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Once again, the sun is telling us we are in a time of transition.

A transition from the quiet reflective winter into the quickening energy of spring. The soil is warming, new shoots are bursting through and buds are starting to bloom.

This past Monday (the 20th of March), we in the northern hemisphere crossed over the equinox – where both day and night are equal – into Spring.

Spring is a time of childlike wonder – when neither harsh winter or the merciless summer is present. It’s about new life and hope, the planting of seeds and the activation of the fertility cycle.

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This time is associated with the goddess Ostara – the springtime goddess of fertility and rebirth. She is often depicted out in nature (usually with a hare and basket or nest of eggs) and is sometimes pregnant.

Ostara is her Celtic name. Eostre is her Saxon name. This is where the word for the Christian celebration “Easter” came from.

East-er referring to the sun rising in the east – warming of the earth to plant crops and sustain yourself another year.

You can see more depictions of the springtime goddess here.

The Egg Tradition

The coming of spring after the quiet sleep of winter is traditionally associated with fertility and creation of new life. This is physically represented through flowers, seeds, rabbits, and eggs.

Ancient traditions of working with eggs include farmers keeping them in their pockets as they planted new seeds. The tradition of the egg hunt has roots in a playful game of hiding chicken eggs all around the village. If you found one, it was good luck for an abundant year with a bountiful harvest.

Rituals for Transitioning into Spring

Transitioning into spring can feel emotionally heavy as well. When you are moving from the innerworld of winter towards the outerworld of the new season, so much needs to be shed and honored before the energy and life-force of spring can feel really good in your body.

This is where ritual comes in.

Ritual helps you ground into what you’re feeling (the shedding of thick sadness, increased energy that feels overwhelming, etc) to move you into the new energy with grace and sustained energy.

A springtime ritual can be anything that honors your emotions and helps to gently move you through the transition to spring.

A ritual I’ve done in the past has been a springtime cleanse of my body – moving to more greens and bitter vegetables to cleanse my liver and move my blood after the stagnancy of winter.

Another ritual I love doing during the spring is naturally dying eggs with elements from nature. I show you how I do it here.

I place these dyed and decorated eggs in baskets around the house and on my altar space to welcome in the energy of new life and rebirth in my own life and in the soil beneath me.


This year, I’ve been getting really into making egg candles out of beeswax. Here is the mold I got off amazon (grease with coconut oil first!) and, if you want the candles without having to make them, this etsy seller has beautiful eggs straight from the beekeeper in Ohio.

Once I have my egg candle, I follow the ancestral tradition of carving intentions into the candle before burning. This can be actual words or images. These intentions serve as the metaphorical seeds I’m planting for this season of growth. I place the egg on my altar (or kitchen table at meal time) and burn it with love and hope in my heart.

Spring Herbal Floor Wash

A new ritual I’ve come to love to welcome in the newness of spring to your home space is giving my floors an herbal floor wash.

Rather than tune into the perfectionism focused cleanliness that can come up around “spring cleaning”, this herb infused floor wash is about bringing intention to clearing out the stagnant energy of winter in your space and welcoming in the freshness of spring.

 

You’ll need:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Lemon essential oil (optional)
  • Quartz crystal (optional)
  • Large bucket
  • Mop

Heat water on the stove until it’s just boiling. Fill your bucket with torn pieces of rosemary (tearing it releases the oils) and pour the hot water over it. Add in a few drops of the essential oil if you so desire and drop in the crystal if you have it on hand.

Cover the bucket with a cloth and let the herbs steep and marry for at least 30 minutes. Once steeped, remove the cloth and carefully (with gloves if it’s still really hot!) remove the herbs and crystal.

Carry your bucket and mop into a room and, before beginning, take a moment to breathe deep, close your eyes, and think about what you want to feel when you step into this room once you’ve completed washing the floors. Examples could be: fresh, sparkling, peaceful, joyous, excited, crisp, and inspired.

When you’re ready, dip your mop into bucket and thoughtfully wash your floor.

Once complete, walk way to let the floor dry naturally and enjoy the new spring energy of your room.

I’d love to hear from you!

How do you plan to welcome in spring over these next few weeks? Have you tried a magical floor wash or plan to now?

Share in the comments below.

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Today, I’m writing you with a tender heart and an aching womb – having just experienced the loss of my first pregnancy.

Being someone who encourages creative expression and copes better in the presence of community and a feeling of belonging, I’ve been gently encouraging myself to express the feelings, words, and sounds that are moving through me during this intense and deeply potent moment in time.

Tuesday morning, I woke up with a poem on my heart which I’ve shared below.

I share it for me – so you can see me, in all my grief and pain and simultaneous joy.

I also share this for all the “me too’s” out there I’ve been receiving over the past several days. To further weave the fabric of sisterhood and unite women in their untold stories of what it means to walk this earth with a womb space.

