March 20, 2021

A Melody of Spring: Quotes, Art & Folklore, By Amanda Bergloff

  

WELCOME SPRING!

Spring is the time of year that inspires our creative minds and awakens our hearts to new possibilities. With the days getting warmer, I'm motivated to spend more time outside, go hiking with a dear friend, plant flowers, and enjoy the rejuvenating feeling of spring through the beauty of nature around me.


To inspire you, we've collected some of EC's favorite things about spring...so please enjoy the quotes, art, tales, music, and folklore below that highlight this most enchanting season!

Air waited impatiently, stamping her feet on the ground.

Fire wondered aloud why they were always kept waiting.

Earth said it had always been this way.

Winter moved off on the horizon and disappeared.

All was still.

A curtain of mist fell across the landscape, and the assembled Elementals all held their breath.

Then, the curtain parted, and she stepped from the Beyond in a delicate shimmering cloak that glittered with all the power of starlight and dreaming. Droplets of water most pure intertwined to form the sheer silver fabric that took four maidens to hold up

It was time for the flowers and the land to be awakened, and only her touch could do it.

All bowed before her when she walked by, and she nodded in their direction.

Where she passed, gentle rain called the flowers forth.

Air, Fire, and Earth all sighed. They knew they were in the presence of pure endless beauty, and their beloved one had returned.

The wait had been worth it, and the world bloomed into its Ethereal Spring.

That is one good thing about this world... 

There are always sure to be more springs.

-- L.M. Montgomery

Blodeuwedd
Blodeuwedd is the Welsh Goddess of spring. Her name means, "flower face," since the great magicians, Math and Gwydion, created her from broom flowers, meadowsweet, and oak.

Folktales say that because she was unfaithful to her husband, she was turned into an owl by the same magicians that made her, to forever remain in that form, reminding people of the fragility of love and beauty.

This Welsh Goddess represents the themes of hope, beauty, relationships, and charity. Blodeuwedd also embodies the temporary beauty of spring and the bright blooming that ends up coming full circle through the seasons. She is the promise of autumn visible in spring.
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower,
enjoys the air it breaths.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure...
- William Wordsworth, Lines Written in Early Spring
Some Spring Folklore
April showers bring May flowers -  is a reminder that even unpleasant things, such as the heavy rain in April, can bring about enjoyable things, such as the abundance of flowers that bloom in May.

Dandelion predictions - When dandelions bloom early in spring, there will be a short season. When they bloom late, expect a dry summer.

Spring & Daisies - Don't say spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

The shapeshifting hare - Not only is this animal associated with spring, but magic as well. The hare is linked to rebirth and intuition, bringing the secret gifts of the underworld up into the ordinary world as the light of the sun increases during springtime. The Celts believed the hare to be a shapeshifting being, and thus was sacred to them...so much so, that it was taboo to kill one up until Victorian times.

Weather lore & trees - If the oak is out before the ash, then we are in for a splash. But, if the ash is out before the oak, then we are in for a soak.

3 Spring Superstitions from Transylvania - 1) Tying a trinket to a tree in spring brings wealth and good luck.   2) Listening to a cuckoo bird sing brings prosperity.   3) Farmers who work their land on May 21st will lose their crops.

Celebrating Beltane - Beltane (on May 1) is a celebration of nature and marks the start of the traditional planting season. It's a time for feasting and merry making. People can write a wish upon a ribbon and tie it to a tree, in the hopes that it will be granted. Hawthorn, ash, thorn and sycamore trees are believed to be the best wish making trees. And dew gathered on Beltane is thought to have special properties for increased beauty and youthfulness.
Looking to make a simple DIY wreath for spring?
Then click on the tutorial video below:

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett

"Spring adds new life and 
new beauty to all that is."
- Jessica Harrelson
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”
--Sitting Bull

STORY INSPIRATION
Real-life Fairy Tale Castles in Spring
to inspire your own stories & dreams
Arundel Castle - UK
Drum Castle UK
Sakura and Himeji Castle Main Keep Japan
Château de Sully-Sur-Loire - France
Leeds Castle - UK
Sitting outside in the sunshine
with a cup of tea and a book,
surrounded by the scent of spring flowers
makes for a magical day, indeed.
-Amanda Bergloff
Easy Rainbow Desserts 
Rainbows are an important part of spring, so try these simple rainbow snacks by watching the recipe below:
And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
And the Spirit of Love fell everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest...

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant

The Spring has come again
For the grass is growing green,
And among the fields of clover
Bright butterflies are seen.
The little birds are singing sweetly
As they fly from tree to tree...
The busy bees are gathering
The honey from the flowers,
And the merry birds are building
Their nests in sheltered bowers...

--Josephine D.C., Spring
SPRING ART GALLERY
Flora Scattering Flowers, Arnold Böcklin,1875
A Woman Walking in a Garden, Vincent van Gogh, 1887
Windswept, John William Waterhouse, 1903
Springtime, Pierre Auguste Cot, 1873
The Rose, John William Waterhouse, 1903
Women in the Garden, Claude Monet, 1867
Primavera, Sandro Botticelli, 1482
Spring, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1850
The Full Moons of Spring
The Worm Moon
March 28, 2021
This first full moon of spring is named the Worm Moon because March is the month when the Northern Hemisphere begins to warm and the soil starts to stir again. This full moon signals the time of year to start thinking about planting new shoots in the garden.
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The Pink Moon
April 26, 2021
The Pink Moon gets its name from the pink Phlox flower that blooms at this time of year.
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The Flower Moon
May 26, 2021
The full moon for May is named the Flower Moon for the simple reason that many spring flowers are in bloom during May.
HAPPY SPRING TO ALL!
Share what you love about this season 
in the comments section below
Enchanted Conversation's contributing editor, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
Follow her on Twitter @AmandaBergloff
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Also, join her every Tuesday on Twitter for #FairyTaleTuesday to share what you love about fairy tales, folktales, and myths.
Cover Painting: "Windswept" by John William Waterhouse, 1903
Cover Layout & Quotes/Various Graphic Design: Amanda Bergloff

7 comments:

Kathleen Jowitt said...

Spring! I really enjoy these miscellanies - thank you.

I have snowdrops and grape hyacinths in flower in my garden, the tulips are on the way, and the plum tree is going to blossom any minute now. But I think what I really love the most are the young rose leaves with their pink edges.

Anonymous said...

So happy you enjoyed it, Kathleen!
Your garden sounds lovely. I have purple, yellow, and white crocuses poking through the snow right now. I'm looking forward to the daffodils and irises that bloom in my garden this spring!
--Amanda

Guy S. Ricketts said...

I've really enjoyed your Spring issue. You really pack so much spring related material into it. Loved your "Beloved" as well, of course. Music, poetry, quotes, spring projects ... yet another terrific job, Amanda.

Deborah Sage said...

The Spring issue of Enchanted Conversation brought me great joy and the Spring meditation was perfect for welcoming of the season. I loved the short stories. Thank you for a lovely package of art, music, and writing.

Katew said...

I’m so glad you liked it, Deborah! We love putting these issues together. They are different from anything else we do, and we all get to contribute to the effort!

Katew said...

Amanda is truly at the heart of these issues. She is really essential to this site!

Unknown said...

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Sharon

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