respectfully celebrate the wheel turns, I was disappointed that Autumn isn’t bringing much of a celebration due to being so tired.  I spent the Winter Solstice in Avebury on a Starlight Soul Journey, I spent the Spring doing something I can’t remember but lovely no doubt, and I spent the Summer Solstice in Ceremony on Brighton Beach.  With Autumn being one of my favourite times of the year I felt sure the guidance of where to be would be huge, but instead it feels like it will be a day of pottering, running errands and perhaps if I am lucky a walk in the park with Audrey later.  But in this realisation I understood exactly why Autumn wasn’t as profound a celebration as I had hoped for, and that was because I am supposed to let go and surrender, to find contentment in isolation and gratitude in rest.  The guidance I receive is for me as much as it is for you guys!

As Autumn is about getting your house in order, spring cleaning for perhaps the second time this year and finding a grounding and mindful presence, then it makes complete sense that the Equinox for me is being marked in this relaxed and flowfull way.

In surrendering to the many magical aspects of this season I know that I will achieve so much more.  Autumn requires productivity but at a much slower pace, which needs to include rest and integration.  It needs to involve mindful walks, nature connection, new learning and self-acceptance.  I am so excited to be moving home during this season, as it really proves that anything is possible during these next 3 months and marks a huge new beginning for me, and a lot of letting go.

Autumn is steeped in opportunity, dripping in clarity and engulfed in magic.  So whatever you do, enjoy!

Yours in love and Autumnal light,

 

 

 

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On 21st June 2018 we welcome the Summer Solstice to the UK, which officially marks the start of our summer season and the longest day of the year.

For anyone of alternative faith or spiritual practice this is a very important date in the calendar, which will encourage swarms of likeminded folk to connect their hearts across the world, and to ideally witness the first sunrise.

Since I have started blogging about all things healing related, with a view of helping others to connect to and witness their own paths through a collective journey, it has been my intention to write a blog each time we rotate to a new season, with the aim of giving my readers tools and insights into how to connect to this energy.  But on my morning run today (yes you heard that right!), I was finally given the guidance I have been waiting for as to what the summer solstice means to Honeysuckle Healing and in turn me and my readers.

This season feels less about telling you what to do and how to do it, and more about telling you in the words of Fleetwood Mac to ‘go your own way’.  That’s because summer is a time when we naturally find ourselves in a better frame of mind and with that I feel comes a subtle confidence in our own decisions and plans.  Our mental health seems brighter and we often seek out friends, new experiences and playful connection.  We want to go on walks or even runs to obtain our summer bodies, we crave to be outside in nature and take more day trips, enjoy weekends away or holidays to really soak up that current bun!

Like Christmas we allow ourselves a few more indulgencies with richer foods and cooling ice-cream enjoyed al fresco and even a couple of cheeky ciders in a ‘sun-trap’ beer garden.  These seasonal treats that we perhaps take for granted are all subtle signs of what this season holds.  It holds connection.  It holds vibrancy and it holds the opportunity for increased light and good times.  We tend to go with the flow a lot more in the summer, taking up friends and neighbours last minute invitations of BBQ’s in the garden, watching our England boys on the big screen down the local pub (well done on last nights victory by the way lads!), sneaking off from work a little earlier on a Friday to meet our mates or even stopping off for a swift half of adult lemonade on our way home from the office.  Summer sees the anticipated ‘festival’ season and we relax in open spaces, or even hop on a plane and visit another country to really escape the daily grind.  Children enjoy extended breaks from schools and we spend more time with family, which can be both a blessing and a trigger for many parents!

That said, as I ran alongside the lovely Will from Will Jones Fitness, he asked me what I was up to for the rest of the week and I said I was off to Brighton tomorrow!  It sounded really random saying it out loud and that’s because it wasn’t a planned break and more of an intuitive online search late last night!  With every lap of the park that made me lose my puff I spoke about the need to follow your heart on Thursday, and as I shared this with Will I realised the very content of my Summer Solstice blog.  And that was that, just as I told him,

where you need to be on the Summer Solstice is exactly where your heart leads you.

