We create rituals and traditions to make meaning out of this weird and wild life.
Some of these are simple routines and practices, like saying I love you to your family or friends before hanging up the phone. Or sitting in the quiet and journaling into waking.
Today is Easter. It is a day that has never held a religious or spiritual meaning for me, but it is one that has been celebrated with rituals and traditions throughout my life.
During my early childhood Easter was all about the candy, easter egg hunts and camping!
When I was a little older Easter meant family gatherings, fancy brunch, dresses and of course egg hunts at my Grandparent’s. There was always ham and hot cross buns and cousins to play with.
When we moved away from my grandparents and I grew to be a teen, Easter lost meaning. No more gatherings. No more dresses. Yet my Dad, ever the keeper of holiday traditions, would always make sure we had Easter baskets of some sort.
Once I met my husband, I discovered a whole new realm of Easter celebrations. These included big gatherings with friends, chosen as family, bbq’d turkey sausages and bloody marys..
As the generation above us has become grandparents, and some have passed away, we find ourselves untethered. The holiday has taken new forms each year, from brunches with our families, to chocolate comas on the couch.
For me, Easter has been about a feeling of family, community, the smells of spring, green grass, blooming trees and flowers and nourishment.
Even without moving through the rituals of the past, there is still a ghost of these feelings drifting through this day.
Today as I watched my 16 month old great nephew find a few eggs and empty his Easter basket, I reflected on the meaning we give to days.
The way each holiday marks the passing of time. The power that ritual and tradition hold in our lives and the way we make sense of and give meaning to the world around us.
Easter may not fall of the wheel of the year, yet its roots lie in the theme of rebirth and resurrection.
As we sit here less than a month into Spring, the earth still thawing in some places (and sometimes freezing anew), and in others growing and bursting new life forth with abandon, how are these themes living in you?
What traditions do you hold?
How do you honor or celebrate the earth’s awakening?
What does this season, this holiday, this time mean to you?
This week I have had the pleasure of connecting more in depth with the teachers for the upcoming Cauldron of Wisdom 2 virtual conference.
I am so excited!
I love learning, and I am always awestruck and amazed by how much there is to know and explore. How each new thing I learn branches and tendrils.
This is the 6th conference I’ve hosted and each time I walk away brimming with inspiration and wonder fueled both by the information shared and the connection of this community we are all a part of. (You all are some pretty fabulous humans!)
The Cauldron of Wisdom 2 begins this Friday April 22nd and runs through Saturday april 23rd.
We will move through 9 classes/workshops together via a livestream in a private Facebook group.
All participants will also have access to the entire conference in the conference site. So if you can’t make some, or even all of the classes live, you can check them out at a time that works for you.
Register today and join me Friday around the virtual cauldron for all kinds of witchery, magic, wisdom and fun!
(As always there will be giveaways too!)
Emily Morrison MA, MFT