Spring equinox today at 5:58pm (ET) as the Sun enters Aries. A few hours later at 9:43pm is the Full Moon in Libra--the Venus-ruled sign of balance and justice. Spring is marked by the Sun's ingress into the first division of the zodiac, Aries. In many cultures, Spring is considered the beginning of the year for this reason. As the Sun is said to be "exalted" in Aries, Spring represents the time when the Sunlight is at its peak. Interestingly, this Spring equinox is also marked by peak moonlight with the Full Moon in Libra. This means that the cosmic polarities of Sun and Moon (or Agni and Soma) will be in a unique balance today. You should feel rejuvenated and enlivened, and not just for today, but for the new season and phase of life that is opening. The Full Moon in Libra will help us see more clearly the ways in which we can gain more balance in our life, an apt theme for the Spring season!
In the Winter season, we naturally accumulate more Kapha to insulate and nourish us in the cold season. In Spring, all the accumulated Kapha of Winter begins to melt and flow. Thus, Kapha aggravations are characteristic of the Spring season. Congestion is one of the most common symptoms, making this is a perfect time to use a neti pot. The diet should start to shift from heavy foods to light foods, from grains to greens.
In Ayurveda, Spring is considered the optimal time of year for detoxification because of the increased flow in the body. It is the easiest time of year to evacuate toxins from the deeper tissues. Ayurveda also recommends seasonal cleansing in general because seasonal shifts are a shift in the elemental energies of nature which means the doshas are in flux. Cleansing is a way to ensure that the doshas will re-arrange themselves in harmony with the new season, instead of creating new imbalances. If your appetite, digestion, or elimination is feeling a little off during this shift, then take Triphala and start adapting to a Spring diet. Basic rule of thumb for Spring diet: greens! We should always take our cues from nature--if nature is greening, so should we.
In Tibetan astrology, Spring is associated with the Tiger, the Wood element, the Liver / Gallbladder, and the Eyes. The Tiger is an archetype of transformation--converting anger into wisdom. This is a time to allow the increased agni of Spring to digest toxic emotions, especially anger. The liver is one of the primary organs of detoxification, responsible for filtering toxins from the blood. And the blood is responsible for nourishing the entire body. This understanding also illustrates why Spring is traditionally associated with cleansing. It comes as no surprise then that greens are considered the best food for purifying the blood. Amla fruit is one of the best herbs for the liver which is also good to take right now.
In Tibetan Medicine, the eyes are described as the "fruit" of the liver. This means the health of your liver is reflected in your eyes. The eyes are a fiery organ--easily irritated by pollen and overheated by computer screens. If your eyes feel dry or aggravated in any way, fill an eye cup with rose water and wash them. This will cool, nourish, cleanse, and lubricate the eyes.
Spring is a time to purify and rejuvenate. With a renewed life-force, consider what you want to bring to fruition over the next few months. Wishing everyone a happy and beautiful Spring season! Those who are interested in going through a guided cleanse are welcome to message me.