Spring – Rebirth, New Beginnings, Fresh Start

According to Chinese cosmology, we moved into Spring with the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is also called the Spring Festival. March 20 marks the Spring Equinox and the middle of the Spring season. We’ve been noticing the signs of Spring for a while now and it most certainly feels like Spring weather now. The bulbs my in-laws brought back from Holland had been blooming beautifully for a few weeks now.

In Western Astrology, we begin a new year with the ingress into Aries. The Aries energy, the Wood Element frequency – this is dynamic and fresh. And Persephone’s 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 – Liver is closely related to the eyes. The energy also supports 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 Liver and Gallbladder season is anger, frustration, resentment, and bitterness…You may have heard “You’ve got some gall!” While it’s usually not used in a positive way, let us turn that around.

The Gallbladder is related to the Ego Centre Gate 51. This is Willpower and when Will is correctly used, it is beautiful and clean. Only about 30% of people have this energy centre defined, which means for them, it is a consistent for them. (This does not mean it is healthy for them to consistently wield it). With most people having an inconsistent Will energy, it’s a significant pressure and theme on the material world to prove ourselves. For many people the defined Ego energy, even when healthily expressed, is comfortable. It’s not surprising that “you’ve got some gall!” is often not a positive statement.

To have gall, to have will, to pursue what they know they deserve and not accept anything less – this is healthy for those with a defined Ego centre.

The Liver, according to Human Design, is in the G Centre. This is the Higher Self and Identity centre. Those with this centre undefined can be wise about the themes of this centre, if they are not lost in the conditioning which will be a pressure for them to always be focused on finding the love and direction. From a health perspective, those with an undefined G centre have a sensitivity with their Liver. Watch for any burdens on the Liver and perhaps a detox this Spring can help reduce and remove inflammation.  A detox comes in many shapes. Adding more bitter to the diet can be helpful. This may be including dandelion which could very well be growing in your own backyard! Find what works for you.

Energy Balancing

Jin Shin Jyutsu


Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gentle and yet powerful modality that balances the body’s energy and releases the blockages that we feel as tension, pain, and discomfort.  Book a session with What Therapy editor & Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Teacher & Practitioner to discuss your wellbeing concerns. Learn easy-to-do and effective sequences you can do on yourself.

Discover Your Energy Map

Human Design


Human Design provides us with an energy map that gives us insight into how we make decisions, how we relate to ourselves and others, how we are wired to take in food & information, the deepest conditioning forces and pressures, and how to align with ourselves.

Energy Check in

Quantum Biofeedback


Quantum Biofeedback is an amazing program that scans our energy field. We can see where there are acute and more longstanding energetic imbalances. Stand-alone sessions are a great way to do an energy check and weekly sessions are available by subscription.

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
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Working with  Your Inner Dragons

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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.

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 2024, Navarathri begins on April 9.
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The Wood Element

Working with the Energy of Spring for a Rebirth
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Ready for Spring?

Do This First
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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.

The Lymphatic Brush

Why People love it


The Lymphatic Brush by Cecily Braden has changed the game. This beautiful brush is a pleasure to use, which means you will use it. The best tool is the one you will use, right? Find out why this brush has moved to the top of my list.

Liver, Father, Anger, Solar Plexus

The Solar Plexus governs several organs including the Liver, which corresponds with Spring – perfect time to explore their relationship.
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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

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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

Tips for Spring Allergies

Gut Health Approach
Spring can mean allergies for many people. Here are some tips and product recommendations, including a Spring sale on natural products..
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Blue Tansy

for Liver Health
Blue Tansy is well-known for its hydrating, calming, and clarifying properties in skincare. Discover how it’s used for liver energy.
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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.
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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.