Alfred, Lord Tennyson, captured the essence of the season of the Vernal Equinox in his famous line from the poem “Locksley Hall” “in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”. This poetic observation contains more truth about love relationships, passion, and the seasonal impact than Lord Tennyson may have known.
It is no accident that from a cosmic point of view, spring is certainly the time for the seeds of new love and romance to flourish, for soul mates to truly allow their hearts, minds and, yes, bodies become entwined in the blossoming of love.
The Vernal Equinox, Spring, marks the first of two times during the year that the hours of day and night are roughly equal. In a psychical sense, this would be a re-balancing of our internal spiritual clocks that have been shaded in the darkness of winter.
The tradition of “spring cleaning” takes on a special meaning where matters of the heart are involved. By consciously emptying the mental clutter of the recently past holiday season as well as, the emotional hangover that can impact even the most ardent of lovers from being forced indoors by winter weather, it becomes easier to view the coming warmth of the season as a rejuvenating force that lightens the spirit and lets the heat of passion rise once again.
Spring fever, often described as a kind of gentle lethargy brought on by warmer and longer days, is, in truth, the body’s way of releasing the weight of the cold and barren months of the winter just past and a reawakening of the heart and soul to the possibilities of a world that, once again, is coming alive with spring fever.
Feminine energy increases dramatically with the coming of spring and spring fever. Holidays celebrating the ancient goddesses of Astarte, Isis, Aphrodite, and Cybele were celebrated during March. As all know, spring is the time when seeds are planted, mating begins, and the world once again looks towards the promise of a fresh start. The intense bond of love and romance at this time is best illustrated in the myth of Ostara or Eostre (later to become Easter) who is reunited with her lover, the Light of the World, at the Vernal Equinox after he spent the winter months in darkness and death.