Thank you for witnessing me, sister.

You came to me in a meditation
3 years ago ⠀

A sweet cherub faced little boy
bounding through the front door
holding your father’s hand so tightly
It felt so deeply right to hold you in my arms.⠀

I’d see you – at the library or coffee shop
My heart would burst with love
knowing you were near and excited to enter our lives⠀

A week after your spirit entered my body
I dreamt of giving birth to you
alone in a bathtub
you were enormous
and I felt a love so powerful
I lost my breath for a moment⠀

For 7 weeks, we communed
we were finally together⠀

5 days ago
I heard your heart beating
I could hardly believe it – 2 beating hearts in one body!⠀

We shared the news with your grandparents, aunts and uncles
Tears flowed – you were coming⠀

The moon rose full and bright that night
Something shifted in me
pain
concern
knowing….⠀

You weren’t staying
This wasn’t your time
to join us earthside ⠀

All the joy, the initiation, the unity of our souls in divine love
had reached completion⠀

You left
and the heart stopped beating ⠀

I knew
But we needed to hear it from the radiologist
spontaneous abortion ⠀

My body had begun passing what was left of you⠀

All night I moaned
clutching the hot water bottle to me
as my womb contracted
and the pieces flowed out of me⠀

Each time, humbling me
like little pearls⠀

A glimpse of the miracle of a woman’s womb⠀

The grief – a fog lifting and lowering within the hour
mourning what could have been

and⠀

I’m free⠀

To create again
as a new woman
part maiden
part mother⠀

Thank you, my darling⠀

I release you with a tender
and hopeful heart⠀

– Becca Piastrelli, March 2017

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I have found that, whenever I talk about my personal journey into self-love and adorning myself with clothing and accessories that make me feel like a walking work of art, I get a lot of feedback from women wanting to dive deeper into that.

They tell me they want to walk boldly in the world – feeling beautiful and confident in who they are and how they look.

Me – feeling myself and telling the world.

But so much can get in the way of that: feeling like your body isn’t where you want it to be, not knowing what your personal style is, not feeling confident to wear that red lip or face paint or bright top, or having to combat the voice of your inner mean girl telling you nasty things day in and day out.

I totally get it, because I’ve dealt (and still deal) with all of those and more. And so has my dear friend, Aussie personal stylist and life coach Shelley Cohen.

I first met Shelley a few years ago over a girls brunch (followed by an afternoon spa session where we got real close, real quick in the steam room) and I immediately fell in love with how authentic and real this fashion and beauty girl was.

She shared with me her philosophy about how style is a portal into self-care and self-love and I was like preach, sister!

Shelley has helped me tremendously in helping me express the many sides of me – the ancient wise woman, the moon goddess, the girl boss, the wife and lover, the fitness girl, etc. She truly sees me for who I am and has encouraged me to adorn myself in a way that feels so good and not copying any sort of trend that has made me feel stifled in the past.

Shelley and I sat down for a fun little chat about style, adornment, self-love, the damaging effect the beauty and media industry has on little girls’ sense of self-worth, our own stories of struggle, and so much more.

Some snippets of what we talked about:

6:40 Comparisonitis and the manipulation of the beauty and advertising industry to make us feel like crap about ourselves.

8:25 The single most important question you can ask yourself to help you with getting ready in the morning.

11:15 Giving yourself permission to play your range in the expression of who you are and not feel pressured to be put in a box.

14:05 Our experiences with body and style as little girls, including some really vulnerable and painful moments.

23:30 Our love for the word “adornment” and how beauty rituals were practiced by women for thousands of years as a way of embodying the goddess within.

29:00 Shelley’s recommended rituals for self-love and stamping out your inner mean girl.

40:00  Our tips for bringing out your inner goddess in your adornment and style.

Here’s the face paint pen Becca’s been using.

Join Shelley’s free Closet Cleanse HERE >>

Shelley and I want to hear from you!

What are some your takeaways from our conversation? How are you going to apply what we discussed to your own personal style and adornment rituals?

Leave a comment below.

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It’s OK to desire protection of your most sacred work.

A few weeks ago, a sister in the creative sisterhood posted a brief article from Austin Kleon talking about appointing a guardian spirit to his beloved journal – to watch over things and keep his ideas sacred.

Austin ended up choosing Emily Dickinson to be the latest guardian of his words, with this inscription, “In this short life that only lasts an hour. How much – how little – is within our power.”

So many of us in our sisterhood immediately took to this idea – connecting to a person (living or dead) that we really resonated with and assign them the sacred task of watching over our creative work. We didn’t restrict this to journals – a florist in our group chose someone to watch over her studio.

I chose one to watch over my hands (my most beloved and precious tool of my creative life).

That creative spirit guardian is Frida Kahlo.

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Frida stepped into my world (and my dreams!) to become my creative muse over the past year. I’ve been so enamored with her bold, authentic expression of her artistry – even if it made some people uncomfortable. She lived life passionately, and believed in truth about all else.

