On Friday, February 3rd, the 1st phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Start of Spring (Lichun Jieqi), begins at 10:34 AM EST as the sun reaches 315° Longitude (15° Aquarius). Start of Spring is the first of the six stages of spring. In this newsletter we will explore the “meaning” of springtime in general and then focus on the "meaning" of the first phase of the season. Then, further below, you will find Practice Guidelines for the Start of Spring Empowerment.
Over the next three months, springtime will gradually unfold. Day by day, you may not notice any change, but ninety days from now, looking back, you would notice a dramatic transformation all around. Nature will be green and bursting with vitality. The warming sky will be filled with chirping melodies and the buzz of insects. The “mood” of nature will have shifted by ninety degrees. The difference between wintry starkness and a landscape of animated greenery captures the essence of springtime.
Springtime represents the "rebirth" of nature which retreated underground over the last three months. The life force is about to burst forth with irrepressible vitality. Spring is an expansive life-affirming season that gushes with youthful exuberance. The themes embodied by springtime include new possibilities, and the excitement they generate. I envision Spring as a boy with large curious eyes eager to explore a mysterious new world. As we enter springtime, nature will support you when you embody the spirit of boundless possibilities.
Now let’s zero in on the meaning of the first phase of Spring, Start of Spring. If springtime is a time of new beginnings, then the 1st phase of Spring represents the beginning of the beginning. Picture an artist standing before a blank canvass. What will she paint? She doesn't know yet. The possibilities are endless. Her freedom is complete and so is her openness. Facing endless possibilities she is capable creating of anything. As soon as a vision emerges and she makes her first mark on the canvass, the universe of possibilities will shrink away from infinity, but before her vision emerges she embodies the "beginning of the beginning" and she is free to imagine anything.
The theme associated with Start of Spring is perfect freedom. Now is the time to allow yourself not to know. Over the next fifteen days relax the mental muscle that says "yes" to one thing and "no" to another. Drop judgement and opinions. Suspend both belief and disbelief. Welcome enlightened ignorance. Let your mind go for a swim in the sea of infinite possibilities. As springtime matures a new guiding vision will eventually materialize. But before that can happen you must create the space for that vision to emerge. Now is the time to awaken the field of "not knowing."
Practicing the Start of Spring empowerment on Friday, February 3rd between 10:34 AM EST and 12:34 PM EST will bring you into deeper alignment with the shifting cycles of the seasons and boost your energy level. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). Start of Spring lasts until Saturday, February 18th at 6:31 AM EST when Rain Water, the next phase begins. Until then, knock down the conceptual walls inside your head and drink from the wellspring of possibilities that resides within.