Thursday, March 20, 2008

All things Spring

Today marks the mid point when the day is equal to the night, appropriately named Equinox, meaning "equal nights" in Latin. We are now in a period where the light begins to grow, peaking at the Summer Solstice on June 20th.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein

As I look out at the splendor of the blooming earth I am reminded of the parallels that exist between us and our planet. We humans are little microcosms of the earth. Thus, by looking deep into nature we can learn quite a bit about our selves.

In the northern hemisphere the earth is currently expressing herself through nature with the blossoming of flowers and trees. Words we often associate with the season are growth and renewal.

Hippocrates was the first to develop a theory on human beings as each having a temperament or humor which was relevant to each element and/or season. Galen, Steiner and Eysenck evolved the theory and added new perspectives.
The Spring temperament is referred to as Sanguine. Those born with a soul imprint of the celestial sphere of Spring tend to be painted by nature with vibrant tonalities and have a temperament which is social, vibrant and friendly.

“The light of nature in man comes from the stars.” ~ Paracelsus

As nature shifts into a new season we can assist our own body to do the same with internal Spring cleaning, both mentally and physically. A detox bath with salt and essential oils is a great way to welcome Spring and cleanse body+mind+spirit.

The ancient Druids refer to the Spring Equinox as Mean Earraigh associated with rebirth, fertility and immortality. It is the time for planting our seeds of manifestation. The herbs associated with Mean Earraigh that are also in the botanical perfumers palette are: Jasmine, Iris, Rose, Tansy and Violet. To create a botanical perfume for this high holiday consider beginning with a base note or chord reminiscent of earth notes, such as:
  • Mitti, distilled Earth
  • Patchouli
  • Vetiver
  • Spikenard

To that plant one of the following or a combination of:
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Violet Leaf
  • Iris, Orris Root (Skin sensitizer, use small amounts)

Then fertilize with your top notes. Add a small amount of Tansy, for it’s energetic of the holiday, and then choose from an assortment of top notes, such as:
  • Yuzu
  • HoWood
  • Orange

Once you have put all your chosen essences together, add a few drops to a carrier oil like jojoba, a high quality perfumers alcohol or create a solid perfume. Click here for a basic solid perfume recipe.

Another way to approach a perfume or blend for this season is to look at the Morphological factors. Since the essences that come from seeds are associated with the beginning of life, growth and creation, then perhaps those would be another option. In most cases, but not all, seeds are top notes in perfume formulation.

As you apply your perfume affirm what it is that you would like to manifest in your life now.

All the illustrations are ©Roxana Villa. The illustration at top is titled "Resistence" and was commissioned for the cover of the LA Times Health Section. The two small spots were part of the card deck and book called "Meditations Kit" published by Running Press.

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