You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts. – Frida Kahlo

As someone who spent a good portion of my life shrinking myself down to be more palatable and acceptable to other people’s definition of good, Frida serves as a spirit guide for the greatest expression of ME.

To call her spirit more into my life, I dressed as her for Halloween.

So now I ask you – who can be your creative spirit guardian? Who can watch over your paint brushes, your laptop, your journals, and your heart when you dream?

There are no rules here, so go with who comes to you first. Then, find a way to honor them.

Print a photo, record a quote, place their name on your fridge or sacred altar. Ask them for guidance when you need it. To move through writer’s block or self-doubt. To protect your heart as you share a tender piece of yourself that needs expressing. To keep you focused as you are in the final steps of finishing a project.

You don’t have to go at this alone, sister. Invite into the process those who inspire you most.

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I have a tendency to overcomplicate things.

I suspect it’s from growing up in a world that values the amount of time and energy you put into something more highly than it does your ability to call upon your own strengths and magic while also honoring your health and well-being.

It’s true. Since the industrial era of the mid 1800s (when the measure of success became the amount of parts you could put together in an hour on a factory floor), humans have been programmed to try to cram as much as possible into their time to prove how successful and productive they are.

That philosophy may work for machines, but it certainly doesn’t work for human beings.

Instead of a healthy, prosperous (in every sense of the word) population, we are surrounded by anxious, sleep-deprived, caffeine-addicted, and fundamentally unfulfilled souls milling about trying to “fix it” by making life even more complicated.

If I just hustle harder and do more, then maybe I’ll finally achieve the joy of success and achievement.

No. Just….no.

That type of mentality doesn’t get you deep, lasting contentment that you think it will. You know this and I know this – because we’ve both tried it out and realized there’s a deeper truth…

Simple is sacred.

We are not machines. We are animals woven into the very fabric of mother nature. We existed long before the factories that modernized us. And nature knows how to stay alive and abundant without any complex algorithms or shiny new technology.

I am not anti-technology. It has brought about many beautiful things, including connecting you and I in this very moment.

What I am against is the treating of human beings like they aren’t the product of nature itself. When we become robotic, we disconnect from what matters most – our connection to the planet, those that came before us, and those yet to come.

I believe it is a revolutionary act to keep things simple.

To close the laptop, to quiet the mind, to say no, and to find deep and sacred joy in the mundane tasks of your life — all further aligns you to inner wisdom.

So, in my effort to reduce the noisy complexity of my life and tap into the ancient creative wisdom that flows through me, I’ve been making a practice of finding sacred joy in the everyday tasks of my life.

And what a difference it’s made.

It’s something we talk about in the private community in The Creative Sisterhood – ways we are embodying our inner wise women when we’ve got school lunches to make, papers to file, and errands to run.

One of the women in the sisterhood works in a bakery, which requires early hours and a lot of work with her hands. But what’s helped her realize her work is ancient and beautiful has been taking this sacred simplicity approach to her work.

The act of kneading the dough with her hands is something women have been doing for thousands of years. The dough she kneads and bakes helps to nourish and sustain life. It is a simple yet powerful connection she has to those who came before her through just the simple movement of her hands.

I’ve applied this sacred simplicity to doing the dishes every morning – something I simply must do in order to have clean plates to eat on and a clear sink to fill my tea kettle each day.

I’ve started looking at doing the dishes as clearing away of anything that no longer serves me.

As I’m scrubbing the saucepan, I envision myself scrubbing away all the darker emotions, ties to frustrating memories, holding onto past stories that no longer fuel my growth, etc to feel squeaky clean (just like my wine glasses) at the end of it. I revel in the warmth of the water on my hands and feel grateful to my tools (a sponge and dish soap) for guiding me through this sacred process each morning. It helps me take on my day feeling fresh and sparkling.

I invite you to counter your complex-making tendencies by infusing more joyful sacredness into the mundane tasks of your life.

Call in more sacred simplicity, sister, and cultivate that aliveness formerly associated with a packed calendar and late night deadline.

What are some practices to help you find more sacred simplicity in your daily life?

To help you out, I’ve created a printable worksheet to guide you in simplifying your sacred:

And if you are interested in learning more about creative practices to re-ignite your creative wisdom, I would love for you to join me the evening of Thursday, Feb 23rd at 5:30pm PST for a online sacred women’s gathering called Creative Rituals to Nourish Your Soul.

We’ll be gathering in a space of sacred sisterhood to learn more about ancient rituals to come back to a more rooted sense of self, tips for telling your perfectionist and self-judgement parts to step aside please, and creating our own customized plans to engage more consistently in a regular creative practice. These gatherings are super engaging and fun. I hope you can join us.

Sign up here: https://www.thedabblist.com/creative-rituals-gathering

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