Spring – Rebirth, New Beginnings, Fresh Start

The archetype of Winter is stillness, retreat, contemplation, gathering by the hearth, and death. It is the most yin season of all, most receptive and passive.  Each season has its rhythm, energy, and archetype for us the microcosm to reflect and align with the macrocosm. It is time we stretch and expand into the next season.

February 4 2023 is “Start of Spring”, according to the 24 Solar Terms used by the Chinese. “Beginning of Spring” or Li Chun (立春) is the first solar term of a new cycle. The Chinese New Year, which is the second new moon after Winter Solstice, is also called the Spring Festival.

Just as Persephone of mythology shows, her return signifies vitality, fertility, and renewal.

Spring is an upward/outward energy, pushing through the darkness of the soil just as we emerge from the darkness of our own underworld journey to sit in the void. This is new beginnings, rebirth, and fresh starts. New growth.

In Chinese Medicine, this is the Wood element, which relates to Liver and Gallbladder. This is the season of vision. And of making short-term decisions to bring our dreams to fruition, with the understanding that all decisions can have a longer timeline. The realm of longer trajectories and “destiny” is Kidney, Bladder, Winter, and Water Element.

The attitude related to this season is anger, frustration, resentment, and bitterness…You may have heard “You’ve got some gall!” While it’s usually not a positive statement, let us turn that around.  What if we trust ourselves? And with full acceptance, we just do us, respecting everyone and their life force? It’s when our vision and the path to it is blocked that our anger rises, triggered by fear and filled with sadness. What minor adjustment can we make? How do we pivot to this apparent block?

As you know, part of the liver’s job is detoxification. Spring is a great time for a detox – to reduce and remove inflammation. Maybe it’s to detox parasites and pesticides which alter our eating habits and flora landscape as well our outer world.

Do you have dandelion growing in your backyard? Adding more bitter to our diet helps to strengthen our Liver and Gall Bladder, while also highlighting this frequency that may be out of balance in our life.

Perhaps in your winter meditation and stillness, you met up with some old beliefs that are ready to be channelled out? Did you come across locked-up areas within, from unforgiveness?

Detoxification, the elimination of all that leads to heaviness, sluggishness, and other ill effect, increases our energy and vitality. There are many methods of detoxification, all of which will have some emotional component to an extent.

Our Resurrection Story

Winter to Spring
Spring is the time for rebirh and resurrection. Regardless of your religious leanings it’s an archetypal time. What does resurrection mean for each of us?

Spring Navarathri

Invoking Shakti for All
While you may not be Hindu or a Shakti initiate, you can still benefit from this potent time of Navarathri, an important 9-day festival that takes place twice a year. No matter our spiritual practice, we are all seeking liberation. This means to see clearly who we truly are, which is limitless beyond words. We can invoke Shakti who is all and lies within us. In Devi Mahatmyam the Goddess says to the demon Shumbha that only she exists. This means you and I are Shakti, as are the asuras, ego, ignorance, and illumination. Shakti is all. Knowing this, perhaps it will bring more ease to our cultivation of compassion for all in existence. In 2023, Navarathri begins on March 23.
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The Wood Element

Working with the Energy of Spring for a Rebirth
Springtime’s energy is fresh, alive, active, and full of hope. Capitalize on this flow to plant seeds for a bountiful summer harvest, from the perspective of Chinese Medicine, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and Nutripuncture..
Ready for Spring?

Ready for Spring?

Do This First
Spring can be a tough time for many people, with hay fever and what not and lots of people get sick during seasonal transition times. Try doing this in the first week of spring (and any season) to healthier and well..

5 Ways to Support Your Lymphatic System

Boost Your Immune System & Overall Health
Check out these five pleasurable and easy ways to support your lymphatic system to ensure things move along and out of your body.

5 Ways to Support Your Gall Bladder & liver

Springtime is Liver & Gall Bladder Time!
Spring is a great time to support and build their energy. If you are waking up at night, especially between 1 AM and 3 AM, you can benefit from liver support. Perhaps it’s a simple detox with starting the day with lemon water. Or it may be an emotional detox.

Gate 51 & The Gall Bladder

Exploring the Human Design
What does this Gate of Shock have to do with the Gall Bladder?

Understanding Gall Bladder

Wood Element & Gall Bladder
Gall Bladder is more than bile. It’s a powerful energy that has to do with our evolutionary path. Learn how to harmonize and work with it.
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Working with  Your Inner Dragons

3-Part Series
To some, Dragons are mythical creatures. To others, they are mystical beings of another dimension. For everyone, working with our inner Dragons is powerful interior work.


May be Time for a Liver Detox
The liver and anger are intricately linked. Find out how from the Five-Element Theory how and what to do for liver health and emotional harmony.

Learn More About Our Liver

The liver is an amazing part of our body. Yet we know so little about its roles and the wonderful ways it helps in homeostasis. That’s liver intelligence.


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Boost Your Detox

With These Yoga Poses
Whether on a detox program or for every day wellness, yoga can help boost your body’s natural elimination systems.
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5 Things To Do To Maximize Your Cleanse

Find out from herbalist and naturopath Andrea Rivers at Herbal Matters what you could be doing to get the most out of your cleanse.
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The Thing About “Toxic People”

Do you have people around you who are judgmental, narcissistic, passive-aggressive or otherwise making you feel undeserving and unlovable? This article is for you, and all of us.

Give Acupuncture A Go

Tips & Info
Interested in this traditional treatment? Find acupucnture tips to maximize the benefits and your enjoyment of your treatment.
Mental Spirital Emotional Detox

Mental, Emotional & Spiritual Detox

Healing the Mind-Body Axis with cardiologist Dr Cynthia Thaik with these three core practices.
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Skin-Happy Detox Juice Recipe

Do you have a sluggish liver? Here’s a juice recipe for you.
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Decluttering for Real

Every Spring, we declutter. How long this state of calm and order last? Here’s a way to declutter and tidy for real.

Remedies for the Spring

Spring Fever photo by ana-do-amaral

Sick of Your Spring Allergies?

Here’s what to do.
Here are some natural ways to feel better come springtime.
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Why Do We Get Sick?

Do We Have It All Wrong?
Why do we get sick? We think that we get the cold because our immune system is compromised and the virus takes hold. Or an illness is genetic. Or is it?
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4 Things to Do For Your Health

Can 4 simple habits put you back on track to a healthy you? This Spring, start fresh and boost your year with four solid habits.

Moving Energy to Boost Your Immune System

Would you like to boost your immune function naturally? Find out how, with these powerful approaches. Time for more self-care.