From those avid solstice gatherers to those who are awakening and may well be considering attending an event or marking it in some way for the first time this year, I think we all often make a common mistake.  We all follow the crowds.  Like spiritual sheep on some kind of pilgrimage we seek out the international points of focus and collective worship such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Stanton Drew and Glastonbury to name but a few in the UK.

We feel as though the only way in which to mark this occasion is to do something that our fellow gods and goddesses are doing, or to be barefoot, cloaked, adorning seasonal flowers in our hair and carrying a larger than life crystal around with us for the rest of the day.  Something ‘simple’, solitary or that isn’t even a designated solstice ceremony seems a little too out there for some.  But what I realised this very day is that this Thursday you will have no more of a solstice connection, no more support from Gaia or be no more enlightened by visiting the sacred Ganges than you will be if you sat around a puddle in the middle of the road! You will be no more witnessed in a temple than you will be in your own home and you will be no more enlightened sat in Glastonbury than you will be in your own garden!  Don’t get me wrong, being witnessed by your tribe can take the vibration through the roof, but the point is that if you aren’t answering a call, and I mean a true call from within, to be at this place of worship then you may as well be at home or in your local park creating your own ceremony.  That’s because we do not need temples, we do not need ‘sacred’ places and we do not need to necessarily be led in ceremony on this day any more than we do any other day, for on this day more than ever we need to listen to our guts and we need to go where we are drawn.  The overlighting ‘solar’ energy of this time will be about igniting that ‘solar’ energy in your centre, so connect to those yellow chakras that mimic the sun and trust that gut!   For often, if you are on a healing journey and evolving at any rate, then you won’t necessarily be called to the closet place to your home or the space you always go to (or hold) out of habit or because all of your tribe congregate there, instead you will be called to what will help you to fulfil YOUR renewed intentions for this next 3 month healing spiral.

For me I am called to Brighton this year.  To connect with my soul sisters Katy and Kath from Starlight and to connect with the sea.

To be held in a space that I know will release deep wounds, aided before I even arrive in Brighton by taking a side step away from that circle of comfort.  As they say, life begins where your comfort zone ends!  When I was guided that this is where I needed to be at 4.15am no less on Thursday, I found all the reasons I couldn’t be there.  I couldn’t afford it.  I had pre-arranged appointments.  I’m tired.  I didn’t feel up to a 3-4 hour drive.  I had to take Audrey with me as no-one was home to pup sit (plus I don’t like to go away without her really), I’d put on weight since I last saw them and wasn’t looking my best.  You name it, I found a reason not to go.  But I realised that this was resistance.  And I asked myself what I wanted from the next 3 months – did I want to be kept in my comfort zone by going to the nearest and easiest place to my home or did I want to be taken out of it, addressing fears and ‘showing up’ head on.  The latter would take me to Brighton.

As I bit the bullet and booked my accommodation I also started to challenge the ‘I cant’s’ and with a dose of inner alchemy they become ‘I cans’’.  For example, taking Audrey to a 5 hour early morning meditation doesn’t come without its anxieties.  I know that she may choose to wriggle and bark throughout the whole thing, ruining it for me and those who choose to come, meaning we could end up driving all that way and end up spending the morning on our own for disrupting the circle.  But again, I challenged this and thought, why wouldn’t I want to see the sunrise with my best friend, the one who always ‘shows up’ for me with no questions asked.  Why wouldn’t I want to invite unconditional love and loyalty, which are just some of the traits of a dog, into my ceremony and intentions for summer.  That said, of course she needs to be there.  And the fear and worries of what could go wrong, only serve as a reminder of exactly why I am choosing to drop everything, rearrange my appointments and bomb it down the M27 to Brighton…..because I want to do something out of my comfort zone.  I want to tell the universe that I am ready.  I invite change this season.  I invite a different way of doing things and I trust the flow.

