This is the year and the time of year I've been waiting for. Becoming an adult and living in New York City for the better part of 6 years kept me disconnected from lunar cycles, celestial events, the growing season... nature, sunlight. Having left the city, this is the first year I can plant a garden, go on hikes through the week, keep track of what's happening in the sky. I'm more free, even with the constraints of not making much money anymore.
The morning of the first day of spring it was raining. I worked in my building's community garden a little, munching on the chives and sorrel poking up from the ground and smelling the damp earth. We found a giant carrot still in the ground and I checked out the few herbs that were in the garden from last year.
I made a few bitter spring detox teas to stimulate my liver and a few soothing nervine teas to help me relax and let go of stress I've carried over the winter that wasn't serving me.
And finally, finally, after deciding to move to Ohio in order to study with an herbalist here and spending a couple months studying the texts on my own, I went to my first class! It was the ultimate start to spring, tasting and discussing herbs and their effects and poking around an enormous herb garden.