Symbols of New Life at the Vernal Equinox

Spring has arrived

Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring represents new beginnings and new life in many cultures. Eggs, bunnies, lambs, flowers, and green leaves on trees are all symbols of hope.

We also associate the vernal equinox with a time of spring cleaning: getting rid of the old, bringing in the new, and restoring vitality and health to our homes.

The spring equinox is also a time for creativity and fresh starts. This quote from playwright George Bernard Shaw fits right into these spring time themes:

Life isn’t about finding yourself.
It’s about creating yourself.

Last week I was thinking about pruning. This week I’m thinking about planting. In a literal sense, soon I will be planting seeds for a cut flower garden. In a metaphysical sense, I am thinking about planting new ideas and new ventures. Spring is a time for me to engage in the co-creative process with the Divine – to create a more beautiful world for myself and all those who cross my path. John B. Cobb, Jr., once wrote this about spring and the Christian observance of Easter:

This experience of new life emerging from dormancy or apparent death has existential meaning.  We all have times of discouragement, distress, or depression.  In the midst of such experiences, it often seems that there is no hope, nothing to which one can look forward.  Yet often that despair turns out to be mistaken.  There is a breakthrough.  There is new life.  One meaning of “faith” is a deep confidence that there are always new possibilities, that the darkness need not be the final word.  That faith is celebrated at Easter.

As you begin to shake off the short, dark days of winter and welcome the longer days of spring, think about what you could do to get a personal fresh start.

  • Are you in need of spiritual renewal?
  • Is your home life in need of restoration?
  • Is your work life due for a reevaluation to ensure it matches up with your values and goals?
  • Do you need a fresh start on your health and fitness?
  • Does your creative-self need some new inspiration?

Enjoy the days of spring for the warmth and beauty they bring, but also take time to reflect on the chance for new possibilities and new life.