The solstice is not a time to ostracize yourself, it’s a time of inclusion.  But that doesn’t mean that you have to follow a particular religion, or way of life to benefit from this event and season that follows.  This is not a time that is only present for channels, space-holders, healers, priestesses, druids and alike.  It’s an ancient gift that’s open to all, regardless of age, gender, sexuality or religion and there is no one practice that means you will get the most from the season.

Those who will obtain the most growth from what will unfold are those who listen to what they need to do.  Who don’t necessarily follow the crowds or clicks (unless that’s right for them) and instead do what feels ‘right’ for them.  We are all equal on the solstice and she is there for whoever is ready to connect and honour her, in whatever service that means.  This time it’s about challenging what you have been doing and look to do things a bit differently.  It’s been a real wave of emotions and energy of late and people are being deeply challenged and triggered.  It feels a rebellious time, when I personally am so sick and tired of being told what to do or how I should act and feel.   It’s a season of losing the pacifier or filter in some respects.   So ask yourself do you want to stay within that familiar cycle of pain or do you want to shake it up, and show up?

My seasonal message and advice to you this solstice is to simply enjoy it.  Follow your own path.  Do things your own way.  And perhaps push through resisting boundaries a little that say there is a right way and a wrong way to connect.  For you, it may only mean creating a summer inspired altar in your home.  Or offering a crystal to the sea or ground.  Or getting up earlier on Thursday to watch the sun come up somewhere.  The solstice is a time of change and it’s a time of solar energy, so follow that ‘gut’ and you might just be surprised where it leads you.

Solstice blessings everyone.  Wishing you a wonderful 3 months.  It’s time to step into that light.  Life is for living, so take that road trip!

Yours in love and light,

 

 

 

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On the eve of the Spring Equinox I find myself arriving late to the party with my suggestions for how you can connect to this wonderful time of year.  But when you work intuitively, as I do, you often find blog ideas come to you with less than opportune timing!

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs and monthly Honeysuckle newsletters, my path of awakening and search for authentic self has led me to discover a deep love of nature, and a new found respect for Gaia.  I am no longer able to watch seasons come and go without feeling an overwhelming desire to acknowledge them in some way, just as my ancestors will have done many years ago.

The Spring Equinox is a biggie for me.  I LOVE Spring.  Everything about it evokes light and new beginnings with the arrival of new blooms and the awwww moments only witnessed at the sight of a baby animal trying to work out how to use its new pins!  There is a real innocence attached to Spring and an energy that feels renewed and like anything is possible.

For me the main 5 principles of Spring are:

BALANCE, REBIRTH, LIGHT, EQUALITY, NEW BEGINNINGS.

Therefore if you can find a personal ritual that will connect you to one or more of those things, well then you are going to be working with the season rather than against it…and for me, it need only be as simple as that!

There are many wonderful blogs out there at the moment from channels and intuitives who I respect very much, and they all have amazing insights into the best and most traditional ways to welcome in Spring.  For me, I have learnt, perhaps through the hard way on reflection, that you have to find your own ritual, something that works for you.  Part of awakening is to believe in yourself and to walk tall and proud on your own path, not being quite so easily influenced by others.  Therefore this blog is put together based on what I have been guided to share today and how I will be personally connecting to this season.  But if you take nothing else from this blog, I hope you take the reassurance that there is no right or wrong and that connecting to the Spring Equinox, which falls on Tuesday 20th March in the UK this year, is all you need do, in whatever way feels right for you.

 

BALANCE

EQUINOX is derived from the Latin word aequus (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night).  It is said that both the day and night on the Equinox are of equal length; seeing 12 hours of daylight before we witness 12 hours of darkness.  This symbolism acts as a gentle reminder of the need for balance.

So quite simply, use this season to find balance.  Balance in the body through activities such as Yoga.  Balance in the mind through activities such as meditation or mindfulness.  Balance in the soul through practices such as energy or crystal healing or indeed just finding ways to awaken, giving yourself permission to explore who you truly are.  And my personal favourite, balance of the emotions, which of course my preferred way in which to do this is through regular use of the Bach flower remedies.  The ways in which you find balance today and through the next 3 months needn’t be a huge task.  Just keeping a journal of where you are at physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually for example will give you a good gauge and seeing it in Black and White can be the wake up call you need to address what’s coming up.  Balance for you right now may be as simple as working hard but learning to schedule enough time to rest.  Or continuing to give to others but remembering to give to yourself.

