Spring is here, Spring is here,
Life is Skittles and Life is Beer
I think the loveliest time of the year
Is the spring, I do, don’t you? ‘Course you do!
In the words of the immortal Tom Lehrer, Spring is here. The birds are chirping, the flowers are pushing up through their long-icy blankets, and young men are looking to get into trouble.
But spring is about more than stirring nature and loins. It is a renewal, a beginning of life, a turn of the seasons from the cold, dark winter, into a new hope.
It’s difficult for me to feel down when Spring is in the air. Those who suffer from depression can take advantage of the life around them and breath in the sweetness of life. Hold that memory against the darker days that you know will come back some day, hold it like a talisman against the doubt, against the fear.
The ancients believed that the Spring Equinox was a time of power. It is a time when the veil between the physical world and the other worlds can open. It’s a time to clean, pray, meditate, and feel the joy of all the life stirring around you. In Ireland, the 5,000 year old Loughcrew megalithic Cairn T illuminates inside with the rising sun on the equinox. The backstone of the chamber is covered with engraved sun symbols, and the light from the sun emblaze them into sharp relief. Such a construction took a great deal of calculation, manpower, and faith to create.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx are thought to be aligned with the Spring Equinox, as is Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The Tikal temples in the jungles of Guatemala are aligned with the rising sun of the Spring Equinox, as well.
It can be no coincidence that so many diverse ancient cultures revered this time of year. It is sacred and precious. Hold this bursting joy in your heart, and remember it in the heat of the summer, the dying of the autumn, and the darkness of the cold, winter nights.
Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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