One of my favorite ways to welcome and harness the energy of each season, is to create a small dedicated space to honor the seasonal shift.
The act of creating a physical shrine or altar in alignment with nature’s seasons can act as a reminder of the lesson’s we learned in the previous season, it can assist us to release what no longer serves, and finally it helps us to welcome in the fresh and new. If you are unsure of what exactly an altar is, I wrote a blog about it here.
The season of Spring is a fresh, crisp breeze. It is hope and clarity after a period of deep introspection. It is the warm sun on our face after a long dark winter. It is the thawing of all that has been frozen. It’s the flinging open of the drapes and windows to bring the outdoors in. It is the infusion of lightness, new beginnings, the planting of seeds, and clearing out the cobwebs so that new ideas and concepts can take root. It is the element of Air as it brings in clarity, space, and expansion. It’s the filling of our lungs as we deeply inhale change, focus, and new beginnings.
I thought winter might never end this year. To distract myself, I began anticipating the arrival of Spring weeks ago over on Pinterest. Browsing the soft, light images reminded me that all things do eventually come to an end and that not even winter is permanent ;) I now have a deep longing to now go hunting for crocuses once the snow melts a bit more here in Saskatchewan!
The process of curating Spring images brought up memories of my late grandmother who would always create an Easter tree. This tree was mostly comprised of branches and pussy willows adorned with pastel eggs. My grandmother was wonderfully creative, from paper tole to corn husk dolls to elaborate sewing projects, I always admired how she wove in natural elements. I can see now how we both share an eye for those muted browns, soft creams, and mossy greens.
The first step in creating an altar is to gather the items you want to arrange. For spring, I recommend collecting items that speak of clarity and lightness. Items that remind you of the rituals that may have been markers for you throughout your life, like those I touched on with my grandmother. Collect pieces that make you feel expansive and open.
For my altar I included:
a platter to arrange my items on. I picked this one up at Winner’s years ago and it is a favorite of mine :)
my favorite handmade pottery vase made by my aunt
some crystals including clear quartz and some fairy rings (also known as chalcedony). Spring always makes me think of the fae
a branch of pussy willows
my favorite owl feather that was gifted to me from my friend Nicole who runs Monarch Antlers with her husband Jeremi
a leaf skeleton, a gift from my friend Jenna with Flint & Feather Photography
a dried sprig of eucalyptus
a small pewter dish, to remind me to keep my hands open to receiving. This also doubles as a place to hold my jewelry at the end of the day.
and a brand new Air candle
Once I had collected my items, I simply began the therapeutic process of arranging them on the platter in a way that was aesthetically pleasing to me. This process isn’t meant to be fussy, altars are meant to be dynamic. Personally, I like to add things along the way, shift things around, switch out my oil blends, and just overall make it work for me. Once summer arrives, I will clear it all off and start anew.
I love breathing new life into items I already own and displaying them in a way that brings me joy. It’s also important to incorporate something fresh and new. I always include a new candle when I create a new altar. Picking up fresh floral every couple of weeks is something else that breaths life into a space. Fresh flowers sit next to my altar in our living room. The one’s depicted above were $5 tulips I purchased on a day I was feeling down. They bring me joy each time I look at them. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and truly represent spring.
If you are wanting to create some clarity and space this season, have a go at creating a small corner that’s just for you. For honoring the season of spring, I recommend any of the Air products to assist you with anchoring focus. Hop over to the online boutique and take a wander through.