 

REBIRTH

With the welcome sight of new buds and blooms really coming into their own this month and the arrival of baby animals, signs and syncronicities of rebirth really seem to be everywhere this season.  Rebirth has many connotations, and it can be as much about the death of old patterns and behaviours in order to be born again, metaphorically speaking of course.

Therefore some of the easy ways you can connect to the Spring rebirth element is to get outdoors!  Connect to Gaia, tend the land, get in the garden and plant new seeds, re-pot old plants and bring flowers into your home.  From the prospective of rebirth for the soul, writing letters to past relationships, people who’ve hurt you or even your younger self or inner child is a great way to rid the past and to step into an age of a new you!  Burn these letters (taking care here) and give them back to Gaia as offerings and a way to further release these feelings.  In order to be reborn you must first let go, so find ways today to let go of anything and anyone that no longer serves you.

 

LIGHT

With the Spring Equinox giving us more daylight than we’ve been used to for a while, today is a great way to connect to the light.  Find a way to get outside today (you can combine the suggestions for rebirth and do a spot of gardening perhaps!)  Light candles to invite more light into your home and attend fire ceremonies where possible.  Pastels, Greens, Whites and Yellows conjure up Spring for the visionary senses so wear these colours, bring them into your home and use crystals such as Rose Quartz and Moonstone to connect to the colour pallet and balancing energies.  Visualisations whereby you bathe yourself in crystaline light is another way to connect to your higher self and to invite more universal light into your life.

The term ‘Spring clean’, well this is of course the perfect time to do that!  Run the duster round, get rid of those old boxes, wash the windows, throw out old clothes, have a revamp and replace those old light bulbs.  Give your home renewed light by having less clutter and cleaner panes of glass to see out of for example.

 

EQUALITY

With today having roughly an equal amount of day and night across the world, again I take this as a sign that connecting to this season is about bringing equality into life.  Similar to finding balance, finding equality for me means connecting to the divine.  Finding an equal measure of feminine and masculine in all that you do and in turn addressing imbalances in our characteristics, outlook and emotions if we are leaning more towards one divinity than the other.

Feminine energy in my opinion can be softer and leans more towards the creative qualities of the right side of the brain.  It’s nurturing, life-bearing, compassionate, empathetic, spiritually enlightened and strong in the face of adversity.  Masculine energy in my opinion is rational, logical, strong in more of a physical sense, analytical, grounded, straight-talking and exhibits a lot more of the left side of the brain qualities.

To be truly equal and balanced I believe you need to exhibit both qualities in equal measures, regardless of your gender.  Therefore the equality highlighted today can be a simple need to awaken these qualities.  Visit Goddess temples, read books about masculine and feminine energies, take part in activities that would be stereotypically deemed as ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ regardless of your gender or comfort zone, take part in a march or movement for equal rights and things to this effect.

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

Similar to rebirth, new beginnings is just what is says on the tin!

Spring and in particular the heightened energy of the Equinox is all about letting go and starting afresh.  The rebirth element concentrates on letting go and the new beginnings element is about just that, finding the new.

Take that class you’ve always wanted to, learn a new skill, learn to dance, start a course, change jobs if yours no longer excites you, move home if you aren’t happy where you are anymore, cut your hair, get adventurous!  You get the idea.  A new season and a new you!  Now is the time more than ever to step into your power and to become a new and wiser you, fresh from the hibernation of Winter.

 

Remember that this list is just supposed to give you an idea of how to start your Equinox celebrations and where you might like to focus your attention over the next 3 months, but it’s by no means exhaustive and the best rituals, ceremonies and celebrations really do come from the heart.  After all, you’re the one who knows what you need the most from this Season, so trust those intuitive pangs, those gut instincts and those heart calls…they will lead you safely into Summer.

Yours in love and Spring filled light,