Oooooh, darlings! Can you feel it? It’s Spring! The world around us is getting lighter and brighter and awake-r by the day, and I feel like I’m brightening and waking up with it.
One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is take a walk outside. No matter where I am or what time of year, there’s something magical about knowing that THIS walk could never be quite like any other walk. It’s a place in time that’s completely unique, with a totally special and un-repeatable gathering of creatures, weather, and energy. It will only last a sweet little while. There’s actually a word for this, that happens to be used a lot in association with Spring—ephemeral. Isn’t that so lovely? It makes me want to notice and breathe it in and blow a secret kiss to everything I see.
This kind of noticing is more than just delightfully fun—it can help you receive messages that the Universe is trying to send you. Have you had a moment where you just felt very aware of a plant around you, perhaps more so than usual? Or maybe it popped into your head that you’ve seen a lot of such and such animal lately, and you’re not sure why you thought of it. Or are you just interested—even fascinated—by a certain creature whenever you see one? Those could all be nudges that a spirit animal (or spirit plant!) is talking to you. Yes, plants, animals, even rays of the sun and stars can speak to you if you are listening.
Here are a few nature-beings that love to share the Spring with us. I’ll tell you about the types of things each has been known to say, but it’s important to remember that your connection with for instance, a robin, will be unique to you. If you are still and truly intend to hear your message, you will. Messengers, or spirit animals, can be quite talkative, and have different things to say to different people (of course!), so trust your heart’s interpretation of what you hear. Then, call on your spirit animals when you need a little guidance—or a friend. You might not see them physically every time, but they listen too and will send you love.
Robin is the warm, witty, cheery trumpeter of the Spring. If you see a robin it might be telling you that a new day is dawning in some part of your life, and that you are strong and brave enough to handle the transition. Robin shows up when we are growing in our ability to trust our own intuition and express ourselves creatively. It says, “Keep your own sweetness and your own song, no matter what!” Robin loves when we show our own style and choose fun over drama, so if it sees you doing so, it might just sing you a little “Right on!” song.
Do you move the earthworms off the sidewalk and into the grass after a rainy day? Me too. They seem so vulnerable, but did you know that they have 10 hearts? They also do the majorly important work of enriching and aerating the soil that grows pretty much everything we need to live. I think “the force is strong” with these dears. If you especially notice earthworms they may have this message for you—that you should never underestimate yourself, because your contribution (just like theirs!) is more important than you think. The small can be mighty, and perhaps you should expect the unexpected. Oh, and also that it’s perfectly fine to be soft and squishy sometimes—you don’t always have to be tough!
Our friend the skunk might not be the first animal that pops into your mind as a messenger, but try thinking of skunk as one of the many Spring babies born every year—sweet, fluffy, and full of quiet wonder for its new world. Add the rainbow of Spring flowers around that fuzzball, and its black and white coat really stands out—indicating a message, perhaps? Though skunks have a pretty intense way to protect themselves (which you know if you’ve ever smelled it!) they would actually rather not use it. As some of the gentlest creatures in nature, skunks like to remind us to choose peace. If you feel connected to a skunk, you may need to tune into quiet self-respect in some part of your life. Listen to yourself, be proud of your gentleness, and give yourself any extra alone time you need.
A tree covered in Spring blossoms is almost overwhelmingly delightful, isn’t it? You could just get lost in all that scent and color and bloominess. Well, that’s exactly what cherry blossom wants you to do! You might notice cherry blossom especially when you’ve been sad, worn out or grumpy. We know that no emotion is bad, even the ones that can be difficult to feel (usually they just want to be felt, and then they’re on their way!). That said, if you’ve had a rough time lately cherry blossom might be letting you know that it’s good to seek balance. Give yourself a moment of fun, laugh, do something beautiful—like sit under a cherry tree!